As part of an annual outreach effort organized by the national Materials Advantage organization, NMG members once again traveled to Washington DC to advocate for STEM funding, including basic research at universities and national laboratories, as well as various education and outreach activities that get students interested in STEM fields at a young age.
Boris Dyatkin, Kelsey Hatzell, Sean Orzolek and Alex McBride, along with Pelin Kansu Lemons from Prof. Hao Cheng‘s research group, met with legislative staffers from six offices of US Senators and Representatives, including Senators Patrick Toomey and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
See photos from the students’ trip to Washington below.
“Wearable Power,” a poster which depicts research in turning carbon materials into wearable energy storage devices, been recognized by the National Science Foundation as a First Place winner in its 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. In addition, the poster by Kristy Jost, Babak Anasori, and Dr. Majid Beidaghi (advised by Prof. Genevieve Dion and Prof. Yury Gogotsi) was also selected as the People’s Choice winner.
NMG PhD candidate Boris Dyatkin volunteered at the “Materials Voice” booth at the Fall Materials Research Society Meeting in Boston, encouraging attendees to write letters to their representatives in Washington emphasizing the importance of substantial federal funding for research. Boris has recounted his experience as a Materials Voice volunteer in the Winter 2014 issue of MRS Intersections.
Click here to read Boris’s Intersections article on the MRS website.
Last year, Nanomaterials Group PhD candidate Kristy Jost was named a Graduate Student Award winner for the 2013 Lindau Meeting, giving her the opportunity to attend the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany in June. The 2013 meeting was focused on Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields. Jost works on developing “smart” and electronic textiles by combining high-tech fashion design techniques with advanced materials and nanotechnology, focusing primarily on integrated textile energy storage.
Jost attended the meeting and met with a number of Laureates (see photo below of her with 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate Dan Shechtman).
See the original NMG news post about Jost’s award here, or read her interview with journalist Gianna Grün here.
The Nanomaterials Group’s Katie Van Aken won the first ACS Publications “Nano” T-shirt design contest. Katie’s design will now become the official inspiration for a new ACS Publications “Nano” t-shirt. For more information about the contest and a photo of Katie’s winning design, see the ACS post here.
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.
“Development of a Green Supercapacitor Composed Entirely of Environmentally Friendly Materials,” by Nanomaterials Group members Boris Dyatkin, Maria Lukatskaya, Majid Beidaghi and Min Heon, along with NMG alum Volker Presser, is featured on the back cover of the ChemSusChem December issue. The back cover image, designed by fellow NMG member Kristy Jost, shows the structure and system integration possibilities of an electrical double layer capacitor composed entirely of environmentally friendly materials. See the image here.
The research team led by Professor Gogotsi found green alternatives for each key component of a supercapacitor. By using such accessible materials as cellulose acetate, graphite foil, and polyvinyl alcohol to design a complete nontoxic system, the resulting energy storage device operates at high levels and can be safely disposed or incinerated after use.
Dyatkin B., Presser V., Heon M., Lukatskaya M.R., Beidaghi M., Gogotsi Y, Development of a Green Supercapacitor Composed Entirely of Environmentally Friendly Materials, ChemSusChem. (2013): DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300852
“Wearable Power,” by Kristy Jost, Babak Anasori, and Majid Beidaghi, has been selected as a finalist in its category in the National Science Foundation Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The entry is also eligible for the People’s Choice award – click here to vote.
The poster describes a collaborative research project that seeks to develop wearable energy storage to power future generations of electronic clothing. By combining expertise in Materials Science and Engineering (from Dr. Yury Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Group) with cutting edge Fashion Design techniques (from Professor Genevieve Dion of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory), energy storing yarns can be developed in the nanomaterials laboratory and then transformed into fabrics in a state-of-the-art 3D computerized knitting facility.
K. Jost, D. Stenger, C. R. Perez, J. K. McDonough, K. Lian, Y. Gogotsi, G. Dion, Knitted and screen printed carbon fiber EDLCs for applications in wearable electronics, Energy and Environmental Science, 6 (9), 2698 – 2705 (2013)
N. A. Vacirca, J. K. McDonough, K. Jost, Y. Gogotsi, T. P. Kurzweg, Onion-like Carbon and Carbon Nanotube Film Antennas, Applied Physics Letters, 103 (7), 073301 (2013)
K. Jost, C. R. Perez, J. McDonough, V. Presser, M. Heon, G. Dion, Y. Gogotsi, Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage, Energy and Environmental Science, 4, 5060-5067 (2011)
Dr. Gogotsi, along with Drexel MSE Assistant Professor Dr. Ekaterina Pomerantseva and Dr. Eugene Goodilin of Moscow State, will be organizing a symposium on “Formation, Shaping and Self-assembly of Inorganic Nanoparticles; Carbon Nanomaterials” at the XII International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (“Nano 2014”) in July.
This section includes all kinds of carbon nanomaterials, formation mechanisms of inorganic nanoparticles, surface chemistry and stabilization, new physical and chemical preparation routes, shaping and self-assembly of nanoparticles of a different nature.