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UC Davis, Livermore announce graduate mentorship program awards

Contributed by AJ Cheline Since 1963, UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have conducted joint interdisciplinary research that leverage the strengths of both institutions to address a variety of critical societal problems. Over the last …
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Grant to help commercialize silicon surgical blades

A UC Davis engineering professor has received a grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation “Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation” program to move his silicon-based blades towards commercial development as surgical and shaving tools. Silicon or …
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Watching the structure of glass under pressure

Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak these properties by changing the atomic structure of glass. Now …
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Modeling of silicon nanoparticles for solar energy

Silicon nanoparticles embedded in a zinc sulfide matrix are a promising material for new types of solar cell. Computational modeling by Stefan Wipperman, Gergely Zimanyi, Francois Gygi and Giulia Galli at UC Davis and colleagues shows how such a material …
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New materials microscope is a first in the U.S.

Researchers at UC Davis will soon have a new and very special tool to examine the structure and composition of materials at an atomic scale. The new Focused Ion Beam microscope, or dual-beam FIB, now being installed in the College …
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Under pressure: new insights in superconductors

Recent work on a superconducting material first discovered at UC Davis is helping reveal the behavior of “unconventional” superconductors, and that physical pressure has a different type of effect on these materials than chemical doping. The material, cerium cobalt indium-5 …
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A new look at heat transfer: Entransy

Is there a different way to think about heat transfer? For about 150 years, scientists and engineers have used the concept of entropy to understand transfer of heat into mechanical work or between materials systems. Now a UC Davis professor …
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Six elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society

Congratulations to six faculty members from the Department of Physics have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society. They are: Professor Nemanja Kaloper: For numerous and imaginative contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly for his pioneering work in the …
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Synchrotron gives insight into green energy enzymes

UC Davis chemists have been using a Japanese synchrotron to get a detailed look at enzymes that could help power the green economy. The work was published online Nov. 8 by the journal Angewandte Chemie and is featured on the …
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Semiconductor pioneer Jerry Woodall to join UC Davis

If you can’t imagine life without a TV remote — and if you are under a certain age, you probably can’t — thank Jerry Woodall, soon to join the faculty of the UC Davis College of Engineering. Woodall invented the …
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