Shan Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is developing new catalysts made of rust nanostructures that convert light into fuel faster and cheaper than other leading catalysts. Her research holds the promise of using hydrogen as a sustainable clean energy.
Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering, is one of four Iowa State University students who recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year and encourages students to pursue careers in STEM research. He recently sat down with us to talk about his upbringing, his current studies, …Continue reading “Q&A with Goldwater Scholarship recipient Mouhamad Diallo”
Research by Rana Biswas, ECpE professor, and Akshit Peer, ECpE PhD student, published in Nanoscale, was featured in Optics and Photonics News last week. Biswas and Peer’s work demonstrates a technique for achieving an optical transmission, with modeled electric-field enhancements as high as a hundredfold, using a continuous film of gold on a corrugated, “nanocupped” …Continue reading “Research featured in Optics and Photonics News”
While Juan Ren was growing up, she was surrounded by a family of teachers who kept a watchful eye over her studies. As she began working on her degree in engineering, she never planned on joining the family tradition in education until she served as a teaching assistant during her PhD program at Rutgers University.
His research may involve working with small particles, but Jaime Juarez, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, has big plans.
An expert in nanotechnology and microfabrication recently joined Iowa State University to advance medical science with an engineering perspective. After watching individuals, families and communities slowly succumb to debilitating diseases – like Alzheimer’s, cancer and type-2 diabetes – throughout his life, Jonathan Claussen is determined to find a way to relieve the effects of these …Continue reading “Jonathan Claussen: Designing disease detection and prevention technologies”
Peter Taylor, associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, recently partnered with a nationally recognized high school for nanotechnology research and practice. Wheeling High School (Chicago, Ill.) invited Taylor Feb. 21 to speak with high school students and demonstrate nanotechnology laboratory practices with concrete. Wheeling …Continue reading “Iowa State researcher invited to leading U.S. high school nanotechnology lab”
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”
Ganesh Balasubramanian is looking forward to immense opportunities in teaching and nanotechnology research as he begins his new faculty position in the mechanical engineering department (ME) at Iowa State. Initially planning on pursuing a statistics degree, Balasubramanian eventually elected to study mechanical engineering at Jadavpur University due to the wide range of scientific fundamentals and …Continue reading “ME welcomes nanotechnology engineer”
A series of algorithms being developed by Aditya Ramamoorthy could make using atomic force microscopes (AFMs) significantly faster when imaging and characterizing soft materials. Ramamoorthy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has support from a $413,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to work on the project “Joint topographic imaging and characterization using atomic force …Continue reading “Improving the capabilities of atomic force microscopy”
Nanowerk, one of the web’s top destinations for news on all things nanotechnology, is highlighting the work of Iowa State’s Liang Dong in its January 27 edition of Nanowerk Highlights. Dong, the Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor in electrical and computer engineering (ECpE), is working with organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and has built a one-dimensional electroluminescent device into a …Continue reading “Light-emitting nanofibers shine the way for optoelectronic textiles”
In the past few months, College of Engineering researchers on three projects—one on novel nanovaccines, one on new wind turbine structures, and another on energy and transportation infrastructure planning—have reached key milestones in their research. Here are some highlights: Making one-dose, needle-free nanovaccines for infectious diseases Can you imagine a world where diseases such as …Continue reading “Research updates”