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Angela Pitenis
April 23, 2021

Congratulations to Angela Pitenis, Assistant Professor of Materials on receiving the National Science Foundation's (NSF) most prestigious award for early career faculty: the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The CAREER program supports exceptional early-career faculty in integrating their research and education activities. Angela's project, titled “Dynamics of Fragile Interfaces”, will support her efforts on understanding lubricity in soft aqueous gels and biotribology while broadening participation and retention of women and English-learning minorities in STEM.

Wilson-Pitenis
March 20, 2021

Professors Max Wilson, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Angela Pitenis, Materials Department, are leading the development of light-responsive biocompatible hydrogels. By leveraging optogenetic tools to control material properties, they achieve seconds temporal resolution and submicron spatial resolution, allowing them to investigate cell signaling and dynamics. This project, initiated by a CNSI New Partnerships Challenge Grant, has potential applications to cell sensing, diagnostics, and biointerfacing prosthetics.

Water-Purification-Membrane
March 12, 2021

Professor Scott Shell, CNSI researcher and member of the Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET) is leading efforts to develop energy efficient water treatment solutions. The Shell Lab leverages the CNSI Center for Scientific Computing to investigate the molecular interactions between water and advanced filtration membranes.

Tanya Das
March 11, 2021

We are delighted to congratulate Tanya Das, PhD, newly appointed Biden Administration Chief of Staff for the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Dr. Das credits CNSI’s Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships with providing the mentorship and training that helped her launch a successful career in science policy work.

Arias Lab
March 08, 2021

Carolina Arias, UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and CNSI-affiliated faculty member, is leading campus efforts for COVID testing and screening. She has recently partnered with the CNSI Biological Nanostructures Laboratory to analyze the genetic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains. The Arias lab are experts in microbiology and viral infection, and their efforts, pursed in collaboration with UCSB Student Health and Cottage Hospital, are critical to local efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Shuji Nakamura and Steven DenBaars
February 26, 2021

CNSI Faculty Members Steven DenBaars and Shuji Nakamura to be honored at the 2021 Central Coast Innovation Awards

AIMBE Fellows
February 16, 2021

We are delighted to congratulate 2021 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows: CNSI Co-Director, Megan Valentine, and CNSI Members Sumita Pennathur, Linda Petzold and Dennis Clegg.

February 09, 2021

The CNSI is excited to announce that Professors Craig Hawker and Rachel Segalman have been elected to the 2021 class of the National Academy of Engineers.

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February 09, 2021

C-Zero Raises $11.5M Series A to Produce Clean Hydrogen from Natural Gas

Megan Valentine
February 03, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Professor Megan Valentine has agreed to serve as Co-Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Previously, Professor Valentine was Associate Director of CNSI at UC Santa Barbara. This move represents unprecedented growth for the Institute and an increased dedication to serving the needs of California. “We are fortunate to have someone of Megan’s caliber and experience step up to help guide CNSI,” said Professor Craig Hawker who will continue as Co-Director.

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