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Program Highlights

NYU-MRSEC & BioBus Collaboration

NYU-MRSEC investigators have worked alongside BioBus scientists to develop new K-12 materials science-related curricula since 2009. This collaboration brought exciting and educational engineering projects to over 1,000 NYC students in 2019-2020.

(2020)

Voltage Control of Magnetism above Room Temperature in epitaxial SrCo1-xFexO3-δ

Research

Searching for new materials and phenomena to enable voltage control of magnetism and magnetic properties holds compelling interest for the development of low-power non-volatile memory devices. Here, we report on a non-volatile ON/OFF voltage control of magnetism in thin films of an oxide, SrCo1-xFexO3-δ (SCFO).

(2020)

Manipulating Solid Forms of Contact Insecticides for Infectious Disease Prevention

MRSEC investigators rediscovered DFDT and found that amorphous and crystalline forms of DFDT and a mono-fluorinated chiral congener, MFDT were more active against Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes, the former the disease vector for malaria and the latter for Zika, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya.

(2020)

Path to the PhD Panel Discussion

NYU-MRSEC pursues its partnership with NYU-CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program). The Center was invited to give a guest lecture as part of the NYU-CSTEP Research Initiative. 

(2020)

Test-Tube Gemstones

The research funded by this grant has enabled  to develop a conceptually new approach to colloidal self-assembly that borrows no material from biology and entirely relies on the innate charge that any colloidal particle develops in water.

(2020)

Mucin Glycans Regulate Microbial Virulence

Research

A slimy layer of mucus serves as the first line of defense against problematic microbes like the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We have identified mucins, the major gel-forming components of mucus, and their complex sugar structures (glycans) as protective molecules that suppress microbial virulence traits including toxin secretion, bacterial communication, and surface attachment.

(2020)

Thermally-Induced Surfactant Displacement to Induce Colloidal Gelation

Research

Doyle has discovered a new way to thermally-induce gelation of nanoemulsions. They developed a platform wherein colloidal gelation is controlled by tuning repulsive interactions.

(2020)

Tunable Persistent Random Walk in Swimming

Here we explain the molecular engine of droplet motion that gives rise to their persistent random walk. This result allows us to tune their swimming speed and turning frequency over a range that is much broader than that of solid active particles.

(2020)

A hydrogen-bonded framework toolkit for molecular structure determination

MRSEC investigators reported that a versatile toolkit of guanidinium organosulfonate hydrogen-bonded host frameworks can form inclusion compounds with complex “stubborn” molecules that cannot be crystallized or form suitable single crystals for X-ray diffraction analysis by themselves, enabling determination of their molecular structure.

(2020)

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