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Rapid growth from a strong foundation - Letter from the Director, Spring 2022

Feb. 24, 2022

With this inaugural newsletter, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a little history of our program and its growth since its inception. I recently became director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program here at CU Boulder in July 2021 and am honored to lead such an outstanding group of faculty and students who are at the forefront of exciting materials research in several critical areas of national interest that range from combating climate change to improving human health outcomes.

Rebecca Ferguson

Ferguson elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

Feb. 18, 2022

Biomedical Engineering Professor Virginia Ferguson has been elected to the distinguished American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s College of Fellows.

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Dr. Wil Srubar: Concrete has a colossal carbon footprint and we can help fix that in Colorado

Feb. 17, 2022

If Colorado truly envisions itself to be a bold leader on tackling climate change, our state must have a strategy for decarbonizing concrete. Although concrete is not always top of mind, this critical building block presents a wealth of opportunities for sustainability and business innovation — as well as reducing harmful emissions.

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Seed grant opens research into future of construction materials, site tools

Feb. 11, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder are developing an app that could reliably and quickly predict whether batches of concrete made at construction sites are safe. If successful, the work could usher in a new era of building that is faster, more cost effective and safer overall for everyone.

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Cuk Research Group isolates reaction step that describes energetics of catalysis on materials

Dec. 16, 2021

New research published in Nature Materials from Associate Professor Tanja Cuk and colleagues sheds light on a fundamental chemical reaction — the breaking apart of water to produce a molecular fuel such as hydrogen. Cuk is faculty in the Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSE) and is a Fellow in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).

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McGehee, Toney and Yin recognized as highly cited researchers

Nov. 22, 2021

Three Materials Science and Engineering faculty members were recognized by Clarivate as highly cited researchers this year. Clarivate recognizes "the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year" via their Web of Science platform.

Mike McGehee

McGehee named highly cited researcher at NREL

Nov. 18, 2021

Eight researchers affiliated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are on this year’s list of Highly Cited Researchers, with many familiar names from the 2020 list.

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The value of core facilities from a researcher’s perspective

Nov. 18, 2021

Ahead of the joint Materials Instrumentation and Multimodal Imaging Core (MIMIC) Facility and Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) facility virtual webinar on Nov. 18, Associate Professor Wil Srubar shares the importance of having core facilities at public institutions.

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MSE Student Profile: Melvin Colorado Escobar

Nov. 17, 2021

Melvin Colorado Escobar is a second year PhD candidate in the Responsive and Programmable Group under the supervision of Gallogly Professor Timothy White. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the American University in Washington, DC and his master's degree in chemistry at UC Irvine in California.

Professor Michael Toney

Toney appointed faculty director for shared facilities for material characterization and fabrication

Nov. 16, 2021

Professor Michael Toney has accepted the new faculty director position for shared facilities for material characterization and fabrication in the college.