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Michael Naguib and Yury Gogotsi with the winning image, "The Carbon-Anatase Dog"

NMG Wins 5th Roland Snow Award

For the fifth time in the last decade, a Nanomaterials Group submission has won the Roland B. Snow Award at the annual American Ceramic Society meeting.

Michael Naguib and Yury Gogotsi with the winning image, "The Carbon-Anatase Dog"
Michael Naguib and Yury Gogotsi with the winning image, “The Carbon-Anatase Dog”

The Snow award is presented to the Best of Show winner of the Ceramographic Exhibit & Competition, an annual poster exhibit to promote the use of microscopy and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials. The competition is held during the ACerS Annual Meeting, with the winning poster published in an issue of the society’s Bulletin. This year’s winning submission, “The Carbon-Anatase Dog,” was created by Babak Anasori and Michael Naguib. Anasori also won the Snow award in 2012 for the submission “Green MXene Turtle.”

Congratulations to Babak and Michael!

Vadym Mochalin’s International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials Talk Available Via Webcast

Vadym Mochalin
Vadym Mochalin

NMG Research Professor Vadym Mochalin’s talk from the 2013 International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials will be made available via webcast on October 21.

Dr. Mochalin’s talk, “Nanodiamond for biomedical applications and advanced composites,” will be available for free viewing via Elsevier Global Conferences. Registration is required:

Michael Naguib to Host NOVA “Innovation Café”

Michael Naguib to Host NOVA “Innovation Café”

Innovation CaféNanomaterials Group member Michael Naguib will host a NOVA Making Stuff: Faster “Innovation Café” on Wednesday, October 2 at World Café Live.

Charging Your Phone in Two Minutes or Less:  Unlocking the Potential of the Two-Dimensional World

A NOVA Making Stuff: Faster “Innovation Café”

Michael Naguib
Drexel University Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6 PM
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

The form and structure of atomically thin two-dimensional materials are significantly different from their three-dimensional counterparts, causing two-dimensional materials to behave in unique and unfamiliar ways that have the potential to push the limits of technology and materials science. This talk will present the world of two-dimensional materials, looking specifically at a large new family of 2-D transition metal carbides and carbonitrides, called “MXenes,” recently discovered by Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and several new possible avenues for practical applications of MXenes, including faster battery charging.

This café is presented as part of the University of Pennsylvania Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter Science Café series in conjunction with NOVA’s new season of Making Stuff: Colder, Faster, Safer & Wilder scheduled for broadcast on local PBS stations October 16, 23, 30 and November 6th.

The program is free and open to the public. Tickets/reservations are not required.

Nanomaterials Group Congratulations MESC-8 Graduates

Nanomaterials Group Congratulations MESC-8 Graduates

Drexel University was well represented at the graduation of the 8th Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC) class in Amiens, France.

The Erasmus Mundus (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.

The MESC-8 Drexel team. Left to right: Ivan Garcia Torregrosa, Muhammad Boota, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Christopher Sole, Immanuel Mayrhuber
The MESC-8 Drexel team. Left to right: Ivan Garcia Torregrosa, Muhammad Boota, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Christopher Sole, Immanuel Mayrhuber

The MESC 8 class sent four students to Drexel from January through August of 2013: Christopher Sole, Muhammad Boota, Ivan Garcia Torregrosa, and Immanuel Mayrhuber. The students worked with five different Drexel faculty throughout their time here: Drs. Yury Gogotsi, Michel Barsoum, Caglan Kumbur, Vibha Kalra, and Jason Baxter. In September they returned to Amiens to defend their theses, and Dr. Gogotsi was present for the defense and graduation ceremony. All four students successfully defended; Ivan was awarded the prize for best presentation, and placed third in the MESC-8 class. Christopher placed first.

The MESC-8 Graduating Class.
The MESC-8 Graduating Class.

The Nanomaterials Group was delighted to host these students for their thesis research and looks forward to welcoming students from MESC-9 in 2014. In addition, we encourage Drexel students to consider applying to the MESC program for their graduate studies. For more information, visit or contact Michelle Sipics.

Dr. Gogotsi and Christopher Sole with his poster.
Dr. Gogotsi and Christopher Sole with his poster.
Dr. Gogotsi, Muhammad Boota, and NMG collaborator Dr. Patrice Simon with Muhammad's poster.
Dr. Gogotsi, Muhammad Boota, and NMG collaborator Dr. Patrice Simon with Muhammad’s poster.


Multiple openings posted: PhD students, postdocs, research professor

The A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute is seeking a number of PhD students and post-doctoral associates, as well as one research professor, to work with the Nanomaterials Group on a major international research project in electrochemical capacitors and batteries. This project is related to fundamental understanding of charge storage in nanostructured materials and development of new materials and device architectures that will ultimately lead to a new generation of electrical energy storage devices.

For more information on each of the open positions, please see the links below.

  • Multiple Post-Doctoral Research Associate Positions [Note: all openings currently filled]
  • Multiple PhD Student Openings [Note: all openings filled as of October 1, 2013]
  • Research Professor Position [Note: opening currently filled]
NMG Members Win Numerous Awards in 2012-2013 School Year

NMG Members Win Numerous Awards in 2012-2013 School Year

Nanomaterials Group members collected an impressive number of awards throughout the 2012-2013 school year. The following is an incomplete list documenting some of these achievements.

American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award
For “most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature during the calendar year.”

  • Michael Naguib Abdelmalak, Volker Presser, Yury Gogotsi, Michel Barsoum, Olha Mashtalir, Joshua Carle, Jun Lu, Lars Hultman for “Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides” published in ACS Nano, Vol 6, No. 2, 1322-1331, 2012
Ross Coffin Purdy Award Winners
President of the American Ceramic Society Richard Brow (left) with Ross Coffin Purdy Award Winners (left to right) Dr. Michel Barsoum; Dr. Yury Gogotsi; Olha Mashtalir; Michael Naguib

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Kelsey Hatzell and Amanda Pentecost

Materials Research Society Awards

  • MRS Fall Meeting Graduate Student Silver Award: Kristy Jost & Riju Singhal
  • MRS Fall Meeting Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award: Kristy Jost

Drexel Outstanding Dissertation Award

  • Riju Singhal

2013 Student Life Awards

  • Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Seniors: Travis Longenbach

2013 Doctoral Research Excellence Awards

  • Highly Commended: John “Jake” McDonough

Longenbach, Singhal, and McDonough Receive 2013 University Awards

Nanomaterials Group members Travis Longenbach, Riju Singhal (alum), and Jake McDonough all received University awards at the close of the 2013 academic year.

Longenbach received the Student Life Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Seniors, presented to seniors in engineering who are proficient in their studies and have participated in extracurricular activities. He was among the students selected to represent Drexel University in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

Singhal, who successfully defended his thesis in January, was selected to receive an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in the area of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. Three awards are presented at Commencement to graduating doctoral students who have written outstanding dissertations that reflect great research. The awards include a cash prize of $1000 and a certificate of recognition.

McDonough received the “Highly Commended” designation in the Graduate Student Day 2013 Doctoral Research Excellence Award competition, and was recognized for his research contributions at the Graduate Student Day reception on May 23.

Overall, eight students from the Materials Science & Engineering department were honored with University awards. Click here to read more on the MSE website.

NMG Paper Selected as Energy & Environmental Science “Hot Article”

“Carbon coated textiles for flexible energy storage” is currently listed as #1 among research papers in the Energy & Environmental Science “Hot Articles” category. The paper, which describes a flexible and lightweight fabric supercapacitor electrode as a possible energy source in smart garments, is available for free via the journal’s website:

Mochalin Joins Scientific Reports Editorial Board

Vadym Mochalin
Dr. Vadym Mochalin, a Research Associate Professor with the Nanomaterials Group, has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board for the prestigious Scientific Reports.

Scientific Reports was launched in mid 2011 by the Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature. It is hosted on and available to the public, publishing original research papers of interest to specialists within a given field in the natural sciences. Mochalin will serve an initial two-year term as a member of the editorial board.

Mochalin leads nanodiamond research for the Nanomaterials Group, and is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and 8 international patents on nanodiamond, carbon nanoonions, graphene nanoscrolls, nanotubes, energy storage systems, composites, photocatalysis, modeling of materials, and thermodynamics of solutions.