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2005

  • December

    Highlighted Articles

    • Breger Microscopy Image to Appear in Photography Exhibition

      December 30 2005

      An image by Director of Microscopy Dee Breger has been accepted to a juried photography exhibition at the Muse Gallery and Foundation for the Visual Arts in Philadelphia. The image is of a pyramid sample from the research work of Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor Dr. Michel Barsoum. The images for the exhibition were chosen by Stephen Perloff, editor for The Photo Review and were chosen from among 65 submissions from the United States and England.

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    • Ph.D. Student Zarife Goknur Cambaz Wins Scholarship

      December 14 2005

      Ph.D. student Zarife Goknur Cambaz (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) is the recipient of a 2006 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) in the amount of $2,250. The ICCD "is a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to collecting, editing, publishing, and distributing powder diffraction data for the identification of crystalline materials. The membership of the ICDD consists of worldwide representation from academe, government, and industry." More information on the ICDD can be found at ICDD

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  • November

    Highlighted Articles

    • Ph.D. Student Finalist in Journal Cover Competition

      November 29 2005

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisors: Surya Kalidindi and Nina Orlovskaya) was selected as one of 12 finalists in the worldwide Materials Today cover competition. According to their website, "Materials Today is the international magazine for all researchers with an interest in materials science and technology." The winner and the finalists can be viewed at: Materials Today

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    • Kishore Tenneti Wins Best Poster Award

      November 17 2005

      Ph.D. student Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Dr. Christopher Li) won the best poster award in the November 16, 2005 annual meeting of The Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley. Kishore received $100 for his award and was the sole winner among eight posters from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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    • Marcolongo, et. al. Receive Grant from NFL Charities

      November 16 2005

      Dr. Michele Marcolongo (PI), associate professor of materials science and engineering, and her collaborators have received a one-year $125,000 grant from the National Football League (NFL) Charities. The grant, entitled, “MR Imaging Diagnostics for Disc Degeneration from Lower Back Pain,” grew out of the Spine Research Society, formed in May 2005. Co-investigators on the grant include Dr. Dawn Elliott, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Ravi Reddy, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Mak Risbud, Thomas Jefferson University; Dr. Tom Schaer, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Irving Shapiro, Thomas Jefferson University; and Dr. Edward Vresilovic, Drexel University.

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    • Gogotsi Interviewed about Technology Transfer at Drexel University

      November 15 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute was interviewed by Nanotechnology Now about technology transfer at Drexel University. Nanotechnology Now is an online forum dedicated to all news nanotechnology and can be found at: Nanotechnology Now

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    • Drexel’s Nanotechnology Work Featured on ABC’s Prime Time Weekend

      November 07 2005

      Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering's work in nanotechnology, nanofibers, and spider silk was the focus of ABC's Prime Time Weekend segment on nanotechnology, which aired on ABC 6 on Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 PM. The program featured interviews with professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A.J. Nanotechnology Institute Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering Dr. Frank Ko, and Ph.D. students Donia El-Khamy and Jennifer Atchison. The program also spoke about the department's outreach activities used to educate high school students about nanotechnology.

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    • Fontecchio, Schauer, et. al. Receive NSF-NUE

      November 04 2005

      Materials science and engineering affiliated faculty member and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Dr. Adam Fontecchio (PI), Roy A. Brothers Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Eli Fromm, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Dr. John Dinardo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering Dr. Elisabeth Papazoglou, and materials science and engineering assistant professor Dr. Caroline Schauer received $800,000 from NSF for a Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) grant entitled, “Nano-Enlightenment.”

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    • Breger to Participate in Art/Science Auction

      November 01 2005

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will have a gallery-quality giclee print of one of her images of a penguin feather auctioned off as part of "Art IntersectScience: A Benefit Event Celebrating Art and Science." The auction will be held at Lucid Gallery in San Francisco, CA on November 10, 2005 with an online presence and is sponsored by GalaxyGoo, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing science literacy among students and the general public.

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    • Shaping the Future of Nanomaterials

      November 01 2005

      How does a nanostructure’s shape affect its properties? How can controlling these properties help us in developing new ways of storing and processing data, or in detecting and identifying pathogens?

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    • Spanier Receives GRID Award

      November 01 2005

      Dr. Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is the recipient of a Grants for Research Impact at Drexel (GRID) Technology Award for his and Dr. Bahram Nabet’s (ECE) proposal entitled, “One-dimensional tunable nanoplasmonic terahertz sensors.”  This award is given to support the innovative use of technology in support of health-related research and is one of only six research proposals selected for funding from among 84 submitted proposals.

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  • October

    Highlighted Articles

    • MAGNET Team Wins EGA Soccer Tournament

      October 31 2005

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    • MSE Alumnus Edward Eckert Mentioned in Partnership with Drexel University

      October 18 2005

      MSE alumnus Edward Eckert (Ph.D. 1989) and president of Apogee Technology, Inc. was mentioned in an article about a partnership between Drexel University and Apogee Technology in developing the technology of isothermal melting. The story appeared on the web site of Foundry Management & Technology on October 17, 2005 ( www.foundrymag.com).

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    • NSF-REU Site DREAM Collaboration with Library Published

      October 15 2005

      The process of collaboration between the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates Site DREAM: Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials and the Drexel University library has been presented and published in several conferences and proceedings.

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    • Anne Stevens Appointed COO of Ford Motor Company’s Americas Division

      October 14 2005

      MSE alumna and former Drexel Trustee Anne Stevens ‘89 was featured in a story in The Detroit News on October 13, 2005 for being named chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company's Americas division, a promotion that makes her one of the highest-ranking women in the automotive industry. The article can be found at: The Detroit News

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    • MSE Receives Equipment Donation from Applied Energy Systems

      October 12 2005

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has received a donation of a brand new Semi-Automatic Ultra-High Purity Gas Cabinet valued at $20,000 from Applied Energy Systems, Inc. The donation was made possible by the generosity of company President Steve Buerkel (MBA, LCoB, 1981).

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    • A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute Launches Newly Redesigned Web Site

      October 12 2005

      The A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI), led by Director and Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Yury Gogotsi, has launched a newly redesigned website. The new website can be viewed at: nano.drexel.edu

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    • Matthew Cathell Selected as a 2005-2006 Koerner Family Fellow

      October 01 2005

      Congratulations to Matthew Cathell, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, (advisor: Caroline Schauer) who has been chosen as a Koerner Famly Fellow for the academic year 2005-2006. The fellowships specify that award recipients must be studying toward a Ph.D. with a high likelihood of seeking an academic career upon graduation. The Koerner family established the fellowships in honor of their many years of association with the University. Dr. Robert M. Koerner '56 '63, H. L. Bowman Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, his wife Paula, and their children-George, Michael, and Pauline-have accumulated four bachelor degrees, two master's degrees, and a Ph.D. degree from Drexel, where collectively they have been employed and educated for ninety years.

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  • September

    Highlighted Articles

    • Li, et. al. in Royal Society of Chemistry Technology News

      September 30 2005

      The recent work of Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his collaborators, including Ph.D. graduate student Michael Birnkrant, was highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry Technology News under the title of “Something to Bragg About.” The original work, entitled, “Polymer crystallization/melting induced thermal switching in a series of holographically patterned Bragg reflectors” was originally published in Soft Matter. Co-authors on the article include Lalgudi V. Natarajan, Vincent P. Tondiglia, Pamela F. Lloyd, Richard L. Sutherland, and Timothy J. Bunning. Technology News can be accessed at: Web and the article can be accessed directly at: Web

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    • First Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium a Success

      September 28 2005

      The first Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium was a resounding success for the Philadelphia spine research community.

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    • Department Honors Alumnus George Vander Voort

      September 27 2005

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering honored alumnus George Vander Voort (BS, Metallurgical Engineering, CoE, 1967) with the 2005 Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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    • Gogotsi Discusses Nanotechnology with Liberty Medal Recipient President Yushchenko

      September 19 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, had the opportunity to talk with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko at the Philadelphia Liberty Medal reception on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the National Constitution Center. Dr. Gogotsi spoke to President Yushchenko about nanotechnology in the context of U.S.-Ukrainian cooperation. Drexel was also represented at the reception by faculty members Dr. Oleh Tretiak, Dr. Gary Friedman, Dr. Alex Fridman as well as Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement Lydia Kokolskyj.

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    • Gogotsi Organizes Nano Symposium

      September 16 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi organized the Symposium on Nanostructured and Multifunctional Materials for the 6th Pacific Rim meeting of the American Ceramic Society in Maui, Hawaii, September 12th to 15th. Additionally, he delivered four papers, accompanied by Ph.D. Students María Pía Rossi, Davide Mattia, and Kris Behler, who presented posters and papers at the meeting.

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    • Dr. Russell Gorga Accepts Faculty Position at NC State

      September 15 2005

      Dr. Russell Gorga (MSE B.S. '94) accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department at NC State University. We are proud of our alumni's achievements and wish him all the best in his new position.
       

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  • August

    Highlighted Articles

    • Alumnus and MSE VAB Chair Dr. William E. Frazier Receives Promotion

      August 30 2005

      Drexel University Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) alumnus and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Visiting Advisory Board William E. Frazier, Ph.D. (B.S. 1981, M.S. 1984, and Ph.D. 1987) has been promoted into the executive core of the Navy in the category of Scientific-Professional (ST). Frazier's new title is Chief Technology Officer/Chief Scientist in the Research and Engineering Sciences Department at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, MD. An organization of 36,000 employees, NAVAIR only employees four senior professionals, of which this position is one. In his new position, Frazier provides technical direction and develops strategic plans for the research, development, and transition of naval aviation technologies. He serves as the Command's primary scientific advisor and consultant in the discipline of materials science and is responsible for performing, stimulating, planning, coordinating, and reviewing the scientific value of RDT&E of all materials and processes.

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    • Jaydev Desai Invited to be Co-Chair

      August 26 2005

      Dr. Jaydev P. Desai, affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, has been invited to be the theme co-chair for Biomechanics, Bio-Robotics, and Surgical Planning at the IEEE 2006 International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society to be held in New York from August 31-September 3, 2006.

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    • Gogotsi Delivers Invited Lecture

      August 17 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi gave an invited lecture entitled, Hardness vs. Temperature Dependence of Silicon: Experimental Evidence of Phase Transformations at the 3rd Annual NSF Workshop on High Pressure Phase Transformations at the University of Tennessee, August 15-16, 2005.

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    • Work by Gogotsi and Collaborators Receives Unsolicited Coverage

      August 15 2005

      An article by Guzelya Korneva (advisors: Dr. Yury Gogotsi from MSE and Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley from chemistry), Dr. Haihui Ye, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Derek Halverson (IGERT and NSF Fellow, advisor: Dr. Gary Friedman from ECE), Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, and K. G. Kornev entitled, Carbon nanotubes loaded with magnetic particles, and published in Nano Letters, vol. 5 (#5) pp. 879-884 (2005) received unsolicited coverage on the website of the American Chemical Society (www.chemistry.org) on June 6, 2005. This is the third time this article received unsolicited press coverage, previously appearing in Nanotechweb.org and Micro Nano by R&D Magazine.

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    • Drexel University Hosts American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference

      August 15 2005

      Drexel University is hosting the American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference, September 7-9, 2005, also the 20th anniversary of the society. The conference will focus on nanocomposites, biocomposites, and their applications and includes five concurrent sessions with plenary lectures on the future of aircraft composites, automobile composites, and composite education. There will also be a poster contest and scholarships available for students.

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    • Professor Maher S. Amer receives the Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship

      August 10 2005

      Prof. Maher S. Amer (MSE Ph.D. 1995), Associate Professor of Materials in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Wright State University, received the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to visit the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart Germany during his sabbatical last year. Additionally, he spent three months as a Visiting Fellow at the Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

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    • Zavaliangos, et. al. Receives Major Research Instrumentation Grant

      August 08 2005

      A Major Research Instrumentation grant for the Acquisition of a High Resolution X-ray Tomography Unit ($349,267) was award by the National Science Foundation to PI Antonios Zavaliangos, professor of materials science and engineering.

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    • How To Build A Better Bike

      August 05 2005

      "It's a good challenge," says rising materials sophomore Doug Markgraf about balancing cycling and school work. Markgraf is currently the only materials engineer, and the first, on the Drexel University Cycling Team.

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    • John Chmiola Appears in Interface

      August 04 2005

      Ph.D. student John Chmiola (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) appeared in a photograph with the president of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) in the Summer 2005 issue of Interface, a quarterly publication of the ECS. Chmiola was featured as the recipient of the Best Student Poster Award at the ECS Spring meeting in Quebec City, Canada, for his paper entitled, "Pore Structure Engineering for Electrochemical Applications."

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    • Drexel's MSE Department Mentioned in ASM International Publications

      August 01 2005

      Several recent ASM International publications mention members of Drexel Department of Materials Science and Engineering and some collaborative efforts with the local ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter. The July 2005 issue of AM&P has an article on the participation of Drexel MSE students in the ASM Liberty Bell Chapter Annual Student Poster Contest in the ASM News section. The Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter September 15 newsletter also mentions the poster contest, as well as several 2005 scholarship and award winners, and gives an extensive report on the successes of the chapter first Materials Camp, hosted by the department.

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  • July

    Highlighted Articles

    • Jing Zhang accept tenure-track at the University of Alaska

      July 27 2005

      Jing Zhang (MSE Ph.D. 2004, advisor: Antonios Zavaliangos) has accepted an offer to be a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, beginning in August 2005

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    • Breger Velcro Image in World Intellectual Property Organization Publication

      July 25 2005

      Dee Breger's Velcro image appears in the World Intellectual Property Organization children publication, Inventions and Patents. The publication is geared towards children ages 8-12 worldwide to encourage children to create and patent their inventions. The piece about Velcro describes how nature inspires inventors. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is part of the United Nations system concerned with promoting the protection of industrial property (patents, industrial designs, and trademarks) and copyright throughout the world.

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    • Ranjan Dash, et. al. Win Poster Contest

      July 22 2005

      Ph.D. and M.B.A. student Ranjan Dash (MSE advisor: Dr. Yury Gogotsi) received a poster award for his poster entitled, Carbide Derived Carbon with Tunable Porosity, along with co-authors Research Assistant Professor Dr. Gleb Yushin and faculty advisor Dr. Yury Gogotsi, at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society in Providence, Rhode Island. Dash?s poster is one of 10 winning posters out of a total of 80 entered into the competition.

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    • SEED Student Places in Top Ten in National Business Plan Competition

      July 18 2005

      Dominic Piazza, a participant in last summer Summer Engineering Experience @ Drexel (SEED) program, and his Norristown Area High School team placed in the top ten in the E-Commerce Business Plan competition at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held by DECA, an association of marketing students.

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    • Ph.D. Student Sandip Basu Wins Second Prize in Poster Contest

      July 16 2005

      Ph.D. student Sandip Basu (advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received second prize in the Best Poster Awards competition of the Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) of the American Ceramic Society for his poster entitled, Spherical Nanoindentations in Ceramic Single Crystals, presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites. The award, consisting of $300 and a certificate, will be presented to Sandip during the plenary session of the 30th Annual International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites in Cocoa Beach, FL, January 22-27, 2006.

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    • Materials Student Aaron Sakulich Tackles Pyramids

      July 11 2005

      "I cannot imagine a project I could be more enthusiastic about," says Aaron Sakulich, a recent graduate of Drexel University Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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    • Schauer Quoted in Courier Post

      July 09 2005

      Dr. Caroline Schauer, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is quoted in an article in the July 6, 2005 edition of the South Jersey Courier Post about 8th grade girls participation in a summer engineering program at Drexel University. The week-long program solely for 8th grade girls from Camden County is based on Drexels SEED program (Summer Engineering Experience @ Drexel), a week-long camp dedicated to introducing high school students to science and engineering. The 20 middle school girls are immersed in hands-on labs, exposing them to the world of engineering.

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    • Christopher Hovanec Awarded H. H. Harris Foundation Scholarship

      July 07 2005

      Ph.D. student Christopher Hovanec (advisor: Dr. Surya Kalidindi) is a recipient of a $2,000 H. H. Haris Foundation Scholarship.  The Foundation was established “for the purpose of providing scholarships and other forms of educational aid to students and professionals in the metallurgical and casting of metals field who are U.S. citizens.”

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    • Department Hosts First ASM International Materials Camp in partnership with the Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International

      July 03 2005

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering hosted a week-long day camp dedicated to introducing high school students to the exciting world of materials science and engineering.

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  • June

    Highlighted Articles

    • Jaydev Desai Elected to Symposium Committee

      June 30 2005

      Dr. Jaydev P. Desai, affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, has been elected to serve as the member of the program committee for Haptics Symposium for a three year period. Haptics symposium is a premiere conference in the area of haptic interfaces for virtual environment and teleoperator systems. The three-year term will end in 2008.

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    • Spanier Interviewed for Public Radio Program

      June 30 2005

      Dr. Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, was interviewed as a guest on the subject of nanotechnology and the public interest on public affairs program, "Ozarks at Large," on April 15, 2005. The show is hosted and produced by Kyle Kellams on NPR affiliate KUAF-FM. The segment was broadcast in June 2005.

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    • Barsoum and Spanier Receive NSF FRG Award

      June 27 2005

      A proposal by Professors Michel Barsoum (PI) and Jonathan Spanier (Co-I) of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and their collaborators at Rowan University entitled, MAX Phase Solid Solutions: Unique Opportunities at Engineering Bulk and Surface Properties, has just been selected for award by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) as an NSF Focused Research Group (FRG). The amount of the award is $800,000 and is for four years. The work will encompass a broad range of experimental and theoretical simulation tools to investigate the properties of this emerging class of inorganic, nano-laminate engineering compounds. The linking of undergraduate and graduate student researchers, faculty, and resources from both institutions resulting from this partnership will enable students to benefit from broad, interdisciplinary research experiences.

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    • Drexel Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium Featured in IP Links

      June 24 2005

      The recent establishment of the Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium was featured in the Wednesday, June 22, 2005 issue of IP Links, the newsletter of regional and global innovation in the Philadelphia area. Established by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the College of Engineering, and the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, the Consortium has been founded to meet the needs of industry, government, and academia through interdisciplinary collaborations, partnerships, dedicated expertise, access to leading-edge materials characterization facilities, and innovative educational programs. The article can be found at: Link

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    • Christopher Li Receives Grant for Nanoscale Exploratory Research

      June 22 2005

      Dr. Christopher Li has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER) at $100K for one year. His proposal, entitled, NER: Towards ordered multifunctional nano hybrid materials through patterning on carbon nanotubes is aimed to achieve nano patterning on individual carbon nanotubes via controlled polymer crystallization.

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    • MAGNET Elects New Board for 2005-2006

      June 16 2005

      The Materials Graduate Network held their elections in early June for the 2005-2006 academic year. The following students were elected to be the new officers:

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    • Andrew Marx Receives Axel Madsen Award

      June 13 2005

      B.S./M.S. student Andrew Marx (advisor: Antonios Zavaliangos) is one of four recipients of this year's Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology/Axel Madsen Award. Andrew will receive a $1200 reward used to cover the costs of traveling to the 2005 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials to be held June 19-23 in Montreal. As a recipient of the award, Andrew will prepare a technical poster for the conference, as well as a detailed report about the conference to be published in the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy. He will be recognized at a Welcoming Luncheon on Monday, June 20th.

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    • Ph.D. Students Ranjan Dash and Elizabeth Hoffman Receive Travel Grant

      June 08 2005

      Ph.D. students Ranjan Dash (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Elizabeth Hoffman (advisor: Michel Barsoum) each received a $500 travel stipend to attend the 2005 16th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) in Providence, RI, June 11-15, 2005. The purpose of the society is "to serve the synthetic membrane community by fostering the development and dissemination of knowledge in membrane science and technology, and by promoting the collaborative efforts of researchers, technologists and end-users."

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    • Materials Alumni News Update

      June 05 2005

      Dr. Frederick E. Schmidt, Jr., (Materials BS 1968, MS 1970, & Ph.D. 1995) is co-chairing a two-day conference entitled, Failure Analysis and Prevention August 1st & 2nd, 2005 at the 38th International Microscopy Society Microscopy & Microanalysis Convention in Hawaii, where alumnus George Vander Voort (Materials BS 1967) is the General Conference Chair. Dr. Schmidt is a Fellow of ASM and a Trustee (2004-2007). He is also Technical Director of Materials Engineering at Engineering Systems, Inc.

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    • Dejan Stojakovic Receives Nicolitch Trust Scholarship

      June 03 2005

      Ph.D. student Dejan Stojakovic (advisors: Surya Kalidindi & Roger Doherty) is the recipient of the Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship for the year 2005. The scholarship is given by the Studenica Foundation and is in the amount of $3,000. The award is given to a student of Yugoslavian descent who, in addition to having obtained exemplary grades, shows leadership potential at their respective graduate institution and a desire and ability to pursue a life in some form of public service and leadership. Stojakovic is the third Drexel materials student to receive the award, in addition to prior recipients Svetlana Dimovski (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Milan Ivosevic (advisor: Richard Knight).

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    • Li Receives NSF Supplement for Undergraduate Support

      June 02 2005

      Dr. Christopher Li received an additional $5,000 of support in the form of an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement to provide funding for one undergraduate student to perform research under his proposal entitled, CAREER: Complex Hierarchical Self-Assembly Templated by Block Copolymers: Phase Structures, Nano Fabrication and Nano-Electrooptic Properties.

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    • Bringing Art to Science and Science to Art

      June 01 2005

      Moving seamlessly between the worlds of art and science comes naturally to Director of Microscopy Dee Breger. Since coming to Drexel and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in March 2004, Breger has continued to produce and exhibit her unique and fantastic artwork in a variety of settings, as well as receive accolades for her work through competitions and awards programs. She is also constantly solicited for her images to appear on websites and in presentations. Following is a summary of Breger's recent work and accomplishments.

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  • May

    Highlighted Articles

    • Knight Pictured in Spraytime

      May 30 2005

      Dr. Richard Knight, auxiliary professor and associate director of the A. J. Drexel Plasma Institute, appeared in Volume 12, Number 2 of Spraytime in a photo of the opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the International Thermal Spray Conference & Exposition 2005 which took place May 2-4, 2005 in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Knight co-chaired the conference and also taught a 3-day short course on thermal spray technology, presenting two papers, co-chairing a technical session, and presenting various Thermal Spay Society awards during the conference banquet. Spraytime is published by the International Thermal Spray Association.

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    • Matthew Cathell and Kishore Tenneti Receive TA Excellence Awards

      May 26 2005

      Department of Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. students Matthew Cathell (advisor: Caroline Schauer) and Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Chris Li) are recipients of Drexel University TA Excellence Awards, as nominated by their faculty and students. The awards ceremony and reception took place on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 3:30 PM at the University Club.

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    • Anthony Coratolo Receives ASM Scholarship

      May 21 2005

      Anthony Coratolo (advisors: Nina Orlovskaya and Surya Kalidindi), BS/MS student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of ASM International Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter Joseph J. Weisser Memorial Scholarship for 2005. The award was presented on May 19, 2005 at the Honors and Past Chair Night meeting at Williamson Restaurant in Horsham, PA.

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    • Stephen Niezgoda Receives ASM Scholarship

      May 21 2005

      Stephen Niezgoda (advisor: Richard Knight), BS/MS student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of ASM International's Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter A. W. (Doc) Grosvenor Scholarship for 2005 in the amount of $1500. The award will be presented on May 19, 2005 at the Honors and Past Chair's Night meeting at Williamson Restaurant in Horsham, PA.

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    • Department Members Honored at ASM Liberty Bell Chapter Awards Night

      May 20 2005

      Members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering were honored for their achievements and service to the Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International on Thursday night, May 19, 2005 at the chapter's Awards and Past Chairmen's Night held at Williamson's Restaurant in Willow Grove.

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    • Gogotsi Co-Organizes Symposium at Electrochemical Society Meeting and John Chmiola Wins Best Poster Award

      May 19 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi co-organized a symposium entitled, Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowires: Devices and Applications at the 207th Electrochemical Society (ECS) meeting in Quebec City, May 16-18, 2005. Additionally, his Ph.D. student, John Chmiola, presented a poster and a paper entitled, Double Layer Capacitance of Carbon Nanotubes and Carbide-Derived Carbons, co-authored by Ph.D. student Ranjan Dash, research assistant professor Dr. Gleb Yushin, and Dr. Jack Fischer from the University of Pennsylvania. His poster, entitled "Pore Structure Engineering in Carbons for Electrochemical Applications" and co-authored by Dash, Yushin, and Gogotsi, received the Best Poster Award in the student poster competition out of 70 posters presented. This is the second time Gogotsi group has participated in the ECS student poster competition and the second time the group has won Best Poster. Ph.D. student Svetlana Dimovski won the award at the meeting in Philadelphia two years ago.

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    • Four of Breger's Images to Appear in Juried Photography Exhibition

      May 14 2005

      Four of Director of Microscopy Dee Breger's framed images will appear in a juried show at the Washington School of Photography's Washington Gallery of Photography in Bethesda, MD May 13-June 6, 2005. Dee's images, entitled Franklin Micromineral, Fertilizing Pollen, Radiolarian with Diatoms, and Somewhere on a Mosquito, were four of 62 chosen from among 250 entries for the Regional Juried Photography Exhibition. Opening night of the exhibition was on Friday, May 13th.

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    • Peter Millili Receives Outstanding Co-op Senior Award

      May 14 2005

      Chemical Engineering BS/MS student Peter G. Millili, working with materials faculty member Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, has been chosen to receive an Outstanding Cooperative Education Senior Award for his coop work at Merck. Peter is one of thirteen students chosen to receive this award out of all of Drexel University seniors. The awards reception took place on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in the Grand Hall of the Creese Student Center.

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    • Kristopher Behler and Michael Birnkrant Receive Grant to Attend Congressional Visit Days

      May 13 2005

      Ph.D. students Kristopher Behler (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Michael Birnkrant (advisor: Christopher Li) received a grant through the Material Advantage Student chapter to participate in Congressional Visit Days (CVD) in Washington, D.C., May 10th and 11th, 2005.

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    • Ph.D. Student Lingyu Li Receives Travel Grant

      May 11 2005

      Ph.D. student Lingyu Li (advisor: Chris Li) received the Lawrence Livermore Travel Award Grant in the amount of $500 for 2005 to attend the 2005 NATAS (North American Thermal Analysis Society) Conference on Sept. 18-21, 2005 in Universal City, CA.

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    • Marcolongo Receives $1.5M Grant

      May 09 2005

      Dr. Michele Marcolongo, associate professor in materials science & engineering and Dr. Tony Lowman, associate professor in chemical & biological engineering and associate dean, were awarded a $1,500,000 grant from Synthes Corp. This evenly-split project will cover a period of 3 years and will focus on their work involving new hydrogel structures, as well as modeling and establishing the biomechanical testing strategies for use in spinal applications. These are follow-up studies on their well-known work of utilizing hydrogels to aid in the repair of spinal injuries.

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    • Drexel’s Materials Publications Have Impact

      May 07 2005

      The journal papers published by the faculty members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University from 1994 through 2004 were cited 30% more frequently than those of competing materials departments, including Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as noted in a recent Thompson ISI comparative study of the impact of materials science scientific journal papers from 1994 to 2004. Additionally, those papers received 2.4 times the citations of the average journal paper published in the discipline of materials in that time period.

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    • Kalidindi Receives ONR Grant

      May 06 2005

      Dr. Surya Kalidindi, Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a new 5 year $650K grant for his proposal entitled, "Computational tools for digital representation and prediction of microstructure and its incorporation in designer's knowledge base." This grant is a sub contract to Drexel University from Ohio State University, and is a part of a much larger grant from the Office of Naval Research. This project also involves Carnegie Mellon University as the other sub-contractee.

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    • Jennifer Vondran Receives Two Local Scholarships

      May 05 2005

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (B.S., Biomed; M.S., Materials; Advisor: Caroline Schauer) received the 2005 Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council Undergraduate Scholarship and the 2005 Philadelphia SWE section scholarship, sponsored by Rohm and Haas. Both scholarships were for $1,000 each to be used for educational expenses.

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    • Li, et al. as Cover Article in Advanced Materials

      May 04 2005

      The recent research work of Dr. Christopher Li and his collaborators appeared as the cover article in the May 2, 2005 (Vol. 17, Issue 9) issue of Advanced Materials. The manuscript entitled, "Nanohybrid Shish-Kebabs: Periodically Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes" is coauthored by graduate students Lingyu Li, Stephen Kodjie, Kishore Tenneti, research scientist Wenwen Cai, and Li.

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    • Li Receives Grant from ARL

      May 02 2005

      Dr. Christopher Li was awarded $71,195 for one year from the Air Force Research Laboratory for his proposal entitled, Novel Switchable Grating Structures. This grant was awarded through AT&T Government Solutions, a company that handles AFRK contracts.

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    • Kulicke & Soffa Donates Equipment to Department

      May 01 2005

      Kulicke & Soffa (K&S), with the help of Dr. David Beatson, Chief Technology Officer at K&S and member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Visiting Advisory Board, has donated a Kulicke & Soffa 1488 ball bonder to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. The K&S 1488 is a self-contained, fully-automated wire bonding system for attaching thin gold wire interconnections to semiconductor integrated circuits (IC), as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). It is complete with a microscope, an xyz stage, a high-precision micropositioner, and a computer, capable of locating and bonding gold wires as thin as 25 microns in diameter on a gold or aluminum surface no larger than 50 microns in diameter. The K&S 1488 will be used by Drs. Wan Y. Shih and Wei-Heng Shih and their research group to help the development of array piezoelectric microcantilever sensors.

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  • April

    Highlighted Articles

    • Materials Department Excels at Drexel University’s Research Day

      April 28 2005

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering excelled at Drexel University's Seventh Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, bringing home 6 out of the 14 recognitions awarded to the College of Engineering. The event, held in the Daskalakis Athletic Center and sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Policy, is open to all Drexel University faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, residents and technologists. Research Day highlights research, scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial activities in categories such as "Advances in Clinical Practice," "Basic and Applied Sciences," "Emerging Technologies," "Creative Arts and Design," "Humanities," "Innovations in Education and Outreach," and "Business Research Initiatives."

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    • Gogotsi Quoted in Philadephia Inquirer

      April 26 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in an article published in the April 25, 2005 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article, entitled "Tiny, on a grand scale," discusses the importance of nanotechnology in everyday uses and medicine and features the work of Gogotsi's NSF-sponsored IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) University of Pennsylvania co-PI, Dawn Bonnell.

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    • Drexel Students Sweep ASM Poster Contest

      April 22 2005

      Graduate students from Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering took first, second, and third place in the ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter's graduate student poster contest on Thursday evening, April 21st at ASM's Sustaining Member's Night. Below is a list of the award winners:

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    • Elizabeth Hoffman Receives Sapphire ACerS GEMS Award

      April 16 2005

      Ph.D. student Elizabeth Hoffman (advisor: Michel Barsoum) is a sapphire award winner of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Basic Science Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Awards. As a finalist for the award, Hoffman presented a talk entitled, "Driving Force and Mechanism for Spontaneous Metal Whisker Formation" at the ACerS annual meeting, April 10th-13th in Baltimore, MD. She will receive a certificate and a check from the American Ceramic Society.

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    • Sandip Basu Receives First Prize in ACerS Graduate Student Poster Competition

      April 15 2005

      Ph.D. student Sandip Basu (advisor: Michel Barsoum) received first prize in the Ceramic Educational Council (CEC) Graduate Student Poster competition at the American Ceramic Society annual meeting April 10th-13th, 2005 in Baltimore, MD. The award-winning poster was titled, Spherical Nanoindentations in Sapphire and Rutile Single Crystals.

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    • Goknur Cambaz and Gleb Yushin Receive Roland B. Snow Award

      April 14 2005

      Ph.D. student Z. Goknur Cambaz (advisor: Dr. Yury Gogotsi) and Dr. Gleb Yushin, research assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received the Roland B. Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society for their work on "SiC Pagoda Nanoarchitecture." This award is presented for the best ceramographic work at the annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society and consists of a monetary award and a Steuben glass artifact. The winning entry was co-authored Dr. V. Lutsenko, from Kiev, Ukraine, and Dr. Yury Gogotsi. Another entry from Drexel titled "Formation of SiC Ribbons" and authored by G. Yushin, Z.G. Cambaz, Y. Googtsi, and E. Vishnyakova received first place in the Scanning Electron Microscopy Category. The American Ceramic Society annual meeting took place April 10-13th in Baltimore, MD.

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    • Linyou Cao Receives Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

      April 10 2005

      Ph.D. student Linyou Cao (advisor: Jonathan Spanier) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research in support of his research activities in the synthesis of hierarchal perovskite nanostructures. The grants are given to students in all areas of science and engineering research to fund travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

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    • Li Receives DuPont Young Professor Grant

      April 07 2005

      Dr. Christopher Li has been awarded a DuPont Young Professor Grant for $75,000 at $25,000 for three years. The grant will support the use of polymer/carbon nanotube hybrid materials for carbon nanotube separation and energy harvesting applications. Li is one of eight grant recipients from North America. Additionally, Ph.D. student Lingyu Li will be supported as a DuPont Graduate Fellow on this grant.

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    • Kris Behler Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

      April 04 2005

      Ph.D. student Kristopher Behler (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) is a recipient of this year's NSF Graduate Fellowship. These highly competitive national fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 1,000 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

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    • Siddhartha Pathak Receives SURA ORNL Grant

      April 03 2005

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisors: Dr. Surya Kalidindi and Dr. Nina Orlovskaya) has received a Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) grant to perform research at ORNL during the summer of 2005. The grant provides $5000 to cover his stipend and supplies during from June 1st to August 26th. The research project is entitled "Non-linear deformation behavior of multifunctional MIEC perovskites for SOFC applications."

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    • Gogotsi, et al. in Nanotechweb.org

      April 03 2005

      A paper by Dr. Yury Gogotsi and his collaborators on carbon nanotubes entitled, "Carbon Nanotubes Loaded with Magnetic Particles," by G. Korneva, H. Ye, Y.Gogotsi, D. Halverson, G. Friedman, J.-C. Bradley, and K. G. Kornev and published in Nano Letters received unsolicited coverage on the leading nanotechnology website, Nanotechweb.org on April 1, 2005.

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Knight to Co-Chair ITSC 2005 Conference

      March 15 2005

      Dr. Richard Knight, auxiliary professor and associate director of the A. J. Drexel Plasma Institute, is co-chair of the upcoming International Thermal Spray Conference & Exposition 2005 from May 2-4, 2005 in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Knight will also be co-teaching a 3-day short course on thermal spray technology, presenting two papers, co-chairing a technical session and presenting various TSS awards during the conference banquet.

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    • Gogotsi R&D 100 Award-Winning Carbide Derived Carbon Technology Featured on ANL’s Website

      March 15 2005

      The carbide derived carbon technology developed by Dr. Yury Gogotsi's research group along with researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has been featured in an article on ANL's website. The article describes the technology in lay-person terms and how it solves common real world problems.

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    • Competition Winners Donate Prize to Tsunami Relief Effort

      March 14 2005

      A start-up company based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Y-Carbon, has donated its $1,000 cash prize from a recent business plan competition to UNICEF as part of the Tsunami Relief Effort. Y-Carbon, whose team includes Ph.D. students John Chmiola and Ranjan Dash, assistant research profesor Gleb Yushin, master's student Varun Gupta, and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and professor of materials science and engineering Yury Gogotsi, received the prize as one of the top eight finalists in the First International Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition sponsored by the Institute for Technology Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (InTICE) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    • Kristopher Behler to Attend NATO ASI on Carbon Nanotubes

      March 11 2005

      Graduate student Kris Behler (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has been selected to attend the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) Carbon Nanotubes: From Basic Research To Nanotechnology, May 21-31, 2005 in Sozopol, Bulgaria. He will receive room, board, and conference fee sponsorship from the ASI.

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    • Materials Ph.D. student Jonathan Ayutsede and M.S. Student Nick Titchenal are 2005 SAMPE Finalists

      March 04 2005

      Materials Ph.D. student Jonathan Ayutsede and M.S. Student Nick Titchenal were selected as finalists in the 2005 SAMPE University Research Symposium International Competition. SAMPE will cover their expenses to go to Long Beach, California to present their papers in the student symposium at the 2005 International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (ISS&E) on May 3, 2005.

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    • Bossone Dedication Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

      March 03 2005

      The Bossone Research Enterprise Center dedication on March 1, 2005 was featured in an article in the business section of the Philadelphia Inquirer on the same day. The article spoke about the College of Engineering's vision to open the Center to Drexel and the community. Director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Yury Gogotsi spoke about the high-tech equipment that would be housed in Bossone and their capabilities for research materials and nanotechnology. He also mentioned the uniqueness of the instruments regionally to the Philadelphia area.

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    • Barsoum & Gogotsi Elected Fellows of ACerS

      March 02 2005

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute have been elected to be a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

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    • Hari Duvvuru is Selected for LeaderShape Award

      March 02 2005

      Ph.D. student Hari Duvvuru is one of six students selected by the ASM International Materials Education Foundation Board of Trustees and the LeaderShape Selection Committee to receive an Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award. Hari will be able to attend ASM International's LeaderShape Institute this summer, which helps student leaders develop valuable skills to help them both professionally and personally. According to ASM International's website, "this six-day program is conducted each summer at the University of Illinois Conference Center at Allerton Park, near Champaign, Illinois. The LeaderShape Institute, the flagship program of LeaderShape, Inc. is designed to help young people learn to 'lead with integrity.' Each session is comprised of approximately 60 students, ages 17 to 25, sponsored by various organizations from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds." Hari is currently Vice President of MAGNET, the Materials Graduate Student Network.

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    • IGERT Article Published in Journal of Materials Education

      March 02 2005

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    • Zavaliangos Receives Rafiki Award

      March 01 2005

      Associate department head and professor Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos is a recipient of the Drexel University Rafiki Award, or Friend Award.  Students of black/African American descent nominate faculty, administrators, and staff for the award, regardless of ethnicity, whom they feel have made a positive impact on their experience at Drexel University.  Zavaliangos was nominated by Toni Ramsay, a chemical engineering student, who took freshman design with him.  The award was presented by the Black History Month Committee at a reception on February 28, 2005 in the Living Arts Lounge at noon.

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi and Breger Honored at Engineer of the Year Banquet

      February 28 2005

      At this year's annual Drexel University and College of Engineering Engineer of the Year Banquet, Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Insitute, and Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, were honored for their contributions to Drexel and to their fields. Dr. Yury Gogotsi received the Faculty Research Award for his outstanding contributions to nanotechnology research. Dee Breger received the Technical Staff award for her important work in micrography and microscopy. The awards ceremony also honored Dr. Mark Adler, Mars Exploration Program Architect and Rover Mission Manager at NASA-JPL, as Engineer of the Year. The awards ceremony took place on Friday, February 25, 2005 at the Union League in Philadelphia.

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    • Maria Rossi Delivers Invited Seminar

      February 27 2005

      Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Fellow Maria Pia Rossi presented an invited seminar on "In-Situ Fluid Studies in Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes" at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston on Thursday, February 24th, 2005. The seminar is part of the department's weekly seminar series.

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    • Dee Breger’s Image on msnbc.com

      February 27 2005

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, had an image of a microplankton sample pulled from the depths of the Antarctic Ocean posted on the MSNBC Web site on February 25, 2005. The micrograph won honorable mention in this year's International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science.

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    • Departmental Students are Acknowledged for Achievements at Honors Day

      February 25 2005

      The Department of Materials Science & Engineering's high achieving students were recognized for their achievements at the annual College of Engineering Honors Day on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 5 PM. Honors Day is held every year by the College of Engineering to recognize academic achievement by the College's top students. Following is a listing of award winners and honorees:

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    • Gogotsi's, et al. Book on Ceramic Nanomaterials Published

      February 18 2005

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is co-editor on a recent book entitled, Ceramic Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology also edited by Song Wei Lu and Michael Z. Hu. This is the third volume of proceedings of Nanosturctured Ceramics Symposia at the Annual Meetings of the American Ceramic Society that Dr. Gogotsi has co-edited. He acted as symposium co-organizer for the last two symposia. The book is published by the American Ceramic Society and is the third book that Gogotsi co-edited in 2004; all volumes are in the area of nanostructured materials.

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    • Barsoum’s, et al. Work on Metal Whiskers Mentioned in Physics Today

      February 17 2005

      The work of Dr. Michel Barsoum and his collaborators was featured in the "Physics Update" section of the February 2005 issue of Physics Today. The mention describes how their work solved a 50+ year-old problem on the growth of spontaneous "whiskers" on some metals with low melting points, such as tin. Whiskers of this type typically cause electrical shorts in electronic components and have been implicated in the failure of heart pacemakers, which have led to recalls, grounding/shorting in avionics radar and relays, and 7 satellite failures. The researchers compared the whisker formation of two identical surfaces-one was exposed to air and the other was stored in an evacuated sealed glass tube for a few months.

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    • Spanier Receives Equipment Grant from DURIP

      February 13 2005

      The proposal entitled, “Electron-beam nanolithography” submitted by Jonathan Spanier (PI) and Bahram Nabet (Co-PI) has been selected for award under DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program); the award amount is approximately $132K and is for one year. The award brings an important nanotechnology capability to Drexel that does not exist elsewhere as a centralized resource in the greater Philadelphia area.

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    • Spanier Receives Funding from Innovation Grant Program

      February 11 2005

      The proposal "Nanowire-enabled scanning probes" by Jonathan Spanier (PI) has been selected for funding under the Innovation Grant Program within the NSF Nano-Bio Interface Center (NBIC), a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. The award amount is for approximately $105K and will be for two years.

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    • Department Gains Material Advantage Student Chapter

      February 09 2005

      The American Ceramic Society Board of Directors, ASM International Board of Trustees, and TMS Board of Directors have approved the petition for the Materials Advantage Student Chapter at Drexel University. The new Material Advantage program recently added student membership of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) to the long standing student chapter of ASM and TMS, giving students the opportunity to belong to three professional societies for one low price.

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    • Joshua Houskamp Establishes Scholarship at Former High School

      February 01 2005

      Josh Houskamp, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has established a small scholarship at his former high school, Cincinnatus Central High School. Cincinnatus is located in a rural area of central New York State, with a graduating class of approximately fifty students per year.

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    • Drexel University Student Chapter hosts “BLAST” Program for High School Students

      February 01 2005

      Members of Drexel University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering's student chapter of ASM International/TMS/ACerS hosted 17 students, including 9 female students, and 5 teachers from four Philadelphia area high schools on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 for the 1st annual "BLAST-Bringing Local Area Schools Together" program-a one-day "Mini Materials Camp" developed by the student chapter and made possible with the help of funding from the ASM International Foundation.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Alumnus George Vander Voort Appointed Chair of ASM International IMS Technical Committee

      January 28 2005

      Materials alumnus George Vander Voort (BS, Metallurgical Engineering, CoE, 1967) has been appointed chair of the International Metallographic Society Technical Committee of ASM International.  He is also continuing on as chair of the IMS Sorby Award Committee.  Vander Voort received the Sorby Award in 2004 and is currently the director of research and technology at Buehler, Ltd., "the world's premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for use in materials analysis."

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    • Gelifex Mentioned in Philadelphia Business Journal

      January 26 2005

      Drexel University was noted in an article published in the January 24, 2005 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal about BioAdvance, operator of the Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania. BioAdvance has invested more than $5.5 million in 13 local companies including Gelifex, a start-up founded by Dr. Michele Marcolongo, associate professor of materials science and engineering and Dr. Anthony Lowman, associate professor of chemical engineering, and acquired last year by Synthes, Inc.

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    • Knight Elected to become President of ASM International Thermal Spray Society

      January 25 2005

      Dr. Richard Knight, auxiliary professor and associate director of the A. J. Drexel Plasma Institute, has been elected as the 2004-2006 President of ASM International's Thermal Spray Society (TSS).

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    • Li Awarded Grant from ACS PRF

      January 21 2005

      Dr. Christopher Li's research proposal entitled, "Self-Assembled Rod-Coil Diblock Copolymers with Tunable Rods," has been funded by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund in the amount of $80,000. Li's proposal is one of six proposals chosen for funding out of a total of 36 submitted proposals. ACS awards money from the Petroleum Research Fund for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the petroleum field.

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    • Zavaliangos Serves as member of Scientific Committee for Int. Conf. Sintering 2005

      January 17 2005

      Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, associate department head and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will serve as a member of the scientific committee for Sintering 2005: The fourth International Conference on Science, Technology, and Applications of Sintering. Additionally, Zavaliangos and his students will present 3 papers at the conference . Sintering 2005 will be in Grenoble France from August 29th-September 1st, 2005.

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    • Nanotechnology Article Appears in IP Links

      January 12 2005

      The December 8, 2004 issue of IP Links contains an article entitled, "Nanotechnology Big at Drexel," written by Holly Burnside, Nanotechnology Program Coordinator. The article discusses the important role Drexel and the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute play in the development of nanotechnology in the Philadelphia area. Specifically, it talks about 2 Drexel-started nanotechnology business plans that competed in the First International Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition, sponsored by the Institute for Technology Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (InTICE) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. IP Links is the e-newsletter of Innovation Philadelphia, a public/private partnership supported by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that exists to enhance the global innovation economy of Philadelphia through technological leadership.

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    • Gogotsi, et al. Paper Featured in Nano Today

      January 08 2005

      A recent paper by Dr. Yury Gogotsi's group and collaborators (N. Naguib, H. Ye, Y. Gogotsi, A.G. Yazicioglu, C.M. Megaridis, M. Yoshimura, "Observation of water confined in nanometer channels of closed carbon nanotubes," Nano Letters, 4 (11) 2237-2243, 2004) has been featured in the Research News section of this December's Nano Today supplement to Elsevier Science's Materials Today magazine. This is an annual publication that features several major research breakthroughs of the year. The simulated image produced by H. Ye appeared in the list of contents of the journal.

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    • Alumnus George F. VanderVoort Receives Sorby Award

      January 06 2005

      Alumnus George F. Vander Voort (BS, Metallurgical Engineering, CoE, 1967) received the 2004 Henry Clifton Sorby Award at the 2004 International Metallographic Society Convention. The award "recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Metallography. Recipients are acknowledged for 25 years or more of dedication to research, teaching or laboratory sales and service." As a winner of the award, VanderVoort presented a lecture at the IMS Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA.

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