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SCIENCE & ENGINEERING UNVIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Patrick Schelling and Adrienne Dove Receive NSF Grant page 13

Faculty and Student News pages 7 & 16

FALL 2016

Materials Science and Engineering




The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is one

It has more than 11,000 employees and an operating

of the largest universities in the nation. Located in

budget of $1.5 billion. UCF researchers received $133.4

Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 13 colleges provide

million in fiscal year 2015 for funded research. In Fall 2015,

opportunities to more than 63,000 students, offering 212

the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1261,

degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality

The Burnett Honors College enrolled nearly 1,700

campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional

students, and the number of incoming National Merit


Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.

MESSAGE FROM MSE INTERIM CHAIR This has certainly been an

Congratulations to Prof. Y. Sohn and Swetha Barkam

exciting year for the MSE

(PhD student) to win the UCF Pegasus Professor and

Department and AMPAC

Order of Pegasus respectively. This is the highest UCF

center. It gives me great

award given to faculty and to students who achieved

pleasure to report all the

excellence in research, teaching and service, and making

wonderful events of our

impacts in the community. Congratulations to Dr. Santra

Department. It is our

(MSE affiliate) who was awarded USDA center of

goal to expand our Materials program. We have now added another outstanding faculty, Dr.

Sudipta Seal, Ph.D. Interim Chair, Materials Science & Engineering Director, NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing & Analysis Center Pegasus Professor and UCF Distinguished Professor

Lorraine Leon to our MSE team in the area of nano

excellence for applications of nanotechnology in the field of agriculture. Our MSE researchers continue to publish high impact papers in energy, soft and hard materials. Also, kudos to our graduate students for their success in research awards and fellowships.

biomaterials and polymer engineering. During my time as interim chair, we have increased our core faculty to ten by

UCF believes in strong entrepreneurship and partnership

adding three new hires. I am happy to report concurrent

and our faculty are continuing to translate their laboratory

searches are in progress to hire 2-3 additional faculty

research to technology commercialization.

members in the MSE Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas, MSE affiliate, winning the R&D 100 research award. In this newsletter, we also

“My goal is to keep the Department growing and have a vibrant cutting

feature our successful alumni who are making great

edge MSE research, education and commercialization and be prominent

strides in real world technology development, developing

in International materials science and engineering landscape”

advanced coatings, smart materials and doing research in

A big congratulations to Prof. P. Schelling in winning a National Science Foundation grant applying his theoretical physics in understanding how larger objects and planets form from micron-sized dust grains. This is exciting, that our faculty is involved in truly interdisciplinary research. Additionally we successfully completed construction on two new material laboratories, one in bio-engineering and the other a reliability lab for micro and nanoelectronics research. MSE and AMPAC faculty were successful in starting collaboration with ICAMR (International Consortium Advanced Manufacturing Research) in Osceola County, a new manufacturing facility creating new skill sets, jobs and training opportunities in advanced cutting edge materials.


dental medicine. I am truly proud of our faculty and students accomplishments and our dedicated staff. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. We should take pride in all of these accomplishments and look forward to a bright future as UCF continues to grow. Go Knights!!

Department Facts Materials Science and Engineering is the study of the structure—processing—properties relationships of engineering materials. Modern MSE encompasses a broad range of materials, from traditional metallurgy to biological materials, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, composites, and optical and magnetic materials, as well as numerous nanotechnology materials. MSE graduates can be found employed in almost all fields of human endeavor.

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Funding and Expenditure

$2.262 million

$1.4 million in external funding

in research expenditures


Materials Science and Engineering Minor

Publications by Core Faculty

This fall the Materials Science and Engineering Department began offering an 18-hour minor for undergraduates in STEM fields. Materials Science and Engineering emphasizes understanding of the materials foundation almost all other engineering and scientific disciplines expand upon. The purpose of the minor is to broaden the materials background of interested undergraduate students and to introduce them to a materials based approach for problem solving.

- 50 papers in 2015-2016 - 44 papers in 2014-2015


100 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook.

US News and World Report ranks UCF Materials Science and Engineering 65 in top 100 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook.

New Faculty Member Lorraine Leon Lorraine Leon joins MSE in Spring 2017 from a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2011 where she was awarded a NSF-IGERT fellowship and Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Leon obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Florida in 2004. Leon’s research lies at the intersection of biomaterials and polymer science, where she uses biomimetic approaches to create dynamic materials. She is focused on expanding the self-assembly toolbox to include multiple, synergistic molecular interactions using biomolecules, particularly peptides and peptide/polymer conjugates which can incorporate many distinct functionalities arising from individual amino acids.

Aqueous Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation & Targeted Delivery Vehicles

Research Areas 1) Nanomedicine: designing targeted delivery vehicles for therapeutic nucleic acids and proteins based on polyelectrolyte complexation. 2) Membraneless Organelles: investigating molecular interactions leading to the formation of intracellular liquid-liquid phase separations and their transition to pathological solid aggregates in diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). 3) Templating Inorganic Nanomaterials: using peptide based materials to direct the growth of interfacial hybrid thin films for use in electronics and photovoltaics, as well as 3D highly ordered nanoparticle assemblies.


Featured Secondary Joint Appointments to MSE YAJIE DONG, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Faculty with NanoScience Technology Center. Joint Appointments in Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and Materials Science & Engineering Dr. Dong earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University before completing Postdoctoral work at MIT. Before joining UCF Dr. Dong was a senior scientist at QD Vision, Inc. Dr. Dong’s research interests broadly include materials challenges in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and energy technology, particularly in nonvolatile resistive switches for information storage, quantum dot based light emitting devices (QLEDs), organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells, and new battery materials and architectures for large scale energy storage.

TANIA ROY, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Faculty with NanoScience Technology Center. Joint appointment with Materials Science and Engineering and ICAMR. Dr. Roy earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University before completing Postdoctoral work at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkley. Dr. Roy’s research interests broadly include engineering novel functional materials to improve electronics for Internet-of-things, and development of energy-efficient devices for electronics and sensors. She is interested in developing electronic and optoelectronic devices with two-dimensional materials for low-power computing. Another aspect of her research dwells with wide bandgap semiconductors for highpower electronic applications. She is keen on studying the reliability of different materials systems and semiconductor devices.

SWAMINATHAN RAJARAMAN, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR XIAOFENG FENG, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROESSOR Faculty in Physics. Joint Appointment with MSE through the Energy Cluster Dr. Feng earned his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkley and spent two and half years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Sanford University before joining UCF. Electrocatalysis plays a key role in the energy conversion processes that are central to renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells and electrolyzers. Dr. Feng’s research focuses on the understanding of structure-activity relationships for electrocatalytic materials and the development of efficient electrocatalysts for energy conversion. In situ scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy will be used to characterize the solid-liquid interface and reveal new active sites. Those understandings will then be used to guide the design and synthesis of electrocatalysts (e.g., metal nanostructures, 2D materials) for fuel cells and artificial photosynthesis (water splitting and CO2 reduction).

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Faculty in NanoScience Technology Center (ICAMR). Joint appointment with Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Rajaraman earned his Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and was the cofounder and V.P. of Biological and Materials Engineering, Axion BioSystems Inc before joining UCF. Dr. Rajaraman’s research interests include Micro/ Nanofabrication Technologies; Neuroengineering; Micro/Nanofabrication on Plastics, Paper, Biomaterials and other novel materials; Flexible Electronics Fabrication Technologies; Implantable MEMS/NEMS Devices; Wearable MEMS Devices; Microfluidics; Packaging - Microelectronic and Biomedical Devices; Microneedles for painless drug delivery; Advanced Micro/Nano-Materials Development; Micro/Nano-Manipulation.

Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center News from Materials Characterization Facility Staff engineers and administration at Materials Characterization Facility would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all MCF users during the last academic year – nearly 200 UCF faculty, scholars and students, as well as 22 external users from local industry. It has been a busy year at MCF! We are continuing to enhance research capability of

spectrometer (EDXS) to be installed on the FEI Tecnai F30 transmission electron microscope (TEM). This state of the art solid-state detector will increase the collection efficiency by a factor of 7 over our current detector. In addition to the increased collection efficiency, this windowless detector

UCF and user-experience at MCF through

will have unprecedented light-element sensitivity as well as ultra-fast signal

improvement in instrument capability and technical competency. The MCF is proud to announce a spectacular capability upgrade of

processing electronics allowing it to work at extremely high count-rates (up to 2 million

our ADEPT1010 Dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer. ADEPT1010 is high performance Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS) with detection sensitivity of parts-per-million and for some elements as high as parts-per-billion and depth resolution as high as few nm. Current duoplasmatron ion source limits practical lateral resolution of SIMS to about 3-10 um. A ion source newly developed Hyperion II by Oregon Physics with high brightness and low energy spread RF plasma source will be installed on our ADEPT1010. This upgrade will bring two drastic improvements: (1) minimal lateral beam size of 200 nm (10X improvement) for high sensitivity, high resolution ion imaging; (2) low energy SIMS (less than 200eV) which would allow fast and practical “sub-nm” depth resolution. Our ADEPT would be the first quadrupole unit equipped with Hyperion II upgrade. MCF is also acquiring a new EDAX Octane Elite 70 mm2 energy dispersive x-ray


count per second). The large collection efficiency, coupled with the high-speed processing, will allow enable EDXS mapping at much higher spatial resolutions than were previously possible. With the ability to map the x-ray signal rapidly, the simultaneous acquisition of EDXS and electron energy loss spectrosocpy (EELS) datasets shall enable researchers mutli-spectral understanding of the materials and devices under investigation in the TEM.

Faculty News New Biomaterial Engineering Lab The completion of the ENG1 388 lab will provide facilities for the Florczyk Lab to produce biomaterial scaffolds and characterize the material properties. The Florczyk Lab primarily produces chitosanbased porous scaffolds.


Faculty News These scaffolds have been previously demonstrated for several biomedical

Once setup, this lab will have a range of fabrication and characterization capabilities

applications and the Florczyk Lab will work to develop new scaffold chemistries and

to support the research in two areas. The first is to study the fundamental failure physics

structures while also evaluating the scaffolds in new applications. The scaffolds produced

and mechanisms degrading the reliability of micro-/nano-electronics systems by

in the lab will be prepared for cell culture for

combining advanced characterization

use in cancer research, tissue engineering,

techniques with modeling and accelerated

and studying cell-material interaction. Students in the lab will perform cultures and

testing. The second area of research is focused on fabrication and characterization

scaffolds will also be provided to collaborator labs, which will utilize the scaffolds for a

of novel nanomaterials and nanostructures for electronics, energy storage, biomedical,

variety of applications.

and health care applications.

Materials for Additive Manufacturing A gas atomizer capable of melting metallic alloys and atomizing into powders has been installed and is in operation at Prof. Yongho Sohn’s laboratory.

ENG1 388 Lab

New Micro/Nano-Fabrication and Reliability Laboratory The Micro/Nano-Fabrication and Characterization Laboratory is led by Dr. Jiang and is located in the newly constructed ENG-1 RM 388A and RM 387. Examples of the equipment which will be setup in the lab include: Chemical Vapor Deposition System, Electromigration Testing System, Wafer Curvature Measurement System, High Resolution Moiré Interferometry, Four Point Bend and Double Cantilever Beam Testing Systems, and Environmental Testing Chambers.

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The alloy powders are the critical feed materials for additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3-D printing) of metallic parts, and this UCF gas atomizer will allow laboratory-scale production of “designer” alloy powders, both in composition and size distribution, to advance the science of additive manufacturing. The UCF atomizer is equipped with double induction furnaces, one for melting (~1650°C at 50KW) and one for holding (just prior to atomization, ~1550°C at 15KW).

Atomization by Argon or Nitrogen can be carried out in air or in inert gases of Argon or

The purpose of Camp Connect II is to immerse students into a deeper level of

Nitrogen; atomization pressure can reach up to 40 atmospheric pressure, and nozzle

understanding and application of the various engineering and computer science disciplines.

diameter can be adjusted for tailoring and optimizing powder microstructure and size

In order to achieve this, UCF faculty and local industry affiliates provided students with

distribution. The atomizer was specially

presentations, hands-on activities and lab

designed and built for easy cleaning so that

tours throughout the week. Students who

alloys of different compositions can be atomized without cross-contamination. The

previously completed Camp Connect I were invited to participate in Camp Connect II and

atomizer can produce approximately 2 kg of aluminum alloys and 6 kg of Ni-, Fe-, and Cu-

this year we had a total of 30 students participate.

alloys per batch.

Approximately 50% yield has been achieved for powder size less than 75 micrometer – size range critical for consistent additive manufactured components. Prof. Sohn is currently in the process of acquiring additive manufacturing system (i.e., 3-D printer) for metallic alloys to complete the research cycle capability – alloy design, powder production, additive manufacturing, microstructure analysis and properties assessment.

Materials Engineering Outreach Camp Connect 2016 Materials Characterization Facility During the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016, the Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) hosted the fourth annual Camp Connect II.

Photographs by Karen Glidewell

Students ranged in grades eight through twelve with the target demographic being students from underrepresented communities. A total of 22 Florida schools were represented at the camp with students traveling from all areas of the state including Delray Beach, Jacksonville, Satellite Beach, and even Puerto Rico. Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) at UCF hosted these students for 1.5 hours for lecture, demonstration and a bit of hands-on operation of X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopes.MCF staff engineers, Mr. Kirk Scammon and Mr. Matt Schneider, along with 2 doctoral students from Prof. Yongho Sohn’s group, Mr. Le Zhou and Mr. Abhishek Mehta, contributed their time to host and interact with students.


MSE Outreach It was very interesting to hear about the

ASM International - Central Florida Chapter ASM International is one of the largest professional materials organizations, but the Central Florida Chapter had gone dormant several years ago. Last Fall, the Chapter was

operation of the submarine, its exploits in battle, and also about the recovery and materials restoration efforts. The Central Florida Chapter has more events coming up this year. For information, please contact the Chapter Chair, Steve Florczyk (

rejuvenated with help from the ASM International National Chapter. There are several MSE faculty and students involved in the Chapter. The Central Florida Chapter had several meetings during the 2015-2016 academic year. Some of the Chapter highlights were a presentation by Orlando VA orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ramsey Kinney, who discussed the impact of materials and materials selection in treating his patients. The Chapter also conducted a “virtual student poster contest” where Powerpoint presentations were submitted by students and evaluated by judges.

Other Dept. Events UCF/Mayo-Jacksonville Symposium A mini-symposium exploring collaboration opportunities between UCF and MayoJacksonville was held on Friday, May 13, 2016. Topics and speakers were selected by Mayo, and the symposium is an outgrowth of collaborations between Mayo scientists and UCF Professor Sudipta Seal, Director of NSTC, AMPAC, and Interim Chair of Material Sciences and Engineering. We hope that this symposium is just one step in developing more extensive collaborations with Mayo scientists and UCF science and engineering faculty, offering complementary expertise to their research staff.

The top two posters received awards and the authors were able to present their work at a Chapter meeting. The two poster winners were first place Hao Li (from Dr. Linan An’s group) and second place Craig Neal (from Dr. Sudipta Seal’s group). Finally, the Chapter was honored to have the ASM International President, Mr. Jon Tirpak, visit our Chapter and give a presentation on one of the first submarines, the H. L. Hunley, a manpowered Civil War submarine.


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Alumni News

Dr. R. M. Manjeri Dr. R. M. Manjeri graduated

Dr. Prabhakar Mohan Dr. Prabhakar Mohan graduated from the University of Central Florida in the year 2010. He came to UCF after completing a bachelor’s degree in chemical & electrochemical engineering from CECRI, Karaikudi, India. . After gaining a solid fundamental background in MSE and 2 years of prior research experience under the guidance of Prof. Vimal Desai (previous AMPAC Director at UCF), he joined Dr. Yongho Sohn’s research group in 2006. Dr. Sohn’s strong support & guidance and the in-house testing and characterization capabilities at UCF (AMPAC, MCF) helped to shape his field of expertise. As the lead student researcher in two different turbine OEM projects, he learned the various aspects of applied research to solve material challenges in gas turbine world. Since March 2010, Dr. Mohan has been working for Solar Turbines Inc., a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., located in San Diego, CA. Currently, and is currently the Principal Engineer at Solar’s Materials and Processes Engineering Department responsible for research, development and implementation of engineering solutions (coatings and alloys) for gas turbine durability enhancements. He is known as Solar’s resident expert in high temperature environmental degradation mechanisms; primarily oxidation and hot corrosion of Nibase superalloys and coatings. Dr. Mohan’s contributions to Solar’s product durability improvements were quickly recognized and he was awarded with President’s Award in 2012. His 6 years of graduate school education and research experience at UCF continue to help him every day to be a successful and confident research engineer.

from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the year 2009 with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Dr. Raj Vaidyanathan. He is currently a Sr. Metallurgist at SAES Smart Materials (SSM) located in New Hartford, NY. SAES Smart Materials, which is part of the SAES group, is a global leader in the manufacture of NiTi-based shape memory alloys. At SSM, Dr. Manjeri is involved with the melting and processing of NiTi shape memory alloys. NiTi shape memory alloys are widely used in the medical device industry with applications ranging from guidewires, catheters, selfexpanding stents, blood clot filters to stone retrieval devices, bone staples, among others. Dr. Manjeri is a member of ASM, SMST and ASTM and actively participates in international symposiums and conferences. He is currently leading the efforts towards the revision of an ASTM standard on the testing of NiTinol alloys used in numerous industries such as automotive, medical device and aerospace. He is also a reviewer for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and actively publishes articles related to NiTi shape memory alloys.

Julian Ortiz (Undergraduate Research Student A Note: “I just wanted to let you know that I am doing quite well at Nova Dental School, much because of the opportunities and lessons I received during my time with AMPAC. I am so grateful for


DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series

Shteinberg graduated from Kazan National Research Technological University (Russia) in

Over the past year the Materials Science and

based on nylon and natural rubber. The

Engineering Department with AMPAC has welcomed leading materials professionals as

conception of this research came from

part of the MSE and AMPAC Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series. Guests have included: Dr. Naresh Thadani of Georgia Tech, Dr. David B. Williams of The Ohio State University, Dr. Mark Asta of UC Berkeley,

2014 with a Bachelor’s degree. Her research was about biodegradable polymer material

volunteer work in an eco-program in 2013. Shteinberg developed material and tested correlation of nylon and natural rubber for creating optimal operating characteristic of material. It took a year and a half to create the project. In 2014, she was awarded one of ten scholarships for a month-long start up workshop at Purdue University. In 2016 Shteinberg graduated from Kazan National Research Technological University (Russia) with a Master’s degree with a focus in nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

Dr. Nezar Khadry

Dr. Mark Asta delivers seminar at UCF.

Dr. Ibrahim Karaman of Texas A & M University, and Dr. Mrityunjay Singh President of American Ceramic Society. It has been our pleasure to host these outstanding speakers who have been kind enough to accept the invitation to share their research with our students and faculty at UCF.

Fulbright Scholars Ekaterina Shteinberg Ekaterina Shteinberg is a Fulbright Ph.D. student studying under the advisement of Dr. Jiyu Fang.

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Dr. Nezar Khdary is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Central Florida doing research with Dr. Sudipta Seal in nanomaterials. Dr. Khadry received a doctorate degree from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is a faculty in public health working in Saudi Arabia’s Toxicology and Research center, where he developed, patented and published a new method of using a duel functionalized nanoparticle for drug detection and scavenging contaminates from drinking water. Dr.Khdary’s research has continued in the area of environmental pollution treatment especially in water and air pollution.

Recently, he investigated the effect of depositing metal nanoparticles on silica for

physics and chemistry of dissipation and adhesion, might be applied to understand

carbon dioxide sequestration; the study shows that the metal nanoparticles enhance

collisional aggregation of dust grains. Specifically, the most important thing to

the CO2 sequestrating, particularly with Cu nanoparticles. Dr. Khdary is continuing his

understand is how translational kinetic energy is dissipated as excitations of internal degrees

research in the field with innovation of new inexpensive materials to deal with arsenic

of freedom. This might include formation of defects, but generation of internal thermal

contamination in water; which has become a global problem. In addition, he is involved in

energy is the most dominant mechanism. The work carried out so far by Schelling and Dove

developing new nanomaterials for environmental and medical applications.

using atomic-scale simulation has shown that strong chemical forces act during collisions, in stark contrast to the usual assumption of van der Waals interactions. Moreover, similar to

Faculty Awards & Highlights Patrick Schelling and Adrienne Dove Receive NSF Grant Patrick Schelling (AMPAC/Physics) and Adrienne Dove (Physics) received an NSF grant ($384K 9/15/16-9/14/19) for their project entitled “Chemical and Dynamical Forces in Building Large Particles in the Disks Around Young Stars”. The project addresses our lack of understanding how larger objects and planets form from micron-sized dust grains. It is currently thought that dust grains accrete into larger particles by weak van der Waals forces. However, dust-grain aggregates formed in this way are fluffy, porous, and weakly bound, and the collisional velocities between aggregates in the early Solar System is thought to be too large to permit planets to form. Instead of building larger aggregates, collisions seem more likely to cause aggregates to break apart. Gravity only becomes sufficient when aggregates approach kilometer sizes. However, the process by which they attain kilometer sizes remains a mystery. The grant to elucidate these questions begins with the perspective that advances in tribology, which includes the


recent advances in tribology, they have established that the chemical state of the surface can play a deterministic role in the outcome of grain collisions. For example, the likelihood of “sticking” in collisions of silica grains is substantially lowered if surfaces are first hydroxylated. While experimental research in this area most often involves “Earth-like” chemistry, the environment of space is quite different. This may explain why experimental results indicate that dissipation is insufficient to build large aggregates. The hope is that the simulation work can lead to experimental studies that address more accurately the conditions thought to be present in the space environment. Finally, the team hopes that further funding can be found to support experiments, which is the specialty of Dr. Dove.

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Professors An, Fang, Huo and Santra were inducted in to the UCF Scroll and Quill Society, a distinct honor at UCF.

R&D 100 Award Dr. Jayan Thomas, MSE affiliate faculty, was recognized at the the R&D 100 Awards.


Drs. Wilenberg and Seal Awarded Grand Challenges Exploration Grant

Outstanding Materials Engineer Award

Dr. Sudipta Seal working in collaboration with College of Medicine Assistant Professor Dr.

Dr. Yongho Sohn was recognized with the

Bradley Wilenberg received a $100,000 Phase 1 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for work surrounding the development of a mosquito surveillance tool.

USDA Grant

Outstanding Materials Engineer Award (OMSE) by School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University in recognition of his demonstrated excellence in fundamental materials properties measurements and microstructural characterization of advanced materials and nuclear-related systems that directly impacts Materials Genome/

Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra was awarded a $1.9

Computational Materials Engineering database development, as well as

million grant from the USDA to develop a new method for protecting citrus groves from

developments for materials in thermal barrier and oxidation resistant coatings for advanced

citrus greening.

gas turbine applications, ternary Heusler alloys and powder-derived metal-matrix and ceramic-metal structural composites.

Dr. Santra explaining the technology to Senator Nelson

Jiyu Fang has been promoted to full professor.

Other UCF Awards Prof. J. Fang (MSE/AMPAC) - Research Incentive Award Prof. S. Santra (NSTC/Chemistry/MSE) - Research Incentive Award, and Reach for the Stars Award Prof. L. Zhai (NSTC/Chemistry/MSE) - Research Incentive Award Prof. J. Thomas (NSTC/MSE) - Reach for the Stars Award Prof. K. Coffey(MSE/AMPAC)- Teaching Incentive Program Award


Honorary Chairman and Plenary Speaker for ICDSL Dr. Yongho Sohn has been selected as the Honorary Chairman and Plenary Speaker for the 13th International Conference on Diffusion in Solids and Liquids to take place in Vienna, Austria June 2017.

Sohn Receives 2016 Pegasus Professor Award Dr. Yongho Sohn was named a Pegasus Professor in the 2016 class. Five of UCF’s top researchers received the highest academic honor awarded today by the university, the 2016 Pegasus Professor Award.

Florida High Tech Florida High Tech highlights Dr. Jiyu Fang’s work in the design of simulated tissue

Cover Article for Journal of Materials

The Pegasus Professors are selected from among faculty who’ve been at the university at least five years and have conducted research or creative activities that have made national and international impact. The professors each receive a $5,000 stipend and $5,000 in research grants.

Chemistry B The cover article was published by Dr. Seal's research group for Journal of Materials Chemistry B, issue 19, 2016.

MSE’s First Dual Ph. D. Degree Antoine Lepicard This December will mark the graduation of MSE’s first dualPhD degree student, Dr. Antoine Lepicard. In an agreement between UCF and the University of Bordeaux, Antoine will receive his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCF, along with a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux (UB), France. Through the long-standing joint research and education activities initiated between UCF and UB in 1995, Antoine becomes the 12th co-tutelle recipient. Prior graduates have been between Optics (UCF) and Physics/Chemistry (UB) however, his dissertation represents the first with the College of Engineering. Antoine’s dissertation focused on “Design of Surface Chemical Reactivity and Optical Properties in Glasses via Thermal Poling “ under the supervision of his advisors, Profs. Kathleen Richardson (UCF) and Marc Dussauze and Vincent Rodriguez (UB).

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Student Awards & Highlights FELLOWSHIPS

“I am proud of the achievements of our graduate students in the past year. Dream big and make it happen” Dr. Jiyu Fang, Graduate Coordinator

graduate researchers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with leading engineers and scientists in the

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

students’ chosen area of study; they will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their educational

Supported by the U.S. Department of

and career objectives, acquire a more detailed

Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

understanding of the potential end applications of their

administered by Oak Ridge Institute for

space technology efforts, directly disseminate their

Science and Education for the U.S.

research results within the NASA/nonprofit U.S. R&D lab

Department of Energy, Esin Schulz spent

community, and enhance their understanding of the

the summer of 2016 at the National

research process.

Energy Technology Laboratory (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), working on the development of a new regenerable chemical sorbent to selectively remove oxygen

Research and Mentoring Program Fellowship

from the air. Development of novel oxygen sorbent is the key step in the transforming the air separation processes that will reduce energy consumption and capital costs.

The Research and Mentoring Program fellowship was awarded to Steven Hellar, advised by Dr. Seal.

Esin worked on quantifying and correlating the oxygen uptake/release properties, oxygen capacity and

Dissertation Completion Fellowship

crystallography of BaO doped Fe-based BaFeO3-δ perovskite. Esin was awarded for the highly selective Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program in

Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Spring 2016 awarded to Le Zhou, advised by Dr. Sohn.

recognition of her academic excellence and career objectives. Esin is a doctoral graduate research student working with Dr. Yongho Sohn on simultaneous measurement of self- and inter-diffusion coefficients.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship The NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship was earned by Elizabeth Barrios, advised by Dr. Zhai.The goal of

SCHOLARSHIPS Frank Hubbard Engineering Scholarship Frank Hubbard Engineering Scholarship from UCF CECS for the 2016-2017 academic year awarded to Swetha Barkam, advised by Dr. Seal.

fellowship is to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to

Gerald R. Langston Endowed Scholarship

contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new

Gerald R. Langston Endowed Scholarship for the

space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration

2016-2017 academic year awarded to Abhishek Mehta,

and economic future. NASA Space Technology Research

advised by Dr. Sohn.

Fellows will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. R&D laboratories. Through this experience, NSTRF


SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship

She is a graduate research assistant and serves as a mentor for undergraduate students through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for

SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship for the

Undergraduates program. Barkam is an active member of

2016-2017 awarded to Ankur Gupta, advised by Dr. Seal.

the national chapters such as AVS, MRS, ECS, TMS, ASM, WHS and Materials Advantage (MS&T, ACerS, ASM & AIST). After the selection of Order of Pegasus award, she has been able to hold leadership positions at the national


level including the Student Board of Trustee member of ASM international and will be receiving the national graduate student award at AVS meeting in Nov 2016.

Research and Mentoring Program Fellowship

Currently, she is initiating efforts to translate her research

Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Student

research, community and innovation.

to commercialization through entrepreneurship in partnership with UCF, thereby bridging the gap between

Awards were won by Nileshi Saraf and Ankur Gupta,


both advised by Dr. Seal.

ASM Board of Trustees

Kevin Grossman, Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Sudipta Seal,

ASM Board of Trustees selected Swetha Barkam as their

worked as an intern at NASA’s

student member to serve on the Board.

Kennedy Space Center during the Spring/Summer 2016 semester in

2016 Graduate Research Forum

the In-Situ Resource Utilization lab “Swampworks”; a lab that focuses

Craig Neal was awarded First Place for the Engineering,

mainly on the use of local resources

Computer Science, Simulation, Modeling, Optics, Math, &

found in space. While there, he focused heavily on the

Physical Sciences Categories.

synthesis of asteroid simulant regolith based on the Orguiel meteorite. Analysis of the meteorite’s composition,

Order of the Pegasus 2016 Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant award a student can attain at the University of Central Florida. Graduate students are selected based on academic achievement, professional or community service, leadership, and publication or research experiences. Swetha Barkam, a graduate student from Materials Science and Engineering department form College of Engineering and Computer Science, was a Class of 2016 inductee to Order of Pegasus. She has already co-authored 10 scientific papers in the area of nanotechnology. Her work focuses on investigating sustainable and inexpensive health care solutions for underprivileged populations in developing

particle size and morphology enables the production of simulant with similar characteristics to be used for mechanical characterization of the surface of asteroids, including penetration depth of mechanical diggers into frozen regolith. This work is vital for NASA’s future missions including asteroid mining, redirection and asteroid capture as NASA looks to expand human exploration further into the solar system. Kevin also helped in a project to test the radiation shielding properties of regolith by sintering bricks from martian simulant that were then exposed to levels of proton radiation often found on Mars. Proton radiation is a major concern for future missions to Mars due to the planet’s lack of a protective magnetic field that we enjoy on Earth. As NASA is aiming to put people on Mars in the future, Kevin is hopeful in developing a working relationship between the Swampworks lab and the UCF Materials Science and Engineering department to get Knights working on what will be the greatest achievement of mankind.

countries. Her research focus is on the interaction and application of nanoparticles in biology and potential sensors.



























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