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8/15/16. Prabhas Hundi joins our group as a new PhD student.

7/7/16. Congratulations to Kyle who won a prestigious three-year DOE fellowship. 

6/1/16. Kyle Shephered join our group as a new Ph.D student. 

4/1/16. A recent collaborative work of our group on Well Reinforcement by Microwave Heating of Graphene Nanoribbons in Thermoset Polymers  was published in the Journal of American Chemical Society.

2/1/16. A recent work of our group on Screw Dislocations in Tricalcium Silicate was published in the Journal of American Ceramics Society.

12/23/15. A recent work of our group on Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Hybrid Boron Nitride/Graphene Nanomaterials was published in Carbon.

8/28/15. A recent work of our group on Mechanical Properties of Pillared Graphene was published in Carbon as a journal cover article.

8/1/15. Congratulations to Hasti who won the best poster award in the American Ceramics Society

7/15/15. Dr. Shafee Farzania joins our group as a Visiting Scholar.

7/9/15. A recent work of our group on Thermal Transport Properties was published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces as journal cover article.

7/16. Congratulations to Ross Warkentin joining our group as a new Ph.D candidate.

4/8/2015. Congratulations to Navid who successfully defended his PhD Thesis! 

4/20/2015. Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited speech in the 4th ASME's Global Conference in NanoEngineering for Biology and Medicine in Minneapolis. 

3/16/2015. A featured video at Rice homepage on our recent article on platelet-matrix composite.

2/3/2015. Congratulations! Navid's work on platelet-matrix composites was accepted in Nature Communications.

1/13/2015. Press release on our work on dislocations in complex crystals: Crush those clinkers while they're hot.

1/7/2015. Press release on our work on nanoscale friction: Atomic Placement of Atoms Counts for Stronger Concrete.

1/6/2015. Congratulations! Our paper on screw dislocations on low symmetry crystals was accepted in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

12/31/2014. Congratulations! Soroosh's work on nanoscale friction and scratch was accepted in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

10/28/2014. Mr. Yuan Tian joins our research group as a visiting Ph.D student from the Department of Civil Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University.

10/16/2014.  Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited keynote speech on the Developing Tough Platelet-Matrix Composites at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University/

10/16/2014. Dr. Sree Sreenivasan joins our research group as a new post-doctoral research scholar from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University.

9/28/2014. Mr. Qi Zhang joins our research group as a new M.S student from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Wisconsin.

9/28/2014. Dr. Joseph Miller joins our group as a visiting research scientist.

8/21/2014. Mr. Reid Carazzone joins our research group as new Ph.D student from the Department of Chemistry at Rice.

8/20/2014. Congratulations to Shuo who was the recipient of the 2014 Walter Lowenstern Scholarship.

8/15/2014. Mr. Sung Hoon Wang joins our research group as a new Ph.D student from University College London.

8/12/2014. Dr. Chenbo Dong joins our research group as new post-doctoral research scholar from West Virginia University.  

7/15/2014. Press release on Navid's work: 3D nanostructure benefits nanoelectronics and gas storage.

7/14/2014.  Congratulations! Navid's work on 3D porous multifunctional Boron Nitride nanostructures was accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 

7/6/2014.  Dr. Ning Zhang joins our research group as a post-doctoral research scholar from University of Florida. 

7/3/2014.  Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited keynote speech on the Fracture of Platelet-Matrix Composites at the 20th European Conference on Fracture in Trondheim, Norway.

6/19/2014.  Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited speech on defects and dislocations on low symmetry crystals at the University of Lille, France.

6/1/2014.  Dr. Vahid Hejazi joins our research group as a visiting research Scientist. 

3/3/2014.  Congratulations to Navid for obtaining a competitive travel grant from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) to visit Silicon Valley. 

1/15/2014. Dr. Hasti E. Mogaddam joins our research group as new Post-doctoral research scholar. 

1/14/14. Dr. Shahsavari was a speaker at the 1st International Conference in Oil Well Cementing in Dubai, UAE. 

1/8/14. Mrs. Shuo Zhao joins our research group as a new M.S. student.

11/21/13. Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited speech on Load Transfer in Hybrid Materials at University of Houston.

11/11/13. Press release on Prakash's work: Rice University method can give accurate picture of gas storage by microporous cages.  

10/30/2013. Dr. Shahsavari gave an invited speech on Palalet-matrix Composites at Northwestern University

10/18/13. Dr. Shahsavari was a Rice delegate at Norwegian University of Science and Technology to establish Texas-Norway collaboration on nanotechnology.

10/16/13. Our paper on gas adsorption in microporous materials was accepted in the journal of physical chemistry C.

9/11/13. Congratulations to Lu Chen for successfully defending her Master's thesis!

8/17/13. Lei Tao joins our research group as a new Ph.D student.

8/06/13. Congratulations to Navid for winning the "Best Poster Award" at the Rice Quantum Institute annual meeting.

6/13/13. Press release on Navid's work: mismatched materials can be tough enough.

5/28/13. Our paper on "toughness and rupture of interfacial H-bond assemblies in hybrid materials" was accepted in Langmuir.

5/27/13. Our paper on hexagonal Boron Nitride multifunctional cement composites was published in Advanced Functional Materials. 

4/8/13. Press coverage: our research group profile was highlighted at the Engineering Mechanics Institute.    

4/4/13. Congratulations to Soroosh for being awarded a NSF Summer Institute Fellowship to attend the Materials Genome Course at IL.

4/3/13. Congratulations to Navid who is the recipient of the Rice's Robert and Eleanor Shubinski Award in Civil Engineering.

3/21/13. Our abstract on nanoscale friction in C-S-H gel was accepted for oral presentation at 2013 EMI conference.

3/21/13. Our abstract on dislocation on C-S-H models was accepted for oral presentation at 2013 EMI conference

3/6/13. Dr. Shahsavari was a guest lecturer at Nanoscience and Nanotechnology course (CHEM/CEVE 533) at Rice's Chemistry Dept. 

1/15/13. Congratulations to Navid for passing his Ph.D qualifying exam!

10/18/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited panelist on US-Poland workshop MCMoCM 2012 Multiscale modeling in cementitious materials in Krakow, Poland.

10/12/12. Dr. Shahsavari presented two talks on H-bond mediated load transfer and application of fractional derivatives in viscoelasticity in the 49th annual meeting of the Society of Engineering Sciences in Atlanta.

10/4/12. Congratulation to Navid for being a finalist from CEE Dept. to participate on Screech Contest at Rice! 

9/27/12. Dr. Shahsavari participated in Concrete Industry Day hosted by CSHUB@MIT in Boston.

9/12/12. Congratulations to Navid for being awarded a NSF travel grant to participate in the Materials Genome Initiative in Minnesota.

8/29/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invitee for an Alberta Oil Sand Tour in Edmonton and Fort McMurry in Canada.

9/1/12. Congratulations to Soroosh for getting Dean's Fellowship!

8/1/12. Soroosh Jalilvand joins our group as a new Ph.D student!

7/10/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited presenter on 3rd Advances in Cement-based Materials hosted by American Ceramics Society in Austin.

7/6/12. Dr. Shahsavari participated in a DOE workshop in Washington on aging of concrete structures. 

6/17/12. Dr. Shahsavari presented a talk on interface mechanics of polymers and C-S-H at the 2012 EMI/PMC Conference in South Bend in Indiana.

6/1/12. Steve Zho joins our group as an undergraduate researcher.  

5/18/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited speaker in Rice's Global Forum on "Engineering Sustainable Concrete Structures: Challenges, Opportunities and New Frontier"

3/29/12. Dr. Shahsavari was a co-chair of the Nanoscale Modeling and Simulation session of DOE workshop hosted at Rice.

3/19/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited speaker for the Rice's Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series.

2/12/12. Dr. Prakash Muthuramalingam joins our research group as a post-doc.

12/15/12. Kartik Bhandari joins our research group as a visiting undergraduate student from IIT, India.

12/2/11. Dr. Shahsavari gave a talk at the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice.

10/16/11. Dr. Shahsavari participated in the 2011 ACI Conference Fall meeting at Cincinnati. 

10/12/11. Dr. Shahsavari presented a talk on multiscale modeling of C-S-H in 48th Annual Meeting of Society of Engineering Sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago.

10/12/11. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited participant at the Workshop on C-S-H meso to atomistic structure at EPFL in Switzerland. 

9/1/11. Congratulations to Navid for getting Meddox's fellowship from Dean's office.

9/1/11. Lu Chen joins our research group from 

7/3/11. Dr. Shahsavari presented a talk on the XIII International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement in Madrid, Spain. 

6/1/11. Navid Sakhavand joins the research group.

5/18/12. Dr. Shahsavari was an invited speaker in the Institute of Research for Construction, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. 

5/15/11. Dr. Shahsavari's work on first-principles study of elastic constants wins the Brunauer award for the best paper in the American Ceramics Society.