Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

Ludovico Cademartiri and his research group have been working to provide tools for plant science and agronomy since 2012. After five years, their research has made major advancements for the plant science and agriculture communities enabling them to develop transparent soil technology and receive a generous grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. … Continue reading Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

Shaw awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Santosh Shaw, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, was recently awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Shaw was recognized for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics, or other light-based science. Working with MSE Assistant Professor Ludovico Cademartiri, Shaw’s research … Continue reading Shaw awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Cademartiri’s research featured in Advanced Materials

Research by MSE Assistant Professor Ludovico Cademartiri and his team was published online on March 23, 2016 in Advanced Materials. The paper, titled “Thermal Processing of Silicones for Green, Scalable, and Healable Superhydrophobic Coatings,” was co-authored by Ph.D. students Xinchun Tian, Santosh Shaw, and Kara Lind. The group found that silicones can become water-repellant after … Continue reading Cademartiri’s research featured in Advanced Materials

CoE faculty honored by Plant Sciences Institute

Five engineering researchers selected as PSI Faculty Scholars The Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has awarded funding to investigators in three colleges in an effort to stimulate high-risk, high-reward research in the plant sciences. The awards are part of the Plant Sciences Institute’s Faculty Scholars program. The new initiative was spearheaded by PSI director Patrick Schnable … Continue reading CoE faculty honored by Plant Sciences Institute

Materials science and engineering assistant professor awarded prestigious award

Ludovico Cademartiri is selected for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 2014 Young Investigator Award Developing tools for studying how plants interact with each other and their environments is a big task, but materials science and engineering assistant professor Ludovico Cademartiri has a solution. Cademartiri was recently selected for the highly prestigious 2014 Beckman Young … Continue reading Materials science and engineering assistant professor awarded prestigious award

Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth, specifically how variations in climate and soil characteristics affect root growth. That requires highly controlled environments that expose whole plants to environmental … Continue reading Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence

A passion for the fundamental sciences and for things that grow motivate Ludovico Cademartiri, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering, as he develops methods for making new materials using polymers and crystals at Iowa State University. In a recent study, Cademartiri led a team of scientists that researched the formation and properties of … Continue reading Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence

New MSE faculty member pursues unusual research field

Among the many opportunities that await a new faculty member, Ludovico Cademartiri, associate professor of materials science and engineering (MSE), is looking forward to working in a research area foreign to most materials engineers—studying soil. Cademartiri, a native of Italy, developed his interest in science and engineering at the University of Parma in Italy while … Continue reading New MSE faculty member pursues unusual research field