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A research team jointly led by NanoEngineering professors, Ping Liu and Shyue Ping Ong, have discovered a new anode material known as disordered rocksalt. This new anode material enables lithium-ion batteries to safely recharge within minutes for thousands of cycles. 

NanoEngineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, and her Center for Nano-Immunoengineering have received a grant to work toward developing a new treatment for liver cancer by combining ablation with immunotherapy from a plant virus.

Researchers led by Nanoengineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, have developed a more targeted way to deliver pesticides to food crops. Using a plant virus as a nanocarrier will result in decreasing the amount of required pesticide and reducing the chemical accumulation in our food and water.

NanoEngineering professor, Shirley Meng, along with other scientists from UC San Diego and Idaho National Laboratory, have discovered a noncystalline "glassy" lithium that had never previously been observed.

NanoEngineering professor, Sheng Xu and his research lab have developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films.  This new method results in the perovskites showing fewer defects, enhanced stability and more efficiency for use in solar cells and optical devices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in researchers designing a high number of vaccines. New nanotechnologies has been playing a large role in these designs.

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.

Dept News

Congratulations to Dr. Maziar Behtash of the Yang Research Group, who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "First-Principles Investigation of Defects in Perovskite and Fluorite-Structured Ceramic Interfaces" was presented on August 7, 2018. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Pavimol Angsantikul (Zhang Research Group), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "Biointerfacing Via Cell Membrane-Coated Nanoparticles for Novel Antibacterial Nanotherapeutics"  was presented on May 15, 2018. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Jianli Cheng (Yang Research Group), who recently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. His defense on "First-Principles Study of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas in Perovskite Oxide Heterostructures"  was presented on July 5, 2018. Dr.

Congratulations to NanoEngineering Ph.D. graduates, Dr. Pavimol Angsantikul and Dr. Jinxing Li, who have been named the winners of the Eudragit (R) Award - North America for 2017.  This award is given to researchers worldwide for their scientific work involving Eudragit (R) polymers.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Rodriquez of The Lipomi Research Group, who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Techniques for Measuring the Mechanical Properties of Organic Semiconductors"  was presented on June 20, 2018. Dr.

Chemical Engineering Program Director and Professor, Jan Talbot, will be retiring from UC San Diego on July 1st after 32 years. Dr.

On Saturday, June 16th, Jacobs School of Engineering celebrated the achievements of their graduating seniors at the 2018 Ring Ceremony. At the event, students received a ring to symbolize their commitment to ethics in their careers as engineers.

Congratulations to Dr. Zhenbin Wang, who was recognized as the Jacobs School of Engineering recipient for the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal for his work on "Design and Optimization of Phosphors for Solid-State Lighting using First-Principles."  Dr.

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to offer our congratulations to Dr. Shen Wang of the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion group, for receiving his Ph.D in NanoEngineering.  Dr.

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to extend their congratulations to two of our students.  Ms. Vy Ton was chosen to receive the Huppert Memorial Outstanding Senior Award for Chemical Engineering.  Mr.