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Tis Lahiri Seminar and Visit to Vanderbilt

Tis Lahiri Seminar and Visit to Vanderbilt

Prof. Yury Gogotsi presented the Tis Lahiri Memorial seminar at Vanderbilt University on April 9, 2018. Past lectures have been given by members of national academies and top researchers in ChemE and MSE fields, such as Nicholas Peppas, Karen Gleason, and Kristi Anseth among others.  This lecture attracts broadly from a number of departments at Vanderbilt.

Prof. Gogotsi also had the opportunity to see DNI alumna, Dr. Kelsey Hazell and her team of PhD students!  Her group produced 3 papers in her first year at Vanderbilt.  Just yesterday, Kelsey won another NSF grant, so her group will keep growing.


Kathleen Wins a Koerner Family Fellowship

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate, Kathleen Maleski, who has been awarded a prestigious Koerner Family Fellowship.  Sponsored by Robert M. and Paula W. Koerner (along with their children), the Koerner Family Fellowships are awarded to one graduate student per year in each department of the College of Engineering. Students that receive this award are recognized for their dedication to their doctoral studies and meet with their peers and donor during the academic year.  This is a great recognition of Kathleen’s outstanding work!

Drexel Magazine 2018

Congratulations to DNI alumna, Dr. Kristy Jost, who has been selected as one of the brightest rising stars among Drexel alumni (Drexel 40 under 40). At 29, she is also one of the youngest!
This issue of Drexel Magazine also features the NanoArtography competition launched by Babak Anasori:
Congratulations to our current and former team members on these great achievements!!!

Nanomaterials Group at Spring MRS

Our group will be presenting at the MRS meeting in Phoenix, AZ, this week.  Prof. Gogotsi will be giving 2 invited talks and 6 other people from our group will be presenting talks and posters (Ariana, Narendra, Babak, Kanit, Mohamed and Hao). Kanit also competes in the Science as Art contest.

Here is the schedule of presentations from our group:
EN13.01.01: The versatility of MXenes for electrochemical energy storage
April 3, 10:30-11:00am
PCC North, 100 level, Room 122A
Yury Gogotsi (talk)
EN13.02.04: Microscale energy storage devices based on two-dimensional transition metal carbides (MXenes)
April 3rd: 4:00-4:15pm
PCC North, 100 level, room 122A
Narendra Kurra (talk)
NM04.03.02: Ultrasmall MoS2 nanoparticles anchored on 3D mesoporous carbon for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction
April 3rd: 5:00-7:00pm
PCC North, 300 level, C-E Exhibit
Hao Wang (poster)
MA05.04.05: MXene-coated electrospun nanoyarns for knitted supercapacitors
April 4th: 9:15-9:30am
PCC West, 100 level, room 103A
Ariana Levitt (talk)
NM08.04.04: 2D Metal carbide MXene based soft materials
April 4th: 9:30-9:45am
PCC North, 200 level, room 232A
Babak Anasori (talk)
MA05.04.06: Carbons and 2D carbides enable energy storing textiles
April 4, 9:30-10am
PCC West, 100 level, room 103A
Yury Gogotsi (talk)
EN19.06.03: Effects of synthesis and processing on optoelectronic properties of titanium carbonitride MXene
April 4, 11:00-11:15am
PCC North, 100 level, room 124B
Kanit Hantanasirisakul (talk)
NM08.06.02: Scalable synthesis and processing of 2D tantalum carbides and carbonitrides (MXenes)
April 4, 5:00-7:00pm
PCC North, 300 level, C-E Exhibit
Mohamed Alhabeb (Poster)
Student Summit: MXene-coated nanoyarns for wearable supercapacitors
April 5, 5:00-7:00pm
PCC North, 300 level, C-E-Exhibit
Ariana Levitt (Poster)

Selective Etching of Silicon from Ti3SiC2 (MAX) Produces 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene)

Congratulations to Mohamed, Kathleen, Tyler, Asia, Christine, Simge and Ariana on publication of their paper that describes synthesis of Ti3C2 MXene by etching Ti3SiC2.  This was the first MAX phase we attempted to etch about 7 years ago, but didn’t initially succeed. Finally, Mohamed accomplished the task using the oxidation/etching technique that my student Goknur Cambaz previously applied to selective etching of SiC whiskers. He further developed and optimized it showing that a large variety of oxidants can be used. Now, we know that not only aluminum can be etched away from MAX phases to produce MXenes. Congratulation on this accomplishment!
M. Alhabeb, K. Maleski, T. S. Mathis, A. Sarycheva, C. B. Hatter, S. Uzun, A. Levitt, Y. Gogotsi, Selective Etching of Silicon from Ti3SiC2 (MAX) Produces 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene), Angewandte Chemie, Int. Ed., (2018)
Congratulations to Amanda

Congratulations to Amanda

Congratulations to BS/PhD student, Amanda Pentecost, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, titled “Nanodiamond-based drag delivery system for the modulation of macrophage behavior”. Amanda is co-advised by Prof. Yury Gogotsi (MSE) and Prof. Kara Spiller (BMES).

Amanda started her career at Drexel as a BS/PhD student. She joined our group as a STAR student after less than a year at Drexel and continued all the way to her PhD degree, earning MS in Biomedical engineering, doing co-op in China and spending a year in Korea on her way to PhD.  She won several fellowships on her way to degree completion (NSF GRFP, Whitraker and Boren).



On February 26, 2018, the Drexel University Libraries and the Office of the Provost hosted the sixth annual Celebrating Drexel Authors Event. This year, the event honored a total of 77 Drexel authors with publications in 2017. All 5 individuals honored from the College of Engineering who were recognized for publishing Highly Cited (Web of Science) papers in 2017 were from our MSE department.  Read the full story here.

Congratulations to all of the authors!


PA Junior Academy of Science Awardees Science Fair

PA Junior Academy of Science Awardees Science Fair

Three of our visiting high school students have won 1st place prizes at the PA Junior Academy of Science.  They will proceed to the State competition next in State College, PA.  The students are advised by current PhD students, Kanit Hantanasirisakul and Kathleen Maleski.

Congratulations to all!


Additional Coverage for Our MXene Sensors Paper

Our MXene sensors paper appeared as the cover article in the February 2018 issue of ACS Nano. This paper was selected as Editors’ Choice (less than 1% of articles published by ACS get this honor) and published as an Open Access article.
This article has already received a lot of coverage online, thanks to a press release from Drexel: