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Program Highlights for year 2013

Engineering the Electronic Structure of Crystalline Oxide Layers

Research

One avenue to creating new materials with useful electronic properties is to take existing materials and modify their structure at the level of the bonds between the constituent atoms: this is feasible because the distribution of electrons around an atom is sensitive to subtle atomic-scale distortion of its bonds.

(2013)

A New Mechanism for Flagella-Like Beating

Research

The planar dynamics of a semi-flexible filament anchored at one end and comprised of connected, self-propelled, spheres were predicted using Brownian dynamics simulations and continuum elastic theory theory. For certain parameter ranges the filament undergoes periodic motion. With a

(2013)

Preparing Future Scientists at Multiple Levels

Education

Bridge Program for Physics Graduate Students OSU, CEM and the OSU Department of Physics have established and funded a M.S.‐to‐Ph.D. Bridge Program at OSU; OSU is one of the first sites funded by the American Physical Society Bridge Program. The program seeks to enhance the diversity of qualified applicants to physics Ph.D. programs at OSU and at other

(2013)

Correlated microscopy for geochemical, environmental and bio/nanomaterials

Research

Anil Virkar, Ajay Nahata & Brian Saam

Leveraged new (non-MRSEC) funding $240k: Arion mill, laser marker, FIB dep materials, S/W.

Scientific Computing & Imaging integration of diverse imaging data sets.

(2013)

Mussel protein adhesion to mica surpasses biotin-avidin affinity

Research

Asymmetrical films of adhesive protein Mfp-5 show significantly higher reversible adhesion to smooth mica surfaces than the “gold standard” of noncovalent binding: well-ordered avidin-biotin interactions. The insights are crucial for intelligent translation of mussel adhesion to engineered systems.

(2013)

Teachers Merge Art and Science at the UCSB MRSEC

Education

The UCSB Materials Research Laboratory’s “Models and Materials” Teacher Institute teamed secondary art and science teachers to develop interdisciplinary curriculum projects combining art and science with student-created models. Five science and four art teachers from Santa Barbara and Ventura County schools

(2013)

Rotating Magnetization with Lattice Strain

Research
Altering crystal structure of unique magnetic films manipulates magnetization orientation Magnetic anisotropy defines the functionality in many applications including magnetic data storage, strong permanent magnets, and electrical transformers. Sr2FeMoO6 (SFMO) and Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) are unique magnetic materials whose strong anisotropy aligns with
(2013)

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