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“By 2015 the annual global market for nanotech goods and services will top $1 trillion”

LUSH PRIZE FOR SCIENCE James Hickman and Michael Shuler (Cornell University) won the 2015 Lush Prize for Science Award and received a 35,000 pound cash prize


YONGHO SOHN, 2015 ASM FELLOW FEATURED ON JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE COVER The August issue of the Journal of Materials Science features Jiyu Fang’s group research on synthesis of ultralight, superhydrophobic and superoleophilic “spongelike” aerogels.

Yongho Sohn was named an American Society for Metals International Fellow for 2015. Receiving the status of ASM Fellow represents recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering, along with developing a forum for leaders to serve as advisors to the Society.

Jiyu Fang’s article, “Light-harvesting J-Aggregate Nanotubes for Sensing Dopamine,” was recognized as a Key Scientific Article, in Global Medical Discovery, contributing to excellence in biomedical research. GMD features papers of exceptional scientific importance. Emphasis is given to all aspects of medicine from basic science to clinical studies. GMD is highly selective; invited articles are less than 0.1% of the published literature.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Welcome to another news cycle. I am pleased to see the university approval of our new M.S. program in Nanotechnology. Thanks to our faculty making this program a reality, we now join a handful of nano-education programs in the country and program enrollment consistently grows.

have an ongoing footprint in the National Institute of Health and AIMBE organizations. Kudos to Dr. Sohn for his selection to Fellow of ASM International. Congratulations to Dr. Hickman for winning the Lush prize and Dr. Thomas for receiving the R&D 100 award for UCF.

Our faculty continues to excel in exciting interdisciplinary nano-materials research ranging from preventing citrus disease, flexible skin-like display development to materials composition analysis using atomic vibration. We continuously publish high impact papers including Nature Communications, Nature Nanotechnology, cover articles for journals, etc.

We all know Diane for her great service to NSTC and she completes her BS degree while working. Wonderful achievement, Diane!

NSTC/AMPAC are also developing technology for commercialization by licensing and creating new startups. Our faculty are great mentors for our students in research and technology commercialization. Several studentled startups are creating national attention by winning competitive research grants. This year we welcomed new faculty in materials and nano in the area of biomaterials, packaging, biophysics, energy materials and quantum dots and lasers. NSTC faculty

Congratulations to our M.S. and Ph.D. graduates! We are proud of our students winning research awards in national and international arenas. Best wishes for their future journey in academic and industrial careers.

I hope you enjoy reading our Nanomaterials news. Congratulations to our faculty, staff and students for their outstanding service to the AMPAC and NSTC centers and for their contributions to the growth of the Materials Science & Engineering, Nano, Chemistry, Physics, Optics and Bio programs at UCF. Go Knights! Sudipta Seal, Pegasus Professor, Distinguished Professor Director, AMPAC and NSTC Interim Chair, Materials Science & Engineering Department


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NanoMaterials Spring-Fall 2015  

NanoMaterials provides news and insight from nano and materials science research at the University of Central Florida. The magazine is publi...