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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. 


Conference: Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals 2018

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 26 January 2018

Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals 2018” is an international conference that will be held from 30 April to 4 May 2018 in Bangalore (India), hosted by the Raman Research Institute.
The Conference will involve both experimental and theoretical aspects concerning recent advances in fundamental quantum mechanical issues like quantum superposition, quantum entanglement, testing quantum mechanics in the macroscopic regime, wave particle duality, nonlocality, contextuality, generalized quantum measurements and quantum information tasks in systems such as photons, electrons, neutrons, ions, and molecules.


Request for Information: Impacts From and to Quantum Information Science in High Energy Physics

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

The Department of Energy is seeking input on how quantum information science could address the needs of high-energy physicists and vice versa. DOE would like specific information on “organizational and assessment considerations.” Submissions are due by February 12, 2018.

Interested persons may submit comments by email only. Comments must be sent to QISandHEP-RFI@science.doe.gov with the subject line “Quantum Information Science and HEP RFI”. Any attachments must be in one of the following formats: ASCII; Word; RTF; or PDF.

Deadline: February 12, 2018.


Susan Fullerton and colleagues are one of five winners of international circular materials challenge

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

Each year more than eight million tons of plastics pollute the ocean, forming mammoth, so-called “garbage patches” via strong currents. Even with new collection methods, only 0.5 percent out of that volume is currently removed from the seas. One solution to this growing crisis is to prevent plastic from becoming waste, to begin with – and Susan Fullerton and colleagues are one of five international teams awarded for their novel solutions to this problem. The group was one of two winners in Category 1: “Make unrecyclable packaging recyclable,” and proposes using nano-engineering to create a recyclable material that can replace complex multi-layered packaging – mimicking the way nature uses just a few molecular building blocks to create a huge variety of materials.

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