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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: http://www.iseecap2015.org/programme.html
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.
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.
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.
Continuing his history of success in visualization and imaging competitions, Babak Anasori’s submission to the Materials Today cover competition was selected as a winner and will be featured on the cover of a 2014 issue of the journal. Congratulations to Babak! See all of the winning entries here.
The Erasmus Mundus Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC) program is a two-year degree program in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. It consists of three semesters of classes plus one semester for a Master thesis in a research laboratory in Europe, China or the U.S. Throughout the course of the program, students rotate among seven partner universities: University of Picardie Jules Verne (France); Paul Sabatier University (France); Aix-Marseille University (France); University of Cordoba (Spain), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Xiamen University (China); and Drexel University. Each year, a number of students from the MESC program opt to perform their thesis research at Drexel; you can read more about this program here.
Drexel University was well represented at the graduation of the 8th MESC class in Amiens, France, which included four students who did their thesis research at Drexel. DNI congratulates the MESC-8 students on their graduation and looks forward to hosting future MESC students.
Read more about the 2013 graduating class at http://nano.materials.drexel.edu/2013/09/nanomaterials-group-congratulations-mesc-8-graduates/.
DNI’s Michel Barsoum (A.W. Grosvenor and Distinguished Professor) and Yury Gogotsi (Distinguished University Professor and Trustee Chair), along with alumnus Volker Presser and students Michael Naguib, Olha Mashtalir and Joshua Carle, have been named the winners of the 2013 American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award.
The award, which will be presented in October at the Materials Science and Technology Conference in Montréal, Canada, recognizes researchers “judged to have made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature.” The ACerS board unanimously agreed to grant the honor for the group’s paper titled “Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides.” The paper was the first to describe a facile method to produce a large family of two-dimensional layered, early transition metal carbides and nitrides, discovered at Drexel and named MXenes.
The DNI authors will share the award with collaborators Jun Lu and Lars Hultman from Linkoping University, Sweden.
Update: photo from awards presentation
The AJ Drexel Nanotechnology Institute hosted representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Drexel University on Friday, April 26, in a seminar highlighting JSPS’s fellowships and programs for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members.
The speakers were welcomed by Drexel’s Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Dr. Julie Mostov, followed by DNI Director Dr. Yury Gogotsi, who is a former JSPS fellow. JSPS Director Osamu Shimomura then introduced Deputy Director Fumiyo Kaneko, who discussed the Society’s fellowship and research collaboration programs. Students and faculty members from across Drexel were in attendance.
The event was co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs, the Office of Research, and the College of Engineering.
Information on JSPS Fellowships for US Researchers and information about research collaborations are available at http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/programs/