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Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the department of materials science and engineering and leads the Autonomous Materials Systems group in the Beckman Institute. The Swanlund chair is the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the University.
Her research interests include polymers and composites capable of self-healing and regeneration, mechanochemically active polymers, tailored interfaces and novel materials for more reliable energy storage. She is a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science and the Society for Experimental Mechanics.
The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) is charged with promoting the highest levels of scholarship and discourse at the University of Illinois. The Center also serves as the primary formal venue on our campus for various types of scholarly interaction and creative activity across academic disciplines. It sponsors workshops and seminars, supports new scholarship, and brings to campus more than thirty distinguished scholars, writers, and artists each academic year, in collaboration with other units of the University.
Axel Hoffmann, currently a senior group leader in magnetic films at Argonne National Laboratory, will start in the Fall of 2019.
MechSE Assistant Professor Arend van der Zande recently won the prestigious Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation for his research on two-dimensional material heterostructures. NSF CAREER grants are given to young faculty who demonstrate great potential early in their careers.
Three MRL faculty have been named to the 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics: Assistant Professor Arend van der Zande, Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang, and Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of MRL Catherine Jones Murphy.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a stamp-sized sensor that can detect trace amounts of certain chemical warfare agents, such as sarin, within minutes. The research is published in ACS Omega.
Sarin is a man-made nerve agent that can spread as a gas or liquid. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to large doses will over-stimulate glands and muscles, and can lead to loss of consciousness or respiratory failure. Even small doses can cause a long list of distressing and dangerous symptoms.
A team of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new, more precise, method to create nanoscale-size electromechanical devices. Their research findings are published in Nature Communications.
The self-organization of molecular, nano, and larger building blocks into complex structures is a process that widely occurs in nature.
Michael Caple, Larry Salvati, Samya Sen, and Yingfeng Yang have been awarded PPG-MRL Graduate Research Assistantships to pursue cutting-edge research broadly related to the areas of interest to PPG.
An Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) team is investigating antiferromagnetic materials that have been identified as promising candidates to realize next-generation logic or memory devices that operate at much higher speed than traditional devices.
Enabled by a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the BioMaker Lab at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (MRL) will be the first state-of-the-art interdisciplinary biofabrication hub in the world.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Renske van der Veen recently received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) Doctoral New Investi
The Illinois Materials Resarch Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) team has found that when it comes to deforming a two-dimensional membrane, the rule is: the curvier, the better.
We caught up with Yingjie Zhang, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the MRSEC, and he let us in on the team’s new result:
MRL Senior Research Scientist Dr. Rick Haasch has been invited to be part of the 8th International Joint Workshop during the 55th Korean Vacuum Society Summer National Conference on August 8 – 10, 2018, at Vivaldi Park, Gangwon-do province, South Korea. The theme is Energy and the Environment, and Rick will be talking about surface characterization of Li-ion battery materials.
Mauro Sardela, MRL Facilities Director, has been a driving force behind the Advanced Materials Characterization (AMC) Workshop for the last 12 years. The 2018 AMC Workshop is coming up on June 5thand 6th, so we caught up with Mauro on why he feels so strongly about the value AMC adds to attendees’ lives.
The Advanced Materials Characterization (AMC) Workshop is coming up soon: June 5 and 6, 2018 — and this year promises to be the best yet. We caught up with fourth year Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate Pralav Shetty, who attended the workshop previously, on why he thought it has helped in his research career.
Materials Science and Engineering Professor Qian Chen has recently received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award. This highly competitive award augments research capabilities at universities conducting cutting-edge research of interest to the Department of Defense, through the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment.
Qian Chen has received the DURIP award for a Nanoscopic Imaging and Analysis Platform.