Heat-free soldering discovery makes 2016 a notable year for two MSE professors

For Martin Thuo, Ian Tevis, and their research group, there is a great deal of success to celebrate as they look back on the year of 2016. Thuo, Associate Professor, and Tevis, SAFI-Tech Chief Scientist and Affiliate Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, have led their groundbreaking work in discovering and advancing heat-free soldering. [Continue Reading…]

MSE professor and postdoc awarded RIF grant to progress the commercialization of newly discovered, patent-pending critical material recovery process

With the rise in demand for new electronics and better technology, there is also a rise in waste material. There is a need for a more efficient but affordable recovery processes. What happens to all the material waste after old and unused technologies get replaced? Is there value in the materials that remain? How can [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: “How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?” said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Thuo’s research featured in Scientific Reports

Research by MSE Assistant Professor Martin Thuo and his team was published in Scientific Reports, a journal from the publishers of Nature. The paper, titled “Mechanical Fracturing of Core-Shell Undercooled Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering,” was co-authored by postdocs Simge Cinar and Ian Tevis, Ph.D. student Jiahao Chen, and Thuo. Their work focused on heat-free [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Collaborating in Kenya

Martin Thuo is an assistant professor in the materials science and engineering department. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kenyatta University in chemistry and mathematics. In this guest blog post, he talks about a new collaborative opportunity between Iowa State and students and faculty in Kenya. After moving to the United States, I [Continue Reading…]

Materials science assistant professor uses affordable tools to create nanoparticle catalysts and drug-delivery systems

Martin Thuo studies low-cost nanoparticle production Creating multi-layer, squishy or solid, nanoparticles is difficult and often requires sophisticated, expensive equipment. But that didn’t stop materials science assistant professor Martin Thuo, who, with his team, run a lab where frugal science is a central theme. He and his postdoc, Dr. Ian Tevis, set out to develop [Continue Reading…]

Martin Thuo: Discovering the knowledge of teaching and problem solving

Materials engineering department hires assistant professor “Was there another option? I don’t think so. There is just something special about learning something and passing it on to those coming after you,” Martin Thuo said about becoming a professor. Thuo recently joined Iowa State as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. [Continue Reading…]