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Winter 2018

 
 
 
 
 

In this edition of InstruMNTL, Director Brian Cunningham announces the inaugural lecture of the new Stillman Lecture Series at MNTL. Read on...

 
 
 
Dr. John Bowers 
Dr. John Bowers, Speaker for Stillman Lecture Series 
 

MNTL is excited to announce that we are inaugurating the Stillman Lecture Series, with the initial event set to take place on April 23, 2018. Professor John Bowers from the University of California at Santa Barbara will be our speaker. Read on…

 

 
 
 
Dr. Brian T. Cunningham 
Dr. Brian T. Cunningham, MNTL Director 
 

Prof. Brian T. Cunningham and Prof. Lynford Goddard have been honored by the U of I’s Center for Advanced Study. Read on…

 
 
Dr. Arend van der Zande 
Dr. Arend van der Zande 
 

MNTL affiliate, Arend van der Zande will co-lead a team studying novel nanomaterials, as part of a new Illinois-based Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), funded by the National Science Foundation. Read on…

 
 
 
Dr. Kejie Fang 
Dr. Kejie Fang 
 

Assistant Professor Kejie Fang, new MNTL affiliate, will conduct research focused on nanophotonics and quantum photonics, emphasizing physics exploration and chip-scale integration. Read on…

 
 
 
Dr. Jean-Pierre LeBurton 
Dr. Jean-Pierre LeBurton 
 

In 2017, MNTL welcomed Jean-Pierre LeBurton to our ranks. A member of the University of Illinois family for many years, LeBurton’s chief areas of expertise are nanostructure and device physics, including transport in quantum structures and carbon-based nanostructures, spin effects in nanostructures, and nano-biotechnology. Read on…

 
 
 
Ruochen Lu; Ph.D. candidate in ECE 
Ruochen Lu; Ph.D. candidate in ECE 
 

A student research group mentored by Dr. Songbin Gong has received the 2017 International Frequency Control Symposium Best Paper Award. Read on…

 
 
 
Dr. Songbin Gong 
Dr. Songbin Gong 
 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded ECE ILLINOIS Professor Songbin Gong an Early Career Faculty Award. The highly coveted award comes with $600,000 in funding support for a proposed research project. Read on…

 

 
 
 
Process illustration, from sample collection to assessment 
Process illustration, from sample collection to assessment 
 

A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card. Read on…

 
 
 
Prof. Andrew Smith & student in lab. 
Prof. Andrew Smith & student in lab. 
 

The Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine (ONC-PM) theme research team has received their first NIH R01grant funding, set to incept as of March 2018. Take a look at their other accomplishments so far. Read on...

 
 
 
Dr. Peter Dragic 
Dr. Peter Dragic 
 

In December 2017, MNTL faculty affiliate Dr. Peter Dragic and his research team were notified that they had a journal paper selected as an Editor’s Pick, based on “its excellent scientific quality”. Read on…

 
 
 
Mark McCollum, Principal Research Engineer at MNTL 
Mark McCollum, Principal Research Engineer at MNTL 
 

MNTL’s Principal Research Engineer is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of engineering talent. Read on…

 
 
 
Anming Gao; Ph.D. candidate in ECE 
Anming Gao; Ph.D. candidate in ECE 
 

Anming Gao, whose primary research area is microelectronics and photonics, was selected as a recipient of the 2017 Lam Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Patience and perseverance were key to his accomplishment. Read on…

 
 
 
MNTL Cleanroom 
MNTL Cleanroom 
 

MNTL values the hard work of faculty and recognizes the importance of awards in developing and sustaining excellence across the wide range of activities involved in teaching, research, and public service. Check out just a few examples of MNTL faculty achievements and recognition for 2017. Read on...

 
 
 
Facilities Update
Biolab Microscope 
Biolab Microscope 
 

New Fluorescence Microscope Purchased

The MNTL Bionano Lab has recently purchased an Olympus BX63, an upright fluorescence microscope with completely motorized stage featuring advanced, high-precision, ultrasonic Piezo technology, providing silent, smooth and extremely precise operation. This microscope is placed inside a biosafety hood and is fully dedicated for pathogen work.

 
 
 
Funding Update

Principal Investigator, Rashid Bashir. Sponsor: Purdue University, USDA. “Advanced Development of Innovative Technologies and Systematic Approaches to Foodborne Hazard Detection and Characterization for Improving Food Safety.” $67, 500.

Principal Investigator, Rashid Bashir. Sponsor: CIMIT. “Personalized Multiplexed Molecular Diagnostics for Point of Care Setting.” $150,000.

Principal Investigator, Can Bayram. Sponsor: NSF. “CAREER: Cubic Phase Green Light Emitting Diodes for Advanced Solid State Lighting”. $500,000.

Principal Investigator, John Dallesasse. Sponsor: NSF. “E2CDA: Type I: Collaborative Research: Electronic-Photonic Integration Using the Transistor Laser for Energy-Efficient Computing”. $509,747.

Principal Investigator, John Dallesasse. Sponsor: NERC. “E2CDA: Type I: Collaborative Research: Electronic-Photonic Integration Using the Transistor Laser for Energy-Efficient Computing”. $254,873.

Principal Investigator, James Gary Eden. Sponsor: AFOSR. “Internal Cooling of Fiber and Disc Lasers by Radiation Balancing and Other Optical or Phonon Processes”. $841,633.

Principal Investigator, Viktor Gruev. Sponsor: NSF. “Bioinspired Multispectral Imager for Near Infrared Fluorescene Image Guided Surgery”. $441,774.

Principal Investigator, Larry Lee. Sponsor: Yale, DOE. “Dual Junction Solar Cells for High Efficiency at Elevated Temperature”. $221,000.

Principal Investigator, Larry Lee. Sponsor: NSF. “Collaborative Research: Low Cost High Performance Ultrathin GaAs Solar Cells for Terrestrial Photovoltaics”. $213,490.

 Principal Investigator, Larry Lee. Sponsor: NSF. “UNS: Collaborative Research: 30%-Efficient III-V/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells”. $225,067.

 Principal Investigator, Logan Liu. Sponsor: WPI. “Wireless Passive MEMS Sensors and Optical Nondestructive Testing for CARD”. $25,000.

Principal Investigator, Wenjuan Zhu. Sponsor: NSF. “Resonant Tunnel Field Effect Transistors Based on Vertical 2D Crystal Heterostructures”. $370,000.

Principal Investigator, Wenjuan Zhu. Sponsor: NSF. “CAREER: Transforming Electronic Devices Using Two-dimensional Materials and Ferroelectric Metal Oxides”. $500,000.