MSE Briefs

Announcements and updates by the faculty and students of the UVA Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    We're on the move! NMCF Raman/AFM and Hardness Testing instrumentation have relocated.

    July 31, 2019

    NMCF Raman/AFM and Hardness Testing instrumentation have relocated.


    1) UVa's Raman spectrometer with integrated AFM has moved from the second floor of the Materials Science Building (MSB) to the first floor, MSB 142.

    2) All hardness testing instrumentation has relocated to MSB 162.

    3) The post-processing computer for XPS analysis has also relocated to MSB 162.


    Microscopy Competition: Science as Art

    June 14, 2019
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    Science as Art: Microscopy Image Competition (2019)

    Each year the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Board hosts a competition for the most stunning images in electron or optical microscopy taken on NMCF instrumentation. The images are evaluated not on their scientific merit, but on their artistic aesthetic. This year's winning micrographs are all scanning electron microscopy images taken using the Quanta 650 or 200 LV SEM instruments. Congratulations to all who participated! And the winners are......

    MMI Retreat Brings New Collaboration

    May 02, 2019

    Faculty and students from departments across the engineering school gathered Friday, March 22 at the first annual Multifunctional Materials Integration (MMI) retreat. The nearly 40 participants are part of a cross-disciplinary initiative that embraces grand challenges in engineering and technology which cannot easily be solved by a small team or with experts in only one field.  The purpose of the retreat was to share ideas, build new collaborative teams, and identify goals for the following year.

    New Film on NMCF

    May 02, 2019

    This new film on our Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility was just created and shared at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix - see it here!

    Katie Detwiler named DoD SMART Scholar

    April 17, 2019

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    Katie Detwiler, a Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. Student, is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious SMART Scholarship, a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to develop and retain talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers.  Katie, a member of the Beth Opila’s group at UVA, is researching oxidation behavior of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for use in high-temperature jet engine applications.  She previously studied the effects of residual stresses on mechanical properties in CMCs for her Master’s Thesis, which she completed as a Pathways Intern at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), near Dayton, Ohio.

    Now, as a SMART Scholar, Katie will continue to intern over the summers at AFRL for the remainder of her Ph.D. studies.  After her graduation, Katie will be brought on as a civilian employee at AFRL.  Wright-Patterson holds a special place in Katie’s life as her grandfather has worked there for close to 50 years. “I’ve interned at AFRL before and, in fact, it was what led me into materials science,” explained Katie. “I’m excited to support the Air Force’s mission to protect our country and it’s a great motivator to see real life applications of my research.” Congratulations, Katie!

    Sean Agnew selected as distinguished TMS Brimacombe Medalist

    April 16, 2019

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    At the spring TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Sean Agnew was honored as a Brimacombe Medalist. The award recognizes individuals with sustained excellence and achievement related to materials science and engineering and with a record of service. Professor Agnew was specficially recognized for his "outstanding contributions to advancing the scientific understanding of deformation mechanisms and the associated mechanical response of magnesium-based and other metals".