Spring 2016

Materials Science alum wins PECASE

On February 18, 2016, President Barack Obama named Melissa Teague, who earned her PhD in Materials Science from Mines in 2013, as one of 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said in a White House press release. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”


Fall 2015

Reimanis delivers lecture in India

Professor Ivar Reimanis delivered a plenary lecture at the Indian Ceramic Society's International Conference on Ceramic & Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment, December 14 to 17 in Bangalore.

The title of his talk is "Metal-Ceramic Nanocomposites for Energy Applications."

CCAC faculty awarded seed funding by REMRSEC

“The Material Genome Gets Hot: Integrating Theory and Experiment to Incorporate Finite Temperature Effects into Modern Materials by Design,” a proposal by Vladan Stevanovic, Ryan O’Hayre, and Jianhua Tong, were among five receiving $90,000 for projects that could lead to a winning proposal to the National Science Foundation’s MRSEC program in fall 2016.

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CCAC present invited talks at Composites at Lake Louise

Three faculty members in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering delivered invited talks at the Composites at Lake Louise 2015 conference in Alberta, Canada.

Professor and Department Head Ivar Reimanis presented "Nanostructured metal-ceramic composites by internal reduction."

Professor Corinne Packard presented "Probing micro- and nano-scale elastic modulus variation in organic-rich shale — A naturally occurring composite." She also had a poster presentation titled "Mechanical behavior and properties of REPO4 studied by nanoindentation."

Assistant Professor Geoff Brennecka presented "Chemical heterogeneity in electroceramics: The good, the bad, and the difficult to characterize." He also served as session chair for the session on functional composites.

The conference, held November 8 to 12, was the 10th edition of Composites at Lake Louise. Instead of a single theme, CALL brings together researches in structural, functional, and biological materials. It is also designed to foster interaction between scientists from academic, government, and industry.

Brennecka receives $250K proof-of-concept grant

Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Geoff Brennecka has been awarded $150,000 over two years to produce prototype capacitors that will allow electronics to operate reliably at high temperatures.

The proof-of-concept grant was awarded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program. The program seeks to promote growth in the state's "advanced industries," which include aerospace, bioscience, and electronics. OEDIT announced $2.4 million in grants this month.

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CCAC faculty receive $1.5M from NSF to design new piezoelectric materials

Mines researchers led by faculty in the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering have been awarded $1.5 million over four years to design new piezoelectric materials and improve existing ones.

Principal investigator Geoff Brennecka is joined by fellow MME assistant professors Corinne Packard and Vladan Stevanovic; Mechanical Engineering Professor Cristian Ciobanu; Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics Paul Constantine; and Andriy Zakutayev from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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O'Hayre research into ceramic fuel cells featured in Science magazine

The development of affordable and efficient ceramic fuel cells that could be used to power homes, the culmination of five years worth of work by Colorado School of Mines researchers, is featured in the July 23 issue of Science magazine.

The research, led by Mines Professor Ryan O’Hayre, would enable more efficient use of natural gas for power generation through the use of fuel cells that convert the chemical energy of a fuel source into electrical energy close to where it is used.

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Mines hosts 4th International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability

The Colorado School of Mines Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education will host the fourth International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability July 13-20.

The weeklong school will present state-of-the-art and future perspectives for materials as they can be applied to energy generation and storage for sustainable energy technologies.

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Brennecka awarded Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Geoff Brennecka has received the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award from the American Ceramic Society. The award is given to a member under the age of 40 and in the first 10 years of his or her career, "who demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to ACerS."

Brennecka will receive his award at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet on October 5 in Columbus, Ohio.

Mines hosts symposium on surface analysis

Svitlana Pylypenko organized the 37th Annual Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis, held at Colorado School of Mines June 2 to 4.

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Vacuum Society and the AVS Applied Surface Science Division, the symposium included presentations and posters surrounding the application of traditional surface analytical techniques, their development, data analysis, and sample preparation.

CCAC faculty who gave presentations at the event included Pylypenko and Brian Gorman.

Spring 2015

Gorman, Diercks, Kirchhofer published in Journal of Materials Research

"Near atomic scale quantification of a diffusive phase transformation in (Zn,Mg)O/Al2O3 using dynamic atom probe tomography, a recent paper by Associate Professor Brian Gorman, Research Assistant Professor David Diercks, and PhD candidate Rita Kirchhofer has earned a write-up by the Materials Research Society.

The paper details the ability to measure diffusion on the atomic level, almost in real time, with a combination of devices. The paper was the result of a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

O'Hayre wins Junior Research Excellence Award at annual Faculty Forum