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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: http://en.nwpu.edu.cn/info/1003/1426.htm

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: http://www.iseecap2015.org/programme.html

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.

2014 DNI Calendars Now available

2014-cal-screenshotThe 2014 DNI Calendar is now available!

Click here for the PDF version of the 2014 DNI calendar, or email us if you’d like a print version.

Anasori Wins “Materials Today” Cover Competition

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.

Colorized SEM image shows Nb2O5 layers coated on graphene aerogel. The graphene/Nb2O5 structure was formed in a one-step hydrothermal process. This freestanding and mechanically robust composite is used as a three-dimensional (3D) supercapacitor electrode, taking advantage of high conductivity of the graphene aerogel network and pseudocapacitive behavior of Nb2O5, which leads to a high energy density. Materials Today 2013 Cover Competition Winner. Synthesis: M. Beidaghi; SEM and Coloring: B. Anasori

Colorized SEM image shows Nb2O5 layers coated on graphene aerogel. The graphene/Nb2O5 structure was formed in a one-step hydrothermal process. This freestanding and mechanically robust composite is used as a three-dimensional (3D) supercapacitor electrode, taking advantage of high conductivity of the graphene aerogel network and pseudocapacitive behavior of Nb2O5, which leads to a high energy density. Materials Today 2013 Cover Competition Winner. Synthesis: M. Beidaghi; SEM and Coloring: B. Anasori

MESC-8 Students Graduate in Amiens

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/.