News: MSE

Jin Suntivich

Jin Suntivich promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite Tenure

Jin Suntivich has been approved for promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Cornell Board of Trustees. The Suntivich group focuses on identifying design strategies based on optics and electronic structure engineering to discover new materials and devices for sustainable energy and environmental technologies. Ongoing efforts in our group include: Electrocatalysts and photocatalysts from transition metal oxide heterostructures, in situ spectroscopy on catalytic and photocatalytic surfaces, nanophotonics for environmental sensing, pollution detection, and toxin deactivation. Read more


Inside the tumor microenvironment

By: Chris Woolston

Pulling together techniques and insights that span multiple scientific fields and academic departments, researchers from Cornell Engineering and Weill Cornell Medicine are taking an expansive look at cancer that goes beyond tumors and individual cells. Read more

Quantum engineering

Quantum Engineering

By: Jackie Swift

You may have noticed quantum computing cropping up in the news a lot lately. Last October Google announced they’d pulled off quantum supremacy when their prototype quantum computer solved a problem they claimed would take a classical supercomputer 10,000 years to solve. Meanwhile, the National Science Foundation kicked off its Quantum Leap Challenges Institutes program which will fund large-scale projects in quantum science, and the U.S. Department of Energy announced $625 million in funding for centers to advance quantum information science. It’s easy to see why there’s so much interest... Read more

This layered structure of strontium (not colored), barium (red) and titanium (teal) is a tunable dielectric that can improve the performance of high-frequency electronics.

New material answers call for high-frequency electronics

By: David Nutt

Millions of cellphones rely on barium-strontium titanate to adjust, or “tune,” their antennae circuitry and achieve clear reception. A Cornell-led collaboration has created a new material that will bring this clarity and extra bandwidth to the next generation of cellphones and other high-frequency electronics. Read more


MSE professor honored with NSF Early Career award

Andrej Singer, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was recently honored with a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program award. The award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Research and activities pursued by early-career faculty build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. Over the next five years, Singer will receive over $700,000 to support his... Read more

This rendering shows the two C dots coded with different targeting systems, alpha-MSH, left, and cyclic RGD, which enable the particles to track different cancer markers.

Multiplexed C dots track cancer cells to improve patient care

By: David Nutt

For more than a decade, researchers have used glowing nanoparticles called Cornell dots, or C dots, to illuminate cancer cells, target tumors and even induce cell death. Provided This rendering shows the two C dots coded with different targeting systems, alpha-MSH, left, and cyclic RGD, which enable the particles to track different cancer markers. Now, a new iteration of C dots is expanding their impact through fluorescence-based multiplexing, a process in which multiple C dots are dispatched to track different cancer targets. C dots, which are made of silica, are able to track cancer cells... Read more