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Spring 2019

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  • Director's Message
  • Narayana Aluru among newest members of AAAS
  • Two MNTL researchers, Nie and van der Zande, rank among most influential in world
  • Arend van der Zande earns NSF CAREER Award
  • Illinois faculty, former students honor Nick Holonyak Jr. legacy in celebration of his birthday
  • Rashid Bashir named NAI Fellow
  • Illinois MRSEC wins NSF Big Ideas award
  • Can Bayram awarded Young Scientist Prize in Optics
  • Illinois receives $3 million in NIH funding to develop neural probe for monitoring brain chemistry
  • Faculty awarded NSF grant to develop bio-hybrid soft architectures
  • Songbin Gong earns Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
  • ‘Metallic wood’ throws down a challenge to titanium
  • Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms
  • Creating better devices: The etch stops here
  • SENSELET provides sensory-driven IoT network for scientific instruments
  • Novel quantum dots enhance cell imaging
  • Researchers develop microbubble scrubber to destroy dangerous biofilms

Fall 2018

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  • Director's Message
  • Rashid Bashir Named New College of Engineering Dean
  • MNTL & ECE Host Holonyak Symposium October 26
  • Li Elected as 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Popescu Reviews QPI Method in Nature Photonics
  • Second Stillman Lecture Event a Success
  • Postdoc Yue Zhuo Receives Inaugural Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship
  • Patrick Su & Co-authors Receive "Student Presentation Award" at TECHCON
  • Undergrad Researcher Awarded IEEE Photonics Conference Women in Photonics Travel Grant
  • Cunningham Leads Development of Star Trek-inspired Smartphone Spectroscopy
  • MNTL's Bionano Lab has New QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System

Summer 2018

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  • Director's Message
  • Xiuling Li's Research Team is Transforming the Transformer
  • Professor Lynford Goddard Selected as University Scholar
  • Professor Can Bayram Designated OSA Senior Member
  • Cunningham's Team Develops Microscopy Technique to Analyze Cellular Focal Adhesions
  • Research Team Has Demonstrated First Laser to Generate Laser Beams with Fractal Pattern
  • Illinois Receives $1.5M to Lower Cost, Improve Viability of DNA Data Storage
  • The Journey to Becoming a Physician-Innovator
  • Student Excellence Rewarded: Yifan Yao Receives Alfred W. Allen Award
  • Hsuan-Ping Lee Awarded Ernest A. Reid Fellowship
  • MNTL's Bionano Lab has New QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System

Spring 2018

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  • Stillman Lecture Enjoys Successful April Debut
  • MNTL Affiliate Viktor Gruev Leads Development of New Bio-inspired Camera
  • New NIH-funded Research Aims to Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes
  • Zhu Selected for IBM Faculty Award
  • Researchers Explore Ways to Transplant Pancreatic Islets to Treat Type I Diabetes Long Term
  • Ultrasound-guided Nanobubbles Could Enhance Cancer Treatments
  • MNTL Graduate Student Makes Strides in Photochemical Etching
  • Q&A with Dr. Irfan Ahmad, Recipient of 2018 CAPE Award
  • Community Engagement: MNTL Greets Visitors During Engineering Open House
  • Rashid Bashir Named 2018 Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow
  • Phase-transition Cubic Gallium Nitride Doubles Ultraviolet Emission Efficiency, Bayram's Research Team Finds

Winter 2018

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  • New & Noteworthy: Stillman Lecture Series Debuts April 2018
  • MNTL Faculty Selected as Associates by Center for Advanced Study
  • van der Zande to Co-Lead Team Studying Novel Nanomaterials in New NSF Center
  • New Faculty: Dr.Kejie Fang
  • MNTL Welcomes Jean-Pierre LeBurton
  • 2017 International Frequency Control Symposium Best Paper Award
  • Gong Receives NASA Early Career Award
  • Integrated Lab-on-chip Uses Smartphone to Quickly Detect Multiple Pathogens
  • Research Theme Update: Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine
  • Journal Paper Selected as Editor's Pick
  • Community Engagement: MNTL's Mark McCollum
  • Anming Gao Recipient of 2017 Lam Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • 2017 Summary of Faculty Awards & Recognition
  • Facilities Update: New Fluorescence Microscop Purchased
  • Funding Update

Fall 2017

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  • The University of Illinois launches first U.S. nanomanufacturing node
  • Illinois researchers develop spectroscopic "science camera" system for smartphone-enabled mobile health
  • Bio-micro/nanotech researcher Irudayaraj joins MNTL faculty
  • Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of blood
  • Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer
  • Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries
  • Opto-mechanical technique circumvents mechanical losses using the action of light
  • New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos
  • Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatment
  • Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool
  • Bioimaging REU exposes undergrads to imaging research, what grad school is like
  • Q&A with recent grads: Moving on to Apple, Harvard Med, and Houston research institute
  • Facilities Update: LPCVD tool coming back online in MNTL cleanroom
  • Faculty and student achievements

Summer 2017

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  • New women in engineering statue attracts national attention
  • Catherine Murphy named one of the world's most influential researchers
  • Physics Illinois alumnus M. George Craford awarded IEEE Edison Medal
  • Retired Intel executive receives College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Researchers unveil new spin on future of transistors with novel design
  • Wenjuan Zhu earns NSF CAREER Award
  • Direct electrical probing of periodic modulation of zinc-dopant distributions in planar gallium arsenide nanowire
  • Illinois team advances GaN-on-Si technology towards scalable high-electron mobility transistors
  • First significant examples of optical crystallography for nanomaterials
  • Growth method may enable new properties for next-gen semiconductor devices
  • Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
  • Illinois researchers build Dropbox-like storage, analytical system for scientific data
  • Novel buffer-layer design yields room-temperature mid-IR InAs laser made on InP
  • New physics laws may enhance performance of widely used lasers
  • Researchers developing new way to quickly detect HIV in blood sample
  • Now you can "build your own" bio-bot
  • Researchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy states

December 2016

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  • New faculty: Gruev develops bio-inspired imaging technology
  • LED inventor wins prestigious Benjamin Franklin Medal
  • New label-free microscope images cell interactions
  • Nano-medicine approach to treating obesity-related inflammation
  • Illinois one of six schools to launch NSF-funded academic redshirt program
  • Cost-effective thermal management method for GaN power transistors
  • Tunneling holds key to high-speed modulation of transistor and laser development
  • MNTL spin-off company II-VI EpiWorks to expand wafer-making capability
  • In the lab: An update on new staff and facilities
  • Faculty and student achievements

September 2016

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  • New faculty: Dragic's research focuses on fiber optics & lasers
  • New faculty: Lee continues pioneering solar cell research
  • Brighter, more efficient green LEDs may enhance solid-state lighting
  • Enhancing transistor technology
  • New method yields small, stable quantum dots for bio-imaging & analysis
  • Novel FlexBrite technology IDs substances and their quantity in liquids
  • Testing a nano-based bone cancer drug delivery system
  • Creating faster, more energy efficient chips
  • MNTL faculty help improve manufacturing drying processes
  • Popular ECE 444 IC Fab Lab opens in MNTL
  • Where are they now?
  • In the lab: An update on new staff and tools
  • Faculty and student achievements

May 2016

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  • Silicon nanophotonics pioneer Vlasov joins Illinois faculty
  • Developing better energy conversion devices
  • Record-speed data transmission
  • Shape of tumor may affect whether cancer cells spread
  • New disposable biochip detects HIV quickly and accurately
  • Stretchable graphene photodector absorbs more light
  • DOE-funded work to advance adaptive & self-healing materials
  • MNTL spin-off company acquired by II-VI Inc.
  • Former MNTL director Verdeyen passes away
  • Where are they now?
  • Graduate student spotlight
  • In the lab: New deposition system to enable 2D materials growth
  • MNTL welcomes new managing director

January 2016

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  • MNTL launches industry affiliates program
  • Anti-reflection coating may improve OE device efficiency
  • Enhancing solar cell efficiency
  • Novel flat quantum dots enhance cell imaging
  • Synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic
  • Center receives $25 million to build biological machines
  • Alumni connect with students
  • Wanted: Equipment donations

August 2015

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  • New Carle Illinois College of Medicine¹s impact on MNTL
  • Campus faculty entrepreneurial fellows
  • LED pioneers receive Draper Prize
  • Understanding novel materials
  • New faculty member
  • Patented transistor injected QCL
  • MNTL-related summer outreach