[November 2014] New group members

Postdoc Jun Gao joins the group. Jiayan also returns to visit us. Welcome!

[October 2014] Movie disc patterns for light trapping application in solar cells

Collaborative work with Profs. Cheng Sun (ME) and Dongning Guo (EECS) has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Alex!

[October 2014] Widespread media attention to Alex and his company

Read about Alex's startup AMPY here. Congratulations!

[October 2014] New award for group member

Che-Ning has been named a 3M Graduate Research Fellow. Congratulations!

[October 2014] New group member

Graduate student Alane Lim joins the group. Welcome!

[September 2014] Fissan-Pui-TSI Award

Prof. Huang and our former visitor scholar Dr. Hee Dong Jang from KIGAM have been selected to receive the Fissan-Pui-TSI Award granted by the International Aerosol Research Assembly (IARA). This is a quadrennial award recognizing intercontinental collaboration in aerosol science and technology. Jiaxing and Hee Dong were presented the award during the 2014 International Aerosol Conference at Busan, Korea. Cheers!

[August 2014] New Ryan Fellow

Che-Ning has been named a Ryan Fellow of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Congratulations!

[July 2014] Bookchapter in "Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene"

Our invited book chapter is published in the new edition of "Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene", edited by Profs. Tanaka and Iijima. This 34-page chapter, "Graphene Oxide: Some New Insights into an Old Material", summarizes our work on graphene oxide in the past 6 years. Cheers!

[June 2014] Highly Cited Researcher

Jiaxing has been named a "Highly Cited Researcher" in Chemistry by Thompson Reuters. Cheers!

[May 2014] New group member

Chenlong Cui joins the group from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Welcome!

[May 2014] Crumpled graphene balls supported MoSx

Collaboration with Prof. Lance Li's group has led to the publication of Alex's paper in Advanced Energy Materials. Congratulations!

[April 2014] AVS Prairie Chapter Early Career Award

Jiaxing has been seletect to receive the AVS Prairie Chapter Early Career Award. Cheers and thanks!

[April 2014] Guggenheim Fellowship

Jiaxing has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He joins a number of scholars, academics, scientists, artists, poets, filmmakers, and other global thought leaders honored by the yearly prize. See McCormick news release.

[April 2014] 2014 Carbon Journal Prize

Jiayan Luo and Jaemyung "Jay" Kim (PhD 2013) have won the 2014 Carbon Journal Prize for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in carbon research. Typically awarded to a single candidate, the 2014 award was given simultaneously to both Jiayan and Jay based on their impressive thesis work. Double congratulations! See McCormick news release.

[April 2014] Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize

Alex Smith is one of the team members of myPower, a clean tech startup that has just won the "Consumer Favorite" Prize at the 2014 Clean Energy Student Challenge. Congratulations! See McCormick news release.

[March 2014] Materials Science with Pencil and Paper

Our group is featured in the Office for Research 2013 Annual Report. Cheers!

[February 2014] Figures from pencil paper featured in "Chemistry in Picture" of C&E News. Cheers!

[January 2014] Pencil drawn devices featured in "Tech Take Live" of Fox News. Cheers!

FoxNews.com, "Ordinary, back-to-school supplies become threat detectors"

FoxNews (TV clip on Youtube), Tech Take Live, Jan 30, 2014

[January 2014] Broad dissemination of our work on pencil drawn devices

Our work on pencil drawn sensors have been widely reported. Congratulations to Cheng-Wei, Zhibo and Jay! We thank all the writers, reporters, bloggers and tweeters for spreading the news. Science can be fun, and inspirations can be drawn from daily life objects around you.

McCormick News Release, "Detecting Chemicals, Measuring Strain with a Pencil and Paper"

htxt.africa, "Paper and pencils used to create chemical vapour detection system"

Materials360, "Penciled-in Electronics"

MaterialsViews, "Drawing chemical sensors on paper with a flexible toy pencil"

Homeland Security News Wire, "Using pencil and paper to detect hazardous chemicals"

[January 2014] Flexible toy pencil draws chemical sensors

Cheng-Wei and Zhibo's paper on pencil drawn sensors is accepted by Scientific Reports, congratulations! The work was based on Cheng-Wei's MSE 337 project. It is now part of Prof. Huang's educational outreach lecture "Learning materials science with paper and pencil".

[January 2014] Jay's JPCL paper featured in Chemistry World article

Jay's paper on Au decorated MoS2 and WS2 sheets is featured in a Chemistry World article "Beyond Graphene". Cheers!

[December 2013] New application of graphene oxide

Deepti's paper on graphene oxide catalyzed hydrothermal carbonization of carbon hydrates is accepted by ACS Nano. Congratulations!

[December 2013] Steam etched GO selected for Analytical Chemistry and JACS virtual issue

Tae Hee's paper on steam etched porous GO is selected for JACS and Analytical Chemistry virtual issue on "Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry".

[November 2013] New award for group member

Jiayan receives the prestige 1000 Young Talent Award and is well on his way to become a professor in China! Congratulations!

[October 2013] Crumpled graphene particle on ACR cover

Jiayan and Jay's ACR paper is featured on the cover, cheers!

[August 2013] RSC web themed issue: Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science

Our EES Perspective paper "Towards Solution Processed All-Carbon Solar Cells" is included in a special web theme issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry, which "highlights the activities of rising star scientists with artist-like imagination and carpenter-like technical skills in construction of nanoarchitecture". Cheers!

[July & August 2013] Learning Materials Science with Paper and Pencil

Jiaxing developed a new educational outreach lecture of "Leaning Materials Science with Paper and Pencil" and delivered it at the 2013 BUCT International Forum in Beijing and at Northwestern MRSEC for REU/RET participants. Cheers!

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[July 2013]

Jiaxing is promoted to Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with tenure, effectively September 1. Cheers!

[July 2013] News from JPC-L and Pure and Applied Chemistry

Jiayan and Hee Dong's paper "Crumpled Graphene-Encapsulated Si Nanoparticles for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes" is one of the JPC-L's most-read papers in the past year, cheers!

Jiaxing's paper "Syntheses and applications of conducting polymer polyaniline nanofibers" is the cumulative citation leader for all special topic and conference works published during 2006 in Pure Appl. Chem.

And our IYC contribution in Pure Appl. Chem. "Graphene oxide as surfactant sheets" is also an early leader in the 2011 listing.

[July 2013] Alumni news

Yongsheng, Vincent and Alvin gathered at Singapore during ICMAT. Sweet!

[June 2013] Lectures on conducting polymers

Jiaxing is invited to the 1st International Shangda Education Forum in Shanghai and gives 10 serial lectures on conducting polymers to students.

[June 2013] New group members

Prof. Huali Nie from Donghua University in Shanghai joined the group as visiting professor. Welcome!

[June 2013] MSEC 2013/NAMRC 41

Jiaxing attended the MSEC 2013/NAMRC 41 awards banquet at Madison, Wisconsin to receive the 2013 Gustav Olling SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers Award. Cheers!

[June 2013] Next Step

Jiayan has accepted a postdoc position at MIT. Jay has accepted a postdoc position at UCLA. Congratulations and best wishes!

[June 2013] 4th PhD

Jiayan has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Jiayan Luo!

[June 2013] 2 New Ryan Fellows

Deepti and Alex have been named Ryan Fellow of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Congratulations!

[May 2013] 3rd PhD

Jay has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Jaemyung Kim!

[May 2013] 4 New awards for group members

Zhibo has won the Hilliard Award for Research and Design!

Jay has won the Best Poster Award at the Hillard Symposium!

Jiayan has won the the Grand Prize in the 2013 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Competition!

Alex has won the Runner-up Prize in the 2013 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Competition!

Well done and congratulations to all!

[May 2013] Next Step

Alvin and Zhibo will move to MIT to pursue PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Cheng-Wei will move to UCLA to pursue PhD in Materials Chemistry. Congratulations and best wishes for all of you!

[April 2013] New award

Zhibo has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Well done and congratulations! And best wishes for graduate school!

[March 2013] The month of MoS2

Jay's paper on Au plated MoS2 sheets and electrocatalysis is published in JPC-L. Congratulations!

Collaboration with Dravid group results in new papers about MoS2 published in Angewandte Chemie and JACS. Cheers!

Jiaxing co-authored a review paper on 2D materials published in ACS Nano.

[February 2013] Crumpled Graphene Retains High Capacitance

Jiayan's paper is highlighted in C&E News. Cheers!

[January 2013] ACR again

A review summarizing our contributions to the material processing of chemically modified graphene is accepted by Accounts of Chemical Research. Congratulations to Jiayan and Jay!

[January 2013] FQM 2.0: Beyond graphene

Alvin and Jay's work is accepted by Small. Congratulations!

[January 2013] Crumpled graphene balls for scalable ultracapacitors

Jiayan's paper in accepted by ACS Nano. Congratulations!

[January 2013] New award for group member

Jiayan is selected to receive the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Congratulations and very well done!

[December 2012] GO with the nano flow

Kalyan's nanofluidics JACS paper is highlighted in Materials Today. GO with the nano flow! Cheers!

[November 2012] MRS Gold Award!

Jiayan received the MRS Graduate Student Gold Award at the Boston meeting. Congratulations and very well done!

[November 2012] New award for group member

Jiaxing is going to receive the 2013 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Cheers!

[November 2012] Paper-and-scissors rocks!

News on the GO-based nanofluidics work:

Bang! Science Magazine (University of Oxford): Graphene oxide paper and scissors – all you need to create nanofluidic device

Northwestern: PAPER-AND-SCISSORS TECHNIQUE ROCKS THE NANO WORLD

IEEE Spectrum: Paper and Scissors Key in Latest Development of Nanofluidics

Techfragments: Making Nanofluidic Devices out of Graphene Oxide Papers

FrogHeart: Nano crafts class: get out your ¡®paper¡¯ and scissors

[October 2012] New group member

New graduate students Xuan Dou, Che-Ning Yeh and visiting student Segi Byun join the group. Welcome!

[October 2012] New award for group member

Jiayan is going to receive a MRS graduate student award! Well done and congratulations!

[September 2012] Chemistry & Industry (C&I): Curious minds

Jiaxing is profiled in a C&I article on scientific creativity for the work on crumpled graphene. Cheers!

[September 2012] Northwestern Scientific Images Contest

Andrew wins the 1st place again in the Northwestern Scientific Images Contest! Jiayan also won the 5th place! Congratulations!!

[September 2012] New group member

Visiting student Jiaojing Shao joins the group. Welcome!

[September 2012] Cheap nanofluidic devices made by "paper" and scissors

Kalyan's paper is accepted by JACS! Many congratulations!

[September 2012] Next step

Kwon Nam successfully defended his PhD thesis, congratulations! Dr. Sohn has accepted a position in LG Chem. Best wishes!

[September 2012] Nano GO strikes again

Collaboration with Dravid group results in a new paper in JACS! GO nanocolloids make it possible to create GO based protein sensor arrays. Congratulations to all!

[July 2012] Perspective on all-carbon solar cells: EES cover

Invited Perspective article on solution-processed all-carbon solar cells is featured on the inside front cover of Energy & Environmental Science! The paper is based on our original discovery of photovoltaic all-carbon composites in 2011. Cheers!

[June 2012] Two Dimensional Soft Material: New Faces of Graphene Oxide
Our invited Account is published on line in Accounts of Chemical Research! The paper highlights our perspective of treating GO as 2D soft materials. Cheers and thanks Jay and Laura for hard work!

[June 2012] Crumpled graphene balls as expandable shells for Si nanoparticle
Jiayan's paper "Crumpled Graphene-Encapsulated Si Nanoparticles for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes
" is published in JPC-Letters. Cheers!

[June 2012] Next step

Alvin successfully defended his MS thesis, congratulations!

[June 2012] Next step

Laura successfully defended her PhD thesis, congratulations! Dr. Cote has accepted a position in Continental Corporation.

[June 2012] Capillary molding of graphene on ChemComm cover

Kwon Nam's paper on capillary molding of graphene is featured on the front cover of ChemComm. It is also highlighted by Chemistry World: "Rapid synthesis of graphene capsules"

[May 2012] New award for group member

Zhibo has been elected to the prestigious ranks of Phi Beta Kappa! Congratulations!

[April 2012] New award for group member

Alex has been awarded an NSF-EAPSI fellowship to carry out summer research in Taiwan! Congratulations!

[March 2012] Nature Outlook: Graphene

Jiayan and Hee Dong's ACS Nano paper and an SEM image of crumpled graphene balls is featured in a Nature Prospective article. Cheers!

[March 2012] New frontispiece artwork

Vincent and Jay's AEnM paper on tandem cells using GO:SWCNTs interconnect is featured on the frontispiece on the March issue. Cheers!

[February 2012] Energetic GO: Challenges and Opportunities

Invited review paper is accepted by Nano today. Cheers!

[January 2012] New award for group member

Jiaxing has been selected to receive the Inaugural ISEN Early Career Investigator Award. Cheers!

[January 2012] A colorful WoW!

Collaboration with former group member Yong Sheng on fluorescent wire-on-wire (WoW) organic heterojunctions has led to a new publication in JACS. Cheers!

[January 2012] Next step

Tae Hee will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organic and Nano Engineering at Hanyang University, South Korea. Many congratulations!

[December 2011] Welcome new member

Dr. Guang Lu joins the group as visiting postdoc. Welcome!

[December 2011] GO:SWCNTs based interfacial Layer for all-solution-processed multijunction solar cells

Vincent and Jay's paper is accepted by Advanced Energy Materials. Cheers!

[November 2011] Graphene “Paper Balls” Crumple the Competition

Jiayan and Hee Dong's paper is highlighted in ACS Nano's "In Nano" session and featured on the cover of the November issue. Cheers!

[November 2011] New frontispiece artwork

Jay and Vincent's AEnM paper on GO:SWCNTs hole transporting layer is featured on the frontispiece on the November issue. Cheers!

[November 2011] Next step

Vincent has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Merced. Many congratulations!

[November 2011] Milestone researched

Jiayan is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

[October 2011] Aerosol method wads up graphene flakes into microscopic 'paper balls'

Jiayan and Hee Dong's paper is highlighted by C&EN: "Crumpled Graphene Resists Aggregation".

A few more reports have appeared:

Kurzweil - In "Three new developments in creating better graphene"

Gizmag – Research Watch, “New 'crumpled' graphene really doesn't stack up”

Kommersant Science, “Crumpled graphene does not stick together and can withstand high mechanical loads” (in Russian)

Cheers and we appreciate all the writers and "enthusiasts"!!

[October 2011] New research highlights: Aggregation-resistant graphene particles

Our work on crumpled paper ball-like graphene is featured in a Spotlight article on Nanowerk.com: "Crumpled graphene balls for high surface area applications" and Materials Today: "Do you want to play ball.... with graphene?"

Cheers!

[October 2011] New research highlight: All-carbon solar cell

Our work on all-carbon solar cell is mentioned in an article in the Fast Company magazine. Cheers!

[October 2011] Welcome new group members

Deepti Krishnan and Alex Smith join the group. Welcome!

[October 2011] Frustration inspires new form of graphene with frustrated Van der Waals attraction

Jiayan and Hee Dong's paper on aggregation-resistant graphene particles is published in ACS Nano! Two and a half years of hard work and frustration finally lead to a new form of graphene that can resist aggregation in either solution or in solid state! Many congratulations and great work! Also many thanks to our collaborators!!

Also see McCormick News Article about this work: Frustration Inspires New Form of Graphene: Researchers Find Promise in 'Crumpling'

 

[October 2011] Scientific Images Contest

Andrew wins the First Place in the 2011 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Cheers!

[October 2011] New award for group member

Jiayan has been awarded a 3M graduate research fellowship. Congratulations!

[October 2011] New award for group member

Jiaxing has been named  the Morris E. Fine Research Professor in Materials and Manufacturing. Cheers!

[September 2011] New award for group member - 50 for the Future

Alvin has been named on the Illinois Technology Foundation’s 2011 Fifty for the Future list. Congratulations!

[September 2011] Porous GO for sensing

Tae Hee and Yi-Kai's paper is accepted by JACS. Well done and congratulations!

[September 2011] Advanced Energy Materials: Water processable GO:SWCNTs thin films for polymer solar cells

Jay and Vincent's paper is accepted by AEM. Well done and congratulations!

[September 2011] Langmuir-Blodgett GO monolayers as window for environmental XPS

Collaboration with Prof. Andrei Kolmakov ( Southern Illinois University) results in a paper in Nature Nanotechnology. Cheers!

[August 2011] New award for group member - Ryan Fellowship

Jiayan has been selected to be a Ryan Fellow in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Well done and congratulations!

[July 2011] Laura featured on The Graduate School homepage

See TGS homepage

[June 2011] GRC in Italy and ICMAT 2011 in Singapore

[June 2011] Next steps

Congratulations to Ken for completing his BS/MS degrees and good luck to his new career in Georgia Tech!

Congratulations to Phil for completing his BS degree and good luck to his new career in Carnegie Mellon!

Congratulations to Alvin for completing his BS degree and see you again next fall!

[June 2011] Welcoming new members

Yoon Joo Na joins the group as undergraduate researcher. Welcome!

Dr. Kalyan Raidongia joins the group as postdoc from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). Welcome!

Frehiwot Gebrehiwot and Michael Kollasch join the group as summer RET researchers. Welcome!

Emily Adkins joins the group as summer REU researcher. Welcome!

[June 2011] New award for group member

Alvin wins the Hilliard Undergraduate Awards for his project "All-Carbon Composites for Energy Applications"! Well done and triple congratulations!

[June 2011] Nanowerk Spotlight

Our paper on graphene-based sticky interconnect for making tandem photovoltaic cells is featured in a Nanowerk-Spotlight article: Fabricating polymer tandem solar cells with a graphene-based conductive glue. Cheers!

[June 2011] Sticky interconnect for solution processed polymer tandem solar cells

Our discovery of a graphene oxide based conductive glue and its use for constructing tandem solar cells is published in JACS. Congratulations and also thanks to Vincent, Jay and Laura for the hard work!

[May 2011] Thesis defense

Ken successfully defenses his thesis. He is now a Master of Materials Science and Engineering. Well done and congratulations!

[May 2011] New award for group member

Laura receives a highly prestigious Josephine de Karman Fellowship. Well done and triple congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Jay receives a MRS graduate student silver award at the San Francisco MRS meeting. Well done and congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Laura receives a prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Well done and double congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Laura receives an Engineering Innovation Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Well done and congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Alvin wins the ASM Chicago Regional Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship (1 award per year). Well done and double congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Alvin wins the 1st place in the undergraduate student poster competition at the ASM Chicago Meeting. Well done and congratulations!

[April 2011] New award for group member

Andrew receives a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Well done and congratulations!

[March 2011] 舊材料的新見解-氧化石墨烯之界面活性

Chinese version of our original review paper "Graphene Oxide as Surfactant Sheets" in Pure and Applied Chemistry is published in the magazine Industrial Materials (工業材料) by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan. We thank the editors for their hard work and Pure and Applied Chemistry for allowing the publication of this Chinese version!

[March 2011] An all-carbon composite for solar cell

Our JACS paper on all-carbon composite is highlighted in C&E News and Renewables International Magazine. Cheers!

[March 2011] Chemically modified graphene: Flame retardant or fuel for combustion?

Journal of Materials Chemistry publishes a Highlights article featuring Franklin, Jiayan and Rodolfo's work ["Self-Propagating Domino-like Reactions in Oxidized Graphite", Advanced Functional Materials, 2010, 20, 2867-2873] in their special issue on "Chemically Modified Graphenes". Congratulations to all! And many thanks to Yumeng Shi and Prof. Lain-Jong Li from RCAS, Academia Sinica, Taiwan for writing the nice article!

[March 2011] Separating the (nano)wheat from the (nano)chaff

Ken and Kwon Nam's paper is is featured on a Frontispiece in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congratulations! It is also featured on ChemViews Magazine!

[February 2011] New award for group member

Jay is going to receive a MRS Graduate Student Award. Well done and congratulations!

[February 2011] New award for group member

Jiaxing has been named as a 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. See Northwestern News and McCormick News. Cheers!

[February 2011] Towards all-carbon solar cells

Vincent's paper on photovoltaic all-carbon composite is accepted as a Full Article in JACS. Congratulations and thanks to Jen-Hsien, Ian (from Stupp's group), Franklin, Jay and George for the hard work!

[February 2011] Milestone reached

Jay is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

[February 2011] GO nano!

Jiayan's JACS paper on GO nanocolloids is featured in Materials Today. Congratulations!

[February 2011] Delicious materials by controlled assembly: Dough, meat and kimchi...

Jiaxing hosted a dumpling party for friends and families of group members. Cheers!

dumpling

[February 2011] Our 1st paper in Angewandte Chemie

Ken and Kwon Nam's paper on nanowire purification is accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition and will be published as a "hot paper". Congratulations!

[January 2011] Pure and Applied Chemistry Recognizes the “Hand of Youth” in Shaping Chemistry

[January 2011] The most-read Soft Matter article in December 2010

The editor of Soft Matter informed us that Laura and Jay's paper "Tunable assembly of graphene oxide surfactant sheets: wrinkles, overlaps and impacts on thin film properties" was the most-read article for December 2010. You can browse the list of top ten articles here. Congratulations!

[January 2011] Perspectives and Challenges for the International Year of Chemistry

Our Review paper "Graphene Oxide as Surfactant Sheets" is published in an IUPAC special issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry commemorating the International Year of Chemistry 2011. It is also featured on the journal's cover! Congratulations and thanks all for the hard work!

PAC cover

[December 2010] Soft Matter Cover

Laura and Jay's paper is featured on the inside front cover of Soft Matter. Congratulations!

[November 2010] Graphene oxide nanocolloids

Jiayan's paper is accepted by JACS. Congratulations!

[November 2010] IUPAC special issue commemorating the IYC2011

Laura's review article is soon to appear in Pure and Applied Chemistry for a special issue commemorating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC2011) by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)! Congratulations!

[October 2010] Co-assembly of nanoparticles in evaporating droplets

Hee Dong's paper is published in Aerosol Science and Technology! Congratulations!

[October 2010] The 2010 Materials Today Virtual Conference - The New Carbon Era

Jiaxing is an invited speaker for the first ever Materials Today Virtual Conference - The New Carbon Era.

[October 2010] New award for group member - MRSEC Undergraduate Research Internship

Lisa Tang has been awarded a MRSEC Undergraduate Research Internship! Congratulations!

[October 2010] New award for group member - IIN Outstanding Research Award

Jay been selected to receive the 2010 Outstanding Researcher Award by the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN)! Congratulations!

[October 2010] Next step

Franklin has accepted a position as international independent assistant professor in the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University in Japan. Congratulations and best wishes for his journey to the east, too!

[September 2010] Wrinkles and overlaps: Tunable assembly of graphene oxide surfactant sheets

Laura and Jay's paper is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. They show how to control the microstructures of graphene oxide thin films by assembly, and how microstructures affect the thin film properties, providing a well-defined example of the structure-properties paradigm for this new soft material. Congratulations and well done!

[September 2010] News from group alumni

Former group member Dr. Rodolfo Cruz-Silva has accepted a position as associated professor at the Research Center for Exotic Nano Carbon of Shinshu University in Japan. Best wishes for his journey to the east!

[September 2010] Frontispiece in Advanced Functional Materials

Franklin, Jiayan and Rodolfo's paper is featured in a frontispiece in Advanced Functional Materials!

[September 2010] Science Direct - Top 25 hottest articles

Jay's "Seeing graphene-based sheets" paper shows up in Materials Today's top 25 list!

[August 2010] Fire Risk for Graphene Oxide

Franklin, Jiayan and Rodolfo's paper is featured in Chemistry & Industry!

[July 2010] Carbon 2010

We presented 4 posters and 1 talk at the 2010 World Carbon Conference. The group had fun at Clemson University!

[July 2010] Research highlights on the "domino reaction" paper

Materials Views "Burning Up"
C&E News - "Graphite Oxide's Flammability Explained"

[July 2010] New award for group member - Ryan Fellowship

Due to his "research interests, strong background, and exceptional promise as a scholar", Jay is "one of a very select group of students who have been offered this prestigious award" by the graduate school. Well done and congratulations!

[July 2010] Is your graphene a flame retardant or a fire hazard?

Franklin, Jiayan and Roldofo's "domino reaction" paper is published as a Full Paper in Advanced Functional Materials. Congratulations and well done!

[June 2010] News and highlights on graphene oxide surfactant - We thank all the writers and "enthusiasts"!

Nature Chemistry - Research Highlights: Graphene oxide: Surfactant sheets

Nanowerk - Spotlight: New findings about the activity of graphene oxide sheets at interfaces

McCormick News Article: Researchers Discover New Properties of World's Thinnest Material

Ars Technica: Graphene oxide, world's thinnest bar of soap

BE Etats-Uni, Science and Technology Newsletter of the French Embassy in US
Le graphène renforce son statut de matériau star (In French)

[May 2010] Graphene oxide sheets at interfaces

Jay and Laura's paper is accepted as a Full Article in JACS. Congratulations and well done!

[May 2010] 2D assembly of graphene oxide sheets

Franklin and Laura's invited paper is published in Advanced Materials as Research News. Congratulations and well done!

[April 2010] Awards for group members from ISEN and MRS

Congratulations to Laura for her MRS graduate student silver award! The group had fun in San Francisco!

MRSMRSMRSMRS

Congratulations to Alvin and Phil for their ISEN undergraduate research award!

ISEN URG

[March 2010] Materials Today cover article

Jay's review article on imaging graphene based sheets is published in Materials Today and featured on the cover! Well done and congratulations!

FQM

[February 2010] New award for group member

Laura is going to receive a MRS graduate student award! Well done and congratulations!

[February 2010] Seeing graphene-based sheets - Materials Today interview

Jiaxing is interviewed by Materials Today and invited to give an e-presentation to discuss our research in fluorescence quenching microscopy. The podcast with PowerPoint slides can be found here.

[February 2010] Patterned growth of organic nanowire waveguide arrays

Yongsheng and Jay's paper is published in ACS Nano. Congratulations and well done!

[January 2010] Interfacial assembly of soft layered materials

Huang group receives a NSF CAREER Award! :)

[January 2010] More news on FQM - We thank all the writers and "enthusiasts"!

C&E News: Gilded graphene

TFOT: A Peek at the World's Thinnest Material

Photonics.com: Fluorescein Images Graphene

Compound Semiconductor: Semiconductor Graphene Examined With Forensic Dye Fluorescein

[December 2009] News from group alumni

Former group member Dr. Yongsheng Zhao, now a professor in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences wins a Scopus Young Scientist Silver Award in Nanoscience in China. Congratulations!

[December 2009] Chemical year in review 2009

Laura and Rodolfo's "flash reduction" paper is included in the Chemical Year In Review 2009 in C&E News. Congratulations!.

[December 2009] Finding graphene(s): The world's thinnest materials

An Easy Way to See the World's Thinnest Material
Jay and our FQM paper is featured in a McCormick News Article

Microscopy: Glowing graphene
Our FQM technique is featured in a Research Highlight article in Nature Chemistry

New imaging technique allows quick evaluation of graphene sheets
Jay's FQM JACS paper is featured in a Spotlight article in Nanowerk

United Press International: Dye used to study world's thinnest sheet

[December 2009] Fluorescence quenching microscopy (FQM): Visualizing the world's thinnest materials

Jay, Laura and Franklin's paper is published in JACS as a Full Article. Congratulations and well done!

[November 2009]

Dr. Vincent Tung joins the group. Welcome!

[October 2009] Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest

Congratulations to Alvin for winning the national 1st prize during the Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest at the 2009 TMS Materials Science and Technology Meeting. He presented our work on flash reduction of graphite oxide. Well done, Alvin!

[October 2009] A ‘FLASH’ in the synthesis of graphene

The journal Current Science publishes a Research News article featuring Laura and Rodolfo's JACS paper. Congratulations to Laura and Rodolfo, well done! We also thank Prof. C. Srinivasan for writing the nice article!

[October 2009]

Jiayan Luo joins the group. Welcome!

[September 2009]

Laura is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

[August 2009]

Congratulations to our summer researchers for graduating from the following programs!

Lacie Bray (MRSEC-Research Experience for Teachers)
Lauren Lessor (NSEC-Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Osman Shawkat (Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program)

Best wishes for all!

[August 2009] Chemical Communications ceremony - ACS Meeting at D.C.

Prof. Huang is recognized as a most-cited author by the journal Chemical Communications at the American Chemical Society Meeting at Washington D.C.!

[August 2009] ACS Nano Podcast

Jiaxing is interviewed by ACS Nano to explain our recent work on nanoparticle synthesis

[August 2009] More reports on flash reduction - we thank all the writers and "enthusiasts"!

Physics world

Photonics.com

The American Ceramic Society -Ceramic Tech Weekly

R&D Magazine

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[July 2009] Evolutionary tree: Family gold

evolutionary tree

Kwon Nam, Franklin and Ken's ACS Nano paper is featured in Nanowerk - Spotlight and Nature Nanotechnology - Research Highlight. Nice work!

Nanowerk: An evolutionary tree for nanotechnology particle engineering
Nature Nanotechnology: Nanoparticle synthesis: Family gold

[July 2009] School pride: Flash patterned NU Wildcat logo

NuCat

Laura and Rodolfo's JACS paper is featured in C&E News and ZDNet.com. Nice work!

C&E News: Making Graphene In A Flash
ZdNet.com: Researchers use ordinary camera flash to create graphene
See "flash reduction" in action at Youtube.com: Reduction and patterning of graphite oxide by camera flash

[July 2009] New group member

Dr. Hee-Dong Jang joins the group from KIGAM. Welcome!

[July 2009] An evolutionary tree of nanoparticles

Kwon Nam, Franklin and Ken's paper is published in ACS Nano. Congratulations and well done!

[July 2009] Flash reduction and patterning of graphite oxide

Laura and Rodolfo's paper is published in JACS as a Full Article. Congratulations and well done!

[June 2009] First class of ISEN cluster fellows announced

Jaemyung (Jay) Kim is among the 1st class of ISEN cluster fellows awarded by the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN). Congratulations and well done!

[June 2009] Summer researchers

We welcome our summer visitors: Lacie Bray(MRSEC-Research Experience for Teachers), Lauren Lessor (NSEC-Research Experience for Undergraduates) and Osman Shawkat (Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program). Welcome!

[April 2009] Undergraduate Research Grants

Congratulations to both Ken and Allen for winning the Undergraduate Research Grants (URG)! Well done!

[April 2009]

Alvin Tan joins the group. Welcome!

[March 2009] Graphene: Carbon As Thin As Can Be

C&E News runs a cover story on graphene. Our work on the LB assembly of graphite oxide single layers and the water lilies JACS cover art are featured! Nice work to Laura and Franklin!
See: Carbon As Thin As Can Be

[February 2009] Vertical organic nanowire arrays

Yongsheng and Jinsong's paper is accepted by JACS as a Communication. Congratulations and well done!

[January 2009] Water Lilies: The Inspiration of a Floating World

Laura and Franklin's JACS paper is featured on the cover! Congratulations!

Also see: C&E News story, McCormick news release, JACS image challenge, and JACS Podcast.

water lilies

[January 2009] Polyaniline Nanofibers: A Unique Polymer Nanostructure

Prof. Huang's review paper on polyaniline nanofibers is published in Accounts of Chemical Research and featured on the cover!

[January 2009]

Philip Goins joins the group. Welcome!

[January 2009]

Kwon Nam is now Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

[November 2008]

Kwon Nam is awarded a MRSEC Fellowship. Congratulations and well done!

[October 2008]

Jaemyung Kim joins the group. Welcome!

[October 2008] High aspect ratio gold nanowires

Franklin and Kwon Nam's paper is accepted by JACS as a Communication. Congratulations and well done!

[September 2008] A monolayer of monolayers

Laura and Franklin's paper is accepted by JACS as a Full Article. Congratulations and well done!

[August 2008] Celebrating a beautiful summer

August 31 - First Huang group BBQ at Centennial Park.

[August 2008] Conducting polymer nanofibers: From research discoveries to education and outreach

Prof. Huang's first paper with NU affiliation is published in Journal of Chemical Education. The polyaniline nanofiber sensor experiment is now a student project in Mat_Sci 395.

[June 2008]

Dr. Rodolfo Cruz Silva joins the group. Welcome!

[April 2008]

Congratulations to Laura for winning the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Well done!

[April 2008]

Dr. Yongsheng Zhao joins the group from UCLA. Welcome!

[March 2008]

Allen Tsaur joins the group. Welcome!

[February 2008]

Ken Pradel joins the group. Welcome!

[October 2007]

Congratulations to Julie Dell, Elizabeth Haley, Peter Livins and Jenny Pearson for winning the Service Excellence Awards! We are grateful to their help in lab renovation.

[October 2007]

Kwon Nam Sohn and Laura Cote Join the group. Welcome!

[September 2007]

Dr. Franklin Kim joins the group from UC Berkeley.  Welcome!

[July 2007-now]
Our labs are being renovated ...