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.
Training the next generation of globally minded researchers
As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies program, students and faculty conduct fundamental research on materials that are needed after a natural disaster strikes. Students can also conduct summer research in Grenoble, France. “It’s definitely broadened my horizons and encourages me that being in this Ph.D. program is the right move,” says graduate student Ben Paren of Materials Science and Engineering, pictured with French student Laura Issartel, whom he mentored this summer. Read More
NSF Awards $1.98 Million Grant to Penn-led Team for Quantum Circuit Research
The NSF has begun enabling its 10 Big Ideas by awarding grants to bright minds in fields like engineering, including a $1.98 million grant received by a Penn-led team to work on the NSF’s Quantum Leap initiative. Ritesh Agarwal, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is heading the research team and is working with Liang Feng, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as researchers from the City College of New York and Texas A&M University. Read More
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.