A Message from the Department Chair
December is a time of transitions here in MSE at ISU as you’ll see in this edition of Elements. We congratulated 26 graduates and wished them all the best as they embark on their next adventure.  Our faculty have been awarded with significant grants for impactful research, and our faculty and graduate students have been recognized with honors and awards for their commitment to research, teaching and service. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about these activities in this month’s newsletter. May your holidays be shared with friends and family, and may you enjoy a peaceful and prosperous new year.
-Kristen Constant

Faculty and Research News

Ames Laboratory awarded $5 million to improve metal powders for advanced manufacturing

Ames Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to improve the production and composition of metal alloy powders used in additive manufacturing. “There’s a lot of intense interest focused on additive manufacturing with metal alloys, because there are so many potential applications,” said Iver Anderson, project leader and senior metallurgist at Ames Laboratory and adjunct professor in Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University. “Industry has demands for prototyping parts, design development, reducing waste of expensive materials, and efficiently producing custom and legacy components for their customers.” Read More>>

RIF grant helps to progress the commercialization of newly discovered, patent-pending critical material recovery process

With the rise in demand for new electronics and better technology, there is also a rise in waste material. There is a need for a more efficient but affordable recovery processes. What happens to all the material waste after old and unused technologies get replaced? Is there value in the materials that remain? How can critical materials be recovered more efficiently in the process? These questions fueled the exploration that has resulted in a patent, grant and now a small business.To Martin Thuo and Christophe Frankiewicz, the question “How can critical materials be recovered more efficiently?” was open to discovery and testing. They believed there was a better way to eliminate the waste in the current recovery processes. Read More>>.
Surya Mallapragada named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Surya Mallapragada has appointments with Materials Science and Engineering and the Ames Laboratory, and she has worked for about two decades to invent bio-materials and bio-inspired materials with the goal of improving human health.
“This is really a huge honor,” Mallapragada said of being named an academy fellow. “The credit goes to all of my students – all of our research enterprise is fueled by them. This is a testament to their efforts, and not just my own.”
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Martin Thuo's research group was named one of the Top 20 Research Discoveries of 2016 in C&EN Magazine with his research on liquid metals- soldering without heat. To see the feature, click here. To learn more about his research, Read>>

Kristen Constant honored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Dr. Constant received The WiSE Inspiring Change: ISU Administrator Advocate Award during the WiSE 30th Anniversary Banquet on December 3rd at the Alumni Center. She was also honored as a WiSE Champion chosen because of her support for the program. Her nominator wrote: 
Dr. Constant has been a leader in creating institutional change to support gender equity at Iowa State University for over two decades. Dr. Constant was a co-PI on the university’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant and served as the first Equity Advisor for the College of Engineering creating awareness of issues of implicit bias that inhibit the hiring and advancement of women and other underrepresented individuals in STEM fields.  In addition, Dr. Constant has been an advocate for diversity in engineering at the national level, having served as the representative to ABET for the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN).

John Verhoeven Damascus Steel Research 

John Verhoeven, Emeritus Professor and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, worked at Iowa State for almost 40-years.Verhoeven is a trained metallurgist who specialized in diffusion, mass transport of liquid metal, metal solidification, the preparation of composite materials by directional phase transformations, and the deformation of processed metal-metal composites.
An expert in Damascus Swords blades, Verhoeven specialized in reproducing elemental, structural and visual characteristics of the wootz Damascus steel that had been a lost technique for centuries. He has recently written a summary of his research and experiences discovering how Damascus steel swords could be replicated. Read his summary>> 

Ames Laboratory, MSE scientists create new compound, first intermetallic double salt with platinum

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are being credited with creating the first intermetallic double salt with platinum.Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterize the compound.“It’s a compound that as a researcher you have trouble envisioning that it can even exist, but once you do have it and can analyze it, it’s nothing like what you expect,” said Mudring.  Read More>>

Mudring's research featured on the cover of Angewandte Chemie
A rare family of compounds in which a metal forms a truly negatively charged ion, in this case a Pt2− ion, is represented by the new cesium platinide hydride Cs9Pt4H. In their Communication on page 14838 ff., A.-V. Mudring and V. Smetana show that the existence of this compound and its properties, which feature a band gap in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum together with optical transparency, serve as experimental evidence for the relativistic stabilization of the Pt 6s2 state.

Student News

Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle

Materials Engineering senior, Matt Goode, from Coggon, Iowa has been leading over 100 students within PrISUm, the solar car team at Iowa State University, in developing the world’s first solar utility vehicle (SUV) named Penumbra. This vehicle will compete in the cruiser class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to race across the Australian Outback on October 8-15, 2017. Read More>>
Matt Goode, pictured above, showing off solar cars from previous years. He looks forward to the completion of Penumbra in June.

The Gaffer’s Guild celebrates their final ‘hoorah’ in the Sweeney Hall Glass Studio

The furnace is off, and the next chapter begins for the Iowa State University Gaffer’s Guild. They shut down the Sweeney Hall Glass Studio for the last time at 1:36 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The glass studio has been operating in 1334 Sweeney Hall since April 29, 2000.After sixteen years, the Gaffer’s Guild “closed up shop” and now awaits the arrival of their new studio that will be located in the Student Innovation Center that is to be built and completed by spring 2020. Read More>>

Research and Teaching Excellence Awards given to four MSE students for the fall 2016 semester

The recipients include:
Darrel Enyart- Teaching Excellence Award
Stephanie Oyola- Reynoso- Research Excellence Award
Jiahao Chen- Research Excellence Award
Honghu Zhang- Research Excellence Award

These graduate students have been recognized by the department, faculty and the Graduate College as students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in teaching or research. The top 10% of graduate students involved in research and teaching are being recognized across the university. Read More>>

Fall 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to all graduating students from the Materials Science and Engineering Department. We are proud of your accomplishments. Learn more about each graduate. Read More>>
The four pictures above are from the MSE Pre-Commencement Reception held on Saturday, December 17th in the Sun Room at the Memorial Union. Graduates and their families were invited to attend a special ceremony and brunch honoring their accomplishments in the Materials Science and Engineering department.  
Catherine Meis, senior in Materials Engineering from Le Mars, Iowa, has been named an outstanding senior in the College of Engineering for fall commencement 2016. Learn more about her accomplishments here.>>

Alumni News

Hutchins Grant Award Winner Announced

During the 2016 Annual Meeting at SMTA International, the SMTA announced that Kate Reeve, a graduate student at Purdue University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant.  The SMTA Grant Committee selected her project entitled "Heterogeneous Nucleation of ß-Tin in Lead-Free, Tin-Based Solder Alloys."The $5000 grant has been presented annually since 1998 to a full time graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronics assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field.
Kate graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering and dual minors in Nuclear Engineering and Economics.

Brad Beardsley Fund

MSE alumni and friends, 
Brad Beardsley passed away on March 19, 2016 at the age of 62. In honor of his commitment and loyalty to Iowa State University, his family has established a fund in Brad’s name that will be used for student scholarships and other priorities in Materials Science and Engineering department. If you would like to contribute to MSE in Brad’s memory, please visit the following link
Brad received his undergraduate degree in Engineering in 1975 and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University in 1978 and 2007, respectively. He worked at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois for over 35 years and retired as the Research Project Manager for Advanced Material Technology within Caterpillar. He resided in Canton, Iowa following retirement. 
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