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Barsoum, Gogotsi Win Prestigious Ceramics Prize

Professors Michel Barsoum and Yury Gogotsi of the College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been jointly awarded the 2020 International Ceramics Prize, the highest honor conferred by the World Academy of Ceramics. The prize is bestowed only every four years to recognize the highest achievements in ceramics science and technology. Just 20 scientists worldwide have previously received the prize. Read the full story here.

Drexel Receives R1 Doctoral Designation

Drexel University continues to make great strides in its research output and reputation. Most notably, Drexel received the R1 Doctoral University designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, ranking it among top-tier, prestigious universities. Drexel also moved up several places to No. 51 on the list of the world’s top 100 research universities for U.S. patents granted in 2018 by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association. Plus, last year, Drexel researchers increased the amount of sponsored research awards by 15 percent, to $124 million. Read more about the strong research at Drexel, including nano-related research, in the latest Drexel EXEL Magazine.

First Book on MXenes

The first comprehensive book on MXenes, 2D Metal Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes): Structure, Properties and Applications is to be published this summer by Springer, co-edited by College of Engineering Distinguished University Professor Yury Gogotsi.

The book gathers all the origin material on MXene – the metallic, atomically thin two-dimensional materials discovered here at Drexel in 2011 – and summarizes research activity to date, both in the United States and in 50 countries throughout the world. Read the full press release here.

Award Winning DOE Video

The video directed and produced by MSE PhD students Simge Uzun and Bilen Akuzum with research stars Tyler Mathis and Dr. Xuehang Wang playing main characters got the award for the Best Cinematography!  Xuehang, Tyler and Prof. Gogotsi accepted the award plaque from Harriett Kung, Associate Director of the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE BES) sponsored a Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest designed to educate, inspire, and entertain an intelligent but not expert audience about the extraordinary science, innovation and people in the EFRCs. The 46 EFRCs were challenged to highlight a scientific breakthrough, tell a story of a big idea, show collaboration in action, give a window into the life of a scientist or student, or illustrate the impact on society of an EFRC’s mission.  4 videos were selected as winners in different categories.  Professional cinematographic work of Bilen and Simge was recognized by a panel of judges from outside DOE.

Thanks to all who voted for the video on the DOE website.  You can now watch the video and learn more about MXenes and energy storage on YouTube:

Drexel Co-Ops in Korea

Check out some highlights form DNI co-ops in Korea.

Cast Your Vote for the People’s Choice Award for the Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II

From June 24 – July 24, the public is invited to cast their vote for up to three of their favorite videos on  The video with the most votes will receive the “People’s Choice Award”.  
Vote for our video, Future of Energy Storage produced by our students Bilen and Simge.

Future of Energy Storage

Watch a new video about MXenes and their role in energy storage resulting from our FIRST Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) activities:

This excellent video was produced for the Department of Energy EFRC Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest by PhD students, Bilen and Simge.

First Book on MXenes

A book on MXenes will be published later this month. A number of Drexel researchers have contributed to it.

Drexel Moves Forward in Prestigious List of Top 100 International Universities Granted US Utility Patents

Drexel University once again ranked in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)’s list of the world’s top 100 universities for patents granted in the country in 2018.

Coming in at number 51, Drexel moved up three spots from last year’s ranking in the prestigious list, which the University has consistently made since the inaugural report was issued in 2013. With 44 issued patents from 2018 where Drexel was listed as the first assignee, the University is tied for 51st place.

Read the full story here.

2nd International Conference on MXenes in Beijing

Many Drexel researchers attended the 2nd International Conference on MXenes in Beijing, China. The conference attracted about 450 participants from 90 institutions in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and US (mainland China is responsible for 66 of those).  The community of MXene researchers is expanding quickly – research publications already originate from more than 700 institutions in 47 countries, according to Web of Science. Three Chinese companies form the conference sponsors offer MAX and MXene for sale.
The next conference will take place in Ningbo in May 2020. Stay tuned – the exact dates will be determined soon.