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November 2016

A Phone That Charges in Seconds? UCF Scientists Bring it Closer to Reality

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UCF Today has highlighted a team of UCF scientists that has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

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Dr. Soumen Das and Dr. Sudipta Seal's Research featured on Chemistry of Materials cover

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An article in collaboration with Dr. Soumen Das and Dr. Sudipta Seal has been featured on the cover of ACS Chemistry of Materials Journal. The article, titled "Structure–Activity Map of Ceria" deals with heterogeneous reactions, such as automotive catalysis and water gas shift reactions.

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Kevin Grossman awarded at Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference

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Kevin Grossman (PhD student MSE) won the Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference best poster paper presentation. Congratulations Kevin!

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Invitation to be recognized at the Board of Trustees Meeting

Dr. Debashis Chanda and Mr. Daniel Franklin will be recognized at the Board of Trustees Meeting on November 17, for winning the International Prize for Novel Display Technology. President Hitt will recognize both to the Board of Trustees at this meeting.

Congratulations to both Dr. Chanda and Mr. Franklin for their achievements.

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UCF Today: 'Back to the Future' Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

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Dr. Jayan Thomas has been recognized for his work on solar nanotech powered clothing. Dr. Thomas says that 'Back to the Future' was the inspiration for the solar powered, self charging textiles.

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UCF Establishes Chapter of National Academy of Inventors

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UCF has established a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Several NSTC professors were inducted, including Dr. Sudipta Seal, Dr. James Hickman, Dr. Qun Huo, and Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra. The inaugural members boast impressive contributions to innovation at UCF, holding 541 of UCF's total 925 patents.

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Swetha Barkam Awarded 1st Place Sapphire Award, GEMS

Swetha Barkam selected for a Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award for 2016. Specifically, Barkam was awarded 4th place overall, and 1st within the Sapphire Ranking division. Congratulations Swetha!

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October 2016

UCF Scientist Creates Most Efficient Quantum Cascade Laser Ever

A team of UCF researchers has produced the most efficient quantum cascade laser ever designed – and done it in a way that makes the lasers easier to manufacture.

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High-Performance One-Body Core/Shell Nanowire Supercapacitor Enabled by Conformal Growth of Capacitive 2D WS2 Layers

An article on Nanowire Supercapacitor research from the Nano Science and Technology Center has recently been published in the American Chemical Society's ACS Nano Journal. Contributors include Nitin Choudhary, Chao Li, Hee-Suk Chung, Julian Moore, Jayan Thomas, and Yeonwoong Jung.

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New Agricultural Research Center Debuts at UCF

UCF Today has written an article on the MISA Symposium 2016, read the full article here. Below is an excerpt:

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Nanotech Team Wins International Prize Liquid Display Technology

One of the world’s leaders in liquid-display technology has selected a UCF project led by professor Debashis Chanda and graduate student Daniel Franklin for its “2016 Displaying Futures Award.”

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September 2016

Chanda and Franklin Awarded 1st Prize, Displaying Futures Award

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Dr. Debashis Chanda and Daniel Franklin have been awarded the 1st place prize for the Displaying Futures Award 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The prize comes with $50,000 in research support and a long term nurturing from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, the company that hosted the event.

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Nileshi Saraf Awarded SNO Student Award for 2016

Nileshi Saraf has been awarded $525 to attend the 2016 SNO Conference in Orlando, between Nov 10-12.

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Swetha Barkam to be awarded Artistic Creativity award

Swetha Barkam, a PhD student in Dr. Seal's research group will be awarded the Artistic Creativity award for the 1st Annual ACerS PCSA Creativity Competition at MS&T

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Dr. Chanda and Daniel Franklin selected for Top-10 Displaying Futures Award

Dr. Debashis Chanda and Daniel Franklin have been selected for a Top-10 novel display innovation, Displaying Futures Award 2016. They has been invited to Germany for a three day event where their idea, "Skin-like plasmonic Full-Color Displays" will be recognized.

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Dr. Soumen Das received "Young Investigator Award" for ICIP 2016

Dr. Soumen Das, a member of Dr. Seal's research group, has received a young investigator award for "International Conference on Ionizing Processes (ICIP 2016)". The conference will take place between October 10 through October 14 at BNL.

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UCF-Developed Formula to Stop Citrus Greening Finalist for 2 Awards

Dr. Santra and Dr. Thomas have been acknowledged recently in an article by UCF Today for their individual participations in the development of nano technologies. Dr. Santra's Zinkicide invention is extensively detailed in the article, and Dr. Thomas is noted for his award winning portable energy source and chemically sensitive tape.

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August 2016

Ankur Gupta Named TSS Student Board Member

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Graduate student Ankur Gupta has been selected as a student board member on the Thermal Spray Society Board of Directors.

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Dr. Huo's Student Recognized for Scientific Achievement

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Dr. Huo's former student, Lauren Austin, has been recognized for her scientific achievements by Chemical and Engineering News magazine.

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UCF Growth Leads to Record Research Funding, Researcher Dr. Santra Noted

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida received an all-time-high $145.75 million in funded research in FY16, a period that featured a national top 20 ranking for UCF patents and a new record for federal funding.

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July 2016

Thomas and Tetard Featured on Cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry A

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An article authored by Jayan Thomas, Laurene Tetard and others is featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

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Dan Franklin awarded College of Sciences General Scholarship

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Dan Franklin, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Debashis Chanda's research group was awarded the College of Sciences General Scholarship.

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June 2016

Two UCF students honored at SID Display Week 2016

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At the Society for Information Display's Display Week in San Francisco, UCF students Hao Chen and Juan He were recognized.

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Chanda's Team Earns $1.3 Million DARPA Grant

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Debashis Chanda's team has been awarded a $1.3 million grant by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to fund the development of a next-generation infrared detector that could be used in fields as varied as night vision, meteorology and space exploration. DARPA is funding the UCF team’s research for the 3½ years.

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May 2016

Barkam Selected as Student Member of ASM Board of Trustees

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Swetha Barkam, MSE PhD student, was selected on the ASM Board of Trustees as a student member.

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Seal's Research Featured on Cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B

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Sudipta Seal's research on "Controlling the surface chemistry of cerium oxide nanoparticles for biological applications" was featured the cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B, issue 29, 2016.

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Mayo Clinic Symposium

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A mini-symposium exploring collaboration opportunities between UCF and Mayo-Jacksonville will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016. Topics and speakers were selected by Mayo, and the symposium is an outgrowth of collaborations between Mayo scientists and UCF Professor Sudipta Seal, Director of NSTC, AMPAC, and Interim Chair of Material Sciences and Engineering. We hope that this symposium is just one step in developing more extensive collaborations with Mayo scientists and UCF science and engineering faculty, offering complementary expertise to their research staff. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate.

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Energy (R)evolution: The Future of Renewables An Interview with James Fenton

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The thought that solar and electric vehicles (EVs) would ever be viable, prominent energy alternatives was a revolutionary idea a few years ago. Now, EVs are becoming more affordable and efficiency levels are consistently on the rise, opening the door to a renewable energy future.

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Gupta Awarded the SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship

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Ankur Gupta has been awarded the SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship for 2015-16.

The scholarship is awarded to graduate students who are presenting research at a conference and provides $500 in assistance.

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Novel Atom-Thick Semiconductors Developed in Jung’s Group Featured In Scientific Reports

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As the miniaturization of modern electronic devices continues, scientists have turned to what are now known as two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors which are made up of a few atom thick semiconducting layers – the ultimate size limit of device units.

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April 2016

Zhai and Coffey Receive UCF TIP Awards

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Dr. Lei Zhai and Dr. Kevin Coffey received UCF Teaching Incentive Program Awards for 2015-2016. The TIP award rewards sustained high levels of teaching effectiveness. Eligible faculty must have been employed by UCF for at least four (4) years and meet or exceed median student credit hour (SCH) production. The award provides a $5,000 base salary increase.

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Washington Wins Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship

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Torus Washington won the Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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Santra, Huo, Khondaker, Zhai inducted into UCF Scroll & Quill Society

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Swadeshmukul Santra, Qun "Treen" Huo, Saiful I. Khondaker, and Lei Zhai have been selected to be inducted into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society.

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Student Group Featured in National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President's 2017 Budget

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The Society for Emerging and Nanotechnologies (SENT) was featured on the cover of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President's 2017 Budget. The document serves as the NNI annual budget and report to Congress as mandated by law.

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Sleppy Wins Best Project in Mathematics & Physical Science II at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

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Joseph Sleppy Won the Best Project in the Mathematics & Physical Science II category at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence for his research in A PCBM Assisted Perovskite Growth Process to Fabricate High Efficiency Semitransparent Solar Cells. The award is joined by a $750 scholarship.

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Students Win First Place at Graduate Research Forum

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Three students from the NSTC, MSE, and AMPAC won first place at the 2016 Graduate Research Forum.

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Barkam Awarded Travel Scholarship to Attend Summer School in France

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Swetha Barkam has received a $1000 travel scholarship from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) to attend the European Ceramic Society's (ECerS) Summer School in Limoges, France, June 23 - 25, 2016. The scholarship is an effort to help offset the costs of the program's attendance.

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USDA Grant Funds Deadly Crop Disease Solution

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Swadeshmukul Santra and his team were awarded a $477,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a $5.2 million investment in nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The grant was awarded to develop a method of combatting a bacterium that attacks tomatoes and other crops.

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March 2016

Barkam Recognized as Outstanding Student Leader for Women's History Month

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Swetha Barkam has been recognized as an outstanding student leader for Women's History Month, representing March 28th, by the Lead Scholars Academy. Barkam was featured along with an interview with questions about her involvement, goals, advice for students, and favorite UCF traditions.

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Mosquito-Borne Disease Detection Nanotech Featured on WFTV9

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Sudipta Seal and his team's nanotech, in collaboration with Bradley Willenberg from the UCF College of Medicine, was featured on WFTV9. The technology is designed to detect mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus in real time.

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Barkam and Tasneem Awarded Scholarships

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Congratulation to Swetha Barkam and Kazi Tasneem who have been selected for the Frank Hubbard Engineering Endowed Scholarship for 2016-2017. The scholarship amount is $1,000 over two semesters.

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Faculty Win Research Incentive and Reach for the Stars Awards

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Congratulations to the following faculty on their awards:

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Chanda's Research to Tech Showcased on WUCF TV

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Debashis Chanda and his team's technology for thin, flexible, skin-like color displays was showcased in a February short on WUCF TV's SciTech Central.

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February 2016

Chanda's Work Featured in Photonics Spectra's Top Stories of 2015

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Debashis Chanda's research on a flexible skin-like color display has been featured in Photonics Spectra's Top Stories of 2015.

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Barkam Awarded Order of Pegasus

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Swetha Barkam has been selected for induction into the Order of Pegasus Class of 2016. She will be recognized at the Order of Pegasus award ceremony on April 4, 2016.

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January 2016

Santra Awarded $1.9M Federal Grant, UCF Recognized as Center of Excellence by USDA

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Swadeshmukul Santra and his team were awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a solution to citrus greening, a monumental threat to Florida's $11 billion citrus industry.

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Sudipta Seal Interviewed on His Start as a Researcher and Entrepeneur

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Sudipta Seal, Ph.D., was recently interviewed by the Office of Technology Transfer on his journey to embracing research and entrepreneurship through academia and industry.

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Chanda's Research Featured in NSF's International Year of Light

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Debashis Chanda and his team's research on flexible, skin-like, color displays was recently featured as part of the National Science Foundation's International Year of Light Celebration.

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December 2015

Elbrecht wins Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award

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Dan Elbrecht won the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award of December 2015 from the Student Undergraduate Research Council for his research project Incorporation of Skin into In Vitro Drug Screening Platforms. The award included a $200 scholarship.

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