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NMG Members Advocate for STEM Funding

NMG Members Advocate for STEM Funding

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.

Left to Right: Pelin Kansu Lemons, Boris Dyatkin, Jeremy Baker (staffer for Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA), Alex McBride, Sean Orzolek, Kelsey Hatzell
Left to right: Pelin Kansu Lemons, Boris Dyatkin, Jeremy Baker (staffer for Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA), Alex McBride, Sean Orzolek, Kelsey Hatzell
Left to right: Sean Orzolek, Alex McBride, Boris Dyatkin, John Richter (staffer for Senator Bob Casey, D-PA)
Left to right: Sean Orzolek, Alex McBride, Boris Dyatkin, John Richter (staffer for Senator Bob Casey, D-PA)

 

NMG Members Win NSF Visualization Challenge

NMG Members Win NSF Visualization Challenge

Wearable Power
“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.

Read more about Wearable Power and the visualization challenge on the Drexel COE website.

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Dyatkin (left) with Liang Tian at the Materials Voice Booth

Dyatkin Outlines “Materials Voice” Efforts in MRS Intersections

Dyatkin (left) with Liang Tian at the Materials Voice Booth
Dyatkin (left) with Liang Tian at the Materials Voice Booth

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.

Catching Up: 2013 Lindau Meeting

Catching Up: 2013 Lindau Meeting

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.

Kristy Jost with 2011 Chemistry Laureate Dan Shechtman
Kristy Jost with 2011 Chemistry Laureate Dan Shechtman

Van Aken Wins ACS “Nano” Design Contest

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.

 

 

NMG Members at MRS Meeting

NMG Members will be presenting at a number of lectures and sessions at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston (http://www.mrs.org/fall2013/). See the list below:

Monday

  • 8:00-8:30am: CC 101, Synthesis and Energy Storage Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials. Dunn, Hynes, Level 3, Ballroom C.
  • 8:00-11: Poster FF 322, Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Dynamics in Porous Architectures of Supercapacitor Electrodes Determined via In situ Infrared Spectroelectrochemistry. Dyatkin, Gogotsi, Hynes, Level 3, Room 310.
  • 8:00-11: Poster FF 318, In-Situ Investigation of Oxidation Behavior of Ti3C2 for Energy Storage Applications. Hessam, Gogotsi, Taheri, Hynes, Level 3, Room 310.
  • 4:30-5 [Invited Talk]: TT2.11* Fast Ion Transport in Two-Dimensional Early Transition Metal Carbides: Applications to Batteries and Electrochemical Capacitors. Gogotsi, Hynes, Level 3, Room 310.

Tuesday

  • 8:00-11: Poster DD 8.15, CO2 oxidation of Nb2C. Zhang, Gogotsi et al. Hynes, Level 3, Room 310.

Wednesday

  • 10:15-10:30am: CC 707, Two-Dimensional Early Transition Metal Carbides (MXenes) as Electrode Materials in Lithium Ion Batteries. Gogotsi for Naguib, Hynes, Level 3, Ballroom C.
  • 11:45-12: FF 611, Novel in situ Infrared Spectroelectrochemistry Technique for Analyzing Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Dynamics at Interfaces of Carbon Supercapacitor Electrodes. Dyatkin, Gogotsi, Hynes, Level 3, Room 310.

Additional papers co-authored by Gogotsi:    FF5.09, RR15.29

 Anasori Wins “Materials Today” Cover Competition

Anasori Wins “Materials Today” Cover Competition

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.

Colorized SEM image shows Nb2O5 layers coated on graphene aerogel. The graphene/Nb2O5 structure was formed in a one-step hydrothermal process. This freestanding and mechanically robust composite is used as a three-dimensional (3D) supercapacitor electrode, taking advantage of high conductivity of the graphene aerogel network and pseudocapacitive behavior of Nb2O5, which leads to a high energy density. Materials Today 2013 Cover Competition Winner. Synthesis: M. Beidaghi; SEM and Coloring: B. Anasori
Colorized SEM image shows Nb2O5 layers coated on graphene aerogel. The graphene/Nb2O5 structure was formed in a one-step hydrothermal process. This freestanding and mechanically robust composite is used as a three-dimensional (3D) supercapacitor electrode, taking advantage of high conductivity of the graphene aerogel network and pseudocapacitive behavior of Nb2O5, which leads to a high energy density. Materials Today 2013 Cover Competition Winner. Synthesis: M. Beidaghi; SEM and Coloring: B. Anasori

“Green Supercapacitor” Paper Featured by ChemSusChem

“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

NMG Entry is Finalist in NSF Visualization Challenge

NMG Entry is Finalist in NSF Visualization Challenge

“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.

Image credit: Kristy Jost, Babak Anasori, Majid Beidaghi, Genevieve Dion, Yury Gogotsi (A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, The Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, Drexel University)
Image credit: Kristy Jost, Babak Anasori, Majid Beidaghi, Genevieve Dion, Yury Gogotsi (A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, The Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, Drexel University)

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.

Vote for "Wearable Power" in the People's Choice category here: https://nsf-scivis.skild.com/skild2/nsf2013/viewEntryDetail.action?pid=48996#
Vote for “Wearable Power” in the People’s Choice category: click here

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).

Vote for “Wearable Power” in the People’s Choice category today!

Related publications:

  • 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)

Nano 2014 Symposium Information

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.

For more information, see: http://www.nano2014.org/section01.html