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Upgraded radar can enable self-driving cars to see clearly no matter the weather

November 17, 2020

Upgraded radar can enable self-driving cars to see clearly no matter the weather

A new kind of radar could make it possible for self-driving cars to navigate safely in bad weather. Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a clever way to improve the imaging capability of existing radar sensors so that they accurately predict the shape and size of objects in the scene. The system worked well when tested at night and in foggy conditions. Full Story


UC San Diego engineers selected for DARPA Secure Silicon program

August 13, 2020

UC San Diego engineers selected for DARPA Secure Silicon program

Engineers at UC San Diego have been selected by DARPA to participate in the Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program to increase the security of our nation’s semiconductor supply chain.  Full Story


Engineer Earns Presidential Award for Improving Underrepresented Student Access to STEM Experiences

August 7, 2020

Engineer Earns Presidential Award for Improving Underrepresented Student Access to STEM Experiences

Olivia Graeve, a UC San Diego professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House. The award was created in 1995 to honor extraordinary individuals whose efforts have helped provide underrepresented groups with access to opportunities in STEM. Full Story


Rare Glassy Metal Discovered During Quest to Improve Battery Performance

July 24, 2020

Rare Glassy Metal Discovered During Quest to Improve Battery Performance

Scientists from UC San Diego and Idaho National Laboratory scrutinized the earliest stages of lithium recharging and learned that slow, low-energy charging causes electrodes to collect atoms in a disorganized way that improves charging behavior. This noncrystalline “glassy” lithium had never been observed, and creating such amorphous metals has traditionally been extremely difficult.  Full Story


UC San Diego NanoEngineers to lead MRSEC research thrust on Predictive Assembly

July 8, 2020

UC San Diego NanoEngineers to lead MRSEC research thrust on Predictive Assembly

In some ways, the field of materials science is where the pharmaceutical sciences were twenty years ago. A team of University of California San Diego researchers is working to change that. The team makes up the "predictive assembly" research thrust of the new $18M Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Today, computational and predictive tools are used in the pharmaceutical industry in order to design "small molecule" drugs with particular properties and behaviors. The challenge is that the design-before-you-synthesize approach hasn't worked for the larger-scale materials that are critical for many applications beyond small-molecule drugs. That's the work that will be done by the team led by nanoengineering professors Andrea Tao and Tod Pascal from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Newsletter

Fall 2020

  • Perovskite Neural Trees
  • Transition Waves in Metamaterials with Spatio-temporal Potentials
  • Shi Lab-Laboratory of Optical Bioimaging and Spectroscopy
  • Low-T Battery: Batteries That Can Work In Extreme Temperatures
  • Pseudo Spin Valve Behavior in Colloidally Prepared Nanoparticle Films

Fall 2019

  • Salt Water Flow on Patterned Surfaces for Power Generation
  • Monitoring Subcutaneous Infection in Amputees with Osseointegrated Prostheses
  • Improving Charge Transport by Using Intercalation Structure of Graphene and Quantum Dots Films
  • A Marriage Between Materials Science and Data Science Gives Birth to New Materials for Solar Cells and Light-Emitting Diodes

Fall 2018

  • Full-scale Profiling of Lithium Metal Anode
  • Ultrasmall Fiber Optics That Can Feel and Hear
  • Nanocrystals Emit Light by Efficiently 'Tunneling' Electrons
  • Investigating the Transport Properties of Iron Alloys under High Temperatures and Pressures
  • Controlling Cell Fate Decisions through Molecular Engineering

Fall 2017

  • Fluid Electrodes For Submersible Robotics Based On Dielectric Elastomer Actuators
  • High-Throughput Computational Design of Functional Materials
  • Ultrafast Direct Charge Transfer at Solid Interfaces Revealed by Interface Sensitive Spectroscopy
  • Electronic Metamaterials with Tunable Second-order Optical Nonlinearities
  • Ultra-Low defect density at sub-0.5 nm HfO2/SiGe interfaces via selective oxygen scavenging

Fall 2016

  • Mechanics of Soft Materials
  • Revealing Nanoscale Variations in the Chemistry of Next-Generation Solar Cells
  • Electrical Biosensor Chip for Detecting DNA Mutations
  • Biomimetic Tactile Devices for Neuro-Prosthetics: A Skin-Inspired Organic Digital Mechanoreceptor
  • Computer Simulations and In Silico Design of Novel Nanomaterials