University of Washington Materials Science & Engineering
Quarterly E-Newsletter: Autumn 2016
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Dear UW MSE Community,

My name is Fumio Ohuchi and I am honored to serve as Interim Chair for UW Materials Science & Engineering. I wish to take a moment to introduce myself and share with you some information about our department’s next steps.
At the beginning of December, Alex Jen retired from the University of Washington and began a new adventure as the Provost for City University in Hong Kong. During Alex’s 12 years as Chair we saw innumerable improvements in all aspects of our department ranging from increased research funding, better equipment and facilities to increasing our student numbers and recruiting and retaining high caliber faculty.  As Interim Chair I will work hard to continue this forward momentum and enable a smooth hand-off to our future Chair.
A little background information about me: I received my bachelor and master’s degrees in physics from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and earned my PhD in Materials Science at the University of Florida in 1981. I worked at the Experimental Station of DuPont Company as a staff scientist for 10 years, and joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington in 1992. My research interest is to investigate material surfaces and interfaces under extreme conditions.
Currently, the College of Engineering is forming a committee to conduct a thorough national search for our new Chair. The hope is for a new chair to be identified in 2017. As with any process there may be fluctuations in the timeline and I will do my best to keep you all informed of our progress.
I genuinely look forward to having the opportunity to interact with you all in this new role. Please feel free to contact me or Andrea Neubert, Assistant to the Chair (, 206-543-2615) to set up a time to meet.
Fumio Ohuchi
Interim Chair and Professor

In one-two punch, researchers load 'nanocarriers' to deliver cancer-fighting drugs and imaging molecules to tumors

MSE professor Miqin Zhang leads research on a new system to encase chemotherapy drugs within tiny, synthetic “nanocarrier” packages, which could be injected into patients and disassembled at the tumor site to release their toxic cargo. “Our nanocarrier system is really a hybrid addressing two needs — drug delivery and tumor imaging,” said Zhang, senior author on a paper published Sept. 27, 2016 in the journal Small. “First, this nanocarrier can deliver chemotherapy drugs and release them in the tumor area, which spares healthy tissue from toxic side effects. Second, we load the nanocarrier with materials to help doctors visualize the tumor, either using a microscope or by MRI scan.”

Read more on the UW Today website.
Syncing nanotechnology and cells

In a paper published last month in Scientific Reports, UW engineers demonstrated new methods of using proteins to bond with metals and to the calcium compounds that make up our teeth.

Led by MSE professor Mehmet Sarikaya, the team showed how a genetically engineered peptide, or small protein, can assemble into nanowires on top of solid, two dimensional surfaces that are just a single layer of atoms thick.

Read more on The Daily website
New protein bridges chemical divide for 'seamless' bioelectronic devices
MSE professor Mehmet Sarikaya leads research that has unveiled peptides that could improve results in how we treat disease, repair damaged tissue and replace lost limbs. A paper titled "Bioelectronic interfaces by spontaneously organized peptides on 2D atomic single layer materials" published Sept. 22, 2016 in Scientific Reports shows how a genetically engineered peptides can assemble into nanowires atop 2-D, solid surfaces that are just a single layer of atoms thick.

Read more on the UW Today website.
On October 24, 2016 the MSE department held the first annual Industry Day event to further deepen connections between MSE and industry.  The event, sponsored by Intel, took place in the Walker-Ames room in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

The evening kicked off with a keynote speech from Tim Hendry, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group (ret.), Intel. In his address titled "Semiconductor Industry Trends and Implications on the Electronic Materials Supply Chain" he discussed key industry trends, economics, challenges, and innovation. Hendry also shared his career experiences and gave advice for students about developing desirable career skills.

Following the keynote speech, MSE graduate students presented cutting-edge research to colleagues, faculty, alumni, and industry representatives through oral presentations and posters. Topics included clean energy generation and storage, biomaterials, semiconductors, and composites. During the reception and poster session undergraduate and graduate students used the opportunity to network with employers, professors, and fellow students.

In addition to the evening event, students also had the opportunity to meet formally with employers during the following day to discuss employment opportunities.

Click here to view the 2016 Industry Day program

Click here to view photos
Congratulations to Jim De Yoreo on receiving the very prestigious Materials Research Society’s (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship Award for 2016! Dr. De Yoreo, an MSE affiliate professor, is being honored for helping shape the world's understanding of crystallization science.
  • Thomson Reuters selected three MSE faculty in their list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2015. Professor Guozhong Cao, Professor Emeritus Alex Jen, and Professor Miqin Zhang joined 24 other UW faculty who appeared on this list, which was released in January 2016.
  • Prof. Kannan Krishnan received the prestigious Humboldt Prize honoring him as an international expert in elucidating structure property relations in a wide range of magnetic and spintronics materials. Read more...
  • Prof. Peter Pauzauskie received a 5-year NSF Career Award for his project titled “Integrated Research & Education on Controlling the Size and Composition of Diamond Nanocrystals via Molecular Synthesis.”
  • Prof Christine Luscombe received the 2017 Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Japan Lectureship Award
Congratulations to MSE Faculty Prof. Kannan Krishnan on the publication of his textbook: Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials.

"This book is a reflection of Kannan's ability to teach difficult concepts in an elegant and easy to understand way...I would recommend this book without hesitation to students, teachers and those working in industry."
- Urs Hafeli, University of British Columbia
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