Summer 2018

2018/2019 GSR Award Winners

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 19 June 2018

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 PQI Graduate Student Research Award Winners!

Ms. Azarin Zarassi  (Frolov Lab, Physics), Ms. Arailym Kairalapova (Jordan Group, Chemistry), Ms. Shreya Ghosh (SaxenaGroup, Chemistry), Mr. Shouvik Mukherjee (Snoke Group, Physics), Mr. Chenxu Liu (Pekker and Dutt Lab, Physics), and Mr. Minh Nguyen Vo (Johnson Group, Chemical Engineering) each won one term of graduate funding for the year 2018/2019.

Mukund Bapna Receives Graduate Student Research Award

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 19 June 2018

Mukund Bapna received the 2018 Guy C. Berry Graduate Student Research Award. He was presented with the prize at the Mellon College of Science Graduate Student Town Hall in April.

He was working under the supervision of Sara Majetich on magnetic tunnel junction nanopillars, nanostructures. 

Bapna received his Ph.D. in May and is now heading off to Portland, Oregon, to work for the research and development team at Intel.

There he will be developing smart interconnects for nodes under 20 nanometers in size for next-generation processors.

Jill Millstone Selected as the Kavli Emerging Leader Speaker for 2019

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 19 June 2018

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture is awarded to an outstanding chemical scientist who is highly regarded by her or his peers for significant contributions to an area of chemistry or related multidisciplinary area of chemistry. 

Jill Millstone has been selected as the Kavli Emerging Leader Speaker for 2019. Her seminar will be on Monday, August 20 at the Boston ACS Meeting.


Topological Protection of Photonic Mid-Gap Defect Modes

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 12 June 2018

Kevin Chen and his colleagues have demonstrated in a proof-of-concept experiment that they can contain light in such a way that makes it highly insensitive to defects that might be present in a material.

"From the perspective of photonic engineers, this is a wonderful learning opportunity to see the connections between lightwave engineering at length scale of micrometers, and quantum mechanics that typically deals with electron waves at length scale 10,000 times smaller," noted Kevin P. Chen.

Venkat Viswanathan Received George Tallman Ladd Research Award

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 29 May 2018

The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University has named this year’s faculty award winners, selected by the College of Engineering Faculty Awards Committee. 

Venkat Viswanathan received George Tallman Ladd Research Award. 

This award is given to a faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential.

Temperature Memory Effect of Soft Magnetic Amorphous Ribbons

Masato Ohnuma
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

The microstructure of amorphous alloys attracted many researchers for more than 40 years. Several types of local structures, such as short and/or medium rage ordering have been proposed. Recent computer simulations have made the visible spatial distribution of free volume. However, since all these heterogeneities occur on a very small scale, their effect on the material properties is usually too small to be detected experimentally. However, it can be enhanced by heat treatment under an “external field”. One typical example is the formation of a creep induced magnetic anisotropy when a ferromagnetic amorphous ribbon is annealed under tensile stress. We found by X-ray diffraction and linear thermal expansion measurements (LTE) that this induced magnetic anisotropy originates in local strains frozen-in at room temperature after the annealing stress is released. Thus, a shrinking of the ribbons is observed during post annealing due to the releasing of the frozen-in elastic strain. Figure 1 shows temperature dependence of LTE coefficient, α. All curves show a minimum around the temperature used for the first creep heat treatments. This can be explained by a spatial distribution of the viscosity, η(T). When the alloy is heated to a certain temperature, some regions are still stiff and behave like solid (small η(T)) while the adjacent regions with larger η(T) deform easily. The difference of η(T) is enhanced by the difference in local glass transition temperature. The regions with larger η(T) “glue” the elastic strain in the regions with small η(T) and, hence, freeze it in. The temperature memory effects indicate that the distribution of η(T) does not change during the first annealing. Thus η(T) of the glue regions become large again and these regions start to deform again when the original annealing temperature is reached during post-annealing. Consequently, the elastic strain in the regions with small η(T) is released. The effects of annealing time and the size of heterogeneity will be discussed in this talk.

Prof. Lillian Chong has created the Creative Science Summer Writing Program for Undergraduates

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 5 December 2017

This past summer, Prof. Lillian Chong started a creative science writing program to help undergraduates develop skills for communicating science to non-scientists. The pilot group consisted of three highly motivated chemistry majors who pursued various types of creative writing, including poetry and narrative nonfiction. 

The development of effective writing skills in the sciences has become increasingly more important given the critical roles that science plays in society. To help undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh develop such highly valuable skills, the Creative Science Writing Summer Program is intended to foster undergraduate writing projects that are focused on communicating science in a compelling, accessible manner to non-scientists. This Program is available to undergraduates in the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Neuroscience, History & Philosophy of Science, and/or English. Each of six selected participants will be awarded a prize of $250 to pursue creative writing involving scientific journalism, poetry, and other works of nonfiction during the summer.