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Joint Publication with NNFC-KAIST

Our work with KAIST on MXene sensors (S. J. Kim, H.-J. Koh, C. E. Ren, O. Kwon, K. Maleski, S.-Y. Cho, B. Anasori, C.-K. Kim, Y.-K. Choi, J. Kim, Y. Gogotsi, H.-T. Jung, Metallic Ti3C2Tx MXene gas sensors with ultrahigh signal-to-noise ratio, ACS Nano, 2018) got nice coverage in C&EN:
Congratulations to Kathleen, Babak and our KAIST-NNFC collaborators!
New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables at CHF

New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables at CHF

Prof. Yury Gogotsi and Prof. M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, SUNY Binghamton presented “New Energy Storage Technologies for Enabling Renewables” at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. 
Many systems and devices we use every day, including our cell phones and laptops, require batteries. Electric cars, solar and wind farms, and off-grid homes need much larger batteries. And we expect smart clothes and the internet to change how we live and how we gather and consume information in the near future. They will all need to be powered, but by much smaller, more flexible, and longer-lasting energy storage devices. The speakers presented on the discovery of the lithium battery and the long journey from the Sony camcorder battery to the modern lithium-ion battery. They also explained what is coming after lithium-ion batteries. In particular, “batteries on steroids,” or electrochemical capacitors, that now power buses in many Chinese cities, open the doors of an Airbus 380 in an emergency, and harvest braking energy from SEPTA trains, will be discussed. Finally, future flexible, transparent, microscale, wearable, and other energy storage devices that are expected to become ubiquitous within the next decade will be discussed. View pictures from the event below.

DNI 2018 Calendar

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute wishes all of our students, alumni, collaborators, and peers a very happy holiday and all the best for 2018.

 

Please check out our 2018 calendar here.

Success at MS&T 2017

Success at MS&T 2017

At the MS&T Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, our group enjoyed many successes. Babak, Saleesha, and Pavel won the 1st place in the Ceramographic Competition for their MXene Lion image.  Babak also delivered an excellent invited talk on “2D Metal Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes) for Green Technologies.” Finally, undergraduate researcher Nick Trainor received the Lewis C. Hoffman Scholarship from the Electronics Division of ACerS.

 

Changbai Mountain Friendship Award

Changbai Mountain Friendship Award

Congratulations to Prof. Yury Gogotsi, who a received a Changbai Mountain Friendship Award from the vice-governor of Jilin Province at the National Day reception for foreign experts in Changchun, China.  See some photos from the ceremony below.

NMG Alumni at Jilin University

NMG Alumni at Jilin University

Two NMG Alumni are currently faculty at Jilin University in China.  Assoc. Prof. Yu (Alex) Gao and Asst. Prof.  Yohan Dall’Agnese are working on the China Nano initiative at Jilin in collaboration with Drexel University.  Congratulations to our alumni!

 

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers at Drexel University have developed a recipe that can turn electrolyte solution — a key component of most batteries — into a safeguard against the chemical process that leads to battery-related disasters.

Read the full article here.

Drexel researchers have reported that adding nanodiamonds to the electrolyte solution in lithium batteries can prevent the formation of dendrites, the tendril-like deposits of ions that can grow inside a battery over time and cause hazardous malfunctions. (Photo courtesy of Drexel University and Tsinghua University).
2nd Edition Nanomaterials Handbook

2nd Edition Nanomaterials Handbook

We are delighted to announce that the 2nd edition the Nanomaterials Handbook has been printed.  It’s focused on carbon nano materials, but contains chapters covering graphene and other subjects.
Several chapters were written by Drexel alumni Michael Naguib, Goknur Cambaz-Buke, Michael Schrlau, Volker Presser, Eric Laird, Gleb Yushin, Sebastian Osswald, and Bastian Etzold.
Thank you for our contributions to this book!
Order the new textbook here.

ACS Nano is Celebrating 10 Years of Publishing

ACS Nano is celebrating 10 years of publishing the best research in the nanoscience and nanomaterials field. Attached is our editorial. Click here to read the editorial.

The anniversary August 2017 issue of ACS Nano also features our work with Vivek Shenoy’s group on predicting magnetism in nitride MXenes – check the cover  (http://pubs.acs.org/toc/ancac3/current). Our article is accompanied by a Perspective titled “Computationally Driven Two-Dimensional Materials Design: What Is Next?”
View this and other publications on our Publications Page.