Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate, Ariana Levitt, who was selected to participate in the NSF 2018 Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship Program. During this eight-week program, Ariana will be conducting research with Dr. Joselito Razal at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. She will be continuing her work on the development of MXene-based electrospun fibers for smart textile applications.
Congratulations to Ariana!
Our work with KAIST on MXene sensors (S. J. Kim, H.-J. Koh, C. E. Ren, O. Kwon, K. Maleski, S.-Y. Cho, B. Anasori, C.-K. Kim, Y.-K. Choi, J. Kim, Y. Gogotsi, H.-T. Jung, Metallic Ti3C2Tx MXene gas sensors with ultrahigh signal-to-noise ratio, ACS Nano, 2018) got nice coverage in C&EN:
Congratulations to Kathleen, Babak and our KAIST-NNFC collaborators!
Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Researchers from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
In research, recently published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, the team describes how a two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene can be used as a highly sensitive detector of gaseous chemicals. The paper suggests that MXene can pick up chemicals, such as ammonia and acetone, which are indicators of ulcers and diabetes, in much lower traces than sensors currently being used in medical diagnostics.
Read the full press release here.
Researchers from the Nanomaterials Group have just published a high-impact article on MXene gas sensors produced with our KAIST collaborators:
S. J. Kim, H.-J. Koh, C. E. Ren, O. Kwon, K. Maleski, S.-Y. Cho, B. Anasori, C.-K. Kim, Y.-K. Choi, J. Kim, Y. Gogotsi, H.-T. Jung, Metallic Ti3C2Tx MXene gas sensors with ultrahigh signal-to-noise ratio, ACS Nano, (2018)
It has been selected by ACS as ACS Editors’ Choice article and published Open Access ($3000 fee waived). ACS selects a paper per day (less than 1% of all papers published) from more than 50 ACS journals as “Editors’ Choice”, so it’s an important recognition that adds visibility to our paper.
We demonstrate that a metallic 2D MXene gas-sensing channel with high conductivity greatly outperforms conventional sensing materials in two critical aspects. First, a Ti3C2Tx gas sensor exhibits a limit of detection of 50~100 parts per billion (ppb) for volatile organic compounds, which is one of the lowest limits of their detection at room temperature ever reported. Second, the extremely low noise of metallic Ti3C2Tx leads to the signal-to-noise ratio two orders of magnitude higher than that of the published sensors. This study introduces a paradigm shift from semiconducting to metallic sensing channels for developing highly sensitive sensors.
The first author, Seon Joon (Steven) Kim, is a former visiting student who spent 6 months at Drexel during his PhD study. We expect him to come back to Drexel as a visiting post-doctoral scientist supported by our NNFC-KAIST-Drexel Nano Co-op Center soon.
Congratulations to Steven, Kathleen, Evelyn, Babak and other co-authors!
Read about our joint work on MXenes with colleagues at A*STAR in Singapore here.
Our work featuring the first ever “optical” diodes made from the 2D material Ti3C2 and fullerene (or carbon-60) is featured on the international Nanotech website. View the full press release here.
Y. Dong, S. Chertopalov, K. Maleski, B. Anasori, L. Hu, V. Mochalin, S. Bhattacharya, A. M. Rao, Y. Gogotsi, R. Podila, Saturable absorption in 2D Ti3C2MXene thin films for passive photonic diodes, Advanced Materials, (2018)
Prof. Yury Gogotsi will present the opening talk at the US-Czech Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology and Chemistry. The goal of the meeting is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of US-Czech diplomatic relations, is to establish contacts between US and Czech scientists and explore funding opportunities for joint projects.
Meikang Han, our visiting student from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in Xi’an, China, has been ranked #1 among all PhD candidates at NWPU in 2017. The rank depends on student’s achievements in the past year (papers, patents, funding, etc.). In 2017, he published 11 papers (4 first-author papers and 7 co-authored papers, 3 papers are Highly Cited in Web of Science – top 1%), obtained 3 patents and obtained 3 different fellowships/grants in support of his study/research.
Meikang has also been nominated for an Outstanding Student Award from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China for his work on electromagnetic applications of 2D materials. This is a high-level national award given to no more than ten graduate students every year. Congratulations!