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.

Roland B. Snow Award

“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.

MXene Featured on The Guardian

September 15, 2013

In an article entitled “The weird world of the incredibly small” in the Science News of The Guardian News an image of MXene was featured as one of the 11 images. The image was originally one of the winners in the “Science as Art” competition in the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting.
This image is a combination of 3 different scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of MXene particles. The MXene particles were fabricated by Ph.D. student Michael Naguib.

For the third year in a row PhD students Babak Anasori and Michael Naguib won in International Metallographic Contest (IMC) held by the International Metallographic Society, an affiliate of ASM International! Their poster entitled “Nano titania/carbon sheets hybrid structure by oxidizing 2-D Ti3C2” win first place in IMC 2013.

First Place

Class 4: Electron Microscopy Scanning
“Nano titania/carbon sheets hybrid structure by oxidizing 2-D Ti3C2
Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi and Michel W. Barsoum

Click the image to see Babak’s poster. (PDF file is copyright protected, send an email to request password).

For more information go here.

Congratulations to Prof. Michel Barsoum! He received the OutStanding Research Award from Materials Science and Engineering department in Drexel University.
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Michael_Naguib_2 copyCongratulation to Ph.D. candidate Michael Naguib! His ACS Nano paper titled “Two-dimensional transition metal carbides” was awarded the ACerS 2013 Ross Coffin Purdy Award. The Purdy award is given to the author or authors who, in the judgment of the committee, made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature during the calendar year prior to the selection. This work has established a new family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides, so-called MXenes, they are electronically conductors and they showed a promising performance as a new electrode material for lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors. This paper was co-authored with Ph.D. candidate Olha Mashtalir (advisor: Yury Gogotsi), B.S. student Joshua Carle, former research professor Volker Presser, and Dr. Jun Lu and Professor Lars Hultman from Linköping University, Prof. Yury Gogotsi and Prof. Michel W. Barsoum.

Recognition of this achievement will be given Monday, October 28, 2013 at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet during the Materials Science and Technology Conference (MS&T13) taking place October 27 – 31 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.


Congratulations to Dr. Nina Lane! She received the 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; Mathematical Sciences and Engineering; Physical and Life Sciences.

Congratulations to PhD student Babak Anasori! He won the “2013 Continuing Teaching Excellence 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.
The 2013 awards were presented at the “Graduate Student Day”, held on May 23, 2013.

Nina’s PhD defense

April 16, 2013

Congratulations to Nina Lane! She successfully defended her PhD thesis on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Babak Anasori! He received the competitive George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowship.

The fellowship is a highly competitive award offered by Drexel University for qualified candidates for the PhD program in an interdisciplinary program or research area in the College of Engineering.




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