Novel Atom-Thick Semiconductors Developed in Jung’s Group Featured In Scientific Reports In a recent paper published in Scientiﬁc Reports, Yeonwoong (Eric) Jung’s group reports a new chemical synthesis method to stack up multiple 2D semiconductors based on MoS2 and WS2 in a highly controlled manner. These new 2D semiconductors whose thickness was only 7-8 nm were produced on a scale of over a few centimeters square, which is sufﬁcient to cover conventional wafers on which computer chips and light emitting diodes can be integrated. Atomic scale structural characterizations involving electron microscopy directly revealed that two distinct 2D layers perfectly maintained atomically sharp heterojunctions. These novel materials are anticipated to offer tremendous opportunities for emerging technologies across electronics, otpo-electronics and energy areas such as transparent and ﬂexible solar cells that can operate in a muctifunctional manner.
Mayo Clinic Symposium A mini-symposium exploring collaboration opportunities between UCF and Mayo-Jacksonville was held in May, 2016. Topics and speakers were selected by Mayo, and the symposium was an outgrowth of collaborations between Mayo scientists and UCF Professor Sudipta Seal. Three NSTC faculty members presented at the symposium. Dr. Hyeran Kang delivered a talk called, “Cytoskeletal Biopolymer Mechanics: Implication for Mechanosensing Mechanism.” Dr. Alexander Balaeff presented “Modeling and Simulation of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics.” Dr. Sudipta Seal rounded out the presentations from NSTC with his lecture, “Regenerative Nanomedicine.”
Faculty Awards Faculty Win Research Incentive and Reach for the Stars Awards Nanotechnology-Medicine Collaboration Yields Promising Tool for Mosquito-Borne Disease Detection UCF College of Medicine researcher Bradley Willenberg and his team in conjunction Sudipta Seal, UCF’s interim chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, director of UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center and NanoScience Technology Center have designed a new mosquito surveillance tool that attracts mosquitos, diagnoses those carrying diseases such as the Zika virus, and turns them a different color as a warning system to residents in at-risk areas throughout the world. Seal and his team will provide the nanotechnology expertise and create nanostructures that will react to a speciﬁc disease protein present in infected mosquitoes.
Swadesh Santra and Jayan Thomas were recent recipients of the UCF Reach for the Stars Award which is one that honors and rewards highly successful research and creative activity accomplished by early-career university professionals. The Reach for the Stars award winners are chosen by University president John Hitt and normally do not exceed ﬁve per year. A $10,000 annual research grant for each of three years accompanies this honor. NSTC faculty member Masa Ishigami won the award in 2015. Dr. Thomas (third from the left) and Dr. Santra (third from the right) accepting the Reach for the Stars Award
Santra Wins Research Incentive Award The Research Incentive Award is designed to recognize faculty and research staff who have contributed outstanding scholarly or creative research that advances the body of knowledge in their ﬁelds. Nominees for the Research Incentive Award are evaluated on a number of criteria, including the value or impact of their research within their discipline and to society, the recognition of the nominees’ research by their peers, and any external grant and contract support the nominees may have received for their efforts. All of the recipients will receive a $5,000 increase to their base salary.