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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.

NanoEngineering Professor, Joseph Wang and his lab team have developed a wearable, non invasive Vitamin C sensor that could provide a new, highly personalized way for users to track their daily nutritional intake.

NanoEngineering professor, Kenneth Vecchio, and his research lab is developing tools for screening large numbers of materials at an increasing rate. The method that Dr.

NanoEngineering Department Chair and Professor, Shaochen Chen and his research lab worked together with the University of Cambridge to 3D print coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae.

Congratulations to NanoEngineering Professor, Shirley Meng, for being named this year's winner of the Faraday Medal.  Professor Meng will deliver the Faraday Medal lecture at Electrochem 2020 in Nottingham.  

A NanoEngineering team, led by professor Kenneth Vecchio and his Ph.D. student Kevin Kaufmann, have developed a machine learning algorithm technique that can determine crystal structures in a less labor-intensive manner.

Professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena, a NanoEngineering professor, was named an Emerging Scholar for 2020 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. This honor is in recognition of his work with underrepresented students as part of his program called Bridges to Education.

Dept News

Congratulations to Chemical Engineering undergraduate, Dora Ogbonna, who was selected as a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. She is the only student selected from UC San Diego this year, and the first student ever to be selected from the NanoEngineering Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Zihan Xu on receiving her Ph.D in NanoEngineering for her defense on “Photodetection in Disordered Materials”. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her well on exploring career opportunities in the industry! 


Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne E. Lemaster (Jokerst Bioimaging Lab), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "The Development and Application of Nanoparticles for Cell Tracking and Multimodal Imaging" was presented on December 4, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Shangting You (Chen Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Manipulating Light-Matter Interactions in Photopolymerization-Based Microscale 3D Printing" was presented on December 5, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Ashay Anurag (Kummel Lab), who recently received his M.S. in NanoEngineering. His thesis defense on "Passivation for Selective ALD and CVD of Metals, Metal Oxides and Metal Silicides" was presented on December 5, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Soto (Joseph Wang's Nanobioelectronics), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Engineering Micro/Nanorobots Towards Biomedical Applications:Targeted Delivery, Surgery and Detoxification" was presented on October 16, 2019. Dr.

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to congratulate Professor Shaochen Chen for being awarded the Best Undergraduate Instructor in the Jacobs School of Engineering.  Dean Albert Pisano was on hand to personally present Dr. Chen with his award. 

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher M. Coaty (Electrochemical Materials Science Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Conversion Reaction Synthesis: A Versatile and Scalable Route to Nanoporous Transition Metals" was presented on September 10, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Caleb Christianson (Bioinspired Robotics and DesignLab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Actuation for Bioinspired, Soft, Swimming Robots" was presented on August 29, 2019. Dr.

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.