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April 2017

NSTC Students Awarded at Graduate Research Forum

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On April 4, 2017, the UCF College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association hosted the 14th annual Graduate Research Forum as part of the Student Research Week. Students from various UCF colleges exhibited their latest research and findings while receiving feedback from faculty judges. Cash prizes were awarded for best posters in each category

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NSTC Participates in STEM Day

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A group of faculty members and students from NanoScience Technology Center participated in the 5th STEM Day held by the Center for Initiatives in STEM on March 31st. Over 1,300 K-12 students from nearly 20 Florida schools attended the event. Drs. Kang, Santra, Yang, Seal, Jung, Zhai and their students (Adi Jayaranjan, Nileshi Saraf, Kyle Marcus, Zhao Li, Nitin Choudhary Ashraful Islam, Luis Hurtado, Anthony Schropp, Angie Diaz, Nicholas Castaneda, Edgar Cruz James Heidings, Tyler Maxwell, Chen Shen, David Fox, Zeyang Zhang, and Ruginn Catarata) set up six stations to demonstrate the application of nanotechnology including the extraction of DNA, two-dimensional materials, energy storage, non-wetting surfaces, and etc. More than 200 K-12 students visited the demonstration stations from NSTC.

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Swaminathan Rajaraman featured in ISIMM Newsletter

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Swaminathan Rajaraman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) with joint appointments at the NanoScience Technology Center and at BRIDG/ISIMM. Dr. Rajaraman is well published in micro/nanofabrication, biomedical engineering, and wearable micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices. He is a co-founder of an advanced biotechnology company, and holds 13 patents/applications. Dr. Rajaraman's dual appointment with UCF and BRIDG/ISIMM enhances an established coordination of efforts to increase advanced manufacturing research, development, education, and workforce for sustained growth in the United States.

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UCF Stepping up to Be Farming’s Knight in Shining Armor

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While the University of Central Florida (UCF) is a world class institution with one of the largest enrollments in the country, it is not a school that jumps to mind when considering agricultural research. But, this could be changing as a new center of excellence was established there with a focus on sustainable agriculture. In addition, a number of other ag projects engaging the latest in technology are being researched at the university.

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March 2017

Dr. Tetard Awarded Diversity & Inclusion Appreciation Award

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Dr. Laurene Tetard has been selected to receive the College of Engineering & Computer Science Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Appreciation Award. This award is given annually to recognize those who have committed their time or collaborated with our office to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in engineering.

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Chanda Wins 2017 Research Incentive Award

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Debashis Chanda is a winner of UCF's 2016-2017 Research Incentive Awards. The UCF RIA program honors faculty whose research has substantially contributed to a body of knowledge or significantly influenced a field of study.

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Middle and High School Students Mentored by Dr. Tetard Awarded

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Middle School student Laboni Santra recently attended the Seminole County Regional Science, Math and Engineering Fair competition where students from the entire Florida Seminole County presented projects on various STEM related topics.

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News Coverage of UCF and NASA Study

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News station WFTV featured coverage of Dr. Sudipta Seal and Kevin Grossman, detailing the research efforts aimed toward using Martian soil to eventually build human habitats on Mars.

The research is the result of a NASA grant

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February 2017

Brandon Carpenter Featured on Forbes 30 Under 30

Brandon Carpenter, one of Dr. Thomas' undergraduate students, has been featured on the Forbes list '30 Under 30'

You can view Brandon's profile here

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UCF and NASA Study Using Martian Soil to Build Human Habitats

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It’s hard enough to transport humans to Mars. But once they get there, where will they live?

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UCF Graduate Student in NanoTech Program One of the Best, Earns National Fellowship

Central Florida native John Bittman has had an unconventional journey to the University of Central Florida and now the trip has just taken an unexpected turn.

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January 2017

Graduate student Hao Chen’s Poster Selected as Student Poster Competition Winner

Graduate student Hao Chen’s poster “High Efficacy, High Color Quality Hybrid White OLEDs Incorporating Red Quantum Dots with Narrow Emission Bands” has been selected as a winner of the Student Poster Competition of the 2017 DOE Solid state lighting (SSL) R&D workshop and he was invited to present on this topic at Long Beach, CA.

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Collaborative Paper Published in Advanced Materials

A paper from the groups of Dr. Yajie Dong, Dr. Shin-Tson Wu and Dr. Andre J. Gesquiere, titled “Ultrastable, Highly Luminescent Organic-Inorganic Perovskite - Polymer Composite Films”, has been published by Advanced Materials.

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Beatriz Jimenez Selected for SURF Research Scholarship at UF

Beatriz Jimenez, an EE undergraduate student from Dr. Chanda's group working on IR spectroscopy was selected for the SURF Program, a summer research scholarship

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Dr. Santra's Group Formula Licensed, First Time for UCF/Agriculture Industry

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Gowan Co. has licensed an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial formula developed by Dr. Santra's lab, the first agreement of its kind for UCF.

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New, Old Science Combine to Make Faster Medical Test

A UCF researcher has combined cutting-edge nanoscience with a magnetic phenomenon discovered more than 170 years ago to create a method for speedy medical tests.

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Flexible Electronic Solar Ribbon Featured on Foreign Policy Site

The ENERGY SMART textile is highlighted among the “innovations” in the current issue of prestigious “Foreign Policy” magazine (owned by Washington Post company). The ENERGY SMART textile is being developed by Dr. Thomas' research group

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Dr. Jung’s Research Featured on ACS Nano Cover

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Dr. Eric Jung's work has been featured on the cover of ACS Nano. The cover article features additional coverage of Dr. Jung's Core/Shell Nanowire Supercapacitor research. More specifically, the article details a new type of “one-body” supercapacitors has been developed by chemically converting flexible tungsten foils to one-dimensional (1D) nanowires with conformal two-dimensional (2D) tungsten sulfide (WS2) layers.

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December 2016

Tyler Maxwell Named Outstanding Graduate Student by ACS

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Tyler Maxwell, a Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Swadeshmukul Santra’s lab in the Chemsitry Department at UCF, has been named Outstanding Graduate Student by the Orlando section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).Maxwell was nominated by Associate Professor and collaborator Andre Gesquiere for his educational outreach and in applying discoveries in the lab to start a business. Maxwell, who plans to work as a researcher on the design and discovery of novel nanotherapeutics, received a plaque and a $200 check at the awards luncheon on Dec. 3.

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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

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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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