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Microfluidic cartridges. 
Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, Illinois News Bureau

Three Holonyak Lab researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly. Read more

Sperm cell images. 
Joseph Park, ECE

A study led by Holonyak Lab postdoctoral fellow Xi Chen has been recently published in the high impact journal, Light: Science and Applications. The proposed method performs diffraction tomography using partially coherent fields to reveal the 3D distributions of refractive indices (RI) of transparent structures. Read more

Different types of etches. 
Allie Arp, CSL

From potato chips to penicillin, some of the most famous inventions in history have been accidents. Rather than getting rid of their potential blunders, the creators of these new innovations changed the world. Like these other inventors, Holonyak Lab Interim Director Xiuling Li encountered accidental wafer breakages during an experiment in her early career. Her "misfortune" ended up changing the way semiconductor materials are etched. Read more

Pawel Strzebonski 
Allie Arp, CSL

While many Americans used the first few months of quarantine to catch up on television or bake sourdough bread, Holonyak Lab student Pawel Strzebonski used that time to write three presentation proposals for the IEEE Photonics Conference. He recently found out that all three abstracts were accepted for presentation at the virtual conference taking place in September. Read more

Honors and accolades
 Cathy Murphy
Allie Arp, CSL

The Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory has a long history of faculty excellence, including its namesake. That tradition is continued with current faculty, some of whom The Grainger College of Engineering recently recognized through a number of endowed chairs, professorships, and promotions. Read more


Bashir elected to President's Executive Leadership Program (PELP) Fellows
PELP is a unique professional development program designed to broaden participants’ understanding of higher education issues and to strengthen their leadership skills related to overseeing a public institution at the university or system level. The program consists of four seminars that take place in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Springfield; and Urbana-Champaign. Eighty nominations were received across the three universities, and 16 faculty were selected. Among them was Holonyak Lab's own Rashid Bashir. Congratulations Rashid! 

Former student published in Physics Letters Journal
Holonyak Lab Alum Harshil Dave, former student of Kent Choquette, recently had his paper, "Complex coupling coefficient in laterally coupled microcavity laser diode arrays," published in the Applied Physics Letters Journal.


Can Bayram, NSF. $138,000 for 3 years starting 10/19/20. "Graduate Research Fellowship Program."

Around Holonyak Lab

New semester, new news
This is a reminder that if you have an exciting research result, get published in a journal, complete an internship, or just have something cool to share, the Communications team wants to know about it! Email your news and information to kgudeman@illinois.edu.

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Equipment update and processing tips
One of the new tools that will be installed in Holonyak Lab. 

Holonyak Lab is pleased to begin to install the new tools purchased through the Investment For Growth program. A new Freon chemistry Reactive Ion Etcher and an ICP RIE mixed-chemistry Etcher will be installed and available in the next few weeks. These machines will provide complex etching capabilities including Indium Phosphide and Lithium Niobate. Contact Lavendra Mandyam or Yaguang Lian if you wish to use these tools.

To become an HMNTL cleanroom user, or for tool services, contact Mark McCollum.

Facility information

Commissioning Toxic Gas Management System
Two DoD Technologies CL-96 toxic gas management systems have been commissioned for use in Holonyak Lab.  These tape-based systems allow improved monitoring of toxic gasses at very low concentrations and meet current safety codes for buildings handling semiconductor process gasses.

Undergraduate researchers during COVID
Campus has set strict guidelines when it comes to undergraduate presense on campus through September 17th. Because HMNTL has many undergraduates working on sponsored research, all HMNTL faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates are being screened and those considered low risk will be allowed to continue critical and necessary research through this period.

BioNano Lab update

BNL is installing Smart-Vue 915MHz Wireless Monitoring Kit w/sensor for monitoring ultra-low freezers (-80  ̊C), where the lab users store important samples. Some of these samples are priceless and cannot be recovered. This system will allow the lab manager and the facility employees to monitor the -80  ̊C temperature remotely, in case the temperature goes up after hours or during a lab shutdown. The system can send emails and text messages, so staff can intervene and fix the problem before damage occurs.

External opportunities

IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award
Established to honor an individual each year who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. The IEEE Photonics Society is seeking nominations for this year's award. Please take the time to nominate a peer or mentee before the 30 September 2020 deadline! Nomination open here.

Google PhD Fellowships - Nominations Due Sept 16
The Graduate College is accepting departmental nominations for the 2021 Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship Program, which supports PhD candidates in computer science and related disciplines. The fellowship offers up to three years of support, a $35K annual stipend, and the opportunity to work with a Google research mentor. Departments may submit up to four nominations each (stipulations apply). For details on eligible research areas and nomination procedure, visit the Google PhD Fellowship listing in the Fellowship Finder database.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program application open
The DoD promotes education in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the Defense mission. One means of promoting science and engineering education is through awarding fellowships to encourage promising U.S. scientists to pursue doctoral degrees in designated research disciplines. The DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. dual citizens who intend to pursue a Doctoral degree aligned to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development at a U.S. institution of their choice. More information available. Applications close November 2, 2020.

Upcoming events

COVID-19 Testing Technology: Featuring Brian Cunningham and Rashid Bashir
Part of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center's COVID-19 Monthly Seminar Series
Wednesday, September 16, 3-5PM

Interdisciplinary Sepsis & COVID-19 Symposium
Cohosted by The Grainger College of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine
September 28-29

Contact us

Have you recently gotten published? Won an award? Just have something cool to share? Let us know by emailing aarp@illinois.edu.