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Congratulations to 2018 MESC Graduates

Congratulations to the 13th Class of MESC Graduates who earned their M.S. degrees this week in Amiens, France. Former DNI researcher, Pol Salles Peramon, was ranked #1 in the graduating class. MSE faculty, Prof. Ekaterina Pomerantseva, represented Drexel University at the graduation ceremony.

Congratulations once again to Pol all MESC graduates!

 

NanoArtography Featured in Excel Magazine

Check out the latest news story about our NanoArtography Competition, featured in Drexel’s Excel magazine.

Read the full story here.

Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion Program Renewed

The European Commission has awarded Drexel a new associate partnership in a global consortium of universities offering graduate students a fully funded Master’s in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC). Drexel is the only American university partnered with the prestigious MESC program and is funded at approximately $3.4M for implementation and scholarships.

Begun in 2005 and re-booted as MESC+ this summer, the program is conducted through eight research institutions in six countries, giving graduate students a multicultural experience at some of the world’s leading energy laboratories — with courses taught entirely in English.

Read the full story here.

High-impact work of MESC students

We are proud to have many MESC students study with us at Drexel. The European Master Course ‘Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion’ “MESC” is designed to provide a 2-year (120 ECTS) education program in Materials Science and Electrochemistry at 8 universities in 6 countries : France (Marseille, Toulouse, Amiens), Poland (Warsaw), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Spain (Bilbao), USA (Philadelphia) and Australia (Geelong). These universities host world-renowned, leading research laboratories in the field of energy-related materials.

PhD student and MESC alum, Kanit Hantanasirisakul, recently published paper is listed among the most cited articles in Advanced Electronic Materialshttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/2199160X

Another recent paper from another MESC student (Cedric Couly) published in Advanced Electronic Materials is among Top 10 on Wiley’s Materials Views Chinese edition: https://www.materialsviewschina.com/2018/07/29367/
It’s interesting to note that two of those publications resulted from 6-month MS thesis research of MESC students(Kanit and Cedric).  We expect the same from our current MESC student, Pol, and with the first of his two papers being almost ready for submission, I have little doubt that his name will be in the news soon.
To learn more about the MESC program, click here.

Welcome to Three New Industrial Consortium Members

Welcome to our new Industrial Consortium Members, Exponent (Bronze Level), Aspen Aerogels Inc. (Gold Level), and Cytosystems Ltd. (Bronze Level).

These three companies have partnered with the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute through the Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium, a convenient avenue access to the wealth of knowledge, human resources and instruments available at Drexel with a much higher flexibility compared to standard grants and contracts. Membership in the Consortium is an excellent way to initiate a project with Drexel University or maintain a long-term relationship with a community of researchers at Drexel benefiting from all the assets of the university in the materials and nanotechnology areas. To learn more about the Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium, click here, or email Ms. Wendy Thurman at wmt29@drexel.edu.

Gogotsi Receives Highest H-Index Value Recorded in College of Engineering

Drexel Materials Professor Yury Gogotsi, PhD, whose research as founder and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineeringhas opened new possibilities for the application of nanomaterials, has received an h-index value of 100 from Google Scholar and other citation databases — the highest ever received by a professor within the College of Engineering.* The h-index classifies scholars according to the number of extant papers that have been cited by other scientists and publications. The Google Scholar distinction refers to Gogotsi’s papers published just since 2013.

 

Read the full story here.

Educational Outreach

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute has been busy nurturing the next generation of materials scientists and engineers. For six months, the group played host to three honors seniors from Council Rock High School North. The students worked with PhD mentors Kanit Hantanasirisakul and Kathleen Maleski on MXene research projects. They presented their final projects in a group meeting and at two regional science fairs.

A Strength Supplement For Aerospace Materials

In an exciting development for the field of aerospace engineering, the lightweight materials of airplanes and rockets might soon be getting stronger. A new method for making ceramic materials — which are used in propellers and heat shields — has enabled the introduction of chemical compounds to bolster their strength and could also imbue them with other useful properties. The discovery was recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and Penn State University.

Check out the full press release here.

2018 Graduates and Awards

During the MSE Commencement Dinner last week, DNI member were recognized on multiple awards. Tom Heng and Devon Spinelli were awarded with both the Senior Design Award and with the Undergraduate Innovation Award. Evan Quain tied with another senior for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Finally, Bryan Byles from Dr. Pomerantseva’s group won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates!

College of Engineering Senior Design Competition 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Heng and Devon Spinelli on placing second in the 2018 College of Engineering Senior Design Competition.

Thomas and Devon gave a tremendous presentation for their project entitled “New Application of 2D Titanium Carbide in Electroacoustic Transducer”, advised by Professor Yury Gogotsi, and mentored by Dr. Katie Van Aken and Asia Sarycheva.