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InstruMNTL Newsletter - News from the University of Illinois Micro + Nanotechnology Lab
 
 
 
 

December 2016                                   

 
 
 
 

On behalf of Micro + Nanotechnology Lab (MNTL) faculty, staff, and students, I wish you joy and peace this holiday season and into the New Year. Enjoy this issue of InstruMNTL, and do consider reconnecting with us. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Viktor Gruev's bio-inspired sensor technology captures the polarization & multi-spectral properties of light, enabling surgeons to identify healthy tissue from cancerous tumors during surgery. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Nick Holonyak Jr. is honored for developing the first visible red laser and LED and the use of various alloys in colored light sources, which led to reduced energy consumption worldwide and contributed to the realization of optical data communications as the backbone of the Internet. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE and Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham has invented a photonic crystal enhanced microscope that monitors and quantitatively measures cell adhesion. This imaging method could someday help biologists better understand stem cell differentiation and how diseases like cancer spread. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

Bioengineering Assistant Professor Andrew Smith and team have demonstrated that synthesized nanoscale polysaccharides can efficiently target fat-tissue macrophages, turning off the inflammatory response of these white blood cells. This treatment could be a useful tool in improving disease prognosis. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Associate Professor Lynford Goddard will help lead an academic redshirt initiative that provides bright, low-income students with a bridge year as freshmen to prepare for the rigorous engineering curriculum. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Assistant Professor Can Bayram's group determines that layer thinning can cool the devices. Their latest research provides thermal management design guidelines for these transistors. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Professors Emeriti Milton Feng and Nick Holonyak's most recent work may change fundamental speed operation of transistor and laser modulation. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 

A leader in compound semiconductor epitaxial wafer production, II-VI EpiWorks is quadrupling its capacity over the next three years. The company was founded in the late 1990s by ECE Professor Greg Stillman and alumni David Ahmari and Quesnell Hartmann. Read on...

 
 
 
In the lab: An update on new staff and facilities
 
 

Semiconductor industry veteran Mark McCollum joined MNTL in October as principal research engineer responsible for managing the facility's cleanroom operations. An Illinois alumnus,  McCollum earned his doctorate with MNTL's founding director, the late Greg Stillman. Read on...

 
 

Thanks to the generosity of Illinois alumni, MNTL is preserving and showcasing its illustrious history through a new display in the building atrium. Phase I of the project features the work of John Bardeen, Jack Kilby, Chih-Tang Sah, and Nick Holonyak Jr. Phase II will feature recent faculty research accomplishments.

 
 
 
Faculty and student achievements
  • ECE Assistant Professor Can Bayram received a coveted 2017 NSF CAREER award for young faculty to develop cubic phase green LEDs for advanced solid-state lighting. He will receive $500,000 over five years to establish a new paradigm for making green LEDs by exploiting the hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition and an inexpensive scalable silicon platform.
  • Aerospace Engineering Professor and MNTL Affiliate Ioannis Chasiotis was among six faculty named University Scholars for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. His research focuses on the competing roles of physical processes with different length and time scales controlling the mechanical deformation and fracture of the micro and nanoscale building blocks of materials.
  • ECE and Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for helping advance photonic crystal-based biosensing.
  • Mechanical Science and Engineering Professor Placid Ferreira, an MNTL faculty affiliate, received funding from the U of I Health Care Engineering Systems Center and Jump Simulation at OSF Healthcare through the Jump ARCHES program to develop a new portable robotic platform capable of high-fidelity digital simulation that will facilitate easy surgical training for clinicians.
  • ECE Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton, an MNTL faculty affiliate, was selected by the IEEE to receive a Life Membership for his leadership, volunteerism, and dedication for advancing technology to benefit humanity.
  • ECE Professor Xiuling Li was selected as a 2017 Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials used in electronic and photonic applications.
  • Ritu Raman, a graduate student in Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir's group, placed first in the 2016 Research Live competition, which showcased the work of 63 graduate students from across campus in three-minute presentations. Bashir's group has developed a range of stereolithographic 3D printers and micro/nano-fabrication technologies to pattern cells and biomaterials in complex 3D structures. This ability to "build with biology" has enabled the forward engineering of bio-hybrid soft robots, or bio-bots, that use the properties of biological materials to accomplish complex functional behaviors.
  • Michelle Vaisman, a graduate student in ECE Associate Professor Minjoo Larry Lee’s group, won a best student presentation award at the 2016 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) conference in September. She received the prize for achieving record-setting efficiency for GaAsP-on-silicon solar cells grown by MBE.
 
 
 
Recent funding

Irfan Ahmad, Department of Defense Strategic Environmental R&D Program, Mechanism of Fungal Degradation on Military Aircraft Coatings, August 2016 – July 2018, $200,000. 

Rashid Bashir, Purdue University, Advanced Development of Innovative Technologies and Systemic Approaches to Foodborne Hazard Detection and Characterization for Improving Food Safety, April 2016 - April 2017, $67,500.

Can Bayram, National Science Foundation CAREER award, Cubic Phase Green Light Emitting Diodes for Advanced Solid State Lighting, February 2017 - January 2022, $500,000.

Lynford Goddard (co-PI), National Science Foundation, The Redshirt in Engineering Consortium, September 2016 - August 2021, $5,000,000.

Gary Eden and Peter Dragic, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Internal Cooling of Fiber and Disc Lasers by Radiation Balancing and Other Optical or Phonon Processes, September 2016 - August 2019, $842,000.

Kevin Kim and Hyungsoo Choi, American Heart Association, Neuroprotective Capacity of Intranasally Delivered Estrogen via Gelatin Nanoparticles, July 2016 - June 2018, $151,000.

Kevin Kim and Hyungsoo Choi, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Wafer-Scale Infra-Red Detector using Flow-Limited Field-Injection Electrostatic Spraying Technique, November 2016 - December 2019, $428,000.

Andrew Smith and Kelly Swanson (Division of Nutritional Sciences), National Institutes of Health, Targeted Drug Delivery in Adipose Tissue Macrophages in Obesity, September 2016 - August 2021, $2.07 million.