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Summer 2018

 
 
Brian T. Cunningham, MNTL's Director 
Brian T. Cunningham, MNTL's Director 
 

In a season of summer movie superheroes like "Ant-Man and the Wasp", Director Brian Cunningham talks about the real-world superheroes at MNTL that bring science and engineering to life for global good. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Xiuling Li 
Professor Xiuling Li 
 

The future of electronic devices lies partly within the “internet of things” – the network of devices, vehicles, and appliances embedded within electronics to enable connectivity and data exchange. University of Illinois engineers are helping realize this future by minimizing the size of one notoriously large element of integrated circuits used for wireless communication – the transformer.

“Transformers are one of the largest and heaviest elements on any circuit board,” said principal investigator Xiuling Li, a professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering. “The size of these transformers may become a key obstacle to overcome in the future for wireless communication and IoT.” Read more...

 

 
 
 
 
Professor Lynford Goddard 
Professor Lynford Goddard 
 

Professor Lynford Goddard was recently selected as a University Scholar for 2018-19. Goddard is a professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and an MNTL researcher.

Founded in 1985, the system-wide Faculty Scholar Program recognizes outstanding members of the faculty and provides each of the recipients with funding for scholarly activities. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Can Bayram 
Professor Can Bayram 
 

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor and MNTL researcher Can Bayram was recently elevated to Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). This designation recognizes his exceptional experience, professional accomplishments, and service. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Brian T. Cunningham, a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, and the Principal Investigator for the PROM project 
Professor Brian T. Cunningham, a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, and the Principal Investigator for the PROM project 
 

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of microscopy--Photonic Resonator Outcoupler Microscopy (PROM)--that allows them to observe the formation and evolution of cell membrane focal adhesions. Understanding this process can help in the treatment of diseases like cancer. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Gary Eden, Principal Investigator for the project 
Professor Gary Eden, Principal Investigator for the project 
 

A research team at Illinois has demonstrated the first laser to generate laser beams having a fractal pattern. The team includes members  Jose A. Rivera, Thomas C. Galvin, Austin W. Steinforth, and J. Gary Eden, an MNTL researcher and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois. The research group’s paper, “Fractal Modes and Multi-beam Generation from Hybrid Microlaser Resonators” was published in early July by Nature Communications. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Olgica Milenkovic 
Professor Olgica Milenkovic 
 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is undertaking a $1.5 million effort to produce new DNA-based storage nanoscale devices using chimeric DNA, a hybrid molecule made from two different sources. As part of the three-year project, “SemiSynBio: An on-chip nanoscale storage system using chimeric DNA,” the team will design a method to read, write, and store data in a more cost-effective way than current DNA storage techniques. Read more... 

 
 
 
 
Elizabeth Woodburn, member of the inaugural class of the world's first engineering-based medical school at Illinois. 
Elizabeth Woodburn, member of the inaugural class of the world's first engineering-based medical school at Illinois. 
 

Elizabeth Woodburn shares her personal story about the feelings and the process that she experienced on the way to becoming a member of the inaugural class at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Elizabeth has been an undergrad intern in Professor Brian Cunningham's (MNTL's Director) research group for over two years. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Yifan Yao, recipient of the Alfred W. Allen Award 
Yifan Yao, recipient of the Alfred W. Allen Award 
 

Just two weeks prior to his graduation in May this year, Yifan Yao received a wonderful gift. He was presented with the Alfred W. Allen Award in recognition of his academic excellence. We connected with Yao this summer to talk with him about why he chose Illinois for his undergraduate work, his thoughts on receiving the Allen Award, and what his career plans include next. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Ph.D. Student Hsuan-Ping Lee 
Ph.D. Student Hsuan-Ping Lee 
 

The 2017-2018 recipient of the Ernest A. Reid Fellowship Award, Hsuan-Ping Lee, shares his reasons for coming to Illinois, how he felt when he learned that he'd won the Fellowship, and what he hopes to make his future career focus. Read more... 

 
 
 
MNTL's Bionano Lab has New QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System
 
QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System 
QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System 
 

MNTL's Bionano Lab has acquired a new Applied Biosystem QuanStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System. The QuantStudio™ 3 Real-Time PCR System allows maximum efficiency with a high level of performance for multiple applications, including genotyping, miRNA and gene expression analysis, copy number determination, strain identification, presence/absence detection, and melt curve analysis. QS is available to MNTL Bionano lab users. See some of the details about this new tool.