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Taylor Woehl Receives 2014 Munir Award
The UC Davis College of Engineering Awards Committee has presented the 2013 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award to Taylor Woehl, who obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering in September 2013. Woehl’s dissertation is titled Direct Observations of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Behavior in the Presence of External Fields.

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Taylor Woehl Receives 2014 Munir Award
The UC Davis College of Engineering Awards Committee has presented the 2013 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award to Taylor Woehl, who obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering in September 2013. Woehl’s dissertation is titled Direct Observations of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Behavior in the Presence of External Fields.

Professor Ricardo Castro Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Fellow
Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Fellow. As part of this highly selective and prestigious honor he will receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support his research, service, and teaching activities. He will also have the honor of using the title, “Chancellor’s Fellow”, until July, 2018. CHMS has now had two Chancellor's Fellows in consecutive years as Nael El-Farra was the recipient of the honor last year. To our knowledge this is unprecedented for department.

Established in 2000, the Chancellor’s Fellow Program honors outstanding faculty members early in their careers for their achievements as well as the potential that they show in their fields. The program is supported by funds from the Chancellor’s Club and the annual fund of the University of California, Davis.

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Research

CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed an innovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science
CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed an innovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science & engineering designed for use in K-12 schools. Through Professor Castro’s efforts a new generation of students will seek careers in materials science!

Micromagnet image New publication in ground-breaking work in latest issue of Physic Review Letters by CHMS Professor and collaborators
CHMS Professor Yayoi Takamura and collaborators have published ground-breaking work in a recent issue of Physics Review Letters that investigates exchange interactions in complex oxide micromagnets using x-ray photoemission electron microscopy. Exchange interactions occur at the interfaces between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials. The structural and magnetic properties of the antiferromagnetic layer dictates the nature of the exchange interactions, which can be in the form of exchange bias or spin-flop coupling. Using a carefully designed model system consisting of complex oxide materials, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and LaFeO3, the researchers demonstrated that both types of exchange interactions could exist simultaneously in patterned micromagnets. These results highlight the importance of exchange interactions for domain engineering of future spintronic devices, with applications for magnetic memory or computer logic devices.


Awards

Undergraduate Research Stephanie Burg accepted and awarded University Prize Scholarship at University of Sheffield
Stephanie Burg, an undergraduate researcher in Professor Adam Moule's lab and tutor for ECH140 class, recently accepted into the Physics department at the University of Sheffield in England to study polymer physics using beam lines for her thesis. Not only was she accepted, but she also won the University Prize Scholarship, which is the most prestigious graduate research scholarship offered by Sheffield.

Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kasemen Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kaseman named recipients of the Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships were awarded to Derrick Kasemen and Trina Napasindayao. These awards are in recognition of their academic and scientific accomplishments during their graduate student careers at UC Davis. The Graduate Affairs Committee cited Mr. Kaseman's contributions towards the development of a new two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic technique that has helped to resolve a 10 year old controversy on the structure and connectivity in Ge-Se alloys. Ms. Napasindayao's work is in the area of fault-tolerant process control and systems engineering, specifically focusing on the development of innovative methods for the identification and handling of faults in controlled particular process systems that continuous and dispersed phases. Congratulations!

NAS/NAE Professors Highest national recognition for five CHMS faculty
CHMS is the proud home department of FIVE faculty National Academy of Engineering or Science members, the highest of any department on the Davis campus. Shown here are Academy members (from left) Enrique Lavernia, Diran Apelian, Alex Navrotsky, Bruce Gates, and Subhash Mahajan. Our Academy members represent the outstanding quality of research, scholarship, and teaching housed in the Department.

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Announcements

Professor Karen McDonald Leadership position for CHMS Professor
CHMS Professor Karen McDonald has been appointed as the Faculty Director of the UC Davis ADVANCE program. ADVANCE is a NSF-funded program entitled “Institutional Transformation to Build and Sustain a Diverse Community of Innovative STEM Scholars,” awarded to enhance diversity among university faculty in STEM fields. (Chancellor Linda Katehi is the Principal Investigator). As Faculty Director, Professor McDonald will be an integral part of the leadership and management team, coordinating the ADVANCE initiatives and program activities, interfacing with internal and external advisory boards, evaluators and NSF, and working with the leadership team, initiative Co-Directors, and campus community to advance the goals of the program.

Students New Introductory Course: Brewing (and drinking!) Coffee
CHMS Professor Bill Ristenpart and Tonya Kuhl have designed an exciting new introductory level course in Chemical Engineering based on the always popular topic of brewing (and drinking!) coffee. The course was featured recently in the local media; you can read more about it here.