Lane Martin and Phil Messersmith will be joining MSE Faculty


by Materials Science and Engineering

April 21, 2014

Dr. Lane W. Martin joins the faculty of Berkeley MSE as an Associate Professor on July 1, 2014. Dr. Martin received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Dec. 2003 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2006 and 2008, respectively, all in Materials Science and Engineering. Following his graduate work, Dr. Martin was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Quantum Materials Group, Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 – 2009. In August 2009, Dr. Martin started as an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During this time at Illinois, Dr. Martin’s research focused on three main areas: 1) the science and engineering of thermal, electronic, and magnetic properties of materials for applications ranging from waste heat energy conversion to solid state cooling to electron emission, 2) the design and implementation of multi-functional materials for applications such as logic, memories, and sensing, and 3) the development of oxide materials for solar energy conversion including photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Dr. Martin has published >90 papers and his work has been cited over 4,550 times. Lane’s work has garnered a number of awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2013), the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2013), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award (2010) and he has been featured in interviews on the importance of basic science research with the Science Coalition, MSNBC, Science, the Huffington Post, and others.

Phillip B. Messersmith joins the faculty of Berkeley MSE on July 1, 2014. Dr. Messersmith received his BS (Life Sciences) and PhD (Materials Science) degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana. Dr. Messersmith was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University from 1993-1994, a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1994-1997, and has been at Northwestern University since 1997, where he is the Erastus O. Haven Professor. Messersmith is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Dr. Messersmith is a member of the editorial board of several journals and is Coeditor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Biomaterials Science.  His research interests include studies of biological adhesives, biointerfacial strategies for surface modification, bioinspired polymers and polymer composites, and design of novel biomaterialsfor regenerative medicine.

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