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September 2017

Six UCF students awarded for their presentations at NanoFlorida 2017

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Students from the Nanoscience Technology Center have won several awards at the recent NanoFlorida 2017 conference held at Florida International University, Miami, on September 23rd and 24th, 2017.

Amirah Mathin won third place for her oral presentation titled “Development of anti-metastatic dihydromotuporamine derivatives which target actin filament assembly dynamics” in the Nano-Medicine for Disease category. Amirah is a Biomedical Sciences undergraduate student in Dr. Hyeran Kang’s group and her research is focused on actin filament polymerization and effects of drug targeting interactions.

Angie Diaz won second place for her oral presentation titled “Effect of metals on nanofiber mechanics” in the Nanotechnology for Energy and Environment category. Angie is a Nanotechnology masters student in Dr. Hyeran Kang’s group and her research focus is on nanofiber mechanics. Nicholas Castaneda won third place for his oral presentation titled “Macromolecular crowding modulates actin filament mechanics and bending dynamics” in the Nanomaterials and Devices category. Nicholas is a Biomedical Sciences PhD student in Dr. Hyeran Kang’s group and is currently working on actin filament mechanics and dynamics.

Three more students gathered awards for their poster presentations: Briana Lee was awarded first place for her poster titled “Nanoscale investigation of biophysicochemical responses to multivalent nanoparticle treatment on Xanthomonas perforans” in the Energy and Environment category. Briana is a Nanotechnology masters student with Dr. Laurene Tetard’s group and her research focus is on nanoscale characterization of plant-based bacteria in order to help develop more targeted treatments for sustainable agriculture.

Chance Barrett won second place for his poster titled “Nanoscale functional characterization of 2D materials” in the Nanomaterials and Devices category. Chance is a Physics PhD student in Dr. Laurene Tetard’s group and his research focus is on applying time resolution to nanoscale measurements.

Mikhael Soliman won third place for his poster titled “Studying the uptake and translocation of Zinc-based treatments designed to combat citrus greening disease” in the Nanomaterials and Devices category. Mikhael is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student in Dr. Laurene Tetard, and his research is focused on nanoscale characterization of plants and plant-derived materials for energy applications and sustainable agriculture.

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