NMG News

17th annual  C. F. “Chuck” Burns Graduate Student Poster Contest

Congratulations to Asia and Tyler on their poster awards at the 17th annual  C. F. “Chuck” Burns Graduate Student Poster Contest of the Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International last Thursday night.
Tyler’s poster title is “Thickness independent capacitance in vertically aligned transition metal carbides” (3rd place). Co-authors: Yu Xia, Mengqiang Zhao, Babak Anasori, Alei Dang, Zehang Zhou, Hyesung Cho, Randall Kamien, and Shu Yang.

Asia’s poster title is “2D titanium carbide (MXene) dipole antennas and RFID tag” (1st place). Co-authors: Alessia Polemi, Mohamed Alhabeb, L. (Joe) Yuqiao, Kapil Dandekar, and Babak Anasori.
Congratulations to all co-authors who helped in this award-winning research!
Congratulations to Dr. Meikang Han

Congratulations to Dr. Meikang Han

Congratulations to visiting researcher, Meikang Han, who has successfully defended his PhD thesis in at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an, China. We expect him to come back in a few weeks as a post-doctoral researcher.

Below is a picture of Meikang with his doctoral advisor, Prof. Yin (4th from the left).

Tis Lahiri Seminar and Visit to Vanderbilt

Tis Lahiri Seminar and Visit to Vanderbilt

Prof. Yury Gogotsi presented the Tis Lahiri Memorial seminar at Vanderbilt University on April 9, 2018. Past lectures have been given by members of national academies and top researchers in ChemE and MSE fields, such as Nicholas Peppas, Karen Gleason, and Kristi Anseth among others.  This lecture attracts broadly from a number of departments at Vanderbilt.

Prof. Gogotsi also had the opportunity to see DNI alumna, Dr. Kelsey Hazell and her team of PhD students!  Her group produced 3 papers in her first year at Vanderbilt.  Just yesterday, Kelsey won another NSF grant, so her group will keep growing.


Kathleen Wins a Koerner Family Fellowship

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate, Kathleen Maleski, who has been awarded a prestigious Koerner Family Fellowship.  Sponsored by Robert M. and Paula W. Koerner (along with their children), the Koerner Family Fellowships are awarded to one graduate student per year in each department of the College of Engineering. Students that receive this award are recognized for their dedication to their doctoral studies and meet with their peers and donor during the academic year.  This is a great recognition of Kathleen’s outstanding work!

Selective Etching of Silicon from Ti3SiC2 (MAX) Produces 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene)

Congratulations to Mohamed, Kathleen, Tyler, Asia, Christine, Simge and Ariana on publication of their paper that describes synthesis of Ti3C2 MXene by etching Ti3SiC2.  This was the first MAX phase we attempted to etch about 7 years ago, but didn’t initially succeed. Finally, Mohamed accomplished the task using the oxidation/etching technique that my student Goknur Cambaz previously applied to selective etching of SiC whiskers. He further developed and optimized it showing that a large variety of oxidants can be used. Now, we know that not only aluminum can be etched away from MAX phases to produce MXenes. Congratulation on this accomplishment!
M. Alhabeb, K. Maleski, T. S. Mathis, A. Sarycheva, C. B. Hatter, S. Uzun, A. Levitt, Y. Gogotsi, Selective Etching of Silicon from Ti3SiC2 (MAX) Produces 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene), Angewandte Chemie, Int. Ed., (2018)
Congratulations to Amanda

Congratulations to Amanda

Congratulations to BS/PhD student, Amanda Pentecost, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, titled “Nanodiamond-based drag delivery system for the modulation of macrophage behavior”. Amanda is co-advised by Prof. Yury Gogotsi (MSE) and Prof. Kara Spiller (BMES).

Amanda started her career at Drexel as a BS/PhD student. She joined our group as a STAR student after less than a year at Drexel and continued all the way to her PhD degree, earning MS in Biomedical engineering, doing co-op in China and spending a year in Korea on her way to PhD.  She won several fellowships on her way to degree completion (NSF GRFP, Whitraker and Boren).



On February 26, 2018, the Drexel University Libraries and the Office of the Provost hosted the sixth annual Celebrating Drexel Authors Event. This year, the event honored a total of 77 Drexel authors with publications in 2017. All 5 individuals honored from the College of Engineering who were recognized for publishing Highly Cited (Web of Science) papers in 2017 were from our MSE department.  Read the full story here.

Congratulations to all of the authors!


Additional Coverage for Our MXene Sensors Paper

Our MXene sensors paper appeared as the cover article in the February 2018 issue of ACS Nano. This paper was selected as Editors’ Choice (less than 1% of articles published by ACS get this honor) and published as an Open Access article.
This article has already received a lot of coverage online, thanks to a press release from Drexel: