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An N-95 mask in a slow cooker 
Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, Illinois News Bureau

Illinois researchers, including Holonyak Lab's Elbashir Araud, found that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker, such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot, decontaminated N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. Read more

Holonyak Lab building 
Allie Arp, CSL

Undergraduate research experience sets Grainger College of Engineering graduates apart from their peers. For undergrads involved in Holonyak Lab, that experience can include active involvement in the ground-breaking research for which the lab is known. Read more

Bill King works at a computer 

Holonyak Lab's Bill King was featured on the Big Ten Network talking about the Grainger College of Engineering invention, RapidVent. Watch the video.

Drawing of sperm cells 
Ananya Sen, News Bureau

Holonyak Lab researchers collaborated to develop a new technique that can be used to determine the fertility of sperm samples. They hope to further develop the technique for assisted reproductive technology in humans. Read more

Electron microscope image of an array of new chip components. 
Lois Yoksoulian, Illinois News Bureau

Holonyak Lab researchers have ditched the conventional 2D on-chip lumped or distributed filter network design – composed of separate inductors and capacitors – for a single, space-saving 3D rolled membrane that contains both independently designed elements. Read more

Student in a mask working on a computer. 
Allie Arp, CSL

The technology in the latest iPhone allows users to take 3D photos and unlock their phones with facial recognition using VCSELs. Holonyak Lab’s John Dallesasse and several of his students are looking at how they can improve VCSEL technology for applications that include facial recognition and systems for autonomous vehicles. Read more

Rashid Bashir 

Grainger Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir, a Holonyak Lab faculty member, is joining the fight against COVID-19 with a new projects that uses loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) in a diagnostics assay. Read more

Stampede super computer 
Joseph Park, ECE

Holonyak Lab faculty Can Bayram and PhD candidate Yi-Chia Tsai are using supercomputers to further understand the crystal structure of new materials that could potentially make LED lighting even brighter and more affordable. Read more

Honors and accolades
 Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy, Holonyak Lab faculty and Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, is making history as the first female Head of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more

 Ali Essam Ali Kourani
Joseph Park, ECE

Illinois ECE graduate student Ali Essam Ali Kourani was recently named as one of the 12 recipients of the 2020 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Student Fellowship Award. Read more


Milton Feng, sdPhotonics LLC. $83,333 for 1 year started 6/8/2020, "VCSEL-Based Hybrid Packaging for High Speed Optical Data Connection."

Matthew Gilbert, Army. $59,650.61 for 1 year started 8/1/20, "Exploring Spin and Charge Dynamics at the Topological-Ferromagnetic Interface."

Around Holonyak Lab

Postdoc position in wide-bandgap material and nanoscale electronic devices
Professor Wenjuan Zhu is seeking candidates with a backgorund in wide bandgap materials for Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in her lab within Holonyak Lab. The lab investigates gate dielectrics on wide bandgap materials and high‐temperature electronic devices based on these materials. Additional details can be foun on the lab's website. 

Semester begins August 24
In less than two weeks, the Fall 2020 semester will begin! For students and faculty who will be returning to campus there are testing requirements in addition to the social distancing and face covering measures that will be in place across campus. For the latest updates and answers to FAQs visit the university's COVID website.

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.

Want to share research on your own social media? Make sure to tag Holonyak Lab's pages listed below and use the hashtag, #HMNTL. This will make sure we see all the posts about Holonyak Lab and will allow people to group them together.

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around Holonyak Lab
Follow the Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology lab on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and now Youtube for the latest news and updates.

Equipment update and processing tips

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Facility information

Holonyak Lab COVID restricted access
Holonyak Lab maintains its own separate access control system as required for a semiconductor facility. During continued COVID campus restrictions, this internally managed system will restrict all building  access to researchers with laboratories and offices within the building, as well as a restricted group of students for the ECE 444 laboratory which resides within Holonyak Laboratory. University protocols require twice weekly COVID testing for all faculty, staff, and students who access the university for any length of time for any reason.

Toxic Gas Analyzer Upgrade
Holonyak Lab received a shipment of upgraded CL-96 tape-based toxic gas analyzer systems on August 11th. Commissioning will occur in August and there will be improved sensing response as well as communications with the university public safety, facilities, and engineering staff.

External opportunities

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The purpose of GRFP is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. More information and application deadlines can be found here.

NASA seeks big ideas from universities to solve a messy problem
Through its annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, NASA is looking for a wide range of creative solutions from college and university students on the theme of lunar dust mitigation. Competition judges will select between five and 10 teams to receive up to $180,000 each to build, test, and demonstrate robust lunar dust mitigation, or dust tolerant capabilities and technologies. Visit the website for more information about the challenge, including full design guidelines and constraints, relevant resources, and details on how to apply.

Upcoming events

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Contact us

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