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Organic Polymers Could Improve Bioelectronics Thanks to Erin Ratcliff

Assistant professor in materials science and engineering Erin Ratcliff’s experiments with organic polymers boost prospects for developing more sensitive wearable and implantable bioelectronics that can record, regulate and repair what ails us. In a paper co-authored with postdoctoral associate Melanie Rudolph, Ratcliff demonstrated new ways to achieve selectivity for biomarkers, which is accomplished by processing a polymer in such a way that it precisely controls the rate of charge transfer...



Sound Over Silicon: Computing’s Wave of the Future

With a combined $1.8 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the UA, materials science and engineering professor and department head Pierre Deymier explores building a quantum computer that uses sound instead of quantum particles to process information“Phonon-based computing has the power to change the world as we know it,” said Deymier.



MSE Wins 2017 UA/ASU Materials Bowl

At long last, the Territorial Trophy is home! UA lost the trophy to rivals ASU after the 13th Annual Materials Bowl last year, but the twelve UA Department of Materials Science and Engineering students competing this year secured its return. In a near sweep, Kurumi Austin and Eric Nelson won first and second place, respectively, in the senior capstone project and poster competition sponsored by the ASM International Phoenix Chapter. Be sure to visit MSE's Facebook group for photos from the...



Douglas Loy Is TLA's Inventor of the Year

On April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world. During the award presentation, MSE professor Douglas Loy was named Inventor of the Year for the physical sciences. Loy holds joint appointments in MSE and the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A prolific inventor, he is presently developing a...



MSE Battles ASU at 14th Annual Materials Bowl

On April 25, 12 MSE students will venture north to compete for bragging rights and the Territorial Materials Trophy in the 14th annual Arizona Materials Bowl capstone project and poster competition. Seniors ​​​​Kurumi Austin, Jeffrey DuBose, Maxwell Duffy, Jeremy Elias, Jillian Grass, Neil Jenkins, Eric Nelson, Claudia Ramirez, Liam Richards, Brian Swartwout, Chris Tang and Joshua Vita will face off against rivals ASU in Tempe. They'll be looking to take back the trophy from the Sun Devils, who...



Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 12 seniors from the UA Department of Materials Science and Engineering – inte​nd to prove it. The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will...



MSE Faculty Receive Funds for Early-Stage Inventions

Douglas A. Loy, University of Arizona professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry and biochemistry, has received one of seven 2017 Asset Development awards from Tech Launch Arizona. The funds will aid him in developing a nontoxic, long-lasting sunscreen based on bridged polysilsesquioxanes nanoparticles. He previously received TLA support to create and market biologically based sun protection. Marek Romanowski, a UA biomedical engineering professor with a joint appointment in...



UA Engineers Twist Laws of Physics to Boost Sonic Science

MSE department head Pierre Deymier is bending sound waves in nature-defying ways that could quiet our cities, heal our bodies, provide new sources of energy, and compute and process information. For decades, advances in electronics and optics have driven progress in information technology, energy and biomedicine. Now researchers at the University of Arizona are pioneering a new field — phononics, the science of sound — with repercussions potentially just as profound.   "If engineers can get...



Loy Develops Novel Sunscreen Eligible for FDA Fast Track

MSE professor Douglas A. Loy has developed microscopic particles of ultraviolet-absorbing plastics prepared by the copolymerization of phenols with aromatic and conjugated aldehydes, like cinnamaldehyde and benzaldehyde, for use as sunscreens. The resulting sunscreens provide an inexpensive and nontoxic alternative that is capable of absorbing both UV-A and UV-B wavelength radiation. “Making sunscreens from solid, microscopic particles of UV-absorbing plastics provides better protection for...



Ratcliff Wins NSF Award to Study Organic Semiconductors

Most people aren’t accustomed to hearing “organic” and “semiconductor” in the same sentence. But the words flow naturally for Erin Ratcliff, a University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering with a chemistry background. Ratcliff is co-principal investigator on a new research project funded by the National Science Foundation to better understand and improve the viability of organic semiconductor materials, which are being used more and more in the manufacturing of...

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