Materials science discovery paves way to new coatings and surface treatments

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has led his research team to a pioneering discovery in Janus particles that could impact the research and development of surface coatings, cosmetics, 3-D printing, drug formulation and more.The resulting research article has been chosen as a back-cover feature in Soft Matter journal.

Two cool: a pair of patents filed on breakthrough materials for next-gen refrigerators

Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool® are closer than ever to the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is markedly more energy efficient than current gas compression systems. Currently, residential and commercial cooling consumes about one out of every five kilowatt-hours of electricity generated in the U.S., but a caloric refrigeration system … Continue reading Two cool: a pair of patents filed on breakthrough materials for next-gen refrigerators

Collins named next director of Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Peter Collins will serve as the new director of Iowa State University College of Engineering’s Center of Nondestructive Evaluation starting on May 16. “CNDE has worked become a true national asset. It is exciting to be part of that and to take on this new role,” said Collins, Al and Julie Renken Professor in Materials … Continue reading Collins named next director of Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

AMES, Iowa – Tiny defects in electrical insulating materials may lead to breakdowns, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Xiaoli Tan, an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, is working to understand how those nanoscale defects, when subject to extreme electric fields, evolve into material failures. Those … Continue reading Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Kaitlin Bratlie is an associate professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has been a biomaterial researcher and professor at Iowa State since 2011. Bratlie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley … Continue reading Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy

Peter Collins, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected to be a collaborator in a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program for the United States Navy. The team of collaborators will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy. The … Continue reading Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy

Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention

Kathryn “Katie” Neilson, a junior in materials engineering from Morton, Illinois, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention recipient. The Goldwater Scholarships are granted to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States based on academic merit in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. Neilson was one of two Iowa … Continue reading Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention

Martin Thuo as ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Researcher of the Month

Martin Thuo, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was named the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Researcher of the Month, recognizing his ongoing work in the area of polymers and soft materials. He is the first recipient as it is new recognition.

Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award

Dr. Valery Levitas, Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and faculty scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Lab, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Khan International Award, also known as the Khan Plasticity Award. Levitas was noted for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 24 … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award