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Chancellor Jones and Provost Cangellaris at the renaming ceremony.
Introducing the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory!

On June 11, 2019, we officially became the Nick Holonyak, Jr Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.

Professor Holonyak's legacy will now permanently be recognized on campus, and it will influence generations of engineers for years to come.

Holonyak invented the world's first practical light-emitting diode (LED) and he and his students demonstrated the first quantum well laser, which enabled modern fiber optics communications.

A video of the full naming ceremony is available from the Grainger College of Engineering. Read here for more information about the renaming.

Lynford Goddard, PI on the recently funded project. 

Holonyak Lab researchers received funding for a project thatwill advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by preparing middle school students for advanced science and math courses, and for engineering careers. Read more

From left, postdoctoral researcher Ziyuan Song, professor Jianjun Cheng and graduate students Tianrui Xue and Lazaro Pacheco.
Ananya Sen, News Bureau

For the first time since the discovery of the N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) molecule in 1906, Holonyak Lab researchers have been able to build long chains using non-purified NCA. Read more

Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor and department chair Paul Kenis, right, and graduate student Shawn Lu. 
Lois Yoksoulian, News Bureau

Holonyak Lab chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap biofuel byproduct to reduce the energy consumption of the waste-to-value process by 53 percent. Read more

A new drug-delivery system that contains crystalized catechin can sense trouble and respond by releasing antioxidant to restore a normal heart rate to water fleas undergoing cardiac stress brought on by high oxidant levels 
Lois Yoksoulian, News Bureau

Holonyak Lab engineers have developed and tested a new drug-delivery system that senses high oxidant levels and responds by administering just the right amount of antioxidant to restore this delicate balance. Read more

Hydrogel balls sparking due to microwave radiation. Photo: Khattak et al (PNAS) 
Ryan F. Mandelbaum, GIZMODO

A paper published in a well-known science journal begins with the following sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.” A universally acknowledged truth indeed... but what causes this microwave marvel? Holonyak Lab Professor Catherine Murphy was a coauthor on the paper. Read more

Ralph Nuzzo 
Behtany Halford, c&en

Automaker Subaru is recalling certain models of its Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza vehicles, blaming a reaction between silicone-containing consumer products and brake-light switches. The recall affects 1.3 million automobiles in the US alone. Holonyak Lab Professor Ralph Nuzzo explains the latest recalls. Read full story

Awards and Recognition
Girls looking through a microscope.
Christina Chhin, NCER

Gender achievement gaps in education, particularly in the STEM domain continue to persist. On the 2015 NAEP, male students continued to significantly outperform female students in science in Grades 8 and 12, and on the 2017 NAEP, male students outperformed female students in mathematics at Grades 4 and 8. In addition, a recent study by Reardon and colleagues supported by IES found that the gender achievement gap favoring male students in mathematics was related to local socioeconomic conditions, with the gap being more prevalent in more socioeconomically advantaged school districts. Read more

Catherine Murphy 
Jodi Heckel, News Bureau

Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Holonyak Lab Professor Catherine J. Murphy have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honorary societies in the nation. Read more

Paul Kwiat 
Chicago Quantum Exchange

The first seed grants funded by the Discovery Partners Institute have been announced and Holonyak Lab Professor Paul Kwiat is one of the recipients. Kwiat's project involves a weeklong summer school program in quantum computing to provide basic training for students and faculty, and for students interested in pursuing research and entrepreneurship in this next wave of innovation. Read more

Hyun Joon Kong 

Holonyak Lab professor Hyunjoon Kong is PI on one of 11 projects funded by the Jump ARCHES grants. His project, "Surgical planning via preoperative surgical repair of next-generation 3D, patient-specific. cardiac mimic," aims to 3D print realistic physical organs and tissues to help surgeons better plan for specific operations and train new surgeons. Read more

Rashid Bashir 

Holonyak Lab Professor and Dean of the Grainger College of Engineering Rashid Bashir was featured on an episode of PBS News Hour. Watch the full episode here

Around Campus
Grainger College of Engineering
Bill Bell, Grainger College of Engineering

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering has become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support. Read more

IQUIST will bring together Illinois’ physicists, engineers, computer scientists and many others to develop new paradigms in quantum information science and technology. 
News Bureau

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making a $15 million investment in the emerging area of quantum information science and engineering, a field poised to revolutionize computing, communication, security, measurement, and sensing by utilizing the unique and powerful capabilities of quantum mechanics. Read more

Groundbreaking for the Campus Instructional Facility Project took place in mid-April. The first classes in the facility are planned for fall 2021. Illustration by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 
News Bureau

The Campus Instructional Facility Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will add 122,000 square feet of instructional space at the southeast corner of Springfield Avenue and Wright Street in Urbana. Read more

Group at the workshop on data-science enabled advances in nanomanufacturing. 

The nanomanufacturing (nanoMFG) node at Illinois presented its first two-day workshop on February 26-27 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The workshop focused on data-science enabled advances in nanomanufacturing in nanotechnology to explore future opportunities in nanomanufacturing. Read more