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Metglas, Inc, the world's leading producer of Amorphous Metal Foil (www.metglas.com) is pleased to welcome the first Ryusuke Hasegawa Graduate Fellow: David Kemmenoe, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering.  David will be doing his PhD research on the "Nanoscale Material Structure influence on Mechanical Properties in Thin Metallic Glasses" with PhD advisor Prof. Shefford Baker, Materials Sciences.


Ithaca, NY - The Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart program, funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), is designed to assist New York State small businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations; the ultimate goal is revenue growth and job creation. JumpStart projects receive up to $5,000 in matching funds for project costs that include faculty and research staff, facilities, services, supplies, and materials. Since its inception, 59 companies have benefited from this program. During the upcoming semester, three companies have been awarded funding and will participate in the following collaborations:
Incodema3D Inc., Ithaca, NY will collaborate with Professor Shefford Baker, Materials Science and Engineering to characterize the physical properties of several metallic materials made into test specimens by an additive 3D manufacturing process.

Like the perfect sandwich, a perfectly engineered thin film for electronics requires not only the right ingredients, but also just the right thickness of each ingredient in the desired order, down to individual layers of atoms.

Cornell researchers have discovered that sometimes, layer-by-layer atomic assembly – a powerful technology capable of making new materials for electronics – requires some unconventional “sandwich making” techniques.

The team, led by thin-films expert Darrell Schlom, the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, describes the trick of growing perfect films of oxides called Ruddlesden-Poppers in Nature Communications Aug. 4. 


Scientists are closing in on the secret recipe for high-temperature superconductors. The secret ingredients are still unknown, but new research at Cornell and Brookhaven National Laboratory has revealed a little more about how they are mixed. Three previously observed events associated with the emergence of superconductivity turn out to occur at the same time.

Two out of three of these events – the disappearance of a “striped” arrangement of electrons and a broken symmetry in the arrangement of electrons around atoms – had already been observed to occur together. This inspired researchers to compare those events with the distribution of energy levels of the electrons in the material that are free to conduct electricity. They report their results in the May 8 issue of the journal Science.


On May 20, the CCMR held its 2014 symposium. It focused on Spin Control and commercial applications such as the next generation of MRAM. Dr. Albert Fert, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics, gave the 2014 Sproull Lecture. The symposium was a day-long event, which gathered 100 off-campus guests and Cornell faculty and students. The off-campus attendees selected for best poster:  “THz Generation in Antiferromagnetic NiO” by Jared Strait, Parinita Nene, and Prof. Farhan Rana.

Thank you to the Organizing Committee and the CCMR staff for putting the event together.

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The CCMR currently supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and a number of smaller 'seed' research groups through an NSF MRSEC grant and Cornell University support. Each group brings researchers from a variety of different departments together to work on an outstanding interdisciplinary problem in materials research and development. Read more