MNTL General News
Ritu Raman, Caroline Cvetkovic, Brittany Weida, Rishi Singh, and Daniel Weisgerber are conducting research this summer at the National University of Singapore Mechanobiology Institute. Read Raman's blog to find out more about what they're doing.
MNTL Professor Rashid Bashir and his research group have demonstrated a tiny walking robot made with a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. Read on...
MNTL faculty affiliate Ning Wang and his research team have developed a technique to help stem cells differentiate into three germ layers, an important first step toward developing specialized tissues and organs. Read on...
University of Illinois researcher Xiuling Li, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, along with Kyoung Jin Choi, associate professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, have led a team that successfully demonstrated uniform wafer-scale III-V nanowire growth on silicon. The research team developed a novel method to epitaxially grow structurally and compositionally homogeneous and spatially and spectrally uniform ternary nanowires on silicon at wafer-scale using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Previously, a common method for creating nanowires was using Au-assisted Vapor-Liquid-Solid synthesis, but that can cause significant degradation of the quality of the semiconductor nanowires. The team expects their effort to help further research in renewable energy, as it could lead to "high-efficiency and low-cost large-scale solar cells," according to Prof. Choi. This research was published in ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn4014774.
By confining various liquids inside a hollow microfluidic optomechanical resonator, researchers at Illinois built the first-ever bridge between optomechanics and microfluidics. The team is led by Gaurav Bahl, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. The team's work, which was published in Nature Communications, has the potential to enable strongly localized, high-sensitivity, optomechanical interaction with chemical and biological samples.