Congratulations to Maria Lukatskaya, who has been selected as one of MRS Graduate Student Award finalists. Maria will be competing with students from the best universities in the world for a Gold Award at the Spring 2015 MRS meeting in San Francisco.
Earlier this year, PhD student and Nanomaterials Group Member Katie Van Aken won ACS Publications’ nano t-shirt design contest. Katie’s winning design has now been adapted and t-shirts have been distributed — see members of the Nanomaterials Group showing them off below.
Read more about Wearable Power and the visualization challenge on the Drexel COE website.
For more news coverage:
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).
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.
“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.
Awards for visualization work are not new to Jost and Anasori. Jost was previously honored with Judges’, Community, and Public Choice Awards for her video Energy Textiles: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Integrated Electronics in “Smart” Garments in the 2012 NSF IGERT competition, and Anasori is a perpetual award-winner with his SEM images of two-dimensional materials (see “NMG Wins 5th Roland Snow Award” for his most recent win). Jost’s work was also recently featured in the Fall issue of Drexel Magazine (Hot Couture).
- 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)
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.
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!
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 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 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 https://www.u-picardie.fr/come-to-the-upjv/mundus-mesc/ or contact Michelle Sipics.
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
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
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.