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Jacek Borysow Interviewed on Department Improvements

Jacek Borysow Department Improvements
Jacek Borysow

Local students will soon see big improvements in the physics department

Elizabeth and Richard Henes see great potential in Michigan Tech’s physics department. Five years ago, a Tech professor impressed them by using a mouse trap to demonstrate quantum mechanics.

“There are only certain states, like energy [or] velocity which are allowed for the molecule. A mouse trap has only 2 states. One when the spring is loose and one when it is, how do you call it, set. Mr. Henes said thank you for the lecture and handed us a check for seven hundred thousand dollars,” said Jacek Borysow, a Physics Professor at the University.

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 UP, by Amanda L’Esperence.

Proposals in Progress November 20, 2014

PI Andrew Barnard and Co-PIs Scott Miers (MEEM) and Yoke Khin Yap (Physics), “Carbon Nanotube Speaker Efficiency Improvement and Prototype Design,” US Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research

PI Will Cantrell (Physics/EPSSI), “Collaborative Research: Bottom-Up Cloud Modeling: Building Molecular Level Foundations for Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation in Clouds,” Clemson University

PI Ranjit Pati (Physics), “Collaborative Research: Parallel Fabrication of CNT-Based Spin Transistors Toward Post-CMOS Molecular Scale Spin Logic,” NSF

Read more at Tech Today.

Molecular Syringes

A story on “Nanotech: Injections Or Sampling? New ‘Molecular Syringes’ Under Testing” based on Siegfried Höfinger’s research has been picked up by several news outlets, such as Science Newsline TechnologyNanotechnology Now, and ScienceDaily. Höfinger is a research fellow with the Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician,” Universita di Bologna, and an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech. The research involves free energy calculations of membrane insertion of individual carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube bundles, published as Siegfried Höfinger, Manuel Melle-Franco, Tommaso Gallo, Andrea Cantelli, Matteo Calvaresi, José A.N.F. Gomes, Francesco Zerbetto. A computational analysis of the insertion of carbon nanotubes into cellular membranes. Biomaterials, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.06.011

Michigan Tech Research Magazine 2011

Michigan Tech Research Magazine 2011 has three features on physics research this year. Left is Ranjit Pati, whose research team built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain. In the middle are David Nitz and Brian Fick, who are corecipients of Michigan Tech’s 2010 Research Award in the fields of experimental particle physics and ultrahigh energy cosmic rays. On the right are boron nitride nanotubes representing the precision experimental work of Yoke Khin Yap and his research team.

Ranjit Pati

Lessons from the Brain

David Nitz and Brian Fick

Nitz, Fick Honored for Astrophysics Research

Boron Nitride Nanotubes

Taming the divas of the nanoworld

Lessons from the Brain: Toward an Intelligent Molecular Computer (Pati)

A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain.

Physicist Ranjit Pati of Michigan Tech provided the theoretical underpinnings for this tiny computer composed not of silicon but of organic molecules on a gold substrate. “This molecular computer is the brainchild of my colleague Anirban Bandyopadhyay from the National Institute for Materials Science,” says Pati. Their work is detailed in “Massively Parallel Computing on an Organic Molecule Layer,” published April 25 online in Nature Physics.

View the Michigan Tech News story