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Fall 2016

News, Views, Breakthroughs, and Opportunities
 
 

 
Irfan Ahmad  
 
Message from the Executive Director:

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), established in 2001, is the premier center for nanotechnology related initiatives at our campus. The CNST works toward a seamless integration of interdisciplinary research from atoms and materials to devices and systems. Campus faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, industry partners, and collaborating scientists from government laboratories and higher education institutions around the world come together through the Center’s efforts. Read more...

 
 

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Save the date for the 15th Annual CNST Nanotechnology Workshop, to be held May 4-5, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Register to participate in a two-day workshop focused on the engineering of light-matter interactions for applications in biomedicine, biophysics and molecular biology.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news items and announcements from nano@illinois.

 
 

Research Highlights
 

 
 

The Franklin Institute has announced John Bardeen Endowed Chair Emeritus Nick Holonyak, Jr (BSEE '50, MS '51, PhD '54) as one of eight awardees of the coveted Benjamin Franklin Award for Electrical Engineering. The institute recognized him for the development of the first visible red laser and LED and the use of various alloys in colored light sources. Read more...

 
 

 
 

For the first time, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that the success of delivery of drugs from nanoparticles can be quantified inside a cell. Read more…

 
 

 
 

At the heels of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology (CiiT), the recently established Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD) jointly spans the colleges of Engineering and Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The Industrial Advisory Board Meeting was held Nov. 15-16, 2016. Learn more...

 
 

 
 

Illinois professor Andrew Gerwith and graduate student Jason Varnell developed a method to isolate active catalyst nanoparticles from a mixture of iron-containing compounds, a finding that could help researchers refine the catalyst to make fuel cells more active. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Four nano@illinois-affiliated University of Illinois chemists were among the most highly cited authors as determined by Elsevier Scopus Data. Read more...

 
 

 
 

An NIH-funded team of researchers recently tested a new method of delivering chemotherapy drugs for osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that affects dogs and people, typically teenagers and older adults. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Researchers from the University of Illinois at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) are collaborating in a new research theme. Read more…

 
 

 
 

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has selected a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other institutions to develop and deploy new solar energy technology. Read more…

 
 

 
 

Using advanced nanometric resolution scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques, Nenad Miljkovic will identify the fundamental mechanisms on engineered surfaces that govern fouling, corrosion, and degradation of hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to develop next-generation coatings. Read more...

 
 

 
 

New developments in the field of micromanufacturing are detailed in Seok Kim’s new paper, “Microassembly of Heterogeneous Materials Using Transfer Printing and Thermal Processing,” published by Scientific Reports. Read more...

 
 

 
 

A team of top scientists from several universities, including the University of Illinois, are collaborating to develop a new class of polymers that can be used as advanced materials for batteries, energy storage, and sophisticated lightweight electronics. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated doping-induced tunable wetting and adhesion of graphene, revealing new and unique opportunities for advanced coating materials and transducers. Read more...

 
 

 
 

France Cordova's visit highlighted National Science Foundation centers and programs including the Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology, Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and BioNanotechnology-Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, nanoBIO Node, nano@illinois Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Samuel Achilefu (Washington University) and Manijeh Razeghi (Northwestern University) presented the keynote lectures at the annual workshop which also included university faculty talks, external speakers, poster sessions, and an entrepreneurship panel. Read more…

 
 

 
 

The latest discoveries, awards, faculty and staff additions, and funding announcements at nano@illinois collaborating labs:

 

Recent Awards and Recognitions Include:

 
 

Entrepreneurship
 

 
 

A student team--guided by faculty members Brian Cunningham and Rashid Bashir--won the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare competition, administered by Massachusetts General Hospital through its Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) initiative. Read more…

 
 

 
 

ElectroCyt, a technology startup from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded $5,000 in Stage 1 of the VentureWell student grant program. Read more...

 
 

People
 

 
 

Yemaya Bordain, who earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015 (mentor G. Logan Liu), and was active in CNST efforts, returned to the University of Illinois this fall to present at ECE Ignition. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Ritu Raman is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has been very active in CNST activities since the beginning of her academic career at Illinois. Read more…

 
 

Education and Training
 

 
 

Twenty-five diverse STEM teachers have participated in the NSF-funded nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers (RET) which runs 2014-2018. This program was recently highlighted at the National Science Teachers Association Conference, with co-authors Carrie Kouadio, Irfan Ahmad, Lynford Goddard, and Xiuling Li. Read more…

 
 

 
 

A premier semiconductor and bionanotechnology research facility, the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab expanded its training mission this fall with the addition of the popular Undergraduate Fab Lab. Read more…

 
 

 
 

Ten talented undergraduate students learned about nanotechnology as part of the NSF-funded nano@illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) which is funded 2014-2017. The program was led by Catherine J. Murphy (PI), Umberto Ravaioli (co-PI), Irfan Ahmad (Program Manager), and Carrie Kouadio (Program Coordinator) with participating faculty and partner programs. Read more...

 
 

Outreach and Information Dissemination
 

 
 

nano@illinois led STEM outreach activities at Science@Public Square at the Urbana Farmers Market on September 24, 2016. Graduate students in the Kent Choquette lab, Zihe Gao and Harshil Dave, managed the nano@illinois booth. Read more...

 
 

 
 

Funded by the Office of Public Engagement at the University of Illinois, NanoSTRuCT leads nanotechnology and general STEM outreach at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, Illinois. If you are interested in being involved, please contact nanotechnology@illinois.edu. Read more...

 
 

 
 
 

Affiliated Units and Centers

About CNST:

The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) collaboratory provides a nurturing environment for faculty and students and spearheads the incubation of innovative ideas for large-scale multidisciplinary/multi-institution projects for research, education and training, and entrepreneurship. The CNST is based at the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and includes other affiliated nanotechnology labs on campus. The CNST focuses on the education and training of the next generation workforce including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as K-12 students and teachers.

To establish a partnership, contact nanotechnology@illinois.edu