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Fall 2017

 
 
 
 

In this issue of InstruMNTL, Professor Brian Cunningham reflects on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the research mission of the MNTL. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of Kimani Toussaint, nanoMFG Node leader, and the UI team. 
 

Nanomanufacturing design, simulation, planning and optimization are the focus of the Nanomanufacuturing Node (nanoMFG Node), a new project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ECE Associate Professor Kimani Toussaint (pictured here second from left) leads this National Science Foundation project, launched September 1. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of sensor used in smartphone-enabled system. 
 

Brian Cunningham, Bioengineering and ECE Professor and MNTL Director, and John Dallesasse, ECE Professor, lead National Science Foundation-supported research that informs ways in which mobile devices such as smartphones could use built-in sensors to provide health diagnostic tests normally performed in labs. The researchers would like device manufacturers to add an image sensor in addition to the devices’ existing cameras. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of Founder Professor Joseph Irudayaraj. 
 

Joseph M. K. Irudayaraj has joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a full professor, Founder Professor in Bioengineering, and associate head for graduate programs in the Department of Bioengineering. He comes to Illinois from Purdue University, where he served as a professor of Biological Engineering and deputy director of the Bindley Bioscience Center. Read on ...

 
 
 
Image of diagnostic device aimed at detecting sepsis with single drop of blood. 
 

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., have completed a clinical study of a point-of-care device that can help detect markers indicating the presence of sepsis. The research, led by Bioengineering and ECE Professor Rashid Bashir at Illinois, is focused on detecting changes in a patient’s immune system and could decrease the time involved in diagnosing sepsis, which is key to being able to treat it before it becomes deadly. Read on ...

 
 
 
Illustration showing conductive material with DNA threading through it. 
 

University of Illinois researchers, led by ECE Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton, developed a method to detect and map DNA methylation, which can be a warning sign of cancer, by threading the DNA through a tiny hole in a thin sheet of conductive material with a current running through it. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of electroplated coin. 
 

MatSE and Chemistry Professor Paul Braun and UI alumnus Hailong Ning, PHD ’14 MATSE, director of research and development at Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation in Champaign, Ill., led a research team that developed a method for directly electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes. The results have been high-quality, high-performance battery materials that also could open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries. Read on ...

 
 
 
Illustration of laser light used in new onto-mechanical technique. 
 

Led by Gaurav Bahl, ECE and MechSE Assistant Professor, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the University of Maryland have developed a method by which scattering of sound waves from disorder in a material can be suppressed on demand with the appropriate color of laser light. This could have a variety of applications including improving sensors and communication systems. Read on ...

 
 
 
Image showing new 3D gradient light interference microscopy. 
 

University of Illinois ECE Professor Gabriel Popescu, Animal Sciences Professor Matthew Wheeler, and their collaborative research team developed a new way of using gradient light interference microscopy (GLIM) to extract three-dimensional information from both thin and thick unlabeled specimens. As an add-on module to an existing inverted microscope, the GLIM can be used to suppress the typically incoherent background of 3-D imagery and potentially become a tool for in vitro fertilization by aiding in detecting embryo viability. Read on ...

 
 
 
Image of chemical array developed to guide cancer treatments. 
 

Kris Kilian, Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of MatSE at Illinois, led a research team that developed a chemical array to culture metastatic cancer cells so that different treatments can be tested on them and potentially result in individualized treatment plans for cancer patients. Read on ...

 
 
 
Illustration of new spectra transition-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-analyzer. 
 

Brian Cunningham and his research team have created a low-cost spectra transition-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer to analyze blood, urine or saliva samples. The smartphone-based system functions as a portable lab by detecting color changes and light output. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of REU student. 
 

In its third summer at the University of Illinois, the Bioimaging Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) allowed 10 undergraduate students from around the country to conduct hands-on research, acquire new imaging skills, gain professional skills, and learn more about graduate school opportunities -- all during Summer 2017. The REU is a National Science Foundation-supported program that encourages students, especially underrepresented minorities and females, to consider enrolling in graduate school. Read on ...

 
 
 
Left to right, photos of Weili Chen, Caroline Cvetkovic, and Hojeong Yu. 
 

Three recent UI graduates who conducted research at the MNTL while pursuing their Ph.D.’s at Illinois recently participated in questions and answers about their lives after graduation. Here’s what we asked Weili Chen PHD '17 ECE, Caroline Cvetkovic PHD '17 BIOE, and Hojeong Yu PHD '17 ECE, and how they answered . . . Read on ...

 
 
 
Facilities Update

LPCVD tool coming back online in MNTL cleanroom
The Low-Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition system, housed in the MNTL second-floor cleanroom, is expected to be available for use again before the end of the calendar year. The system recently was taken offline so it could be updated to include necessary safety upgrades. Those upgrades have been completed, and the facilities engineers are now restarting, evaluating, reviewing and verifying the system in preparation for it being back online. Researchers will receive an email notice when the system is available for use. The LPCVD tool is used for the deposition of silicon-nitride and polysilicon on production wafers and small samples.

 

 
 
 
Achievements
  • The “father of LED lighting,” Nick Holonyak Jr., John Bardeen Endowed Chair Emeritus in ECE at Illinois, earned a 2017 Beacon Award from Photonics Media in the Researcher category. The awards recognize individuals “in the photonics and optics industry whose outstanding contributions have advanced light-based technologies in the scientific, business, academic, and consumer communities.” Read on ...
  • Nadya Mason, Physics Professor, is leading the new Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center as Director. The center is supported by the National Science Foundation via a $15.6 million award and will focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative research centered on developing new magnetic materials and materials that can withstand bending and crumpling. Read on ...
  • Xiuling Li, ECE Professor, has been named a 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for her “contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications.” Fellows are selected for their extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Read on ...
  • MechSE Professor Andrew Alleyne has earned the 2017 Advocating for Women in Engineering Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE presents the award to honor individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM fields and have proven to be advocates of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives. Read on ...
  • Catherine J. Murphy, Professor of Chemistry, joins only 21 other professors who have been appointed to the permanent faculty of the UI Center for Advanced Study. Murphy is one of seven campus scholars to receive the 2017 honor — one of the highest forms of academic recognition the University of Illinois campus makes for outstanding scholarship. Read on ...
  • ECE junior Dennis Rich, of Bloomington, Ill., has been named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. The prestigious national award, named for the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, provides outstanding student recipients with stipends toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Rich, who is advised by ECE Professor Can Bayram, will receive the award for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. Read on ...
  • Yue Zhuo, 2015 Bioengineering Ph.D. alumna and current postdoc fellow at Illinois, received the 2017 Microscopy and Microanalysis Postdoctoral Scholar Award for her conference paper, “Label-free Imaging of Stem Cell Adhesion and Dynamic Tracking of Boundary Evolution using Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscopy” (PCEM). Read on ...
  • ECE Illinois visiting scholar Nimrod Missael Garcia Hernandez, along with ECE Associate Professor Viktor Gruev, won two Best Paper awards at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, including Best Paper award in the Sensory Circuits and Systems track and the Best Student Paper award, chosen from around 800 papers. Gruev is the principal investigator for the research. Read on ...
 
 
 
Recent Funding

Martha Gillette, Hyunjoon Kong, Rashid Bashir, Jonathan Sweedler, National Science Foundation, Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery, September 2017 - August 2022, $3,000,000

 

 
 
 
Celebrate the Illinois Story With Us, Friday, October 13, 2017.
 
 
 
 

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