Materials science

Is spaghetti the key to building a better robot?

1/22/2020 - Studying how spaghetti reacts to water might offer clues to how robots built from flexible materials can better mimic human movement, according to Oliver O'Reilly, professor of mechanical engineering.

Ceder peeks into the battery pipeline

Gerbrand Ceder

12/16/2019 Berkeley Lab - From cobalt-free to sodium-ion, materials science and engineering professor Gerbrand Ceder evaluates some of the most promising battery technologies in development.

A surprising twist

Twisted helixes

10/25/2019 Materials scientists have created new inorganic crystals made of stacks of atomically thin sheets that spiral like a card deck.

Piranha-proof fish scales offer inspiration for armor


10/17/2019 UCSD - UC Berkeley and UC San Diego material scientists have discovered the secret to Arapaima gigas's impermeable armor. The scales on this Amazonian freshwater fish could serve as inspiration for stronger, lightweight and flexible synthetic armors.

Berkeley Engineering is #3 in U.S. News rankings

Engineering students pose with Oski

9/9/2019 U.S. News & World Report - Berkeley Engineering's undergraduate program was again ranked third overall and the top public engineering school by U.S. News & World Report. Eight individual engineering programs were ranked among the top 5 in their respective fields, and all were in the top 10.

Algorithms uncover hidden scientific knowledge

Word cloud diagram of terms related to thermoelectric

7/5/2019 Berkeley Lab - A team of materials science researchers from Berkeley Lab and Berkeley Engineering has found that with minimal training, machine-learning text mining of the existing scientific literature can lead to new discoveries.