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Program Highlights for year 2015

Prediction and Design of Protein Polymer Phase Behavior at the Sequence Level

In their recent publication in Nature Materials, Research Triangle MRSEC professor Ashutosh Chilkoti and graduate fellow Felipe Garcia Quiroz created test motifs to identify the amino acid sequences that determine phase behavior in proteins.

Nanocapillarity-mediated magnetic assembly of nanoparticles into ultraflexible filaments and reconfigurable networks

In a paper published in Nature Materials, researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill show that magnetic nanoparticles encased in oily liquid shells can bind together in water, much like sand particles mixed with the right amount of water can form sandcastles.

Approaching a Two-Dimensional (2D) Metallic State on the Surface of the Organic Semiconductor Rubrene

Whether metallic behavior can exist in 2D materials is a question that has troubled condensed matter physics for decades. Although originally thought impossible, evidence for such in ultra-clean high-purity doped inorganic semiconductor heterostructures based on materials such as Si and GaAs eventually changed the prevailing view. 

Research Experiences for Teachers Student Expo

On May 20, 2015, over 250 middle and high school students participated in the inaugural MRSEC Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Student Expo.

Controlling Heat

Researchers at OSU's Center for Emergent Materials have discovered that in semiconductors, specifically Indium Antimonide (InSb), heat can be controlled magnetically, given a sufficiently large magnetic field.

Wafer scale integration of 2D Materials

Researchers at OSU's Center for Emergent Materials have established a novel route for growing precise layers of optoelectronic 2D materials directly onto wafers commonly used by the semiconductor industry.

Nanoscience Vlog – a New Way to Communicate P-SPINS Research

During the summer of 2015, Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) participant Courtney Matulka of Millard Public Schools together with Seed Project leader Krista Adams and Professor-Student Pairs participant Sharmin Sikich of Doane College developed a video blog, or “vlog,” to highlight the cutting-edge

Nebraska MRSEC Partnership with Universities of Strasbourg and Bordeaux

Molecules with switchable magnetic moment could become of considerable importance for the emerging field of organic spintronics, where the control of spin degrees of freedom may be performed electrically on the molecular scale.

Bio-Inspired Gels Show Promise as Self-healing Materials with Properties Controlled by Metal Ions

Nature has evolved numerous mechanisms for the self-healing of damaged tissues and structures.  MIT MRSEC researchers have shown first successes in establishing a new

Creating crystalline silicon core fibers from aluminum and glass preforms

Crystalline silicon is a critically important electronic material in all consumer electronic products.   The ability to create fibers from this material would open up exciting vistas for a new generation of fiber-based electronic and optical devices.  Traditional fiber-optic drawing involves a thermally mediated geometric scaling where both the fiber materials and their relative positions are i