Engineering of spin canting across core/shell Fe3O4/MnxFe3−xO4 nanoparticle

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 27 February 2018

In the recently published paper in Scientific Reports, Sara A. Majetich and their colleagues have demonstrated the engineering of spin canting across a Magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) via the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). In this paper, they have shown that strong DMI can lead to magnetic frustration within the shell and cause canting of the net particle moment. These results have illuminated how core/shell nanoparticle systems can be engineered for spin canting across the whole of the particle, rather than solely at the surface.


My Summer Exchange Program at The University of Pittsburgh (PITT) - 2017

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 23 February 2018

Everyear PQI  bring together the undergraduate interns, the incoming graduate class, as well as other USTC alumni who have been in Pittsburgh for few years or more at the UCTS Day Event. Last summer one of the attendees of this event was Hua Jiannan. In this article he shared his experiences at University of Pittsburgh.

Yale Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Yale Quantum Institute invites applicants for the YQI postdoctoral fellowships. These Fellowships will support research in the field of quantum science for recent Ph.D. recipients in the group of any of the YQI faculty members. Candidates should have demonstrated excellent research ability in their prior work and exceptional promise for future leadership in their field of interest. Each candidate should indicate clearly which research group (or in special cases, groups) they intend to work with.

The Yale Quantum Institute (YQI), founded in 2014, serves as a forum to bring together experimental and theoretical researchers at Yale in the field of quantum information physics, quantum optics and nanophotonics, optomechanics, mesoscopic physics, quantum control, quantum measurement, and quantum many-body physics. It provides a synergistic and collaborative setting for Yale’s cutting edge research in these fields.

Venkat Viswanathan Sloan Research Fellows of 2018

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Venkat Viswanathan is one the winners of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships. 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation rewards 126 early-career scholars who represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Sloan Foundation describes their achievements and potential as among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. 

Congratulations Venkat Viswanathan!

Building Smarter Windows

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Paul Leu and his student Sajad Haghanifar, a PhD candidate, developed a new type of glass 1,000 times thinner than a human hair which could potentially used as solar panels for smart windows.

While the solar energy industry is expanding — at an average annual rate of 68 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association — solar panels and solar cells still have an efficiency issue.

Paul Leu said, " Any light that is not being absorbed by your solar cell is decreasing the efficiency of your solar panel," and added “Anything you can do to increase your efficiency is good.”

Leu said that the new glass they developed has advantagous of scattering light energy at different angles, giving the light that does bounce off a better chance to be trapped and converted into useable energy

He added, “With these nanostructures, you can get the reflection rate close to zero.” 

Electron Transfer without Overcoming a Barrier

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 14 February 2018

In the recently accepted paper in Physical Review Letter, Hrvoje Petek and his colleagues investigate the coherent electron transfer from an interface state that forms upon chemisorption of Ag nanoclusters onto graphite to a σ symmetry interlayer band of graphite. Interfacial charge transfer is a fundamental process in heterogeneous and plasmonically enhanced catalysis.

Jill E. Millstone is a recipient of the 2018 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 14 February 2018

Jill E. Millstone has been selected to receive a 2018 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award in the Junior Scholar category. Jill is recognized for her pioneering contributions in the area of synthesis and physical characterization of nanostructures, the quality of her scientific publications, the early recognition she has received from external organizations (which includes an Associate Editor position at ACS Nano) and for being an effective mentor to her graduate and post-doctoral trainees.

Congratulations Jill Millstone!

Air Force 2030 Initiative

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 14 February 2018

On behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began a review of the US Air Force science and technology strategy to maintain its technological advantage and meet the national security challenges of 2030 and beyond. To support this effort, AFOSR, the basic research directorate of AFRL, is reaching out to its community across the US to capture a diversity of ideas.

Submit your idea here!

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 9 February 2018

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated each year on 11 February, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened. The celebration is led by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration with institutions and civil society partners that promote women and girls' access to and participation in science.

Geoff Hutchison wins 2018 Tina and David Bellet Excellence Award

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 7 February 2018

Geoff Hutchison is the 2018 Tina and David Bellet Excellence Awardee. The award recognizes his effectiveness and his innovations in teaching. Among many innovations Hutchinson developed Avagadro molecular editor; with that software, he designed projects hat allow Physical Chemistry students to perform quantum mechanical calculations to visualize results/concepts.