Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Halim for a successful PhD defense!

Congratulations to Dr.Michael Naguib, former PhD student of the MAX/MXene research group, for being in Drexel Magazine’s 2016 list of “40 under 40” (see below)! Since his PhD research on the discovery of MXenes, a novel family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides/carbonitrides, Dr.Naguib continued to study these materials as Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab.

Drexel Magazine’s “40 under 40”:



Two-dimensional materials have been increasingly researched in a effort to discover new compounds and the exotic properties engendered by their sheet-like structure. While the MXenes have already proven to be a family of 2D materials with a rich compositional variability, Dr.Babak Anasori takes surface engineering of the MXenes even further. His research demonstrates the ability to make MXenes with one metal on the surface and another metal in the core of the MXene sheet. This is an invaluable method to control surface chemistry that can be useful to tune electronic, mechanical, and chemical properties for a given application. Watch the video below to learn more!

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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