Prof. Leon L. Shaw's Group

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Professional Activities

Memberships & Editorial Activities:

  • Member, THERMEC Executive Committee
  • Member, Editorial Board of Scientific Reports
  • Member, Editorial Board of Batteries
  • Member, Editorial Board of Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology
  • Contributing Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • Guest Editor, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (1998)
  • Guest Editor, Materials Science and Engineering (1998)
  • Guest Editor, Materials Science and Engineering (2001)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (2005)
  • Guest Editor, Materials Science and Engineering (2007)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Materials Science (2011)
  • Member, American Ceramic Society
  • Member, ASM International,
  • Member, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • Member, Electrochemical Society


Organizers for National and International Symposia:


  • “Nanomaterials for Structural and Energy Applications,” Symposium at THERMEC’ 2016, Graz, Austria, May 29 – June 3, 2016.
  • “Nanomaterials for Structural and Energy Applications,” Symposium at THERMEC’ 2013, Las Vegas, USA, December 2 – 6, 2013.
  • “Nanostructured Materials,” Symposium at THERMEC’ 2011, Quebec City, Canada, August 1-5, 2011.
  • “A Symposium in Honor of Professor Reza Abbaschian: Processing, Crystal Growth and Phase Equilibrium of Advanced Materials,” Symposium at               MS&T’ 2010, Houston, TX, October 17-21, 2010.
  • “Nanostructured Materials,” Symposium at THERMEC’ 2009, Berlin, Germany, August 25-29, 2009.
  • “Materials Processing Challenges for the Aerospace Industry,” Symposium at the MS&T’ 2006, Cincinnati, OH, October 15 – 19, 2006.
  • “Nanocrystalline Materials,” Symposium at THERMEC’ 2006, Vancouver, Canada, July 4 – 8, 2006.
  • “Fatigue and Fracture of Traditional and Advanced Materials: A Symposium in Honor of Art McEvily’s 80th Birthday,” Symposium at the 2006 TMS           Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 12 – 16, 2006.
  • “Science and Technology of Powder Materials: Synthesis, Consolidation and Properties,” Symposium at the MS&T ’05, Pittsburgh, PA,                                   September 25 – 28, 2005.
  • “Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications of Nanocrystalline Materials” Symposium at the 2004 ASM Materials Solutions Conference &                          Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, October 2004.
  • “Frontiers of Materials Science and Engineering 2004: Bridging Science and Manufacturing” Symposium at the 2004 ASM Materials Solutions                    Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, October 2004.
  • “Processing and Properties of Structural Nanomaterials,” Symposium at the 2003 TMS Fall Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2003.
  • “Ceramic Coatings for Thermal, Environmental and Mechanical Applications,” Symposium at the ACerS 104th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO,                     April 28 – May 1, 2002.
  • “Ceramic Coatings for Thermal, Environmental and Mechanical Applications,” Symposium at the ACerS 103rd Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN,               April 22 – 25, 2001.
  • “Processing and Properties of Nanostructured Materials,” Symposium at the Materials Week ‘99, Cincinnati, OH, October 1999.
  • "Advances in Synthesis and Processing of Metal and Ceramic Matrix Composites," Symposium at the TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL,                          February 1997.
  • "Applications of Sensors in Materials Processing," Symposium at the TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 1997.
  • "Fatigue and Creep of Composite Materials," Symposium in the TMS Fall Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, September 1997.


Educational Outreach:

Professor Shaw’s group has been extremely active in educational outreach to general public, promoting science and engineering, encouraging middle and high school students to pursue career involving science, engineering and technology, stimulating underrepresented groups interest in engineering, and helping them ready for college education. Here are events and programs that we have participated or initiated.


  • ASM International Teacher Camp in Chicago
  • Chicago Zoological Society Summer 2016 Teen Conservation Leadership Conference
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) High School Program
  • NOVA’s Making Stuff and Nanodays
  • ASM Hartford Area Materials Camp
  • Explore Engineering Program
  • Kids Are Scientists Too (KAST)
  • UConn Mentor Connection – Nanobiotechnology
  • BRIDGE Program
  • Wonder of Materials Roadshow


Professor Shaw is giving a short introduction to “What Materials Are Suitable for Batteries and Supercapacitors?” to the ASM International Teacher Camp in Chicago.

Professor Shaw is giving a lab tour showing how solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are fabricated to the ASM International Teacher Camp in Chicago.

Lab tour provided by the Shaw’s group members to ASM International Teacher Camp in Chicago: tour of the battery manufacturing lab

Lab tour provided by the Shaw’s group members to ASM International Teacher Camp in Chicago: tour of the SEM lab 

Prof. Shaw is showing how the integration of a solar panel and a fuel cell can power a vehicle to a group of high school students in the Explore Engineering Program.

Jyothi Suri, a graduate student in Prof. Shaw’s group, is showing materials processing to ASM Hartford Area Materials Camp students.

Mike Pasquariello, an undergraduate student in Prof. Shaw’s group, is doing materials demons at the Connecticut Invention Convention.
Monica Sawicki, a graduate student in Prof. Shaw’s group, is explaining how to synthesize nano materials in NOVA’s Making Stuff and Nanodays.

Materials Advantage UConn Chapter is presenting “Wonder of Materials Roadshow” in a middle school.