Liang Feng Receives the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Penn Engineering Teaching Award
Liang Feng, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body the and Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students. Read More
MSE Senior Zachary Whitlock Receives 2020 Thouron Award
Four Penn seniors, including Zachary Whitlock of MSE, and three recent alumni have won Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as long as two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there. Read More
Liang Feng named 2020 Sloan Fellow
Liang Feng, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is among the 126 recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship. The award recognizes extraordinary scholars in the U.S. and Canada and is one of the most prestigious awards available to early-career researchers. Read More
Penn researchers have found a way to prevent the cracking and expansion of magnesium-ion batteries by incorporating gallium. “Our dream is to take advantage of this unique self-healing behavior to design a battery that can be charged and discharged forever,” says Eric Detsi of Materials Science and Engineering. Read More
Russell Composto Receives New Scholarly Chair
Russell Composto, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the Howell Family Faculty Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Composto’s research is in the area of polymer science and biomolecular engineering. His interests extend to polymer surfaces and interfaces, adhesion and diffusion, and nanocomposite polymer blend and copolymer films. Read More
Future Fuel Cells
A new study from Ph.D. student Jennifer Lee and Christopher Murray, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, describes a new approach to designing fuel cells, which convert chemical energy into electrical power, using engineered nanomaterials. By finding a way to create fuel cells that are more cost-effective and stable long-term, this cleaner form of energy could become more widely adopted in the future. Read More
Penn Engineers’ New Topological Insulator Can Reroute Photonic ‘Traffic’ On the Fly, Making for Faster Chips
From the Liang Feng Research Group — Topological insulators are a game-changing class of materials; charged particles can flow freely on their edges and route themselves around defects, but can’t pass through their interiors. This perfect surface conduction holds promise for fast and efficient electronic circuits, though engineers must contend with the fact that the interiors of such materials are effectively wasted space.
Open Faculty Positions
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania initiated a period of substantial growth in 2015 including four new hires in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The department is continuing this exciting multi-year hiring effort by seeking multiple tenure-track assistant professors. Exceptional applicants for tenured associate and full professor positions may also be considered. Now accepting applications.
Open Lecturer Position
The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering invites applicants for a Lecturer position within our undergraduate program. The department seeks individuals with exceptional promise for, or a proven record of, excellence in teaching. Application will become available February 2020.