Glenn Guglietta publishes a review paper titled, "Terahertz Spectroscopy" in Analytical Chemistry. View paper here.
IGERT alumna, Dr. Jessica Shiffman (Advisor: C. Schauer), has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Chemical Engineering Department.
Current and former IGERT fellows attend the annual IGERT Fellow Retreat. View pictures here.
Current IGERT Fellow, Nina Lane (advisor M. Barsoum), is collaborating with researchers at Linkoping University in Sweeden and at ONERA, a French National Lab.
IGERT Fellow, Nina Lane has published an article in Physical Review B.
IGERT Fellow, Chris Dennison, won the Best Presentation Award at the Third International Forum on Multidisciplinary Research and Education for Energy Sciences Conference, which was held on Dec. 9-15, 2010 in Ishigaka, Japan. Chris is a first-year PhD student working with Prof. E. Caglan Kumbur in the Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory. Chris' work aims to understand the role and functionality of electrode structure in redox flow batteries.
Trainees Rafael Mulero, Erik Brewer, Amy Peterson and staff members Holly Burnside and Jim McGonigle participated in the 23rd Annual Fattah Conference on Higher Education. The event is designed to increase participation of underrepresented students in graduate and professional schools.
Jared Coyle and Jessica Schiffman were awarded travel fellowships to attend the University of Oregon Materials Science Institute/IGERT Retreat December 16-18.
Jessica Schiffman's image receives an Honorable Mention in the Photography category of the sixth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science.
July 2008 - John Chmiola's work on supercapacitors was featured on NSF's Discoveries web site.
May 2008 – Temitope Sodunke successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis and has accepted a post-doctoral position at Harvard Medical School.
May 2008 - Leko Lin received a travel grant from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at Drexel University to attend the 8th World Biomaterials Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
April 2008 - Rafael Mulero was awarded first place in the graduate oral research presentation competition at the 11th Annual Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Symposium and Mentoring Conference. The symposium hosted students and faculty from the nine-university LSAMP consortium, as well as professionals from local industry. During the Conference, students showcased their research. In addition, representatives from academia and industry provided mentoring and professional/career development for students to transition successfully into graduate and/or doctoral programs, industry and academia.
April 28, 2008 - Jessica Schiffman is one of two Drexel students who have been chosen to attend the 58th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany on Lake Constance from June 29th through July 4th. Jessica will have the opportunity to meet over 25 Nobel laureates from the field of physics. Approximately 500 fellows are chosen out of 20,000 applicants nationwide.
April 4, 2008 – Stephen Niezgoda and Amy Peterson have been offered fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense; Christopher Hobson has been named to the Honorable Mention list by the NSF.
March 29, 2008 – Temitope Sodunke was among several students and faculty to travel to Harrisburg, PA for a presentation and demonstration of nanotechnology concepts and applications to the MathCounts club.
February 2008 – Anthony Tuesca successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis and accepted a position as a Scientist at MedImmune.
October 27, 2007 – Carlos Perez, Lauren Willis, Michael Yang, John Beausang, Jason Thompson were among the volunteers at NanoDay @ Penn who led tours and demonstrations, and judged science fair projects.
October 5, 2007 - Trainees Temitope Sodunke and Leko Lin acted as judges for oral and poster presentations at the 2007 National Research Conference of the HBCU Undergraduate Program. They also used the opportunity to promote our IGERT program.
September 2007 - Trainee John Beausang and his advisor Philip Nelson made Tethered Particle Motion into a useful quantitative tool for analyzing kinetics of DNA conformation changes, leading a theory/experiment team that demonstrated its utility in the analysis of looping in the phage lambda repressor system. [Beausang and Nelson Physical Biol.2007]
May 2007 - Michael Fischbein and his advisor, Marija Drndic, reported a method of fabricating sub-10 nanometer structures using a Transmission Electron Microscope. The method was used to fabricate nanogaps, nanodiscs, nanorings, nanochannels, and nanowires with tailored curvatures and multi-terminal nanogap devices with nanoislands or nanoholes between the terminals. The high resolution, geometrical flexibility, and yield make this method attractive for many applications including nanoelectronics and nanofluidics.
May 2007 - Daniel T. Hallinan, Jr. spearheaded a Drexel University Graduate Student Symposium, designed to expose Philadelphia regional industry representatives to the cutting-edge research being done by Drexel graduate students and provide networking opportunities to students. The event was a success, and the Graduate Student Association plans to repeat it annually. Dan used the IGERT network to help promote the event and recruit presenters. Several IGERT trainees presented talks or posters at the event.
March 17, 2007 - Daniel T. Hallinan, Jr.; Temitope Sodunke; and Leko Lin acted as judges for the Lea Elementary School science fair at 47th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia. Each of the trainees judged up to 10 science projects.
March 2007 - Joshua Freedman and colleagues have developed a carbon nanotube tipped probe, which provides a unique set of properties vital to single cell investigations and surgeries, according to a recent paper published in Applied Physics Letters.
January 17, 2007 - IGERT and NSF Graduate Research Fellow John Chmiola has been selected to receive a travel fellowship, supported by NSF, to attend the European Ceramic Society Meeting in Berlin, Germany from June 17-21, 2007. Chmiola, who is advised by Prof. Yury Gogotsi, will present a talk titled “Transforming Carbide Ceramics to Carbon: A Way to Advanced Supercapacitors” at the meeting in Berlin.
December 11, 2006 - A paper describing IGERT Fellow Jason Thompson's work on nanofluidics has been accepted to the Annals of the New York Academy of Science. The paper is titled "Lab-on-a-chip technologies for oral-based cancer screening and diagnostics: capabilities, issues, and prospects." In related news, Jason served this summer as a mentor to an REU student, Gloriell Cardona, from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Gloriell recently submitted a paper to the PennScience Journal of Undergraduate Research (under review) titled "A Study of the Use of Ferrofluid and Ferro-Wax as a Pumping and Valving Mechanism in a Microfluidic Device."
December 11, 2006 - The Materials Pennsylvania Coalition (MatPAC) is offering several courses for the winter term. Click here for more information.
December 11, 2006 - Several Drexel/Penn IGERT Fellows presented talks at the Materials Research Society’s Fall 2006 Meeting in Boston, MA, November 27 through December 1. Pictured at right are Maria Taku, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Penn; Jessica Schiffman and Kris Behler, both of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Drexel. Maria presented a talk titled “Electronic Transport Measurements in Tin Oxide.” Jessica’s presentation was titled “Crosslinking chitosan nanofibers.” And Kris gave a talk titled “PVdF/MWCNT Electrospun Nanocomposite Fibers.”
November 30, 2006 - IGERT Fellow John Beausang recently received a travel award to attend a Biophysical Society Discussion on molecular motors in Asilomar, CA , to present a poster titled "Twirling of Actin by Myosins II, V, and VI."
November 20, 2006 - Prof. Yury Gogotsi will teach a course titled Nanostructured Carbon Materials in winter 2006, open to all IGERT Fellows. Click here to view the syllabus. Update as of December 11: this class will meet on Tuesdays, and not Wednesdays as indicated previously on the syllabus.
November 17, 2006 - IGERT fellows Tony Tuesca and Dan Hallinan presented talks at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in San Francisco, CA, November 12-17. Tony presented a talk titled "Nanoscale characterization and in vitro behavior of poly (methacrylic acid-g-ethylene glycol) as an oral delivery device for insulin." Dan presented a talk titled "Multicomponent Diffusion of Methanol and Water in Nafion®." He received a Schering-Plough Research Travel Grant to attend the meeting.
October 31, 2006 - Former IGERT Fellow Liz Hoffman, advisors Yury Gogotsi and Michel Barsoum, and colleagues at Drexel and the University of Brighton in the U.K. report work that may lead to significant improvements in the treatment of sepsis, a human immune response which causes around 1,500 worldwide deaths daily. Their article, entitled “Mesoporous Carbide-Derived Carbon with Porosity Tuned for Efficient Adsorption of Cytokines,” has been published online and will be opening the December issue of Biomaterials (v. 27, pp. 5755–5762, 2006). Click here to read more.
October 19, 2006 - IGERT Fellow Mike Birnkrant and others helped Drexel host nine 9-12 year olds for a presentation on nanotechnology and a tour of some research laboratories today. The students, all home-schooled, have formed a team to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, an international annual event for which this year's theme is "Nano Quest: Exploring Existing Sciences at the Molecular Level." Click here to view the photo album.
September 6, 2006 - IGERT and NSF Graduate Research Fellow Kris Behler and colleagues have published a paper in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research: K. Behler, S. Osswald, H. Ye, S. Dimovski and Y. Gogotsi. Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Structure of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. Published online: 28 July 2006.
August 17, 2006 - IGERT and NSF Graduate Research Fellow John Chmiola is the lead author on a paper appearing in Science magazine. Click here to read more.
July 21, 2006 - Dr. Hoa Lam, former IGERT trainee, and collaborators from Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering including her Ph.D. advisor Dr. Frank Ko, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, and Dr. Haihui Ye, have received the Best Paper Award for the 2005 Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites (ASC) for their paper titled "Electrospinning of Submicron Polyacrylonitrile Fibers Containing Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofibers." The award will be presented at the ASC 2006 Technical Conference at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in September. This paper is related to Dr. Lam’s Ph.D. thesis, which she completed in 2004. She is now employed by DE Technologies, King of Prussia, PA.
June 25, 2006 - Two IGERT programs at Drexel and Penn hosted the NSF Summer Scholars Internship Program for a two-day visit, June 22-23.
April 14, 2006 - John Chmiola receives a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Joshua Freedman receives an Honorable Mention. Congratulations John and Joshua!
March 15, 2006 - Michael Fischbein and his advisor, Maria Drndic, are featured in the current issue of Research @ Penn. This story was also featured on NanotechnologyNow.com. Click here to read more. Update March 29 - this work has received further coverage in IP Links "The leading innovation resourceof the greater Philadelphia region." Click here to see the story.
February 17, 2006 - IGERT Fellow Mike Birnkrant won a $980 grant-in-aid of research from Sigma Xi for his research project titled "Top-down meets bottom-up: block copolymer Bragg reflectors." Congratulations, Mike!
February 14, 2006 - Dr. Dawn Bonnell, IGERT program Co-Director, is the 2006 recipient of the Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. She will give a lecture on "Probing, manipulating, and exploiting nanostructures" Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 4:30 PM in the Wu & Chen Auditorium of Levine Hall at 3330 Walnut Street. A reception will follow. Congratulations, Dawn!
August 2005 - IGERT Fellow Mike Birnkrant, advisor Chris Li and others published a paper in Soft Matter: Polymer crystallization/melting induced thermal switching in a series of holographically patterned Bragg reflectors. Christopher Y. Li, Michael J. Birnkrant, Lalgudi V. Natarajan, Vincent P. Tondiglia, Pamela F. Lloyd, Richard L. Sutherland, and Timothy J. Bunning, Soft Matter, 2005, 1, 238-242.
IGERT Fellow Dan Johnston published a paper in Nature Materials: Electronic devices based on purified carbon nanotubes grown by high-pressure decomposition of carbon monoxide. Danvers E. Johnston, Mohammad F. Islam, Arjun G. Yodh, and Alan T. Johnson, Nature Materials 4, 589-592.
Dan presented a poster on this project at the Gordon Research Conference on Condensed Matter Physics in June. The poster was titled "Electronic Devises Based on Purified HiPCO Carbon Nanotubes."
May 2005 - IGERT Fellow Michael Fischbein and advisor Marija Drndic published a paper in Applied Physics Letters. CdSe nanocrystal quantum-dot memory. M.D. Fischbein and M. Drndic. Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 193106 (2005).
IGERT fellows Derek Halverson and Nancy Zhou, Program Coordinator Holly Burnside, and Professor Yury Gogotsi attended the 2005 IGERT Project Meeting in Arlington, VA.
April 2005 - IGERT Fellows Kris Behler and Derek Halverson receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
March 2005 - IGERT Fellow Dan Johnston and others published a paper in Applied Physics Letters: Controlled fabrication of nanogaps in ambient environment for molecular electronics. D. R. Strachan, D. E. Smith, D. E. Johnston, T.-H. Park, Michael J. Therien, D. A. Bonnell, and A. T. Johnson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 043109 (2005)
IGERT Fellow Michael Fischbein, advisor Marija Drndic and others published a paper in Applied Physics Letters: Efficient polymer-nanocrystal quantum-dot photodetectors. Difei Qi, Michael Fischbein, Marija Drndic, and Sandra Selmic. Applied Physics Letters 86, 093103 (2005). Fischbein presented to talks at the American Physical Society: 1) Memory effects in CdSe semiconducting nanocrystal quantum dots, and 2) New devices for integrating controlled assembly, imaging and transport measurements of nanoscale structures. Additionally, Fishbein was the recipient of the Arnold M. Denenstein Prize from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2004-2005 academic year.
December 21, 2004 - An article written
by Katrin Cowan and Yury Gogotsi
titled "The Drexel / UPenn IGERT: Creating a New Model for Graduate
Education in Nanotechnology," Was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Materials
Education. To read the article, click here.
October 2004 - Though Katrin will be missed, the Drexel/UPenn IGERT program welcomes Holly Burnside as Katrin's successor as Nanotechnology Program Coordinator at Drexel University.
March 1, 2004 - IGERT Fellow Nevin Naguib, along with fellow PhD student Emily Ho, has been chosen to participate in the University of San Francisco's 2004 International Business Plan Competition. For the competition, they will present their venture plan, "Hy-Nano," April 1-3, 2004 in San Francisco, CA. For details, click here
Jan 16, 2004 - IGERT Fellow Natalie Carroll won the Best Poster Award at the American Chemical Society Graduate Poster Session. She also won the Rohm and Hass company award for best overall poster. Congratulations, Natalie!
In the October 2, 2003 issue of Nature, the NSF-IGERT program and the Drexel/UPenn IGERT are featured in an article on multidisciplinary education. "Nature" interviewed IGERT fellow Nevin Naguib and PI Prof. Gogotsi. Click here for link to full article.
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