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REU Participant has an Active Summer of Lab Experience with Passive "Smart Concrete"

The SENIC Undergraduate Internship in Nanotechnology (SUIN) program is a major component of the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), at the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech, that focuses on providing undergraduates in engineering the chance to spend a summer conducting research in a world-class collaborative lab with prominent Georgia Tech researchers. GT-IEN hosted 10 undergraduates from various U.S. colleges over the summer that engaged in hands-on research in a number of fields of nanotechnology.

This is our seventh installment of interviews with the students who spent their summer conducting research at Georgia Tech. Sam Lucas, a Chemical Engineering major at Mississippi State University, spent his summer in the laboratory of Dr. Kimberly Kurtis; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship & Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, conducting research with lab mentor Bill Jin, currently a research fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Bill Jin, Dr. Kimberly Kurtis and Sam Lucas in the laboratory.
What sparked your interest in engineering and what problems are you hoping to help solve as an engineer?
My interest was sparked by the idea of integrating nanomaterials with biomedical applications. I hope to conduct research and development in the biomedical industry to solve problems ranging from drug delivery to medical implants and tissue regeneration using novel materials.

What research are you conducting at GT and what applications do you feel this research may have?
I am conducting research on photocatalysis in ‘smart cement’. The cement has properties that allow it to absorb and sequester atmospheric pollutants such as NOx . These pollutants cause health issues, such as exacerbating asthma, and acid rain. The passive removal of the pollutants by infrastructure built from ‘smart cement’ could be a great materials for cities facing population and vehicle growth surges in need of new highways and bridges.

What has been your favorite lab activity/ tool training/ etc. thus far and why?
In my previous research experience, I’ve done mainly wet chemistry. At Georgia Tech I’ve had the chance to train on several characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction and Raman spectography.  I’ve enjoyed all of the new experience. It’s really cool to have easy access to so many advanced tools that I would not necessarily get to use in a basic university laboratory.

Do you feel this REU experience has helped prepare you for working in a collaborative laboratory environment and furthered your education goals?
It is a bit early for me to make a final determination on this question, but thus far, I believe so. This is not my first experience in a lab, but it is my first experience where I’ve been able to engage 40 hours a week as a colleague/collaborator, rather putting in what work I can in my spare time.  As a result, this experience has helped me focus on my educational and career trajectory and ultimate goals. Additionally, the guidance provided by my graduate student mentor, Bill Jin, and my P.I., Dr. Kimberly Kurtis, has been invaluable in gaining a better understanding of both the research process and research as a career.

What are your plans post-undergraduate?
I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Biomedical Engineering with an ultimate goal of R&D work in biomed.

What is your favorite thing about/impression of GA Tech and ATL?
It is really neat to be on a campus with so many buildings dedicated to specific aspects of engineering and with so many specialized labs. I also have really enjoyed the chance to live/work in a large urban campus environment, compared to the small college town where I spend most of my time.

The SENIC REU program is funded by NSF award EEC-1757579.

IEN Seed Grant Applications Now Open: Submission Deadline - April 1, 2019

The Georgia Tech IEN is an Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) comprised of faculty and students interested in using the most advanced fabrication and characterization tools, and cleanroom infrastructure, to facilitate research in micro- and nano-scale materials, devices, and systems. Applications of this research span all disciplines in science and engineering with particular emphasis on biomedicine, electronics, optoelectronics and photonics, and energy applications. As there can be a learning curve associated with initial proof-of-concept development and testing using cleanroom tools, this seed grant program was developed to expedite the initiation of new graduate students and new research projects into productive activity. Successful proposals to this program will identify a new, currently-unfunded research idea that requires core facility access to generate preliminary data necessary to pursue other funding avenues.

For full application information and submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Materials Characterization Facility - March Image Contest

The MCF image competition for March is now open and you can submit your images here!

Each of up to 4 monthly winners receives 5 free hours of usage on any MCF tool(s) that they are authorized to use.  Twice a year, the best submission of the previous 6 months receives $100 and two runners up receive $50 each.

We want to show off your images and what our tools are capable of! If you would like to see the rules for submission you can see those here.

Morris Satin was the winner for January-February.

Micrograph showing the ductile final fracture in Inconel 718 (polycrystaline nickel superalloy) in the final cycle of a fatigue crack growth test.  The cup and cone structure forms as the material plasticly deforms when it's pulled apart.

You can see our previous images that won here!


New & Upcoming Publications

"Application of Ultrasonic Coda Wave Interferometry for Micro-cracks Monitoring in Woven Fabric Composites," P Pomarède, L Chehami, NF Declercq, F Meraghni, J Dong, A Locquet, and D.S. Citrin, Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation vol. 38 (1), p. 2 (2019).

Nanometric sensing with laser feedback interferometry," D Choi, MJ Wishon, EA Viktorov, DS Citrin, A Locquet, Optics Letters vol. 44 (4), pp. 903-906 (2019).

“Single Crystalline ScAlN Surface Acoustic Wave Resonators with Large Figure of Merit (Q×kt2),”  Z. Hao, M. Park, D. Kim, A. Clark, R. Dargis, H. Zhu, A. Ansari, IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, June 2-7, Boston, MA, USA, (Accepted for oral presentation)
“A 10 GHz Single Crystalline Scandium Aluminum Nitride Lamb-Wave Resonator,” M. Park, Z. Hao, D. Kim, A. Clark, R. Dargis, A. Ansari, Transducers 2019/EUROSENSORS XXXIII Conference, Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, June 23-27, Berlin, Germany (Accepted for oral presentation).
Cleanroom Corner

Registration Closes March 12th !
Spring 2019 IEN Micro-Fabrication Short Course

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on micro-fabrication from March 18th - 20th, 2019. This in­tensive 3 day short course combines classroom lectures and laboratory based hands-on fabrication in the IEN cleanroom. The goal of the course is to impart a basic understanding of the science and technology of micro-fabrication processes as used in academia and industry.

This short course will cover essential micro-fabrication techniques including, photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, packaging, and characterization. Attendees will gain valuable experience by fabricating simple devices in one of the most advanced uni­versity cleanrooms in North America.

Attendance is open to the general technical community and is not limited to current Georgia Tech students or IEN users. Anyone interested in cleanroom fabrication techniques is strongly encouraged to attend this course. The course is suitable for both new and experienced researchers interested in micro-fabrication techniques and applications.

A course emphasis will be placed on IEN cleanroom resources, however, the concepts and techniques discussed are applicable to a broad array of research in this field.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $200
Academic and Government Rate: $400
Industry Rate: $800



Wollam M-2000 Ellipsometer

The IEN Inorganic Cleanroom houses the Wollam M2000 spectroscopic ellipsometer. The M-2000® line of spectroscopic ellipsometers is engineered to meet the demands of thin film characterization. The M2000 uses Rotating Compensator Ellipsometry alongside Charged-couple Device (CCD) Detection to characterize both thickness and refractive index for single- and multi-layer coatings; anti-reflection, high-reflection, or decorative coatings.

The M2000 can be used in a wide variety of applications including chemical, biological, photovoltaics, conductive organics, and semiconductors at various temperatures. It can also be used to map thin film uniformity on samples. Compatible with thin films ranging from nanometer to micron range.

For more information contact Chris Yang at

Nanotechnology Events

2019 Festival Event
: Presented by The National Archives, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and Georgia Tech

Science of Superpowers

Saturday, March 10th, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Carter Presidential Library & Museum
441 Freedom Pkwy NE | Atlanta, 30307
Atlanta's mightiest heroes have come together as a team for this special ASF event. That's right - we're bringing together superhero scientists and engineers to tell us more about what parts of superhero science are actual science and what is still science fiction.

Ever wonder if you'll have A.I. that can transition to physical form? What are the chances that aliens will look human? Will soldiers have computerized weapons systems in an armored exoskeleton suit? Moderated by Dr. Lisa Yaszek, Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, our panel will feature experts in artificial intelligence, astrobiology, and nanotechnology. Come join the conversation!
The panel discussion will take place in the theater, with family friendly activities in the lobby. Free parking is available on site.

For more information on this event, please visit their website.

2019 Festival Event at Georgia Tech:

Will Nano-Tattoos Make Your Remote Control Obsolete?

Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Centergy One Building, Hodges Room
75 5th St NW | Atlanta, 30308
What do clean drinking water for all, targeted cancer treatment, invisibility cloaks, self-healing fabrics, quantum computing, a space elevator, and bendable electronics have in common? They may all be possible through nanotechnology. Led by members of the Georgia Tech nanotechnology community, come learn about nanotechnology, its current applications, the hype surrounding its development, and potential future uses. Then, join the discussion and share how you’d like nanotechnology to impact your life.

Paid parking is available in the adjacent garage, in addition to paid street parking. Or take MARTA to the Midtown Transit Station.

For more information on the Atlanta Science Festival, please visit their website.

2019 Festival Event at Georgia Tech:

Exploring the Nanoscale

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Marcus Nanotechnology Building
345 Ferst Drive | Atlanta, 30332
Learn what makes the nanoscale special and how it’s led to improvements in everyday products. Join Georgia Tech scientists and engineers in hands-on activities exploring the nanoscale. What is nano about a lotus leaf and how do we use this effect? How can clear nail polish be colorful? What is a smart material? What do objects look like under a scanning electron microscope (SEM)? Bring a sample to scan (not wet, and less than an inch in diameter, please) with our tabletop SEM.

Parking is available in Visitors Area 4 (State Street and Ferst Drive) and 5 (North Campus Parking Deck) on the Georgia Tech campus. See more info here.

For more information on the Atlanta Science Festival, please visit their website.

Graduates in Nanotechnology (GIN) Special Guest Lecture

Nanomaterials Design for Energy and Environment - Yi Cui Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Monday, April 8, 2019 | 11PM
Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1117-118

Nanotechnology has provided a novel technology platform which can address critical energy and environmental problems and enable new opportunities. In the past decade, my group has conducted research on new ideas to address problems related to energy conversion, storage and saving, and environment cleaning (air, water and soil). Here I will show exciting examples, including: 1) high energy battery materials including Si and Li metal anodes and S cathodes; 2) Nanofiber air filters for efficient PM2.5 removal and low air resistance. 3) Cooling and heating textile for personal thermal management.

More Details Available Here.

Nanovation Podcast with Professor Michael Filler

Patrik Dalqvist and Elin Langhammer  -
Insplorion: Collective Oscillations

Patrik Dalqvist and Elin Langhammer are the CEO and Founder/Technical Director, respectively, of Insplorion AB, a Sweden-based company working to commercialize nanoplasmonic sensing for the environmental monitoring and automotive markets. They joined Mike to talk about the company's birth, the science behind their nanoplasmonic sensor technology, their early attempts to achieve product-market fit, and how their technology promises to dramatically improve the performance and lifetime of batteries in electric vehicles. (Recorded on November 21, 2018. Edited by Andrew Cannon)
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