Materials Science and Engineering

Materials advancements across all engineering disciplines.

Materials Science and Engineering

The image shows the human stem cell–derived cardiac microtissue grown
on a fiber-based scaffold fabricated using a laser-guided bioprinting technology
(Red: cell nuclei, Green: cardiomyocytes, Blue: fibers).
Image credit to Zhen Ma, Ph.D.

Materials Science and Engineering

At left, a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of an iron BDP MOF crystal
at right, an iron BDP MOF single-crystal device bonded to a platinum microelectrode array.
(Credit: Berkeley Lab)


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MSE Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Minor

  I grew up in the bay area and then I went to college at Yale University in Connecticut. Having done my time back east, I was happy to come back west for graduate school at Cal, and have been here ever since. . .   My research group works mainly in two fields, metallurgy…

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Student Spotlight: Amanda Guan

I first heard of MSE because my dad studied it back in college. When the time came to select a major, I originally thought to do chemical engineering because of how much I enjoyed studying chemistry in high school, but I really thought MSE sounded cooler and more unique. Turns out, when I started taking…

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Student Spotlight: Calton Kong

In high school I was a pretty big chem nerd (I still am); I found it mildly entertaining to just read through organic, inorganic, and physical chem books and bash through synthesis and spectra. I also wanted to work in a field that has positive environmental impacts. From some of my older friends who are…

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Student Spotlight: Jana Quan

I chose to study MSE because I really liked chemistry in highschool and was originally planning on studying chemical engineering. Over the summer, I read a book called “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” and the first chapter was about the properties of the uniform that soldiers wear to keep them dry, bug…

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Student Spotlight: Jordan Burns

Why did you choose to study MSE? I love that MSE is at the interface of engineering and basic science. You get to work on real world applications while also looking and tinkering underneath the hood at the molecular/ crystal structure level.  What do you like most about MSE?  I like that you can pretty…

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Faculty Spotlight: Junqiao Wu

Where did you study? I studied physics in my undergraduate in Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and also got a MS degree in physics from Peking University, China. I came to the U.S. and obtained my PhD degree in the Applied Science and Technology Graduate Program in UC Berkeley. After a postdoc research at Harvard…

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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Sherburne

Where did you study? I went back to school after working and restarted my education at American River Community College in Sacramento, CA. Then I transferred to UC Berkeley and majored in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Enjoying school, I decided to stay at…

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Faculty Spotlight: Kristin Persson

Where did you study? I received a Master of Science in Engineering Physics at the Lund Institute of Technology in 1996. In the same year, I joined the Theoretical Physics Department at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm as a graduate student. Five years later, I defended my Ph.D. Thesis on ‘Thermodynamic and Dynamic…

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Student Spotlight: Avni Singhal

Why did you choose to study MSE? I first learned about materials science during high school while working on solar cell research that happened to fall under the university’s MSE department. I still wasn’t entirely sure what MSE was, but really liked the lab I was part of, and started to learn more about the exciting…

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Student Spotlight: Steven Alvarez

Why did you choose to study MSE?  I was drawn to the field of MSE because of its interdisciplinary nature and broad areas of impact. I was first exposed to materials sciences and engineering through research experiences. As a Chemical Engineering undergraduate, I had the opportunity to do research that involved engineering materials for targeted…

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MSE Events

MSE News

Professor Jie Yao’s Group discovers the ‘magic angle’ effects in twisted bilayer photonic crystals that leads to strong light-matter interaction and light localization.

June 17, 2021

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Minor

June 10, 2021

Professor Ting Xu’s recent publication titled, “Crystallization of nanoparticles induced by precipitation of trace polymeric additives”, was selected as one of the Editors’ Highlights at Nature Communications.

June 2, 2021

Exciting news from Japan. Kohei Itoh, an alumnus of our department (PhD, Advisor Eugene Heller), is President Elect of Keio University!

May 26, 2021

Professor Ahmad Omar is the lead author in an article recently published on the cover of this week’s issue of Physical Review Letters. The article was also featured in Physics Magazine and selected as an “Editor’s Suggestion.”

May 12, 2021

Professor Kristin Persson participated in testifying at a Congressional Hearing on the morning of Tuesday, May 4.

May 7, 2021

Professor Ting Xu’s Lab develops new technology that can steer plastics from landfills and oceans and instead into your backyard compost bin!

April 28, 2021

⭐️ Fung Feature ⭐️ Gwenlyn Angel Cabiltes, MEng ’21 (MSE) “On the impact she wishes to have on the world and her passion for teaching.”

April 21, 2021

Congratulations to MSE Graduate student Jesse Schimpf on being award an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

April 8, 2021

The US Department of Energy, Office of Science, recently published a highlight on Professor Ting Xu’s scientific research titled “Novel Synthetic Membranes Speed Proton Transport.”

March 24, 2021

Professor Zakaria Al Balushi was among Nanotechnology’s young researcher awardees, recognized for his contributions on electronic and photonic materials synthesis!

March 17, 2021

Big Thank You!

March 17, 2021

Contact Us

Department offices are located in 210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, in the Northeast corner of campus.


Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Phone: (510) 642-3801
Fax: (510) 643-5792