Congratulations to Tyler Capek (advisor: Prof. Claudio Mazzoleni) who was selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.
Congratulations to Connor Hawry and Zackerie Hjorth (both advised by Prof. Yoke Khin Yap), who received Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for 2018. Connor will be working on synthesis of small diameter BNNTs for biomedical application and Zackerie on boron nitride nanosheet synthesis for increasing electron mobility of graphene and TMDCs on SiO2 substrates.
Congratulations to Janarjan Bhandari (Advisor: Prof. Claudio Mazzoleni), Aeshah Muqri (advisor: Prof. Jae Yong Suh) and Kevin Waters (Prof. Ravindra Pandey), who have received Finishing Fellowships from the Graduate School.
Congratulations to Aeshah Muqri (advisor: Jae Yong Suh), who was recognized with an Outstanding Teaching Award, and Meghnath Jaishi (advisor: Ranjit Pati) who was recognized with an Outstanding Scholarship Award.
Students in PH3210 presented posters on their class projects.
Keegan Downham, Sam Groetsch, and Zack Hjorth (above, L to R) presented “The Quantum Eraser and the Brachistochrone Problem.”
Robert Stenger (above) presented “Teaching the NGSS Standard HA-PS4-3 Using Diffraction”
Chris Colby, Matt DeMario, and Jon Berman (above, L to R) presented “Power Modulation of Light through Various Media.”
A Frontier Review article published by Yoke Khin Yap was one of the Top 10 most downloaded articles published in Environmental Science: Nano in 2017 and was included in a feature collection showcasing the journal’s Most Downloaded Articles. This article, entitled “Water Purification: Oil-water Separation by Nanotechnology and Environmental Concerns” was co-authored by Chee Huei Lee, Bishnu Tiwari, and Dongyan Zhang.
Environmental Science: Nano is a high-impact journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This journal is designated to publish articles on nanomaterial applications and interactions with environmental and biological systems.
Issei Nakamura is a theoretical physicist bringing a reality check to soft materials development. Specifically, he models the complex interactions of ionic liquids and block polymers, which together create salt-doped block polymers.
The ionic liquid squishes in between all the loops and strands of the block polymer. Because an ionic liquid can assemble a block polymer into millions of structures with wide-ranging properties, the possibilities are nearly endless. The composite materials show promise for battery electrodes, fuel cell membranes, electrochemical sensors and even artificial muscles.
The catch is that the materials have to get their thermodynamic groove figured out. Right now, untwining the conditions and properties of all those possible structures is like learning to tango blindfolded. Researchers and engineers can go through the motions, but understanding the sequence, the steps—and why—requires a new way to look at the system. And that’s where Nakamura steps in. Read the full story in Unscripted.