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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 Dr. Jiuyuan Nie (Advanced Inorganic and Energy Materials Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. His defense on "Solid-State Activated Sintering of TiO2 and Electric Field Assisted Sintering of ZnO Based Materials" was presented on September 4, 2019.

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Pritesh Parikh (Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Exploring Nanoscale Chemical Distributions for Energy Applications using Atom Probe Tomography" was presented on July 18, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Rajan Kumar (Neural Interaction Lab), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering.
Congratulations to Dr.

Congratulations to Jinxing Li, a NanoEngineering alumnus (PhD 2017, Wang Group), who was recently named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review. Jinxing is a pioneer for his use of tiny robots to treat disease.  Our department is proud of his achievements!

Congratulations to Dr. Cody Carpenter (Lipomi Research Group), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Organic Materials for Haptic Feedback" was presented on June 21, 2019. Dr. Carpenter received his B.S. and M.S.

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.