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2018

  • Bo Wang won 2nd Place in the Student Poster Competition Award at the 2018 International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices for his presentation titled, "Phase-field Modeling of Mechanically Induced Polarization Switching in Ferroelectric Thin Films"! (Announcement)
  • Kevin McNamara successfully defended his Master's thesis and received his Master's degree.
  • Dr. Fei Li is awarded Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing by Acta Materialia "in recognition of significant contributions made to the quality of the journal". Congratulations!
  • "Selective control of multiple ferroelectric switching pathways using a trailing flexoelectric field". (Paper)
  • "Designing a New Material for Improved Ultrasound". (pro-physik.de Article [in German]) (Penn State News Link)  (Link to Article)
  • Dr. Kunok Chang joins Kyung Hee University as an assitant professor. Congratulations and we wish him all the best on his new career!
  • Dr. Sheng Guang has been promoted senior engineer at Owens Corning. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jiamian Hu and his wife on the birth of their first child!
  • Dr. Lei Chen has been selected to receive the 2018 ASEE Southeastern Section New Researcher Award. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Qun Li has been promoted full professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University. Congratulations!

2017

  • Professor Lei Chen receives the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (News Link)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jianjun Wang and his wife on the birth of their child!
  • Dr. Jiamian Hu joins University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assitant professor. Congratulations and we wish him all the best on his new career!
  • Congratulations to Tiannan Yang for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis!
  • Congratulations to Zijian Hong for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! He has also joined Carnegie-Mellon University as a postdoc. We wish him all the best!
  • Dr. Ye Cao has joined the University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. Congratulations and we wish him all the best in his new endeavor!
  • "Energy Storage Solution Combines Polymers and Nanosheets". (Penn State News Link)
  • "Passion for Creation Sparks Student Success in Research" - Undergraduate researcher Hannah Pohlmann recieves prestigious Astronaut Scholarship. (Penn State News Link)
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen receives the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. (News link) (Penn State News Link)
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen receives the 25 Years of Service Award at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) 2017 Wilson Awards Banquet (May 2017). (News link) (Penn State News Link)
  • Mr. Tiannan Yang receives the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science Award (GEMS) from the American Ceramic Society at the Materials Science and Technology Conference for "Phase-field Model of Ferroelectric Domain Dynamics Under Ultrafast Stimuli". Congratulations!
  • Welcome new visiting students Lidong Xia, Congyu Zhang, Yang Zhang, and Mengjun Zhou in joining our group!
  • Welcome new graduate students Yueze Tan and Jacob Zorn in joining our group!
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen receives the TMS Fellow Award "for his outstanding contributions to computational mesoscale materials science and its applications to solid-solid phase transformations and microstructure evolution." Congratulations! (TMS link) (Penn State News Link)
  • "A Possible Solution to a Long-standing Riddle in Materials Science". (Link to Article)
  • Congratulations to Rui Wang for passing the candidacy exam!
  • Our group welcomes two new, visiting students Yisen Hu and Zhonghui Shen from Tsinghua University!

2016

  • "DOE Awards $1M to Develop Composites for Sollid Lithium Conductors" (Penn State News Link)
  • Congratulations to Zijian Hong and his wife on the birth of their child!
  • Welcome Dr. Qingcheng Yang in joining our group as a new postdoc scholar!
  • Welcome new graduate students Cheng Dai and Kevin McNamara in joining our group!
  • Welcome new visiting scientist Dr. Ryuichiro Oguma from Fukuoka University in Japan in joining our group!
  • Dr. Jiamian Hu received a faculty position offer at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and will be joining them next year as an assistant professor. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Kasra Momeni is joining Louisiana Tech University as an assistant professor. Congratulations and we wish him all the best!
  • Congratulations on Xiaoxing Cheng and Zhe Liu in passing the comprehensive exam!
  • Dr. Tao Wang joined Carpenter Technology in Reading, Pennsylvania. Congratulations and we wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Zijian Hong and Dr. Long-Qing Chen co-authored the paper, "Observation of Polar Vortices in Oxide Superlattices", in cooperation with Dr. R. Ramesh in Nature. Congratulations! (Paper) (News Link)
  • Dr. Houbing Huang, Dr. Jianjun Wang, and Dr. Long-Qing Chen co-authored the paper, "Toward Wearable Cooling Devices: Highly Flexible Electrocaloric Ba0.67Sr0.33TiO3 Nanowire Arrays", in cooperation with Dr. Q. Wang in Advanced Materials. Congratulations! (Paper) (Penn State News Link)
  • Mr. Bo Wang receives the Best Show Award in the Materials Visualization Competition for his work titled, "Vortex Nanodomain Arrays". Congratulations!
  • The new journal, npj Computational Materials, published it's first batch of articles. Congratulations! (View Online) The Nature Publishing Group launched this journal in 2015 to focus on the design of materials guided by theory and computation, and on integrated computational and experimental studies of materials.
  • Welcome new visiting scientist Dr. Yongming Hu from Hubei University in joining our group!
  • Welcome new visiting scientist Dr. Zheng Chen from China University of Mining and Technology in joining our group!

2015

  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen receives the Lee Hsun Lecture Award on Materials Science by the Shenyang Institute of Metals (IMR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Congratulations! (IMR News Link) (Penn State News Link) (MatSE News Link)
  • Dr. Jiamian Hu receives the 2015 MRS Postdoctoral Award "for pioneering contributions to the theoretical understanding of strain-mediated electric-field-induced magnetization switching in magnetoelectric nanostructures and for designing prototypes of magnetoelectric devices". Congratulations! (Penn State News Link) (MatSE News Link)
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen is named a 2015-2016 ORISE NETL Faculty Fellow. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Yijia Gu and Dr. Long-Qing Chen co-authored the paper titled, "Emergence of Room-temperature Ferroelectricity at Reduced Dimensions", in cooperation with Dr. C. B. Eom in Science. Congratulations! (Paper) (News Link)
  • Dr. Guang Sheng joined Tosoh SMD in Grove City, Ohio as a Senior Project Engineer. Congratulations and we wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Dr. Samrat Choudhury joined the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Idaho. Congratulations and we wish him all the best!
  • Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Long-Qing Chen co-authored the paper titled, "Flexible High-temperature Dielectric Materials from Polymer Nanocomposites", in cooperation with Dr. Q. Wang in Nature. Congratulations! (Paper) (News Link)
  • Welcome Dr. Fei Li in joining our group as a new postdoc scholar!
  • Welcome new visiting scientist Dr. Qiu-An Huang from Hubei University in joining our group!
  • Yanzhou Ji receives the Diamond Award for Graduate Excellence in Materials Science from the American Ceramic Society at the Materials Science and Technology Conference. Congratulations!
  • Fei Xue successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "Landau Theory and Phase-Field Simulation on the Phase Transitions and Domain Structures in the Multiferroic Bismuth Ferrite and Hexagonal Manganites". Congratulations!
  • Welcome new visiting scholar Renci Peng from Tsinghua University in joining our group!
  • Welcome new visiting scholar Chao Yang from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in joining our group!
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen is named a 2015 American Ceramic Society Fellow (ACers). The Fellow designation recognizes ACerS members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences, broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry, or by outstanding service to the Society. Congratulations! (News Link) (ACERS Bulletin)
  • Dr. Jiamian Hu and Dr. Long-Qing Chen published the paper titled, "Multiferroic Magnetoelectric Nanostructures for Novel Device Applications" in MRS Bulletin. Congratulations! (Paper)
  • Welcome new visiting scholar Yuhui Huang from Zhejiang University in joining our group!
  • Welcome new graduate student Rui Wang joining our group!
  • Welcome Dr. Kasra Momeni in joining our group as a new postdoc scholar!
  • Dr. Lei Chen is joining the Mississippi State University as a faculty member. We wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Dr. Houbing Huang is joining the University of Science and Technology Beijing as a faculty member. We wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Pengcheng Song is finishing his visit with us at Penn State and will be leaving the group. All the best wishes for the future!
  • The figure of bonding charge density of graphene, from Dr. Yi Wang's paper on charge transfer, has been selected as the Journal Cover of J. Comput. Chem. Congratulations! (Journal Cover) (Paper)
  • Dr. Lei Chen receives a travel award for the 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics to be held in San Diego. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Yijia Gu receives the 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. Recognition of this award was presented at the awards ceremony held by the Chinese Consulate General on April 17 in New York. The Award is a scholarship set up by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen is appointed as the Donald Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Congratulations! (Penn State News Link)
  • Nature Publishing Group has started a new journal, npj Computational Materials, dedicated to materials by design and integrated computational and experimental materials research. Congratulations to Dr. Long-Qing Chen as the editor-in-chief! (Nature Webpage Link) (Flyer Link)
  • Jason Britson is joining Intel corporation. We wish him all the best with his career!
  • Jason Britson successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "Phase Field Simulation of Domain Switching Dynamics in Multi-Axial Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films". Congratulations!
  • Jason Britson receives the Alumni Association Dissertation Award for 2014-2015. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Xiaoxing Cheng and Zhe Liu for passing the candidacy exam!

2014

  • Yijia Gu graduated and joined Alcoa. Wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Welcome new visiting scholars Chengchao HuYongbiao WangToshihiro Yamazaki, and Chao Yang joining our group!
  • Ye Cao graduated and joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a postdoc. Wish him all the best with his new career!
  • The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Dr. Long-Qing Chen as the recipient for the 2014 Materials Theory Award for "his pioneering work in the development of phase-field method and its applications in the computational modeling of mesoscale structures and their dynamics in inhomogeneous materials." Congratulations! (MRS Bulletin) (Penn State News Link) (Youtube Interview with Dr. Long-Qing Chen)
  • Yijia Gu successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Phase-field modeling of flexoelectric effect in perovskite ferroelectrics". Congratulations!
  • Welcome new graduate students Jesus Humberto Abundis PatinoYin Shi, and Bo Wang in joining our group!
  • Ye Cao successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Phase-field simulation of defect transport, current evolution and piezoelectric response in dielectric and ferroelectric oxides". Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Jason Britson for receiving the Robert E. Newnham Award for Research Excellence!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Lei Chen and his wife for the birth of their first child!
  • Welcome new visiting scholar Dr. Guanghui Zhao from Wuhan University of Technology joining our group!

2013

  • Congratulations Yijia Gu receives the Diamond Award 2013   Yijia Gu receives the Diamond Award for Graduate Excellence in Materials Science from the American Ceramic Society at the Materials Science and Technology Conference. Congratulations!
  • Welcome new visiting student Wenbo Liu and Pengcheng Song from Tsinghua University joining the group!
  • Yijia Gu is getting married. Congratulations!
  • Menglei Li and Houbing Huang finished their visit and left the group. All the best wishes for their future!
  • Welcome Dr. Jiamian Hu joining our group as a new postdoc scholar!
  • Welcome new graduate students Zhe Liu and Xiaoxing Cheng joining our group!
  • Congratulations on Ye Cao and his wife for the birth of their first child!
  • Dr. Linyun Liang is joining the Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoc. Wish him all the best with his new career!
  • Welcome new visiting student Kaiping Wang from Zhejiang University joining the group!
  • Welcome Dr. Nanxian Chen, professor at Tsinghua University and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on invitation by Dr. Long-Qing Chen and Dr. Zi-Kui Liu, visits the Department of MatSE and our research group.
  • Dr. Samrat Choudhury got an offer in March and now works as a staff scientist at LANL. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Pingping Wu got a new faculty position at Xiamen Institute of Technology, Huaqiao University, China. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Kunok Chang got an offer from KAERI(Korea atomic energy research institute) and will join as a research staff. Congratulations!
  • Welcome Haowei Zhang joining our group as a new graduate student!
  • Congratulations on Zijian Hong and his wife for the birth of their first child!
  • Dr. Yi Wang has a paper accepted by PRL "BiFeO3 domain wall energies and structures: A combined experimental and density functional theory +U study". Congratulations!
  • Dr. Saswata Bhattacharya got a faculty position offer at Indian Institute of Technology and will be joining in July as an assistant professor. Congratulations!
  • Welcome Patrick Hricko joining our group as a new graduate student!
  • Welcome new visiting graduate student Honghui Wu from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology!
  • Welcome Dr. Lei Chen joining our group as a new postdoc scholar!
  • Yijia Gu wins the 2nd place in Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Research Poster Competition with his poster "A Phase-Field Model for the Structural Transition of Vanadium Dioxide Single Crystals". Congratulations!
  • Congratulations on Ye Cao receiving the Robert E. Newnham Award for Research Excellence! Congratulations!
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen has been elected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) "for contributions to development of the phase-field method and its innovative application to predicting mesoscale microstructural evolution and properties of metallic alloys, oxides and ferroelectrics". Congratulations!
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen has been named Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Congratulations! (Penn State News Link) (Penn State News Link)
  • Dr. Guang Sheng receives the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award. Congratulations!

2012

  • Ye Cao Awarded Gold Medal at MRS   Ye Cao was awarded a gold medal for his poster titled "Phase-field Simulation of Defect Transport and Resistance Degradation Behavior in Single Crystal BaTiO3" at the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting held in November 2012. The poster discussed the effect of ferroelectric and ferroelastic domain structures on resistance degradation in BaTiO3 single layer capacitor. This work is important to the fundamental understanding of the degradation mechanism and reliability of ferroelectric capacitors.
  • Houbing Huang Nominated Best Poster Award at MRS   Houbing Huang was nominated for the best poster award for his poster titled "Micromagnetic Simulation of Spin-transfer Torque Effects in Heusler-based Alloy Spin Valve" at the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting held in November 2012. The new effects he discussed in the poster will be helpful for developing the new MRAM and microwave oscillator devices.
  • Congratulations Jiamian Hu receives the Diamond Award 2012   Jiamian Hu receives the Diamond Award for Graduate Excellence in Materials Science at the Materials Science and Technology Conference in October 2012.
  • Dr. Long-Qing Chen named ASM Fellow   In 1969, the American Society for Materials (ASM) established the Fellow of the Society Honor to provide recognition to members for their distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering and develop a broadly based forum of technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the Society. Dr.Long-Qing Chen was selected as a 2012 ASM Fellow "for outstanding development of computational and experimentally-verified models for predicting phase transformations, microstructural evolution, and ferroelectric and magnetostatic structure-property relationships, in metals, ceramics and thin films."