Recipients of the 2015 Acta student awards

A team of judges consisting of Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, and Acta Biomaterialia editors has completed the evaluation of nominees for the above awards. Each year we receive many excellent nominations and selecting the winners is a challenging task.  Several factors are considered in the evaluation of each nominee: the quality of paper, or papers, for which he or she was nominated, recommendation letters, and leadership potential.  The awardees selected from papers published in 2015 in the Acta Journals are:

Mr. Aditya Chauhan, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, INDIA (now at University of Cambridge, U.K.).  Advisor: Prof. Rahul Vaish.  “Multicaloric effect in Pb(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3-32PbTiO3 single crystals,”  Acta Materialia 89 (2015), 384-395 andMulticaloric effect in Pb(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3-32PbTiO3 single crystals: Modes of measurement,” Acta Materialia, 97 (2015), 17-28.

Dr. Myra Noemi Chavez, Technical University of Munich, GERMANY (now at Universidad of Chile, Chile).  Advisor: Prof. J. Tomas Egana, “Photosynthetic biomaterials: A pathway towards autotrophic tissue engineering,” Acta Biomaterialia, 15 (2015), 39-47.

Dr. Wen Chen, Yale University, New Haven, USA (now at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, USA).  Advisor: Prof. Jan Schroers.  “Does the fracture toughness of bulk metallic glasses scatter?Scripta Materialia, 107 (2015), 1-4.

Dr. Christian Martin Koller, TU Wien, AUSTRIA.  Advisor: Prof. Dr. Paul H. Mayrhofer. “Corundum-type Fe-doped cathodic arc evaporated Al-Cr-O coatings,” Scripta Materialia, 97 (2015), 49-52.

Dr. Martin Christoph Lentz, Technische Universität Berlin, GERMANY (now at Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Germany).  Advisor: Prof. Walter Reimers.  “In situ X-ray diffraction and crystal plasticity modeling of the deformation behavior of extruded Mg–Li–(Al) alloys: An uncommon tension–compression asymmetry,” Acta Materialia, 86 (2015), 254–268.

Dr. Oleksii Yu Liashenko, University of Grenoble Alpes, FRANCE.  Advisor:  Prof. Fiqiri Hodaj.  “Differences in the interfacial reaction between Cu substrate and metastable supercooled liquid Sn-Cu solder or solid Sn-Cu solder at 222°C: Experimental results versus theoretical model calculations,” Acta Materialia, 99 (2015), 106-118.

Mr. Xiaochao Liu, Shandong University, CHINA (now at Osaka University, Japan).  Advisor:  Prof. Dr. ChuanSong Wu.  “Characterization of plastic deformation and material flow in ultrasonic vibration enhanced friction stir welding,” Scripta Materialia, 102 (2015), 95–98.

Dr. Christopher J. Marvel, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA.  Advisor:  Prof. Martin P. Harmer.  “The critical influence of carbon on the thermal stability of nanocrystalline Ni–W alloys,” Scripta Materialia, 96 (2015), 45-48.

Mr. Sheng Ouyang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, CHINA.  Advisor: Prof. Yanqing Yang. “Twin relationships between nanotwins inside A–C type variant pair in Ni–Mn–Ga alloy,” Acta Materialia, 84 (2015), 484-496.

Ms. Shang Song, University of California at San Francisco, USA.   Advisor: Prof. Shuvo Roy.  “The synergistic effect of micro-topography and biochemical culture environment to promote angiogenesis and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells,” Acta Biomaterialia, 18 (2015), 100-111.

Dr. Leping Yan, University of Minho, PORTUGAL (now at Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland).  Advisor: Prof. Rui Reis.  “Bilayered silk/silk-nanoCaP scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering: In vitro and in vivo assessment of biological performance,” Acta Biomaterialia, 12 (2015) 227-241. 

Dr. Supansa Yodmuang, Columbia University, New York, USA (now at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand).  Advisor: Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic.  “Silk microfiber-reinforced silk hydrogel composites for functional cartilage tissue repair,” Acta Biomaterialia, 11 (2015) 27-36. 

The editors would like to congratulate the awardees and thank all the nominees for their participation.  We look forward to continuing to work with and support these excellent young researchers as their careers unfold.

Christopher A. Schuh

Coordinating Editor, Acta Journals