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Yuanyuan Li's research on platinum-based catalyst has been featured on the BNL's website

Yuanyuan Li, a a research scientist at SBU’s Department of  Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (MSCE) who has a guest appointment in Brookhaven Lab’s Chemistry Division and works under the guidance of Brookhaven/SBU joint appointee Anatoly Frenkel . The new study, published in  Nature Communications , identifies the atoms involved in the catalyst’s active site, resolving earlier conflicting reports about how the catalyst operates. The experiments provide definitive evidence that only certain platinum atoms play an important role in the chemical conversion.





Lola Akindejoye (CME alumna) has recently been featured on the Boeing website for Black History Month

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Titilola Akindejoye joined #TeamBoeing after being hired at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference in 2020. As a chemical and molecular engineer, she joins innovators and leaders on the 777X program to support manufacturing research and development. Titilola shares how BEYA helped shape her career and offers tips to stand out at conferences.







Prof. Alex  Orlov, Research Professor Dr. Victor Veerasamy and Ph.D. Candidate Shrish Patel won the "Oscar of Innovation"

Members of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering  Department together with SBU startup  Superclean Glass Inc.  have received highly coveted R&D100 award from   R&D World magazine , often referred to as the “Oscar of Innovation”. Every year the magazine selects   100 most innovative products  that exemplify revolutionary advances in science and innovation.

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The R&D 100 Awards are given to products in six categories: Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical, Mechanical/Materials, Other, Process/Prototyping, and Software/Services. The team included SBU Ph.D. candidate Shrish Patel and research professor Dr. Victor Veerasamy, together with the company affiliated Dr. Alexander   Orlov  and Jim Smith. The electrostatic based  self-cleaning technology that promises to revolutionize solar plants deployment in desert regions   was initially developed at Stony Brook  at   Prof. Orlov’s Lab  and won   numerous business plan competitions  before being licensed to SuperClean Glass Inc.   for a further  commercial development. The company is currently based at   Stony Brook Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP ) that provides assistance and resources for developers of disruptive renewable and clean energy technologies.




SBU-AIChE Chem-E-Car Team advances to National Competition

The Stony Brook University (SBU) Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) recently participated in the 2020 Mid-Atlantic regional Chem-E-Car competition. The SBU “5G LTE” team finished second in the competition and has advanced to the AIChE National competition in November. In the past few years, the SBU Chem-E-Car team has made it to the finals twice, and this is its third achievement.

The Chem-E-Car competition is the one of the AIChE’s main events and is a national competition for college students majoring in Chemical Engineering. The undergraduate students design a car powered by a chemical energy source in addition to the stopping mechanism. This year, the 5G LTE team has used a Iron-Air (Fe-Air) battery as a power source and applied a luminol chemiluminescence reaction as the stopping mechanism.

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The SBU Chem-E-Car team members (pictured left to right): Dr. Steve Nitodas (team mentor), Rui Chen (senior), Dr. Taejin Kim (team supervisor), John Calderon (junior), and Isaac Kim (senior).

The general information of Chem-E-Car competition hosted by AIChE is found in the following website.



Professor Sanjay Sampath Receives the ASM 2020 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award 

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Professor Sanjay Sampath, an distinguished professor in the Department of  Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (MSCE) in the  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award "for identifying impediments to knowledge in thermal spray technology, which led to his developing improved tools for wide industrial adoption of in situ process diagnostics and coating property measurements."

The award was established in 1934. It recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.




Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Professor shares how AI Supports Research  



Professor Anatoly Frenkel of the  Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering  in the   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences  spoke how his research is benefitting from the use of AI and machine learning.







Anatoly Frenkel's Research Listed In BNL Top-10 Science and Technology Achievements of 2019

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Professor  Anatoly Frenkel's research was listed in BNL's Top-10 science and technology achievements of 2019. His  group used machine learning to extract essential information about catalytic particles from x-ray data collected under real reaction conditions. Being able to quickly translate the x-ray spectra into information about particle size, structure, and chemistry will help scientists identify the key characteristics for designing better catalysts.





Karen Chen-Wiegart's Article Published as a Journal Cover for Materials Horizons

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Professor  Karen Chen-Wiegart of the  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences ,  with a Joint Appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s   Brookhaven National Laboratory, is the corresponding author on a  paper published  online in   Materials Horizons  that is featured on the Nov. 18 online journal issue cover. The other collaborating institutions are the   Center for Functional Nanomaterials  (CFN)—another DOE Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven Lab—and the   National Institute of Standards and Technology  (NIST).





Professor Sanjay Sampath Receives John Jeppson Award 2019

Stony Brook University Professor Sanjay Sampath , from the Department of   Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   (MSCE) in the   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded  John Jeppson Award 2019 The John Jeppson Award recognizes distinguished scientific, technical, or engineering achievements in ceramics.


Jason Trelewicz Receives $2.35 Million ARPA-E Award  Which Will Help Develop Safer Nuclear Energy JT  

$2.35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)  program has been awarded to the team in the  Engineered Microstructures and Radiation Effects Laboratory  (EMREL), led by Principal Investigator (PI) Professor Jason Trelewicz with co-PIs Lance Snead and David Sprouster. ARPA-E is an agency tasked with promoting and funding research and development of advanced energy technologies.





Anatoly Frenkel Named Weston Visiting Professor at Weizmann Institute of Science

af Prof. Anatoly Frenkel,  has been named Weston Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

He will be hosted by Dr. Igor Lubomirsky, professor at Weizmann, who has been Frenkel’s collaborator for more than 15 years. Together, Frenkel and Lubomirsky seek to understand how important materials used in advanced technological applications—as diverse as fuel cells, audio speakers, sonar detectors and portable cameras—function. Their work focuses in particular on materials that develop high levels of mechanical stress in response to electric fields.




Karen Chen-Wiegart Highlights SBU Research at Chancellor’s SOTUS Address KCW

Professor   Karen Chen-Wiegart  of the  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences ,  with a Joint Appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s   Brookhaven National Laboratory, represented Stony Brook University at the 2019 Chancellor’s State of The University System (SOTUS) Address in Albany, NY. SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson delivered her second State of the University System address on January 31, 2019 from the Albany Capital Center.





PubSci Explores the Intersection of Science and Art KCW  

Professor   Karen Chen-Wiegart was one of the panelist of  PubSci , the Lab’s science café and conversation series. On the evening of Sept. 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory held its 10th installment of PubSci. It typically brings Brookhaven scientists and their collaborators to local bars and restaurants to discuss the Lab’s research in a casual environment. This time, PubSci headed to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, to discuss the intersection of science and art during an event titled “Illumination: Revealing the Secret Chemistry of Oil Paintings.”


From Face Recognition to Phase Recognition: Neural Network Captures Atomic-Scale Rearrangements  AF

Professor   Anatoly Frenkel  and his collaborators have now developed such a “phase-recognition” tool or more precisely, a way to extract “hidden” signatures of an unknown structure from measurements made by existing tools. In a paper just published in  Physical Review Letters , they describe how they trained a neural network to recognize features in a material’s x-ray absorption spectrum that are sensitive to the arrangement of atoms at a very fine scale. The method helped reveal details of the atomic-scale rearrangements iron undergoes during an important but poorly understood phase change.



Engineering Professor Karen Chen-Wiegart Receives NSF CAREER Award for Her Research at SBU and BNL

Karen Chen-Wiegart , an assistant professor in the Department of   Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   (MSCE) in the   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences , has been awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award ( NSF CAREER award ) for her project, “A Multi-modal Study of Bi-continuos Pattern Formation in Nano/Meso Composite and Porous Metals Films via Solid-State Interfacial Dealloying .   The NSF CAREER award is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards proving federal grants to support junior faculty with research and educational activities. She will receive $558K during the next five years to conduct her project.


SBU Takes Giant Step Toward Cleaner, Greener World

igit When the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center ( AERTC ), a New York State-designated Center of Excellence, was founded several years ago at Stony Brook University, its goal was to foster collaboration between the brightest minds in academia and industry leaders in energy.

Its  interdisciplinary research program and state-of-the-art laboratories have since kept the University at the leading edge of discovery, resulting in new technologies that impact residential and commercial energy use worldwide.




Mercedes-Benz Research Development North America to Support Advanced Power Sources Lab at Stony Brook University

The   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences   announces a partnership with   Mercedes-Benz Research Development North America (MBRDNA)   to provide corporate support to the Stony Brook University Advanced Power Sources Laboratory, directed by Professor Esther Takeuchi, to enable basic research advancing alternative high capacity anode materials for lithium ion type batteries in the Takeuchi laboratories.  The research is done collaboratively involving SUNY Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Kenneth Takeuchi and Research Professor Amy Marschilok, the Principal Investigators in the   Takeuchi Research Group   .


Creating a Sustainable Earth : Batteries Included


Renowned Energy Storage Researcher Esther Takeuchi Named Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment

From cell phones, computers and cars to kids toys, remote controls and other utilities, batteries big and small can be found everywhere on Earth — including our landfills.

Esther Takeuchi, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, aims to curb that pollution with the following question: Is it possible to develop an energy storage system that can lead to a more sustainable Earth?


Professor Anatoly Frenkel Elected Fellow of American Physical Societ a

Stony Brook University Professor   Anatoly Frenkel, from the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the   American Physical Society  (APS).

He received this prestigious recognition for his outstanding physics research, specifically for seminal contributions to in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transformative development of structural characterization methods for nanoparticles, and their pioneering applications to a broad range of functional nanomaterials in materials physics and catalysis science. 




Scientists Use Machine Learning to Reveal Chemical Reactions in Real Time

  Anatoly Frenkel, a professor in the Department of  Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   and a team of researchers found a way to capture the details of chemistry’s elaborate choreography as it happens.  The team relied on computers that have learned to recognize the steps in a complex dance of atoms involved in chemical reactions. The findings should help them improve the performance of catalysts to drive reactions toward desired products faster.


SBU's Alex Orlov Measures Risks in Nanomaterials


The Ukrainian-born Alex Orlov, who is an associate professor of materials science and chemical engineering at Stony Brook University, helps officials in a delicate balancing act.

Orlov, who is a member of the US-EU working group on Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials, helps measure, monitor and understand the hazards associated with nanoparticles, which regulatory bodies then compare to the benefit these particles have in consumer products.






  The Future is Fusion

Materials Science Professor Awarded DOE Early Career Award to Advance Alternative Energy Solutions


The   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences   is proud to announce that Jason Trelewicz, PhD, has received the prestigious Early Career Research award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Professor Trelewicz will receive a total of $750K over five years to develop his project:  “Enhancing the Performance of Plasma-facing Materials Through Solute-stabilized Nanostructured Tungsten Alloys.”  





Research Team’s Findings Published in ‘Nature Communications


A research team from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory has been studying argon gas, and the group’s findings have been published in   Nature Communications. Argon and other noble gases have previously been trapped in three-dimensional porous materials. Prior to the SBU-BNL research, immobilizing these gases on surfaces had only been achieved by either cooling them to very low temperatures to condense them, or by accelerating gas ions to implant them directly into materials.






orlov Could Concrete Help Solve the Problem of Air Pollution?

New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the  Journal of Chemical Engineering, could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution.





According to the World Health Organization, as many as seven million premature deaths of people worldwide m ay be linked to poor air quality and pollution. Sulfur dioxide emissions are among the most common pollutants into the air globally, with power plants emitting the most sulfur dioxide. Cement kilns also produce approximately 20 percent of all sulfur dioxide industrial emissions.





Materials Science Professor Esther Takeuchi Featured in Times

Esther Takeuchi, a professor in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Department of   Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   was featured in Times.


  Women in Engineering Day Inspires Enthusiasm in STEM


To celebrate Women’s History Month, Stony Brook University’s Women in Science and Engineering Honors Program (WISE) held the Women in Engineering Day on March 10 in collaboration with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, iCREATE – Division of Information Technology, Physics and Astronomy, and student organizations Women in Computer Science, Society of Women Engineers and the American Society for Civil Engineers.

Women in Engineering Day inspired young middle school women from Brentwood Union Free School District and William Floyd School District to pursue STEM disciplines in a day-long event filled with hands-on workshops, innovative education, demonstrations, tours of laboratory facilities, mentoring and panel discussions.