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Yang Tong receives Acta Student Award

Yang Tong, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the prestigious Acta Student Award for 2013. This award honors the best student contribution to Scripta Materialia in 2013. The competition is very tough for this award, and only best papers are chosen. Tong also contributed to Acta Materialia in 2013. Both Scripta and Acta are high impact journals. Tong’s contribution to Scripta has gained a lot of attention in the metallic glass community and has been very popular on the Elsevier website.

See all of 2013 ACTA Student Awards recipients

Dr. Zhang & Dr. Weber win the EFRC Grant

DOE-OBES yesterday announced the  winners of the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). Professor Yanwen Zhang’s nuclear materials EFRC proposal was selected! Please join me in heartily congratulating Professors Zhang & Weber on winning this new EFRC.

The GSS representative for graduate students in MSE is Adam Lindsey.

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) that represents the interests of all graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee. GSS is the official voice of graduate students and is the organization that administrators turn to when the opinion of the graduate student body is desired. For more information on the GSS, email the president at or visit

Read more about GSS here

Theory & Experiments meet at SMRC labs

Students from MSE 250 (Introduction to Materials Kinetics and Transport Phenomena) had the opportunity to connect the theory learned in class to the actual experiments at the Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC). Dr. Mariya Zhuravleva and Mrs. Merry Koschan kindly showed the MSE 250 undergraduates how Czochralski and Bridgman methods were used to grow single crystals, while Dr. Yanfei Gao, the instructor of MSE 250, had taught the underlying theories in class. The abstract concepts of forced and natural convection, thermocapillary convection, and motion of solid/liquid interface became better understood by the students, as shown by their smiling faces.

Dr. Lundin Receives AWS Award

Dr. Carl Lundin, metallurgy and welding professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received the District Educator Award (District 8, Northeast Tennessee Section) for 2012-2013 from the American Welding Society (AWS) in recognition of teaching and expanding the knowledge of welding-related subjects.

MSE Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Zhuravleva Named Principle Investigator on 5 year, $2 Million grant from the DHS

Mariya Zhuravleva, assistant research professor of materials science and engineering, was recently named principal investigator on a $2 million 5-year grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Her research addresses a grand challenge in border security by developing crystal growth technology aimed at enabling the production of large size gamma-ray scintillators with superior energy resolution. The properties of currently available materials limit the performance of detection systems. For most gamma and neutron detection applications, these materials must be available in large size at a reasonable cost while maintaining the required energy resolution to unambiguously identify various nuclear signatures. New fundamental understanding of the materials properties of recently discovered scintillators will be coupled with numerical simulations of fluid flow and heat/mass transport to drive the design of new crystal growth furnaces and new growth protocols aimed at demonstrating the potential of large scale production.

MSE Grad Dr. Huidong Zang & MSE Professor Dr. Bin Hu published in Scientific Reports

Dr. Huidong Zang, a graduate from the UT COE Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Dr. Bin Hu, a professor in MSE, and colleagues recently published “Magneto-Dielectric Effects Induced by Optically-Generated Intermolecular Charge-Transfer States in Organic Semiconducting Materials” in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). The group’s research investigated the interaction between magnetic field and a capacitor while using polymer and small molecule as dielectric materials. Zang is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate with the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York. Read more >>

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