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Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materials

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:00  


Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. However, nature lets materials like proteins of varying size and shape assemble, allowing for complex architectures that can handle multiple tasks.

Cathy Murphy, AAAS fellow

Catherine J. Murphy inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:30  

Professor Catherine J. Murphy has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Pinshane Huang

Pinshane Huang awarded NSF Career Award

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:30  

Pinshane Huang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been granted an National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award

NSF CAREER grants are given to young faculty who demonstrate great potential early in their careers. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Nancy Sottos

Nancy Sottos selected for Swanlund endowed chair

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 15:30  

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.

David Cahill

David Cahill appointed Associate in the Center for Advanced Study

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:00  

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, Distinguished Faculty Hire, will join MRL and MatSE

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:15  

Axel Hoffmann, currently a senior group leader in magnetic films at Argonne National Laboratory, will start in the Fall of 2019. 

van der Zande wins an NSF Career Award

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:15  

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.

Braun Group: Quick and precise method for detecting chemical warfare agents

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:30  

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.

Nanoelectronic devices made from atomically thin materials on a silicon chip.

Creating better devices: The etch stops here

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:45  

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.

Renske van der Veen awarded a 2018 Packard Fellowship

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:30  

Prof. Renske van der Veen is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering for 2018.

Yingjie Zhang

Self-assembled superlattices for flexible and wearable electronics

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:45  

Diagram of the device structure used to test deformed graphene electrical behavior, scanning electron microscope image of the device structure, and conductance plot.The self-organization of molecular, nano, and larger building blocks into complex structures is a process that widely occurs in nature.

MRL building

PPG-MRL Graduate research assistantships awarded to four students

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:45  

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.

Andre Schleife

New Publication from the Illinois MRSEC: Next-Generation Logic & Memory Devices

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:45  

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.

New BioMaker Lab at MRL First of its Kind in Biofabrication Research and Innovation

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:15  

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.

Renske van der Veen Receives Doctoral New Investigator Award

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:45  

Professor Renske van der Veen has received the Doctoral New Investigator award.Assistant Professor of Chemistry Renske van der Veen recently received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) Doctoral New Investi

Yingjie Zhang and Nadya Mason, in the Illinois MRSEC

New Illinois MRSEC Result in Two-Dimensional Membrane Deformation

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 09:15  

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: 

Senior Research Scientist Rick Haasch to Present on Energy & the Environment in South Korea

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:45  

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. 

SIMS, RBS, and a Lot of Knowledge in One Spot: Senior Research Scientist Tim Spila Shares About AMC

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:30  

Senior Research Scientist Tim Spila came to the University of Illinois in the fall of 1992 as a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering.