Smalyukh wins Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Associate Professor Ivan Smalyukh (Physics) has been chosen by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in research and teaching. The award honors “scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago and who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline beyond their immediate field of work.” He is one of only eleven Bessel Award scholars chosen in the United States this year.

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Anseth Named President of Materials Research Society in 2016

October 15, 2014

AnsethThe Materials Research Society (MRS) is proud to announce the Vice President and new Board members for 2015, elected by the Society’s global membership of almost 16,000.

Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, will serve as MRS Vice President beginning January 1, 2015. She will lead the Board of Directors as MRS President in 2016, and finish her three-year term as Immediate Past President in 2017. More information on Anseth can be found at

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MSE Director granted new patent

April 10, 2014

The CU Technology Transfer Office is happy to report that a research group led by Christopher Bowman of the CU-Boulder Chemical & Biological Engineering department recently received a patent for an improved method of detecting molecular recognition events, for use in diagnostic and environmental sensing applications. This patent is part of a portfolio of intellectual property generated by this group covering technology that uses polymeric materials (rather than conventional enzymatic amplification) to generate an amplified response to molecular recognition events in order to permit detection of low levels of biological molecules. This IP portfolio has been developed by CU startup InDevR, Inc. as part of its ampliPHOX® Colorimetric Microarray Detection system.

TTO filed this patent application on behalf of the university in Sept. 2009; in addition to two related U.S. patents, patent protection has also been granted in the EU. The patent (U.S. 8,652,778, “Use of photopolymerization for amplification and detection of a Molecular Recognition Event”) was issued on Feb. 18, 2014. In addition to Dr. Bowman, the other CU inventors on this patent were John Birks (Fellow Emeritus, CIRES); Kathy Rowlen (formerly UCB Chemistry & Biochemistry, now CEO of InDevR); and Hadley Sikes (formerly UCB C&BE, now at MIT).

New patent granted to Professor Steven George

April 4, 2014

The CU Technology Transfer Office is glad to announce that a group of researchers led by Dr. Steven George (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering) has been awarded a patent for a process to create ultrathin metal films using atomic layer deposition – the films created using this process are especially well-suited for use as catalysts in fuel cells.

The initial patent application was filed in September 2010, and the patent (U.S. 8,647,723, “Nucleation of ultrathin, continuous, conformal metal films using atomic layer deposition and application as fuel cell catalysts”) was issued on February 11, 2014. In addition to Dr. George, inventors on this patent include Layton Baker, a former ChBE research associate now at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and two industry collaborators. Please join us in congratulating Dr. George on this accomplishment.

Dukovic Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

February 27, 2014

Gordana Dukovic

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced that Dukovic was one of 126 people in the U.S. and Canada selected for one of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships in 2014. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them both as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders.

The winners were from 61 colleges and universities. Each Sloan Research Fellowship carries a two-year, $50,000 award.

Dukovic’s research focuses on fundamental problems in nanoscience and how they impact the harvesting of solar energy. Her lab is particularly interested in the design and synthesis of novel nanomaterials and their interactions with light that have applications for solar fuel generation.

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Two MSE faculty win NSF prestigious CAREER award

January 13, 2014

Two faculty members in the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science have been honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award supports junior faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research and who effectively integrate their research with education. CU-Boulder’s recent recipients are Prashant Nagpal, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Franck Vernerey, an assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering.

Nagpal is being awarded $499,077 over five years to work on improving the amount of energy from the sun that photovoltaic panels can convert into electricity. Nagpal’s work focuses on using “hot carriers” in quantum-confined semiconductor nanostructures to capture the waste energy that cannot be captured by the bulk semiconductors used in today’s solar panels.

Nagpal also will investigate if semiconductor nanostructures can be used as photocatalysts to split water, creating clean hydrogen fuel, or to generate other hydrocarbon solar fuels using carbon dioxide, water and sunlight in an artificial photosynthetic process.

Vernerey is being awarded $400,000 over five years to develop mathematical models that can predict and control the regeneration of damaged tissues from a patient’s own cells in a hydrogel scaffolding.

Vernerey’s work could eventually enable personalized medicine by introducing a new generation of algorithms that can learn from the behavior of specific cell populations and predict the type of scaffolding that will lead to successful tissue regeneration. In the long term, this strategy could provide an alternative to tissue or organ transplants.

Laura Snider, CU media relations, 303-735-0528

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CU MSE Program Seeks to Hire 3 Tenure-Track Assistant Professors

September 26, 2013

Current Openings:

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (Review of applications will begin October 31, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled)

The interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks to hire three exceptional candidates as tenure-track assistant professors; exceptionally well-qualified candidates with outstanding credentials may be considered for appointment at a higher academic level.  The MSE program offers tenure-track appointments in science and engineering departments across the campus.  Candidates in all materials research areas will be considered. Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to scholarship, the development of an externally funded research program, and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Post-doctoral or similar professional experience is highly desirable but not required.

Application materials are accepted electronically at, posting number F00773 and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (2 pages), research statement (5-10 pages), and three references (including name, address, telephone number and email address).

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled.  Additional information regarding the Material Science and Engineering program can be found at  The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.  We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.  Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at  The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Dukovic Named Beckman Young Investigator

August 19, 2013

Gordana Dukovic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and MSE Faculty member, has been named a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. She is one of 7 early career faculty in the chemical and life sciences to receive this honor this year. The award will provide up to $750,000 over four years to support Professor Dukovic’s research on new materials for solar energy harvesting.

According to the Beckman Foundation, “The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.”

Professor Dukovic has previously received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

For more information about the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and the Beckman Young Investigator Award, visit:

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Profs Jayaraman and Medlin Selected to Receive Faculty Achievement Award

August 12, 2013

Professors Arthi Jayaraman and Will Medlin of Chemical and Biological Engineering have been selected to receive the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award.  The presentations will be made at Fall Convocation on October 4th at Old Main Chapel.

CU-Boulder Moves Up in CWUR Rankings

July 25, 2013

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) recently released its 2013 ranking of the top 100 degree-granting institutions of higher education. This is the second year for the CWUR rankings. CU-Boulder has placed 41 in world rank this year, up from 46 on last year’s list; the Boulder campus is also up to 28 (from 34) among U.S. institutions.

The rankings combine a measurement of quality of the learning environment as well as research achievement. Unlike other ranking standards, the CWUR aims for objectivity by not relying on surveys and university submissions to calculate its results. The seven indicators used by CWUR include: quality of faculty, top journal publications, highly influential research, citations, patents, student academic training and the professional future of alumni.

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