Nanomaterials Group

2D MXenes Make Photonic Diodes

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)
New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables at CHF

New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables at CHF

Prof. Yury Gogotsi and Prof. M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, SUNY Binghamton presented “New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables” at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. 
Many systems and devices we use every day, including our cell phones and laptops, require batteries. Electric cars, solar and wind farms, and off-grid homes need much larger batteries. And we expect smart clothes and the internet to change how we live and how we gather and consume information in the near future. They will all need to be powered, but by much smaller, more flexible, and longer-lasting energy storage devices. The speakers presented on the discovery of the lithium battery and the long journey from the Sony camcorder battery to the modern lithium-ion battery. They also explained what is coming after lithium-ion batteries. In particular, “batteries on steroids,” or electrochemical capacitors, that now power buses in many Chinese cities, open the doors of an Airbus 380 in an emergency, and harvest braking energy from SEPTA trains, will be discussed. Finally, future flexible, transparent, microscale, wearable, and other energy storage devices that are expected to become ubiquitous within the next decade will be discussed. View pictures from the event below.

Meikang Han ranked #1 among all PhD candidates at NWPU in 2017

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!

DNI 2018 Calendar

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute wishes all of our students, alumni, collaborators, and peers a very happy holiday and all the best for 2018.


Please check out our 2018 calendar here.

DNI at MRS Fall 2017 Meeting

DNI at MRS Fall 2017 Meeting

Several member and alumni of the Nanomaterials Group attend the 2017 Fall MRS meeting in Boston.  Patrick delivered an impressive talk to a very large audience today (see the attached picture). Prof. Gogotsi gave his invited talk as well.  Dr. Babak Anasori also hosted his SciVid competition.  You can view a full schedule of the group’s presentations below, as well as some photos from the event.

NM04.01.09: 2D Molybdenum Nitride and Vanadium Nitride Synthesized by Ammoniation of Transition Metal Carbides (MXenes)
11:00AM – 11:15AM, Mon Nov 27
Hynes, Level 3, Room 312
Patrick Urbankowski (Talk)

NM02.02.06: Freestanding Carbon Composite Film Electrodes for Electrochemical Capacitors
3:30PM – 4:00PM, Mon Nov 27
Hynes, Level 3, Room 302
Yury Gogotsi (Talk)

NM03.05.03: Tunnel Manganese Oxide Nanowires for High-Performance Electrochemical Energy Storage and Water Desalination
9:30AM – 9:45AM, Tue Nov 28
Hynes, Level 3, Room 310
Bryan Byles (Talk)

NM04.07.05: 2D Atomic Sandwiches in Ordered Multi-Elemental MXenes
9:15AM – 9:30AM, Wed Nov 29
Hynes, Level 3, Room 312
Babak Anasori (Talk)

EM10.06.09: Optoelectronic Properties of Solution-Processed 2D Metal Carbides (MXenes)
11:00AM – 11:15AM, Wed Nov 29
Hynes, Level 1, Room 103
Kathleen Maleski (Talk)

NM04.07.11: Salt-Templated Synthesis of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Nitrides and Their Magnetic and Electrochemical Properties
11:30AM – 11:45AM, Wed Nov 29
Hynes, Level 3, Room 312
Xu Xiao (Talk)

NM04.09.09: 2D Transition Metal Carbide/Nitride (MXenes) Fillers as Structural Reinforcers in Polymer Nanocomposites
8:00PM – 10:10PM, Wed Nov 29
Hynes, Level 1, Hall B
Christine Hatter (Poster)

EM03.16.02: MXene-Based Sensors for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
2:15PM – 2:30PM, Thu Nov 30
Hynes, Level 1, Room 104
Asia Sarycheva (Talk)

Boota Goes to Intel

DNI and MESC alumnus, Muhammad Boota, who recently defended his PhD thesis, will be joining Intel Corporation as Process Engineer in early December 2017. Congratulations to Boota!