NEWS AND MEDIA COVERAGE
Group member, Pri Narang, has been selected as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's outstanding undergraduate student of 2010.
Group member, Pri Narang, has received an undergraduate scholarship award of $1,500 from the ASM Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter for her excellence in research.Elina Vitol successfully defended her thesis titled "Nanopipettes for Intracellular Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy" and received her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering on May 11, 2010.
Matt Herbert and his co-authors won the Research Day Best Poster Award on April 15, 2010 for the poster titled: "Fabrication of Multi-Functional Carbon Nanotube Tipped Pipettes for Cellular Interrogation." The poster was co-authored by Riju Singhal, Zulfiya Orynbayeva, Gary Friedman, and Yury Gogotsi. His poster was the best in the PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING category.
1. I'm not afraid of injections, if necessary - a shot! : "Small diameter carbon nanopipettes", the 2010 publication inNanotechnology, vol. 21, pp. 015304 (1-9) by Riju Singhal et. al. on the multifunctional 10-200 nm carbon nanopipettes appeared as a news item in Nanometer, Russia News, December 6, 2009 (http://www.nanometer.ru/2009/12/06/12600986933657_160282.html). The other news item is soon to follow in Nanowerk News.
2. Gold decoration is instrumental in single cell diagnostics: The 2009 publication on "In Situ Intracellular Spectroscopy with Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)-Enabled Nanopipettes" by Elina Vitol et.al. in ACS Nano, vol. 3, pp. 3529-3536, is highlighted in Nanowerk News, December 4, 2009. The authors developed the first SERS-active nanopipette which works as a real time sensor of local intracellular biochemical processes. Link: http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=13865.php
3. Dr. Michael Schrlau's work has been featured in a new book by Michael Berger titled, "NanoSociety - Pushing the Boundaries of Technology" (www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=12798.php)
4. Mr. Riju Singhal was interviewed by a KYW Newsradio journalist at Biotech 2009 (http://www.biotech2009.org/) in November 2009. He presented a poster titled "Multifunctional carbon nanopipettes for cellular probing," Authors: Riju Singhal, Elina Vitol, Zulfiya Orynbayeva, Gary Friedman, and Yury Gogotsi
Here is the link to a brief summary of the interview: http://www.kyw1060.com/Annual-Biotech-Investment-Confab-Opens-in-Philadel/5686702
5. Since the receipt of the Keck Award in June, 2007, the faculty team has primarily focused on initiating the research, hiring students/post-docs as well as building the facilities.
Members of the Medical School faculty team:
Dr. Jane Clifford, Dr. Elizabeth Papazaglou, and Dr. Michael Bouchard, along with Dr. Zulfiya Orynbayeva (postdoc), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have started a project designed to develop a "molecular footprint" of the cell using Raman spectroscopy. Data acquired using defined biochemical fractions will be used to validate localization of carbon nanotubes within the cell, an essential first step in the process of tracking signal transduction which is the long term goal of the project.
6. Announcements about the Keck Institute were published by all Drexel news outlets.
This includes a full-page article with a nice illustration in DUCoM Newspager. There were article in DrexeLink, CoE Dragon and other newsletters, mostly on the front page, and online articles. Pennsylvania news media covered our Keck Institute too, including the flagship newspaper Philadelphia Inquirer.
First articles acknowledging Keck support are going to press.
7. Seminars and presentations which Keck Award was announced:
Dr. Yury Gogotsi:
(a) delivered an invited seminar on "Liquids confined in carbon nanotube channels: from demonstration to device applications" at the Toulouse Nanotube Research Group Meeting, CEMES CNRS, France, Nov. 28, 2007.
(b) Have been invited to present an invited lecture on "Carbon Nanotube Tipped Cellular Probes" for the Electrochemical Society meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in May 2008.
Dr. Bradley Layton:
(a) "Collagen Evolution in the Cyanobacterium Trichodesmium erythraeum," Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Invited by Ann Darrin, November, 2007.
(b) "Bionanotechnology and MechanoEvolution," Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory Colloquium. Invited by Ann Darrin and David Silver, November, 2007.
(c) "Mechanics of Protein Evolution: Collagen and Tubulin" October, 2007. Carnegie Mellon University. Invited by Phil LeDuc.
(d) "Mechanics of Protein Evolution: Collagen and Tubulin" September, 2007. University of Colorado, Boulder. Invited by Jerry Qi.
8. An acknowledgment plaque was designed and placed in the Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center.
The establishment of the Keck Institute for Attofluidic Probes at Drexel University, Philadelphia, has received considerable media attention, within the University, in the Philadelphia region, and in the bio-nanotechnology community.
Internally, the Keck Institute was featured in several print publications:
• the Fall 2007 issue of DragoNotes, a newsletter for students, parents, and friends of the College of Engineering
• the Summer/Fall 2007 issue of The Drexel Engineer, a newsletter for alumni and friends of the College of Engineering
• the December 2007/January 2008 issue of NewsPager, the newsletter of the College of Medicine
• the September 2007 issue of Drexelink, a newsletter for the entire Drexel University community
Regionally, the Keck Institute was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal on August 24, 2007; and in the August 2007 issue of Pennsylvania Bio Watch, the monthly e-newsletter of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association.
In the nanotechnology community, the Keck Institute appeared the Business Briefs section of nanotechweb.org on August 17, 2007 (http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/30846).
Related work was featured in the inaugural issue of Nano Affairs, the official newsletter of the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, in April of 2007. The story also appeared in the January 2008 newsletter of the US Alumni association of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, and PI of the Keck Institute for Attofluidic Probes, was a 1992-93 JSPS Fellow.
Gogotsi collaborates with Drs. Jane Clifford (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Gary Friedman (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Bradley Layton (Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics), and Elizabeth Papazoglou (Biomedical Engineering) on the Keck Institute project, the goal of which is to design and build nanotube-tipped probes that are capable of interrogating single organelles inside living cells.