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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. Ashley Kroll (Zhang Nanomedicine Lab), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "Cell Membrane-Coated Nanoparticles for Immune Modulation" was presented on June 6, 2019. Dr.

 

Congratulations to Manas Likhit Holekevi Chandrappa  (Materials Virtual Lab), who recently received his M.S. in NanoEngineering. His thesis defense on "Strain Modulation of Properties of Inorganic Halide Perovskite (CsPbBr3): A DFT Study"  was presented on June 5, 2019. 

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to congratulate the following recipients for these 18-19 academic year awards!

Post-Docs of the Year:

1. Laure Kayser (Lipomi Research Group)

Congratulations to Eric Ruike Zhao (Jokerst Bioimaging Lab), who recently received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering. His thesis defense on "Biocompatibilty and Photoacoustic Imaging of Silicon Carbide Nanomaterials in Stem Cells" was presented on May 16, 2019.

Congratulations to Zachary Dorfman (Fenning Research Group), who recently received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering. His thesis defense on "Toward Commercial Perovskite Solar Manufacturing" was presented on May 15, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Junxin Wang (Jokerst Bioimaging Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Photoacoustic Monitoring in Anticoagulant Therapy" was presented on May 14, 2019. Dr.

NanoEngineering student, Will Tanaka and Environmental Chemistry major, Enid Partika were awarded with the prestigious 2019 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in recognition for their work on the BioEnergy Project.

Our department would like to congratulate NanoEngineering Ph.D.