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A research team jointly led by NanoEngineering professors, Ping Liu and Shyue Ping Ong, have discovered a new anode material known as disordered rocksalt. This new anode material enables lithium-ion batteries to safely recharge within minutes for thousands of cycles. 

NanoEngineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, and her Center for Nano-Immunoengineering have received a grant to work toward developing a new treatment for liver cancer by combining ablation with immunotherapy from a plant virus.

Researchers led by Nanoengineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, have developed a more targeted way to deliver pesticides to food crops. Using a plant virus as a nanocarrier will result in decreasing the amount of required pesticide and reducing the chemical accumulation in our food and water.

NanoEngineering professor, Shirley Meng, along with other scientists from UC San Diego and Idaho National Laboratory, have discovered a noncystalline "glassy" lithium that had never previously been observed.

NanoEngineering professor, Sheng Xu and his research lab have developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films.  This new method results in the perovskites showing fewer defects, enhanced stability and more efficiency for use in solar cells and optical devices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in researchers designing a high number of vaccines. New nanotechnologies has been playing a large role in these designs.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UC San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The UC San Diego labs funded by this new MRSEC, which includes those from the NanoEngineering Department, will focus on

Professor Nicole Steinmetz and her Center for Nano-Immuno-Engineering have received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting from Dr.

NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Liangfang Zhang and his research lab have developed a way to use nano-scale particles in the form of nanosponges as a way to soak up harmful pathogens and toxins from viruses. This advancement could help protect healthy cells against the COVID-19 infection. 

NanoEngineering professors, Dr. Joseph Wang and Dr. Liangfang Zhang, have developed an enzyme-powered Janus platelet cell robot to use for active and targeted drug delivery. This breakthrough can help develop multi-functional cell-based micromotors for numerous biomedical applications.

Dept News

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Jiuyuan Nie (Advanced Inorganic and Energy Materials Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. His defense on "Solid-State Activated Sintering of TiO2 and Electric Field Assisted Sintering of ZnO Based Materials" was presented on September 4, 2019.

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Pritesh Parikh (Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Exploring Nanoscale Chemical Distributions for Energy Applications using Atom Probe Tomography" was presented on July 18, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Rajan Kumar (Neural Interaction Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering.
Congratulations to Dr.

Congratulations to Jinxing Li, a NanoEngineering alumnus (PhD 2017, Wang Group), who was recently named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review. Jinxing is a pioneer for his use of tiny robots to treat disease.  Our department is proud of his achievements!

Congratulations to Dr. Cody Carpenter (Lipomi Research Group), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Organic Materials for Haptic Feedback" was presented on June 21, 2019. Dr. Carpenter received his B.S. and M.S.