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A NanoEngineering team, led by professor Kenneth Vecchio and his Ph.D. student Kevin Kaufmann, have developed a machine learning algorithm technique that can determine crystal structures in a less labor-intensive manner.

Professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena, a NanoEngineering professor, was named an Emerging Scholar for 2020 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. This honor is in recognition of his work with underrepresented students as part of his program called Bridges to Education.

NanoEngineering professor, Marc Meyers, along with his group and a group from UC Berkeley, collected hair samples from numerous mammals, including humans, to study their characteristics.

NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Sheng Xu, and a team of engineers, have developed a new method that may improve efficiency and fabricate longer lasting perovskite solar cells, LEDs and photodetectors.

NanoEngineering Professor, Joseph Wang and fellow senior authors have developed a new type of micromotor that can move around individual cells and microscopic particles without damaging them.

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NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Shirley Meng and colleagues have discovered the reason behind the failure of lithium metal batteries.

Researchers led by NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Ert. Cubukcu, have developed a wave guide that is three layers of atoms thin - the thinnest optical device in the world. To create it, researchers used advanced micro- and nanofabrication techniques.

Congratulations to NanoEngineering professor, Darren Lipomi for being named recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.

Dept News

Congratulations to Chemical Engineering undergraduate, Dora Ogbonna, who was selected as a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. She is the only student selected from UC San Diego this year, and the first student ever to be selected from the NanoEngineering Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Zihan Xu on receiving her Ph.D in NanoEngineering for her defense on “Photodetection in Disordered Materials”. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her well on exploring career opportunities in the industry! 


Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne E. Lemaster (Jokerst Bioimaging Lab), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "The Development and Application of Nanoparticles for Cell Tracking and Multimodal Imaging" was presented on December 4, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Shangting You (Chen Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Manipulating Light-Matter Interactions in Photopolymerization-Based Microscale 3D Printing" was presented on December 5, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Ashay Anurag (Kummel Lab), who recently received his M.S. in NanoEngineering. His thesis defense on "Passivation for Selective ALD and CVD of Metals, Metal Oxides and Metal Silicides" was presented on December 5, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Soto (Joseph Wang's Nanobioelectronics), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Engineering Micro/Nanorobots Towards Biomedical Applications:Targeted Delivery, Surgery and Detoxification" was presented on October 16, 2019. Dr.

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to congratulate Professor Shaochen Chen for being awarded the Best Undergraduate Instructor in the Jacobs School of Engineering.  Dean Albert Pisano was on hand to personally present Dr. Chen with his award. 

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher M. Coaty (Electrochemical Materials Science Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Conversion Reaction Synthesis: A Versatile and Scalable Route to Nanoporous Transition Metals" was presented on September 10, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Caleb Christianson (Bioinspired Robotics and DesignLab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Actuation for Bioinspired, Soft, Swimming Robots" was presented on August 29, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Chen Zheng (Materials Virtual Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Machine Learning Big Materials Data" was presented on August 28, 2019. Dr. Zheng has been with the Department of NanoEngineering graduate program since Fall 2014.