Research by Dr.Michel Barsoum and students turn sheds new light about how the ancient pyramids of Giza were built.  Traditional theories state that the Great Pyramids of Giza were built because of enormous amounts of manual labor to haul large chunks of quarried stone across the desert and up ramps. To many researchers, this theory seems not only beyond imagination but also beyond plausibility. Some researchers have rejected the traditional theory all together and instead postulate that the stones making up the pyramids were cast using an early form of cement known as geopolymer.

However, research by Dr.Michel Barsoum and students suggests both theories are correct to some degree. Read more about these theories, concrete and more in the article featured on Medium.

Nanolaminated carbon/sulfur materials demonstrate good performance as cathode materials in lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries. These nanolaminates were synthesized from the MAX phase titanium sulfur carbide by electrochemically etching the titanium atoms. The work was featured in an article by Clean Technica and a recent publication in Angewendte Chemie.

Congratulations to PhD student Michael Ghidiu for his work in developing MXene “clays”, which has appeared on the journal Nature titled as “Conductive two-dimensional titanium carbide ‘clay’ with high volumetric capacitance”. This work paves the way for safer processing of MXenes, which have already been demonstrated to have applications as fast and long lasting energy storage devices. The short video below explains how the MXenes are made!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Naguib! He has been selected to receive an Outstanding Promise Doctoral Award in the area of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. At every Commencement, three awards are presented to graduating doctoral students who are deemed to exhibit great promise in enhancing Drexel’s reputation in the future. The awards, with a cash prize of $1000 and a certificate of recognition each, are in the following categories: Social Sciences (for students in Business, Education, Information Science, Psychology); Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (for students in Mathematics, all Engineering programs); Physical and Life Sciences (for students in Bioscience, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Policy, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, Public Health).

Congratulations to PhD student Babak Anasori! He won the “Doctoral Research Excellence Award”. Graduate Student Excellence Committee selects graduate students who have exhibited outstanding research, scholarship, and/or creativity in the past year.

The 2014 awards were presented at the Drexel Graduate Student Day, held on May 30, 2014.

Congratulations to PhD student Babak Anasori! He won the “Teaching Achievement Award”. Undergraduate students and faculty nominate graduate student TAs for the awards, and recipients are determined by a Teaching Excellence Committee based on the nominations, recommendation letters and recipients’ teaching portfolio.

Babak is the first recipient of the Teaching Achievement Award (as a TA) in Drexel University. Teaching Achievement Award is the final award for a TA who has already won Teaching Excellence award and a Continued Teaching Excellence Award in the previous years.

The 2014 awards were presented at the Drexel Graduate Student Day, held on May 30, 2014.

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Congratulations to PhD student Michael Naguib! He won the “Gold Award in Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Awards”.

The awards honor students who excel in research and academic achievements. MRS looks to recognize those students who show particular promise for future excellence in materials science and engineering. Gold awardees received $400 and a presentation plaque and silver awardees received $200 and a certificate of accomplishment. All finalists had their registration fees waived and received a one-year MRS student membership. The awards were presented during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

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Congratulations to PhD student Michael Naguib! He has been named a “Eugene P. Wigner Fellow”.

The highly competitive Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship at “Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)”. Named for Eugene P. Wigner, Nobel Laureate and first Director of Research and Development at ORNL, the fellowship exists to attract recent Ph.D. graduates to ORNL and encourage these scientists to flourish in their fields while contributing to ORNL and the U.S. Department of Energy’s missions and goals.

Starting in May, Naguib will join the more than 70 Wigner Fellows since its inception in 1975.

As Wigner Fellow, Naguib will be working on understanding the effect of surface termination and electronic structure on the electrochemical properties of two-dimensional transition metal based materials including MXenes, a material that Naguib helped to develop during his Ph.D. at Drexel, and oxides. Based on this understanding, Naguib will identify a design approach to enhance the performance of lithium-ion battery electrodes.

ORNL is the largest DOE laboratory and only selects two to three Wigner Fellows per year. The fellowship lasts for a two-year term, at which point Naguib will have the option of continuing his work at ORNL.

For the second year in a row Ph.D. students Babak Anasori and Michael Naguib received the Roland B. Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society for their work on “The Carbon-Anatase Dog”. This award is presented for the best ceramographic work at the annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) during MS&T and consists of a monetary award and a Steuben glass artifact. Their entry also received the first place in the Scanning Electron Microscopy Category. The SEM image that was captured by Babak shows oxidized Ti2C3 particles (Michael’s research). The MS&T conference is taking place October 27-31 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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“The Carbon-Anatase Dog”
Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi, Michel W. Barsoum

The MAX Phases Book

October 23, 2013

Prof. Barsoum’s new book entitled “MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Ternary Carbides and Nitrides” is published.
This is the first comprehensive book on MAX Phases, from both an experimental and a theoretical viewpoint, which covers elastic, electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties in different temperature regimes, concluding with a treatment of MAX phase composites and potential as well as current applications.

By bringing together, in a unified, self-contained manner, all the information on MAX phases hitherto only found scattered in the journal literature, this one-stop resource offers researchers and developers alike an insight into these fascinating materials.

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