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 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

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: http://view6.workcast.net/register?cpak=7050272661291693

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 https://www.u-picardie.fr/come-to-the-upjv/mundus-mesc/ 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