Randeria Elected 2022 AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Mohit Randeria, IRG-1, on being elected a AAAS 2022 Fellow! In October 2022, the AAAS Council elected 505 members as Fellows of AAAS. Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.

See the announcement here.

DOD SMART Scholarship Awarded to Brandi Wooten

Congratulations to CEM graduate researcher Brandi Wooten for winning a SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Scholarship from the Department of Defense.

Brandi will be assigned to the Army Research Lab (ARL) – Sensors and Electronic Devices Directorate (SEDD) in Adelphi, MD. She will spend her summers there (beginning in 2022) until she graduates. Afterwards, she will will work there for as many years as they fund her (~2 years).  They make materials atom by atom (a process known as molecular beam epitaxy), then they ship the samples to her where she measures the topological electronic and magnetic properties. Through the scholarship program, she will develop both skillsets, which will be great for future employment opportunities.

Baker Wins 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award

Spectroscopy has named Robert Baker, associate professor at The Ohio State University, the winner of the 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award. Awarded annually since 2017, it recognizes the achievements and aspirations of a talented young atomic spectroscopist, selected by an independent scientific committee.

“Robert Baker is a brilliant young scientist and embodies the values and qualities we look for when selecting the Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award winner,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of Spectroscopy®. “His extensive background in the fields of physical chemistry, surface science, catalysis and spectroscopy make him truly deserving of this noteworthy award.”

The award will be presented to Baker on Feb. 24 at the Spectroscopy® Virtual Symposium, ‘Atomic Spectroscopy in Practice,’ where he will give a plenary lecture.

Read the full press release here.

2022 Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awardees

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Seed Grant Program Awards:

EMRGs:
1. “Optical-electrical coupling behavior in semiconductor nanomembranes”
PI: Jinghua Li; Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2. “High-throughput Synthesis of Microstructurally and Compositionally Complex High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) Using Additive Manufacturing”
PI: Aeriel Murphy-Leonard; Department of Materials Science and Engineering

3. “Vanadium-substituted proteins as molecular qubits”
PI: Hannah Shafaat; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

4. “Effect of Polymer Chain Sequence and Architecture on Phase Behavior and Thermomechanical Response of Liquid Crystalline Copolymers Consisting of Oblate and Prolate Liquid Crystal Monomers”
PI: Xiaoguang Wang; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Co-PI: Lisa Hall; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

MTBGSs:
1. “Functional Materials Interfaces for High-Energy Cathodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries”
PI: Jung-Hyun Kim
Co-PI: Jinwoo Hwang; Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering

2. “In situ Electrical Control of Band Gaps of 2D Semiconductors”
PI: Jeanie Lau
Co-PI: Wolfgang Windl; Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering
Co-PI: Roberto Myers; Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering

3. “Designing Chiral Halide Perovskites for Chirality-Induced Spin Selectivity”
PI: Yiying Wu
Co-PI: Robert Baker; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry