The 2022 REU group.

Summer engineering research with a science justice and policy component at CU Boulder

Nov. 30, 2022

Undergraduate students picked up hands-on experience in materials science through a unique research program. The 2022 Research Experience for Undergraduates pilot offered...


Learning from pangolins and peacocks: Researchers explore next-gen structural materials

Nov. 28, 2022

From pangolin scales that can stand up to hard hits to colorful but sturdy peacock feathers, nature can do a lot with a few simple molecules. In a new review paper, a team of international researchers have laid out how engineers are taking inspiration from the biological world—and designing new...

Vitro3D founders Camila Uzcategui and Johnny Hergert

Key investment is the latest milestone for CU Boulder startup Vitro3D and founders Camila Uzcategui and Johnny Hergert

Nov. 4, 2022

Vitro3D , a CU Boulder startup pioneering volumetric 3D printing for life sciences, just closed its first investment round of $1.3 million . The hard-won vote of confidence from the investment community will allow the promising new venture to pursue ambitious technical advances while continuing to build critical business capacity...

Cohen, Gopinath, Krueper in the lab.

Gopinath group advances quantum sensing with paper in Optics Express

Nov. 1, 2022

Research into quantum engineering may provide a number of significant advancements in sensor technology, but optical loss and signal noise have – until recently – held these applications back. In “Realistic model of entanglement-enhanced sensing in optical fibers” published in Optics Express earlier this year, the Optics and Photonics Research...

Chemistry chair Wei Zhang (right) and Graduate Research Assistant Zepeng Lei study plastic materials in the Zhang Lab.

Plastics of the future will live many past lives, thanks to chemical recycling

Oct. 28, 2022

One day in the not-too-distant future, the plastics in our satellites, cars and electronics may all be living their second, 25th or 250th lives. New research from CU Boulder, published in Nature Chemistry , details how a class of durable plastics widely used in the aerospace and microelectronics industries can...

Wyatt Shields

CU Boulder’s Wyatt Shields wins 2022 Packard Fellowship for microscale robotics

Oct. 19, 2022

In a banner year that has included receiving five distinguished research awards, Wyatt Shields , assistant professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering , has been awarded one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious awards for young investigators: a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile...

Graphic showing "loop currents," in light blue, flowing inside a honeycomb-like material, while electrons, in green, pass through.

Physicists probe ‘astonishing’ morphing properties of honeycomb-like material

Oct. 13, 2022

A series of buzzing, bee-like “loop-currents” could explain a recently discovered, never-before-seen phenomenon in a type of quantum material. The findings from researchers at CU Boulder may one day help engineers develop new kinds of devices, such as quantum sensors or the quantum equivalent of computer memory storage devices. The...

Wil Srubar with a block of his algae-derived concrete.

Srubar's work recognized with Breakthrough Energy Foundation grant

Oct. 11, 2022

The Breakthrough Energy Foundation has announced research by Wil Srubar is being recognized with a fellows award to support the development of cutting-edge climate technologies. The foundation, a climate and sustainability organization created by Bill Gates, seeks to promote net zero energy solutions. Srubar, an associate professor who has conducted...

Two students working in a lab.

Upcoming Virtual Events: Meet MSE at CU Boulder

Sept. 20, 2022

Virtual "Meet MSE at CU Boulder" events Thursday, Sept. 29 & Thursday, Oct. 6 9:00-10:00am MST Zoom link Curious about Materials Science at CU Boulder? Join either of our upcoming Meet MSE virtual events to talk with current grad students, ask questions, and learn more about our program! CU Boulder...

Prof. Stephanie Bryant addressing the symposium

CU Boulder hosts successful Innovation in Materials Science Symposium

Aug. 26, 2022

Close to 200 scientists and engineers came together for a special materials conference to share their research and discuss collaborations at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2022 Innovation in Materials Science Symposium was held Aug. 11-12 and sponsored by the Materials Science & Engineering Program...