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Program Highlights for year 2010

MRSEC-Inspired Exhibits at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry

Science Storms, the newest permanent exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, opened to the public on March 18th.  MRSEC graduate students, postdocs, research staff and faculty assisted with the compilation of an inventory of chemical reactions for the Interactive Periodic Tables.  In addition, aspects of granular materials research  in IRGs 1 and 2 are featured prominently.

Genetically-Engineered Protein Materials and Self-Assembly : Video

The video describes the Montclare lab research efforts to fabricate nano-scaled self-assembling proteins as materials. It focuses on the use of bacteria as the synthetic powerhouse for soft materials synthesis and features the self-assembly behavior of these biologically-inspired materials for potential use in therapeutic delivery and regenerative medicine.

Effect of Particle Additives on the Texture Evolution in Block Copolymer Blends

Block copolymer/nanoparticle (BCP/NP) composites have attracted interest because of the unique opportunities for tuning the properties of hybrid materials arising from the control of orientation and location of particle fillers within the copolymer matrix. However, quiescent organized block copolymer microstructures are not

Grain Boundary Energy from Experiment and Simulation

A collaboration between the CMU MRSEC and Sandia National Laboratory has permitted the first large scale comparison between experimentally measured grain boundary energies and energies calculated based on atomistic simulations.

Ultra-Fast Electrically Driven Single Spin Rotations

A single electron spin in an external magnetic field forms a two-level system that can be used to create a spin qubit. However, achieving fast single spin rotations, as would be required to control a spin qubit, is a major challenge.

Discover Magazine Names NYU Physics Finding One of Top Stories of 2009

The NYU team, led by Jasna Brujic, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Physics, developed an innovative way to tabulate the number of spheres-they created a method for determining how spheres

Auger Recombination in Quantum Dot Materials

Auger recombination is an important mechanism that can limit the performance of solar cells.

Enhanced Exciton Diffusion using Phosphor Sensitization

Graduate student Wade Luhman has demonstrated a route to enhance the short exciton diffusion length (LD) of organic semiconductors by combining fluorescent and phosphorescent materials into a single electron donating thin film.

Probing the Spin Polarization of Sulfide-based Spintronic Materials

Highly spin-polarized magnets have the potential to radically improve the performance of many spintronic devices.

Mechanism of Molecular Exchange in Block Polymer Micelles

Using small-angle neutron scattering, we investigated the mechanism of molecular exchange in spherical micelles formed by diblock copolymers in an organic solvent.