Nina’s PhD defense

April 16, 2013

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

Philly Materials Day 2013

February 5, 2013

On Saturday, February 2, 2013, the MAX Phase research group participated in Philly Materials Day, an exciting materials-focused event to introduce the general public to the world of materials science.

Philly Materials Day is an event hosted at Drexel University in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania that involves demos and activities by students, faculty, and contributions from local industry.

The ceramics lab demo was put on by MAX group PhD students Justin Griggs, Darin Tallman, and Nina Lane, along with visiting researcher Ivy Yan and B.S. student Matthias Agne.


Check out the video of Nina conducting the Prince Rupert’s drop glass demo.


Justin Griggs explaining superconductor physics.

Ivy Yan showing the superconductor train on a magnetic track.

Darin Tallman demonstrating the heat dissipation of a space shuttle tile.

Nina Lane making a Prince Rupert’s drop to demonstrate the effects of stresses within glass.

More Materials Day Information

Congratulations to Justin Griggs! He successfully defended his PhD proposal December 7, 2012.
See his abstract here.

PhD student Babak Anasori received Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award through the American Ceramics Society, with a Diamond ranking!

Babak was one of 10 finalists to receive the GEMS award at MS&T in Pittsburgh (see information here), and was then selected as one of the top three students to receive the Diamond award based on his presentation on MS&T.

A list of the winners is posted here.


The 2-day course (MATE 100) was a success! MAX phase group members ran the ceramics lab for the short course for incoming freshmen.
See more information here.

Nina at IPAM

September 19, 2012

PhD student Nina Lane will be a core participant in a 14-week Materials Defects workshop at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA September – December 2012. IPAM is an NSF-funded mathematics institute that holds workshops on various topics to foster collaborations between researchers in pure and applied math, science, and engineering.

Nina will give a seminar at IPAM on Thursday, September 20th. See information here.

Grady Bentzel, who just graduated with a BS in Materials Science from Drexel University, has joined the MAX phase research group as a PhD student!


Why Materials?

Growing up, I was obsessed with legos. I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but wasn’t until the summer before my senior year of high school that I was introduced to Materials Engineering. At that time, I was in a summer mentorship program here at Drexel, working in Dr. Gogotsi’s lab on supercapacitors. The research I did in those two weeks sold me, and I enrolled into the MSE program at Drexel. I was later suggested to join the MAX phase group, and after meeting with Dr. Barsoum and learning what my project would be, I quickly jumped on board.

Research areas

My work now is on the chemical compatibility and diffusion of the MAX phases for advanced reactor fuel and component design. I’ve wanted a nuclear-related research project to make use of my minor in Nuclear Engineering, and my previous work in Dr. Taheri’s group working with metals mainly focused on corrosion. This project with MAX phases couldn’t have been better suited for me and I’m looking forward to many years working on it.


When grad school doesn’t take up all of my time, you would find me indulging in at least one of my favorite pastimes. I’ve played soccer since I was five, and I played on a very competitive level in high school. I’ve always had an interest in music, and usually have something playing as I work. I also dabble in playing guitar. When all else fails and I’m desperate for something to do, watching movies or playing video games is a good way to pass the time.

Welcome to the group, Grady!

Justin’s candidacy

June 13, 2012

Congratulations to PhD student Justin Griggs! He successfully passed his candidacy exam on June 7, 2012 with his seminar on the deformation of micropillars in metals and ceramics.

MAX phase group member Nina Lane taught middle students about materials science at an after school science program at Our Mother of Sorrows middle school.

The after school science club program is run by students of the Drexel Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (DGWISE) group, who received Outstanding Community Service Award this year.


PhD student Nina Lane showing middle school students liquid nitrogen at OMS after school science club.

Planting flowers at OMS, led by biology PhD student Jules Winters.

Babak Anasori’s image entitled “The Cliff of the Two-Dimensional World” is featured in a video produced by the Materials Research Society (MRS) of their top images from past “Science as Art” competitions!

About the video:

MRS has hosted a “Science as Art” competition at its Spring and Fall Meetings since 2005. To celebrate the creative minds of our members, they have selected 20 images, highlighting the science of how each was produced.

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