Archive for 2012

MSE alumna Jessica Rimsza awarded prestigious fellowship

picRimsza earned her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in December 2011, after only three and a half years of study. While at UA, she worked in Dr. Renee Corrales’ lab developing liquids for semiconductor cleaning. Earlier this year her research was published in the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.

As Rimsza was finishing her undergraduate degree, Corrales suggested she consider working with Dr. Jincheng Du at UNT for her graduate work. Corrales and Du previously worked together at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Rimsza took a weekend trip from Houston, where she was interning for ExxonMobil’s Materials and Corrosion Group, to visit the campus and decided it was the right fit for her. Read full article here.

MSE Grad Student Award: NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute for FY 2012 in New Zealand

May 2012 - MSE grad student Stephen Budy won an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship that will support his research visit to the University of Auckland in New Zealand this summer.

Stephen and the other NSF Fellows attended a training session for the fellowship in Washington DC where he met the New Zealand Ambassador (Stephen is three rows up and second from the right in a Burgundy colored shirt, the Ambassador is in the first row, left).

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Assistant Professor Robert G. Erdmann's work on the Hieronymous Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) makes national news in Spain

February 2012 - The meditations of St. John the Baptist, painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1485 and 1510, is one of the best known works of the Museo Lázaro Galdiano. In the box, 60 by 40 centimeters, the saint is surrounded by strange mountains (mirror of lust and sin), farm animals mixed with strange creatures and plants typical of a great science fiction movie. In this table highlights what could be a sort of grenade climbing. The restoration by the museum in 1995, sensed the existence of a male figure occupying the central part of the fruit. Now you can see almost every detail of the head and drawing the artist made before painting and it is known that, as it did in other works, the face corresponds to the donor, the person who commissioned the work. Why did it disappear? The causes can be many: not pleased with the payer. It did not work the composition in the eyes of the artist. He repented on the spot and the image of the patron is like many other artist's regrets.

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Professor Srini Raghavan Appointed to a Chevron Chair in India

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February 2012 - Professor Srini Raghavan has been appointed to a Chevron Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras) in Chennai, India. The Chair Professorship is for a total period of three months that may be spread over multiple visits during 2012-2014. The Chair has been established to promote work in the area of materials in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

pic 3Professor Raghavan's first visit to IIT-Madras will be during the period of March 28 to April 28, 2012. His second visit will be from August 4 to August 22, 2013.

In addition to working with selected faculty and graduate students, he will be a co-instructor for a short course in Electrochemistry that is being organized for high school teachers.

MSE Graduate Students Wins First Prize for Poster During the Materials Challenges at MCARE 2012

February 2012 - Lance Hubbard won First Prize in the Graduate Student Poster Competition held during the Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) 2012 Conference in Clearwater, FL.

MCARE 2012 facilitates information sharing on the latest developments involving materials for alternative and renewable energy systems. The program emphasized materials challenges and innovations in the areas of solar energy, wind power, hydro, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, hydrogen, electric grid, materials availability, nanocomposites/nanomaterials, and battery and energy storage.  The meeting was organized by the American Ceramic Society, co-organized by ASM, TMS, and SPE and is endorsed by the Materials Research Society.  An international community of researchers, representing academia, national laboratory, and industry, participated in the 4-day meeting.

Lance’s prize-winning presentation was entitled: “Characterization of PECVD Thin Film Alumina for Electronic Passivation of Si Photovoltaics.” In addition to his technical activities, Lance also got to test drive a Chevrolet Volt and a Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle furnished by conference co-sponsors, GM and Toyota.

MSE Erica Corral's Plasma Sintering Furnace - Forging Tomorrow

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pic 2Erica Corral, Ph.D., professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Arizona, uses a special furnace – a plasma sintering furnace – to study how nanoengineered materials perform at ultra-high temperatures. Why? Because at 20 times the speed of sound, tomorrow’s hypersonic vehicles will need to withstand temperatures upwards of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit as they scream through the atmosphere.

For Corral, the work is as much about the students as it is about the science. In her lab, she combines high-tech ideas with raw student talent to forge the innovations – and the professionals – who are fueling the industries of the future. Read the full article here.

Grad Student's research featured on cover of journal

January 2012 - Stephen Budy, a graduate student in Prof. Doug Loy's research group, is featured on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, which specializes in the rapid dissemination of high-quality detailed studies of novel and challenging crystal and molecular structures of interest in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, mineralogy, pharmacology, physics and materials science.

The cover shows a molecule that Stephen synthesized as a model compound for his studies of polyarylene electrolytes.  Download Pdf file

Back in August, 2011, Stephen was awarded a 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award for his paper, "Sulfonated Polyarylene via Friedel-Crafts Reactions: Synthesis and Characterization."

MSE Professor Erica Corral Wins National Teaching Award

pic 1January 2012 - Erica L. Corral, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Arizona, has been given a national award in recognition of her "dedication to training and mentoring young people in materials science and engineering through educational outreach efforts."


Corral's ability to convey knowledge and enthusiasm of materials engineering to her students has earned her the 2011 Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, an award given to professors in materials science and engineering by ASM International, a society of materials scientists, researchers and technologists.

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