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Vote for the MRS Board of Directors

If you are a member of MRS, you can vote to support Prof. Yury Gogotsi as a candidate for the MRS Board of Directors. See his bio at:

Prof. Yury Gogotsi Named Drexel’s “Top-Cited” Researcher

Prof. Yury Gogotsi has been named as Drexel University’s “Top-Cited” Researcher in Web of Science between 2011 – 2014 with 2,368 citations.  View the Drexel Quarterly article below:



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DNI Presents at Annual Business Development Committee

Prof. Gogotsi presents an invited talk on “Resilient Porous Carbon Structures” at the annual Business Development Committee meeting of Superior Graphite company in Chicago, IL.

Congratulations to Dr. Majid Beidaghi!

Congratulations to post-doc and Research Associate, Dr. Majid Beidaghi, who will be joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting August 16, 2015. Please join me in congratulating Majid and wish him success in his independent career!

Article Published by Northwestern Polytechnic University

Our colleagues at Northwestern Polytechnic University have published a nice article regarding our joint NOMAD project meeting visit to Xi’an. This is alma mater of our doctoral student Evelyn Ren.  Read more here:

Drexel in Worldwide Top 100 List for Patents

The Drexel Nanomaterials Institute is one of Drexel’s top patent producers.  Read the full story here.

DNI Researchers Present at ISEECap Conference

DNI researchers travel to  Montpellier, France to attend the ISEECap conference in Montpellier, France. Prof. Yury Gogotsi, Boris Dyatkin, Katie Van Aken and Dr. Mengqiang Zhao will present several oral and poster presentations, as well as an invited talk.  View more here:

Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to DNI researcher, Dr. Olya Mashtalir, who has been selected to receive the Research Excellence Award from Drexel University. She has done outstanding research on MXene and this award is well deserved.

Olya has accepted an offer for a Research Associate position in Dr. Stephen O’Brien’s group at the City University of New York (CUNY) in Manhattan. She will be involved in a project related to developing electrodes for Li-ion batteries.


Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts

Work done by DNI researcher, Dr. Kristy Jost, was featured in the May 2015 issue of IEEE Spectrum,  the magazine of IEEE, which is one of the most popular science and technology magazines that is distributed well beyond the community of IEEE members.

MXenes Featured in Journal of Laboratory Automation

DNI begins 2014 in strong fashion, with the Institute’s MXene research being honored as one of the ten best research breakthroughs of 2013 by the Journal of Laboratory Automation.

JALA highlights the top ten research breakthroughs among numerous fields (automation, microfluidics, nanotechnology, etc) that will impact basic and translational research across sectors. This year, MXenes were featured as “A New Generation of Materials” with enormous potential:

Although graphene remains in the news as a 2D carbon material that holds incredible promise in a wide range of applications, MXenes could also prove to be highly transformative, particularly in the development of lighter, faster, cheaper, and more efficient energy-storage devices…the authors demonstrated the successful delamination of MXenes into paper-like, single-layer MXene flakes. Most exciting was the ability of these delaminated MXene flakes to have greater capacitive uptake of Li ions, demonstrating the potential of MXenes in the area of Li-ion battery development. Further refinement of the intercalation and delamination of MXenes should allow for the use of thin, single-layer MXene sheets in a wide range of commercial applications.

To read the complete JALA editorial, click here. The original Nature Communications paper on MXenes is available here.