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HMNTL and UI Department of Bioengineering student Ege Onal, studying under HMNTL's Brian Cunningham, created a website that helps students stay connected during the pandemic. Students who reach out are connected to a volunteer who will chat with them via Zoom about the pandemic, school, funny cat videos, or anything else. The idea is to keep students connected while staying safely apart.

Ege Onal explaining COVID Pals
A DNA star 
Kim Gudeman, CSL

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Zhejiang University are launching the Center for Pathogen Diagnostics (CPD) to create new detection systems that address limitations of current technologies, while leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze disease trends, analyze sensor data, and predict future outbreaks. Read more

Homemade masks on a podium. 
Lois Yoksoulian, Illinois News Bureau

Illinois researchers, led by HMNTL's Taher Saif, tested 11 household fabrics commonly used for homemade masks and found they are all effective at curbing the small and large respiratory droplets that are released when we speak, cough or sneeze. Read more

Can Bayram 
Lizzie Roehrs, CSL

Despite recent advances, there remains a significant technology gap in the safety and protections mechanisms required to mitigate potentially damaging faults in those systems. HMNTL's Can Bayram has a new collaborative project that will help address these difficulties. Read more

Honors and accolades
 Optical image of the fabricated device.
Joseph Park, ECE

HMNTL student Liuqing Gao won a student paper competition at the annual IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium earlier this month! Read more


Can Bayram and Yi-Chia Tsai, The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Research Allocation. $4,672.80, for 1 year started 10/01/2020, “First-Principles Calculations of N- and P-Type Doping on Wurtzite and Zincblende III-Nitrides.”

Around Holonyak Lab

New semester, new news
This is a reminder that if you have an exciting research result, get published in a journal, complete an internship, or just have something cool to share, the Communications team wants to know about it! Email your news and information to kgudeman@illinois.edu.

Want to share research on your own social media? Make sure to tag Holonyak Lab's pages listed below and use the hashtag, #HMNTL. This will make sure we see all the posts about Holonyak Lab and will allow people to group them together.

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around Holonyak Lab
Follow the Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology lab on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and now Youtube for the latest news and updates.

Equipment update and processing tips
A mixed ICP-RIE. 

Two new tools have been installed at HMNTL

  1. An Oxford RIE etcher is available for general purpose etching. Contact Yaguang to get training on its use.
  2. An Oxford ICP-RIE (picture to the right) with mixed chemistry (Cl and Freon) is now available for use on a wide variety of materials including InP and LN. Contact Lavendra to get training.

Mark McCollum led the first user meeting of the semester virtually on September 29. There was good participation (50+) and a positive response to the presented and new tool schedule. Everyone is encouraged to join the next meeting at noon on October 27. There will have more user tips and a discussion on machine control data. Zoom information will be sent before the meeting.

Facility information

HMNTL Facilities staff is addressing seven failed fume hoods, by working with the sheet metal workers to identify efficiency gains possible with existing exhaust hookups in the cleanrooms and chases, and adjusting these and other hoods to rebalance the flow.

In addtion, they are working with campus energy efficiency programs to identify opportunities to upgrade core infrastructure which can demonstrate a relatively short return-on-investment through reduced utilities.

BioNano Lab update

No updates this month.

External opportunities

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program application open
The DoD promotes education in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the Defense mission. One means of promoting science and engineering education is through awarding fellowships to encourage promising U.S. scientists to pursue doctoral degrees in designated research disciplines. The DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. dual citizens who intend to pursue a Doctoral degree aligned to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development at a U.S. institution of their choice. More information available. Applications close November 2, 2020.

Jump ARCHES RFP open
The request for proposals to receive a Jump ARCHES grant is now open. Projects should focus on solutions in digital health, social and behavioral disparities, autism, simulation and education, COVID-19 and neural health.

The application process began October 1 and goes through October 30 at 5:00 p.m. More information available here.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Applications are now be solicited for The Gates Cambridge Scholarship in Medicine and Life Sciences. More information and the application can be found on Trialect. The deadline  for application is October 14.

Upcoming events

COVID-19 Monthly seminar series, HCESC
Tuesday, October 13th, 9am-12pm

Contact us

Have you recently gotten published? Won an award? Just have something cool to share? Let us know by emailing aarp@illinois.edu.