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Fall 2018

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

As highlighted in one of this issue’s InstruMNTL news stories, on the morning of October 26, we will be holding a special ECE-MNTL symposium to recognize the innovation and impact of Professor Nick Holonyak in honor of his 90th birthday. I especially encourage our graduate and undergraduate students to attend the presentations by several former graduate students from Professor Holonyak’s group, who not only participated in groundbreaking research during their time at Illinois, but who also went on to develop highly successful commercial products and further moved the frontiers of science forward. The impact of Professor Holonyak is literally surrounding us every day through LED illumination and in the semiconductor lasers that make the Internet possible. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Rashid Bashir 
Professor Rashid Bashir 
 

Our warmest congrats to Dr. Rashid Bashir! Bashir will become the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective November 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Bashir is the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Nick Holonyak Jr. 
Professor Nick Holonyak Jr. 
 

MNTL and ECE are joining together to honor one of the University’s most prolific and renowned researchers, Dr. Nick Holonyak Jr, the man who developed the first usable visible-spectrum light-emitting diode in 1962, while working at General Electric, perhaps better known as the LED. His discovery generated related research and subsequent real-world products such as instrumentation and indicator lights used for countless types of equipment and appliances, including everyday devices like alarm clocks, watches, and flashlights, all the way to the iPad. See more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Xiuling Li 
Professor Xiuling Li 
 

We're proud to share the news that ECE Illinois Professor and MNTL affiliate faculty, Xiuling Li has been elected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the world's second largest organization of physicists. Learn more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Gabriel Popescu 
Professor Gabriel Popescu 
 

Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and affiliate faculty with both MTNL and Beckman, was asked to write a review on quantitative phase imaging (QPI) for Nature Photonics. "I believe that this represents a milestone for our field,” he said. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA, Stillman Lecture Speaker 
Professor Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA, Stillman Lecture Speaker 
 

The Stillman Lecture Series at the Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory was established by Director Brian T. Cunningham as a way to celebrate and honor Professor Gregory E. Stillman’s extensive scientific research contributions to engineering, and his dedication to students. Lecture events take place during each fall and spring term. This fall's Lecture on September 26 was given by Dr. Aydogan Ozcan, of UCLA. Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA, an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and leads the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA. He is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Learn more about Ozcan and his topic.

 
 
 
 
Yue Zhuo, postdoc researcher 
Yue Zhuo, postdoc researcher 
 

Yue Zhuo earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Illinois in 2015, and in 2016 became a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Now, she has received the inaugural Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. This one-year Fellowship will begin in October. Read more...

 
 
 
 
Patrick Su 
Patrick Su 
 

In September, Patrick Su and fellow co-authors Professor John Dallesasse and Ph.D. student John A. Carlson, were awarded the "Student Presentation Award" at TECHCON for a presentation on "GaN-based mach-Zehnder Modulators for Highly Efficient Optical Modulation and Switching Applications". See more...

 
 
 
 
Josephine Melia 
Josephine Melia 
 

Professor Can Bayram’s undergraduate research student, Josephine Melia, recently received an IEEE Photonics Conference Women in Photonics Travel Grant. Understandably proud of her accomplishment, Professor Bayram commented “She is the only Illinois undergrad researcher accepted, and one of a handful of US students or young professionals accepted.” Read more...

 
 
 
 
Professor Cunningham & student with smartphone 
Professor Cunningham & student with smartphone 
 

ECE ILLINOIS Professor Brian T CunninghamDonald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering, is leading a team of researchers to exploit the convergence of smartphone computing and spectroscopy. According to Photonics Media, Cunningham's research team developed the TRI Analyzer, a 3D-printed cable that attaches to the back of a smartphone and uses the phone's internal camera as a visible-light spectrometer. "Cellphones today are very well engineered," Cunningham said. "And their hardware and software are very well-integrated." 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.