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The Dinesh O. Shah Professorship in Surface Science

After serving the University of Florida and our Gator Engineers for more than three decades, Dr. Shah legacy continues to shape the Chemical Engineering Department. Find out more about one of the department’s most important initiatives.

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Research Articles make “Top Cited” Lists

The Editor in Chief of the Journals of Vacuum Science and Technology (JVST) A and B has just announced that two of Prof. Fan Ren’s research articles are both highly cited and have made the JVST A and JVST B top cited lists for 2014. An email blast was sent to thousands of people to recognize the highly cited articles. Additionally, Prof. Ren’s article in JVST B was selected as Editors’ Pick.

JVST A: Review of radiation damage in GaN-based materials and devices A 31, 050801 (2013). READ

JVST B: Dependence on proton energy of degradation of AIGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors B 31, 022201 (2013). READ

Prestigious International Fellowship Received

Prof. Sergey Vasenkov received a prestigious international fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Germany) to work with faculty members at the University of Bremen, Germany this summer. The title of the fellowship project is “'Aerogel Catalysts with a Hierarchy of Pore Sizes: Relationship between Gas Transport, Structural Properties and Catalytic Performance”. The main focus of this project is on obtaining fundamental understanding of gas diffusion in aerogel catalysts on micrometer length scale and on developing a model describing such diffusion under various conditions. Read more HERE

Smart Shape Memory Polymers Published in Nature Communications

Led by a Chemical Engineering graduate student Yin Fang, Prof. Jiang’s group has recently pioneered a new type of shape memory polymer that can be instantaneously triggered by applying an external pressure or by exposing to a large variety of vapors, such as acetone and toluene. The results have recently been published in Nature Communications (doi: 10.1038/ncomms8416) and Advanced Materials (doi: 10.1002/adma.201500835). Dr. Curtis Taylor from UF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Vito Basile from National Council of Research, Italy are major collaborators of the work. DTRA, NASA, and NSF sponsored this discovery.

Invention receives option to be licensed

Chemical Engineering graduate student Blayne Phillips and Prof. Jiang have developed a simple yet scalable particle self-assembly technology for fabricating broadband antireflection coatings on commercial grade multicrystalline silicon wafers. The coatings can significantly reduce the unwanted optical reflection from the silicon surface and thus can greatly improve the conversion efficiency of multicrystalline silicon solar cells. This invention has recently been given the option to be licensed by UF’s Office on Technology Licensing.

Research featured on the cover of Soft Matter

The cover of the latest issue of Soft Matter features research performed by doctoral candidate Mert Arca and Professors Butler and Ladd on the dynamics of DNA. The work examines the lateral migration of DNA during transport through a microfluidic channel by a combination of flow fields and electric fields. The results validate an improved model of DNA dynamics and indicate that the motion of DNA can be controlled for technological purposes using a very simple mechanism.READ MORE

New study published on nuclear mechanics in PNAS

In a cell that is not actively moving, the shape of the nucleus and its central position are robustly maintained in a mechanical homeostasis. How nuclear shape and position are maintained despite the various types of intracellular forces that act on the nuclear surface is an open question. Dysregulated positioning and irregular nuclear shape are associated with a variety of human pathologies. In this paper we estimate the magnitude of the forces that are required to displace and deform the cell nucleus and identify the main molecules that resist these forces. Our results are important because they reveal how the nucleus has such a stable shape and position in the cell, despite the different forces acting on it. READ MORE