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(Updated: 09/29/2014)

Improving Plant-based Battery with Neutrons and Simulations
09.18.14 Researchers at ORNL and the University of Tennessee are studying the structure of plant-based battery materials by combining neutron experiments and supercomputer simulations. Read more

New ion beam materials laboratory for materials modification and irradiation effects research

ABSTRACT: "A new multifunctional ion beam materials laboratory (IBML) has been established at the University of Tennessee, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The IBML is currently equipped with two ion sources, a 3 MV tandem accelerator, three beamlines and three endstations. The IBML is primarily dedicated to fundamental research on ion–solid interaction, ion beam analysis, ion beam modification, and other basic and applied research on irradiation effects in a wide range of materials. An overview of the IBML facility is provided, and experimental results are reported to demonstrate the specific capabilities."
SOURCE: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 338 (2014) 19-30

Three Engineering Professors on "World's Most Influential" List

From left to right: Governor's Chair Ramamoorthy Ramesh;
Matthew Mench, head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace,
and Biomedical Engineering; and Professor David Mandrus.

Since having your work recognized by your peers has long been considered a top honor for those in higher education, a trio of College of Engineering professors recently became academic all-stars. Governor's Chair Ramamoorthy Ramesh and professors Matthew Mench and David Mandrus were recently named to the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014″ list by Thomson Reuters news service. "This is a tremendous personal honor for all three of them, and also a strong validation of some of the things that we have going on here in the College of Engineering at Tennessee," said Wayne Davis, dean of the college. To compile the list, Reuters studied research and releases across the globe and measured the total number of times that other researchers, professors, and students cited the material in their own findings. Rather than just basing their result on which people had been cited the most overall, Reuters looked at which individual papers within the results had been cited the highest number of times. Those findings placed Ramesh, Mench, and Mandrus in the top 1 percent of all research scientists across the world. "For them to be on the list itself is nice enough, but for it to be based on the respect that others in their fields have for them—for their peers to so often cite them as leaders—underscores the sort of people we have on our faculty here," said Davis.

Along with being a Governor's Chair, Ramesh is the deputy director for science and technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in addition to his role in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UT—where Mandrus is also a professor—while Mench is the head of and the Condra Chair of Excellence in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering.
Ramesh is an expert in solar nanotechnology, while Mench studies electrochemical power storage, transport, and conversion, and Mandrus is a leader in developing breakthroughs that lead to ever-smaller, more efficient electronics.

Yang Tong receives Acta Student Award

ul Yang TongYang 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.
2013 ACTA Student Awards recipient:

Dr. Zhang and 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 and Weber on winning this new EFRC.

2014 graduation

2014 Spring PhD Hooding Ceremony

GSS representative for graduate students in the MSE department 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. alindse9@utk.eduFor more information on the GSS, email the president at or visit Read more about GSS here:

Theory and experiments met 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.

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.


Dr. George Pharr, Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Joint Faculty Scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been named to the National Academy of Engineering. He becomes the fifth NAE member in the College of Engineering. Pharr, who is also director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials and McKamey Professor of Engineering, has been elected for his "development of methods for determining mechanical properties of materials by nanoindentation." Read more >>

Melcher named IEEE Fellow

Dr. Chuck Melcher, director of the Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC), was recently named a Fellow of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association's most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. The announcement of his fellowship cited his discovery of a cerium-activated lutetium oxy-orthosilicate scintillator and its application to medical imaging.
Read more about IEEE >>

A few of our 2014 MSE graduates:
Breana Harvell, Kyle Winter, Jonaaron Jones, and Fionnie Wong

Mariya 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.

zangDr. Huidong Zang - MSE grad, professor publish 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 >>

Ramamoorthy Ramesh Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh has been chosen as recipient of the 2014 EMPMD John Bardeen Award. His nomination was recently approved by the TMS Electronic, Magnetic, & Photonic Materials Division Award Committee. This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and is a leader in the field of electronic materials. Mark Asta, Ramesh's principal nominator, felt his career accomplishments uniquely qualified him for this award, and his colleagues on the Electronic, Magnetic, & Photonic Materials awards committee obviously agreed. Congratulations Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh.

Important Dates

Engineers Day
Thursday, October 23,2014

All Engineering undergraduate classes are cancelled so the students can participate fully in this event.

History of Event: Engineers Day has been a UT College of Engineering tradition for over 100 years. Each October, undergraduate engineering classes are dismissed for one day to allow university students and faculty to spend time interacting with hundreds of potential engineering students from high schools across the region. In 2013 almost 1,000 students from 42 different high schools (and some home schoolers) traveled to UT's Knoxville campus to explore and learn about the various aspects of engineering through discussions, project demonstrations and exhibits prepared by UT engineering student clubs and societies. Participants experienced an overview of the different engineering disciplines and saw examples of how an engineer's work impacts daily life. It is our goal that students involved in Engineers Day will be inspired by the ever-growing field of engineering. Engineers Day features six competitions for visiting students. Results for the 2013 Quiz Bowl, Egg Drop Competition, ASCE High School Balsa Wood Bridge Competition, Food Battery Competition, Radiation Shielding Competition and Solar/Fuel Cell Car Race can be found at If you would like more information on this event, please contact the Engineering Academic & Student Affairs office at (865) 974-2454.

The MSE Honors/Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Calhouns on the River 6:00 pm
Application for S- STEM Scholarship Program
2014 2015 (Submission window opens Feb. 15, 2014)


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