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Physics World announces Breakthrough of the Year finalists

Professor Ranga Dias and colleagues at the University of Rochester have made the shortlist for Physics World 2020 Breakthrough of the Year for observing superconductivity at temperatures up to 15°C in a hydrogen-rich material under immense pressure.

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Funding & Awards

Professor Askari wins NSF Quantum Leap grant

August 28, 2019

Advancements in computational power over the past fifty years have mostly relied on shrinking the si ...

Professor Shang wins DOE/NNSA grant to study dynamics of high energy density materials

August 20, 2019

An ongoing challenge in high energy density science is obtaining detailed description ...

Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

August 12, 2019

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been nam ...

Tithof wins major award, defers professorship a year

May 30, 2019

Jeff Tithof is having a very good spring. 


Photo from Dias's lab, in which a magnet floats above a superconductor cooled with liquid nitrogen.

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Rochester discovery featured on Science podcast

Science’s last podcast episode of 2020 is a celebration of science from the past year. Among the breakthroughs highlighted is Rochester scientists’ discovery of a new superconducting material. This hydrogen and carbon-containing compound can conduct electricity without resistance at room temperature—but high pressure is the key.

Tune in at minute 24 to hear the hosts recap this important milestone.

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Phosphoric acid as seen under a microscope.

About the Image

Phosphoric Flower—Submitted to the Hajim School's Art of Science competition

By Brendan Marozas, PhD candidate in materials science
(colorized by Megan Frost)

Brendan used both electron microscopy and x-ray spectroscopy to capture this image of crystals on a semiconductor wafer and then identify them as phosphoric acid, a residue of etching. "Art is the communication of beauty in the least expected places," Brendan writes. This "visualization of the unseen... transforms mundane reality into a vivid interpretation that allows the viewer to take a step into the nanoscale."


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The department was ranked 14th in publications per faculty and 8th in citations per publication, according to a 2010 study by the National Research Council.

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There are approximately 200 undergraduate students (50 per graduating class) and 22 faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester.

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All of our mechanical engineering students apply the latest software to problems in the mechanics of solids and fluids, materials science, mechanical systems, and advanced power applications. They also have broad hands-on laboratory and design experience. We offer research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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