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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.

"Every Presentation Offers Something to Learn": Our Facilities Director's Take on AMC

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:15  

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. 

Advanced Materials Characterization (AMC) Workshop attendee in the labs

Learn, Interact, and Connect at AMC

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:45  

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

Materials Science & Engineering Professor Qian Chen Receives DURIP Award

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:30  

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. 

MatSE Assistant Professor Qian Chen Receives 2018 Unilever Award

MatSE Assistant Professor Qian Chen Receives Unilever Award

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:45  

Materials Science & Engineering (MatSE) Assistant Professor Qian Chen recently received the Unilever Award, recognizing outstanding young investigators in Colloid & Surfactant Science. 

Lab beakers

Materials Science and Engineering Professors Qian Chen and Pinshane Huang Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:00  

Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.

Professor Renske van der Veen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Renske van der Veen Receives NSF CAREER Award

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:45  

Renske van der Veen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Illinois and Affiliate Professor in both Materials Science and Engineering and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (MRL), recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her submitted proposal.

MRL Director Paul Braun

MRL Director, Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Paul Braun Named MRS Fellow

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 10:45  

Paul Braun, Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (MRL) at Illinois, will be adding Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow to his list of accolades.

Professor Chris Evans

MatSE Assistant Professor Christopher Evans Receives (NSF) CAREER Award

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:15  

MatSE Assistant Professor Christopher Evans recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his submitted proposal, “Nanoscale Resolution of Interfacial Materials Physics in Dry, Ionic Polymers.”

The NSF’s Early Career Development Program’s CAREER awards are prestigious, competitive awards given to young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. The program will provide five years of support for each award.

Professor Qian Chen

MatSE Assistant Professor Qian Chen Receives ACS PRF, CAREER Awards

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:00  

“We’re using a novel direct imaging and quantitative analysis tool we developed in the last two years,” Chen said. “Asphaltenes are complex aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil, whose aggregation deleteriously affects almost all aspects of petroleum utilizations, from oil transport (upstream sector) to oil refining (downstream sector).