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Di Xiao and Rongchao Jin named among world's most highly cited researchers

  • By Huiling Shao
  • 4 December 2018

Di Xiao and Rongchao Jin were listed among the most cited researchers. Jin’s research focuses on nanochemistry, and he is well-known for developing new methodologies to create gold nanoparticles with precise numbers of atoms. Xiao’s research looks at the properties of materials in relation to quantum mechanics and how these properties can be harnessed for applications in electronic and magnetic devices.


Tevis Jacobs discovered surface of "ultra-smooth" nanomaterial steeper than Austrian Alps

  • By Huiling Shao
  • 4 December 2018

Tevis Jacobs and his team measured an ultrananocrystalline diamond coating, prized for its hard yet smooth properties, and showed that it is far rougher than previously believed. Their findings could help researchers better predict how surface topography affects surface properties for materials used in diverse environments from microsurgery and engines to satellite housings or spacecraft.


Jeremy Levy named American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

  • By Ke Xu
  • 30 November 2018

American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) has appointed Jeremy Levy as member of its 2018 lifetime fellowship cohort. AAAS will recognize the award during its annual meeting on February 16, 2019. 

Levy’s research centers around the field of oxide nanoelectronics, quantum computation, quantum transport and nanoscale optics, semiconductor and oxide spintronics, and dynamical phenomena in oxide materials and films. 

Levy will join a list of distinguished scientists including inventor Thomas Edison, astronomer Maria Mitchell and computer scientist Grace Hopper.
 


Venkat Viswanathan and collaborators are developing powerful batteries that could power new eco-friendly planes

  • By Ke Xu
  • 27 November 2018

Venkat Viswanathan and his collaborator, MIT materials science professor Yet-Ming Chiang, are developing a new battery specifically designed for an advanced hybrid plane. Their work was recently featured in an article in Swarajya magazine and in MIT Technology Review. Rather than focusing their efforts on developing improved materials, the pair are working with magnetic forces to facilitate the improved movement of lithium ions within their batteries, accelerating electrical discharge. Their ultimate goal is to create a 12-seat plane that can fly more than 600 kilometers on a full charge.


Mostafa Bedewy and colleagues made a transparent flexible material of silk and nanotubes

  • By Ke Xu
  • 13 November 2018

Bedewy and colleagues discovered that silk combined with carbon nanotubes may lead to a new generation of biomedical devices and so-called transient, biodegradable electronics. They used microwave irradiation coupled with a solvent vapor treatment to provide a unique control mechanism for the protein structure and resulted in a flexible and transparent film comparable to synthetic polymers but one that could be both more sustainable and degradable. These regenerated silk fibroins and carbon nanotube films have potential for use in flexible electronics, biomedical devices and transient electronics such as sensors that would be used for a desired period inside the body ranging from hours to weeks, and then naturally dissolve. 

Their work was featured on the Oct. 26 cover of the American Chemistry Society journal Applied Nano Materials.


Joint Faculty and Research Scientist Position in Theoretical/Computational Quantum Condensed Matter and Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

  • By Ke Xu
  • 1 November 2018

The Department of Physics at New York University, jointly with the Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for a position in the general area of theoretical/computational quantum condensed matter and atomic molecular and optical physics. The position is a 50-50 joint appointment between New York University and CCQ, with the appointee spending half of her or his effort in each place. At NYU the opening is at the tenure track Assistant Professor level and, at CCQ, it is at the Associate Research Scientist level.


Susan Fullerton receives award from AAAS for making extraordinary contributions in the field of Chemical Science

  • By Ke Xu
  • 30 October 2018

Susan Fullerton receives 2019 Marion Milligan Mason Award from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Susan is one of only five recipients nationwide recognized for “extraordinary contributions through their research programs and demonstrate a commitment to move their fields forward.”

First awarded in 2015, the award was made possible by the Marion Milligan Mason Fund, who provides grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. In addition to research funding, the program provides leadership development and mentoring opportunities. 


The next technology talent shortage predicted to be in the area of Quantum Computing

  • By Ke Xu
  • 24 October 2018

The New York Times featured a story that predict the next tech talent shortage to be in the area of Quantum Computing. A growing concern among American businesses and universities is that unless policies and priorities change, they will have trouble attracting the talent needed to build quantum technology. Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invited experts from government, industry and academia to Washington for a daylong policy meeting dedicated to quantum technologies. Several attendees expressed concern that the current administration’s immigration policies could affect quantum research in academia and corporations.


Randall Feenstra receives 2019 Davisson-Germer Prize for pioneering developments of spectroscopic scanning tunneling microscopy

  • By Ke Xu
  • 23 October 2018

Randall Feenstra receives 2019 Davisson-Germer Prize, which recognizes outstanding work in atomic physics or surface physics. Randy was awarded for pioneering developments of the techniques and concepts of spectroscopic scanning tunneling microscopy. The prize consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients. This Prize was established in 1965 by AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies) and with additional support from the Chope Family Trust.
 


Science2018 Poster Award Winners

  • By Ke Xu
  • 20 October 2018

Congratulations to the Science2018 Poster Award Winners!

Yasemin Basdogan (Keith group, Pitt Chemical and Petroleum Engineering), Xi Cao (Hatridge Group, Pitt Physics), Tejal Sawant (McKone Group, Pitt Chemical and Petroleum Engineering), Dengyu Yang (Levy Group, Pitt Physics), Amanda Dumi (Jordan Group, Pitt Chemistry), Matthew Grasinger (Dayal Group, CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering) won the poster awards ($1,000 travel award plus Echo Dot or Google Home mini).

Scott Crawford (Millstone Group, Pitt Chemistry), Lu Chen (Levy Group, Pitt Physics), Xing Yee Gan (Millstone group, Pitt Chemistry), Jierui Liang (Fullerton group, Pitt Chmemical and Petroleum Engineering) won the veteran awards (choice of Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home mini).

PQI undergraduate students Phillip Shenk (Levy group, Pitt Physics) won the best undergraduate award (choice of Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home mini).

Also, special thanks to the poster judges for participating in this event. 

 

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