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Educational Outreach

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute has been busy nurturing the next generation of materials scientists and engineers. For six months, the group played host to three honors seniors from Council Rock High School North. The students worked with PhD mentors Kanit Hantanasirisakul and Kathleen Maleski on MXene research projects. They presented their final projects in a group meeting and at two regional science fairs.

A Strength Supplement For Aerospace Materials

In an exciting development for the field of aerospace engineering, the lightweight materials of airplanes and rockets might soon be getting stronger. A new method for making ceramic materials — which are used in propellers and heat shields — has enabled the introduction of chemical compounds to bolster their strength and could also imbue them with other useful properties. The discovery was recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and Penn State University.

Check out the full press release here.

2018 Graduates and Awards

During the MSE Commencement Dinner last week, DNI member were recognized on multiple awards. Tom Heng and Devon Spinelli were awarded with both the Senior Design Award and with the Undergraduate Innovation Award. Evan Quain tied with another senior for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Finally, Bryan Byles from Dr. Pomerantseva’s group won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates!

College of Engineering Senior Design Competition 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Heng and Devon Spinelli on placing second in the 2018 College of Engineering Senior Design Competition.

Thomas and Devon gave a tremendous presentation for their project entitled “New Application of 2D Titanium Carbide in Electroacoustic Transducer”, advised by Professor Yury Gogotsi, and mentored by Dr. Katie Van Aken and Asia Sarycheva.

DNI Co-Ops in Korea

Our team of four undergraduate co-op students (Katya, Pavel, Jeremy and Riki) hit the ground running and research results are already coming at KAIST and KIST in South Korea. Our Korean partners are excited. Below are a few pictures of their time in Korea so far.

 

New Paper in Nature

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate, Tyler Mathis, Dr. Babak Anasori and our former team member Dr. Mengqiang Zhao on publishing a nice paper in Nature. This work results from collaboration with Prof. Shu Yang’s group at UPenn.
Y. Xia, T. Mathis, M.-Q. Zhao, B. Anasori, A. Dang, Z. Zhou, H. Cho, Y. Gogotsi, S. Yang,Thickness Independent Capacitance of Vertically Aligned Liquid Crystalline MXenes, Nature, 557, 409–412(2018)
Here is a link to a view-only version of our paper: https://rdcu.be/OqOM

Prof. Gogotsi Receives an Honorary Doctorate from KPI

On May 14th, 2018, Prof. Yury Gogotsi received an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU “KPI”), Kiev, Ukraine.

A youtube video of the ceremony is available here.

 

Undergraduate Research Co-Ops Travel to Korea

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials is proud to send the first cohort of 4 undergraduate researchers to South Korea for a 5-month research co-op. The students will be working with colleagues at NNFC-KAIST and KIST on individual research projects led by Drexel faculty.  This collaboration is part of the NNFC-Drexel Nano2 Co-op Center, funded by the NRF and supported by Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC), Office of International Programs, College of Engineering, and the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute.

 

WHAT MAKES JOEL EMBIID’S MASK SO INDESTRUCTIBLE?

Read the latest interview from PhD student, Ariana Levitt, on the polymer materials used in Philadelphia 76ers player, Joel Embiid’s protective mask.

Read the full story here.

MES S680: Biotechnology and Industry in China

The high-technology industry in China is in the news a lot these days, but do you ever wonder what it’s really like? Find out this September 2018 by taking the special topics course BMES S680: Biotechnology and Industry in China, a one-week, 3-credit ‘intensive course abroad’ in Shanghai that will run during fall break, Sept. 14-22, 2018 (syllabus attached). Taught by DNI affiliated professor, Dr. Kara Spiller (Drexel BIOMED), who lived in Shanghai for a year and who speaks enough Mandarian Chinese that she won’t get you lost during daily activities, features visits to start-up biotechnology companies, large biotech companies like GSK and Amgen, and translational research laboratories in and outside of Shanghai, as well as social activities with ample opportunity to interact with Chinese students studying biomedical sciences and entrepeneurship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and ShanghaiTech University.

More information, including a tentative itinerary and course fees, can be found here: http://studyabroad.drexel.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=47801

This course is open to graduate students and rising seniors of all programs, especially those with backgrounds in biomedical sciences and/or business. Applications are due May 1.