Recipients of the 2018 Acta Student Awards

A team of judges consisting of Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia and Materialia 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 2018 in the Acta Journals are:

Mr. Nisar Ahmed, Diamond Light Source & Loughborough University, UK.  Advisor: Dr Vitaliy Mykhaylyk.  "Characterisation of tungstate and molybdate crystals ABO4 (A?=?Ca, Sr, Zn, Cd; B?=?W, Mo) for luminescence lifetime cryothermometry," Materialia 4 (2018) 287-296.

Mr. Jae Wung Bae, POSTECH, KOREA.  Advisor: Prof. Hyoung Seop Kim.  "Exceptional phase-transformation strengthening of ferrous medium-entropy alloys at cryogenic temperatures,” Acta Materialia 161 (2018) 388-399 andBoron doped ultrastrong and ductile high-entropy alloys,” Acta Materialia 151 (2018) 366-376.

Mr. Gaurav Chaudhary, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.  Advisor: Prof. Randy H. Ewoldt.  "Concentration-independent mechanics and structure of hagfish slime,” Acta Biomaterialia 79 (2018) 123-134.

Dr. Yanhao Dong, University of Pennsylvania, USA (currently at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA).  Advisors: Prof. I-Wei Chen, Prof. Ju Li.  "Oxygen potential transition in mixed conducting oxide electrolyte,” Acta Materialia 156 (2018) 399-410.

Dr. Bo Huang, University of Toronto, CANADA.  Advisor: Prof. Yoav Finer. “Gene expression and protein synthesis of esterase from Streptococcus mutans are affected by biodegradation by-product from methacrylate resin composites and adhesives,Acta Biomaterialia 81 (2018) 158-168, andEsterase from a cariogenic bacterium hydrolyzes dental resins,” Acta Biomaterialia 71 (2018) 330-338.

Dr. C. Shashank Kaira, Arizona State University, USA.  Advisor:  Prof. Nikhilesh Chawla.  “Microstructural evolution and deformation behavior of Al-Cu alloys: A Transmission X-ray Microscopy (TXM) and micropillar compression study,” Acta Materialia 144 (2018) 419-431.

Mr. William Kelley, University of Michigan, USA. Advisor: Prof. Omolola Eniola-Adefeso. “PEGylation of model drug carriers enhances phagocytosis by primary human neutrophils,” Acta Biomaterialia 79 (2018) 283-293.

Mr. Yageng Li, Delft University of Technology, THE NETHERLANDS. Advisor: Prof. Amir A. Zadpoor. “Additively manufactured biodegradable porous magnesium,”Acta Biomaterialia 67 (2018) 378-392.

Mr. Fabián Ruiz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MÉXICO. Advisor: Prof. David Díaz.  “Mechanochemically obtained Pd–Ag nanoalloys. Structural considerations and catalytic activity,” Materialia 4 (2018) 166-174.

Dr. Jan Schultheiß, Technische Universität Darmstadt, GERMANY.  Advisor: Dr. Jurij Koruza.  “Revealing the sequence of switching mechanisms in polycrystalline ferroelectric/ferroelastic materials,” Acta Materialia 157 (2018) 355-363.

Mr. Mallikarjuna Heggadadevanapura Thammaiah, University of Manitoba, CANADA. Advisors: Prof. William F. Caley, Prof. Norman L. Richards.  “Effect of alloying elements and microstructure on the cyclic oxidation performance of three nickel-based superalloys,” Materialia 4 (2018) 487-499.

Mr. Logan Ware, Rice University, USA.  Advisor:  Prof. Zachary C. Cordero.“Grain boundary plane manipulation in directionally solidified bicrystals and tricrystals,” Scripta Materialia 152 (2018) 98-101.

Ms. Huan Zhao, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, GERMANY.  Advisor: Prof. Dierk Raabe.  “Parameter free quantitative analysis of atom probe data by correlation functions: Application to the precipitation in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu,” Scripta Materialia 154 (2018) 106-110.

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


The winners of the Acta Students Awards 2018
The winners of the Acta Students Awards 2018