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11/17/2014 - David Kok was interviewed by AAAS: 5 Questions for a Scientist(Link)


10/27/2014 - Dr. Peter E. D. Morgan's report "The Trouble with Activation Energies" is now available (Link)


10/17/2014 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome a master student Joanne Leadbetter


10/15/2014 - Congratulations to Kenta Ohtaki for winnning the second place in the Material Advantage Graduate Student Poster Competition at MS&T


10/15/2014 - Kara Phillips and Kenta Ohtaki gave a poster presentation at MS&T (pictures)


10/12/2014 - Congratulations to Kenta Ohtaki for winnning the first place of ACerS Ceramographic competition SEM category at MS&T

10/12/2014 - Congratulations to Kara Phillips for winning ACerS Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division: Student Stipend


10/11/2014 - Kara Phillips and David Kok attended PCSA meeting (picture)


9/23/2014 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome a PhD rotation student David Kok


8/23/2014 - Congratulations to Neshat Heravi for her award to attend the 2014


7/28/2014 - Austin Travis and Kenta Ohtaki gave a poster presentations at Denver X-ray conference in Big Sky (pictures)


7/20/2014 - Kara Phillips gave a poster presentation at the 2014 Ceramics Gordon Research Conference in Mt. Holyoke


7/17/2014 - Jesse Angle, Andy Nelson (LANL collaborator) and Prof. Mecartney just had a new paper "Thermal Measurements and Computational Simulations of Three-Phase (CeO2 - MgAl2O4 - CeMgAl11O19) and Four-Phase (3Y-TZP - Al2O3 - MgAl2O4 - LaPO4) Composites as Surrogate Inert Matrix Nuclear Fuel" accepted for publication in Journal of Nuclear Materials.


7/16/2014 - Jesse Angle (and coauthors Jim Steppan, Patrick Thompson, and Prof. Mecartney) are reviewing the galley proofs of their paper to appear in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society,  "Parameters influencing thermal shock resistance and ionic conductivity of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) with dispersed second phases of alumina or mullite."


7/01/2014 - Congratulations to Kara Phillips for her award to attend the 2014 Ceramics Gordon Research Conference in Mt. Holyoke, MA July 20-25, 2014 where she will present a poster on her work on design of multiphase ceramics for nuclear fuel. Professor Mecartney will also attend and give a poster on Jesse's research on enhanced diffusion in ceramics exposed to water vapor.


7/01/2014 - Congratulations to Kenta Ohtaki for his award to attend the Denver X-ray Conference and workshops in Yellowstone July 27-31 and present a poster on his and Neshat's research on X-ray analysis of solid solution of doped LaPO4 monazite.  Austin Travis will also attend and present a poster on his research on CeMgAl11O19 magnetoplumbite ceramics. Austin will also be attending the American Chemical Society in San Francisco in early August to learn about current research in catalysis.


6/30/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Breakthrough SJC high school students German Guzman and Francelia Lievanos


6/23/14 - Manuscript "Parameters Influencing Thermal Shock Resistance and Ionic Conductivity of 8 mol% Yttria-stabilized Zirconia (8YSZ) with Dispersed Second Phases of Alumina or Mullite" accepted for publication by the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.


6/23/14 - Kara Phillips and David Kok are now members of Acers's President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA)


6/23/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Ph.D. rotation students David Kok and Shawn Kirby for the summer quarter.


6/06/14 - Congraturations to Jesse Angle for graduating from the Ph.D. program and going to University of Illinois as a postdoctal resercher.


3/31/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Ph.D. student Austin Travis to the group.


3/14/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to thank Professor Shen Dillon from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for visiting UC Irvine, meeting with graduate students and giving such a wonderful talk in our weekly department seminar. (Link)


3/7/14 - Kenta Ohtaki and Neshat Heravi gave a poster presentations at the UC Irvine Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Recruitment day.


3/7/14 - Kara Phillips Eric Casavant, Russell Clayton and Austin Travis gave a poster presentations at the UC Irvine Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Recruitment day.


2/14/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to thank Dr. Sungbo Shim from Rolls Royce High Temperature Composite in Huntington Beach, CA for visiting UC Irvine, meeting with graduate students and giving such a fantastic talk in our weekly department seminar. (Link)


2/8/14 - Jesse Angle and Merna Salama gave a poster presentations at the Southern California Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis (SCSMM) Full Day Symposium held at UC Irvine. (Link)


1/30/14 - Jesse Angle gave an oral presentation at the 38th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites titled "Enhanced Diffusion of Oxygen in Alumina Exposed to Water Vapor." (Link)


1/29/14 - Jesse Angle gave a poster presentation at the 38th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites titled "Proton Assisted Diffusion in Oxides." (Link)


1/20/14 - Congratulations to Merna Salama, Patrick Ngo and Rea Reyes for being appointed an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.


1/6/14 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome PhD rotation students Eric Casavant, Russell Clayton and Austin Travis.


1/1/14 - Happy New Year!


12/20/13 - Happy Holidays!


12/1/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Ph.D. student Kara Phillips to the group.


11/28/13 - Happy Thanksgiving!(Link)


11/15/13 - Prof. Mecartney gave a poster presentation titled "Multiphase ceramics for nuclear fuel" at the National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives, "The Future of Advanced Nuclear Technologies," a program of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.


11/4/13 - Here are a few pictures from MS&T of Prof. Mecartney, Jesse Angle, Merna Salama, and some friends and family. (Pictures)


10/30/13 - Jesse Angle gave a presentation at MS&T titled "Synthesis and Characterization of LaCrAl11O19 (Magnetoplumbite)." (Link)


10/29/13 - Prof. Mecartney gave a presentation at MS&T titled "Dislocation Accommodation for Grain Boundary Sliding in Multiphase Superplastic Ceramics." (Link)


10/26/13 - Congratulations to Prof. Mecartney who became an ACers class of 2014 Fellow. She accepted this distinguished award at the annual ACers awards banquet.


10/26/13 - Merna Salama, Jesse Angle, and Prof. Mecartney traveled to Montreal, Canada to attend the Materials Science & Technology Conference & Exhibition (MS&T). (Link)


10/22/13 - Congratulations to Jesse Angle for receiving a UC Irvine Associated Graduate Students Travel Grant which will be used for Materials Science & Technology Conference & Exhibition in Montreal, Canada. (Link)


10/18/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to thank Dr. George Wicks (Ret.) from Savannah River National Laboratory for visiting UC Irvine and giving such an enlightening talk in our weekly department seminar. (Link)


10/11/13 - Manuscript "Water Vapor-Enhanced Diffusion in Alumina" is now available for online in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. (Link)


10/7/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome PhD rotation students Max Kaganyuk, Kara Phillips and Jill Pestana.


10/5/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Masters student Neshat Heravi to the group.



10/2/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome undergradute student Rea Reyes to the group.



9/20/13 - Congratulations to Jesse Angle for receiving the UCI Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship for the 2013/2014 academic year. (Link)

 

9/19/13 - The Mecartney Research Group would like to welcome Ph.D. student Kenta Ohtaki to the group.

 

9/17/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits Prof. Corinne Packard at the Colorado School of Mines in Colorado and gave a seminar titled "Development of Monazite Ceramics for Fuel Cell and Nuclear Applications."

 

9/16/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits Prof. Rishi Raj at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Colorado and gave a seminar titled "Development of Multiphase Oxide Ceramics."

 

9/14/13 - Manuscript "Comparison of two-phase thermal conductivity models with experiments on dilute ceramic composites" is now available for online in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. (Link)

 

9/12/13 - Prof. Mecartney attends the Packards Fellowships for Science and Engineering 25th Anniversary Reunion in Denver Colorado and gives a poster presentation titled "Proton Assisted Diffusion in Oxides (Does Steam Damage Ceramics?). (Link)

 

9/9/13 - Congratulations to Jesse Angle for being selected a finalist for this years Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award given at the Materials Science & Technology 2013 (MS&T). 

 

9/6/13 - Prof. Mecartney gave a seminar titled "Monazite LaPO4 Ceramics for Fuel Cell and Nuclear Applications and Water Vapor Accelerated Diffusion in Al2O3" for the Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) Program at UC Irive.

 

9/3/13 - Prof. Mecartney gave a seminar titled "Monazite Ceramics for Fuel Cell and Nuclear Applications" at Alfred University in New York, visited with Dean Doreen Edwards and discussed collabrative research with Prof. Yiquan Wu, Prof. Scott Misture and Prof. Sundaram.

 

9/1/13 - Congratulations to Danju Men (Ph.D. 2012) for her new postion at Apple.

 

8/19/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits Prof. Susan Krumdieck and Catherine Bishop at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and gave a seminar titled "Dislocation Accommodated Deformation in Mullite and Superplastic Multiphase Ceramics".

 

8/15/13 - Manuscript "Water Vapor Enhanced Diffusion in Alumina" accepted for publication by the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

 

8/10/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio where she gave a seminar titled "LaPO4 Monazite Research and Water Vapor Accelerated Diffusion in Al2O3" and discussed research projects with their top scientists including Dr. Randall Hay, Dr. Michael Cinibulk and UES scientist Dr. John Porter.

 

8/9/13 - Manuscript "Comparison of two-phase thermal conductivity models with experiments on dilute ceramic composites" is now available for EarlyView in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

 

8/9/13 - Manuscript "Radiation Damage of LaMgAl11O19 and CeMgAl11O19 Magnetoplumbite" is now avalible online at the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. (Link)

 

8/7/13 - Jesse Angle visits Prof. Yoshikazu Suzuki at the Univerisity of Tsukuba in Japan. (Link)

 

7/15/15 - Manuscript "Laser Annealing of Nanocrystalline Gold Nanowires" is now avalible online at the ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. (Link)

 

7/10/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits Prof. Yuichi Ikuhara at the Crystal Interface Laboratory at the University of Tokyo in Japan and gave a seminar titled "Dislocation Accommodated Deformation in Mullite and Superplastic Multiphase Ceramics". (Link)

 

7/4/13 - Manuscript "Radiation Damage in Multiphase Ceramics" is now avalible online at the Journal of Nuclear Materials. (Link)

 

7/4/13 - Congratulations to Merna Salama for being appointed an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

6/19/13 - Prof. Mecartney travels to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington DC to attend a Ceramics DMR workstop and gave a poster presentation on current research.  

 

6/14/13 - Jesse Angle give a poster presentation at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan on his proposed summer project. (Jesse's Poster)

 

6/10/13 - Jesse Angle arrives in Japan for his summer appointment at the University of Tokyo through a National Science Foundation East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF EAPSI) Fellowship.

 

5/18/13 - Patrick Ngo and Merna Salama gave a poster presentations at the nineteenth annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium (Merna's Poster) (Patick's Poster).

 

5/11/13 - American Ceramic Society Names Prof. Martha Mecartney a 2013 Fellow. (Link)

 

4/24/13 - Prof. Mecartney visits Prof. Robin Grimes in the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London Director and gave a seminar titled "Research on Muiltphase Ceramics and Water Vapor Sintering."