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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.

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2018 George A. Roberts Scholarship and 2018 Clayton Family Scholarship

Congratulations to co-op researcher, Natalia Noriega Pedraza, who has just been awarded the 2018 George A. Roberts Scholarship from ASM.

The George A. Roberts Scholarship award provides $6,000 towards educational expenses for one academic year.  It is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who demonstrates exemplary academic and personal achievements, interest and potential in metallurgy or materials science and engineering, as well as financial need. The scholarship was established in 1995 by ASM Past President Dr. George A. Roberts to help further the education of students serving as role models in the field.

Natalia will attend the Materials Science & Technology Conference that is being held October 14-18, 2018, Columbus, OH to receive the award in person.

Natalia was also awarded a $3,000 scholarship, Clayton Family Scholarship from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology. Congratulations!

 

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.

Gogotsi Receives Highest H-Index Value Record 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 Engineering has 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.

 

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Natalia Wins STLE Scholarship

Congratulations to undergraduate student, Maria Natalia Noriega, for being awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists & Engineers (STLE) in recognition of her academic and research excellence.

Educational Outreach

Educational Outreach

The Nanomaterials Group 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.

College of Engineering Senior Design Competition 2018

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.
Co-Ops in Korea

Co-Ops in Korea

Our team of four undergraduate co-op students (Katya, Pavel, Jeremy and Riki) hit the ground running and research results are already coming at KAIST and KIST in South Korea. Our Korean partners are excited. Below are a few pictures of their time in Korea so far.