Discover Magazine, Summer 2013 Issue: Paul McEuenJune, 2013: In the summer 2013 issue of Discover Magazine Prof. Paul McEuen, Director of LASSP and the Kavli Institute at Cornell, gives a Q&A on advances in nanotechnology.  Preview the article at discovermagazine.com

 

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May, 2013: Alan Alda and staff from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University visited campus May 21-24 to offer science communication training to two workshop tracks for about 50 Cornell faculty members. This workshop was hosted by the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. Funding was also provided by the Kavli Foundation, the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2). Cornell Chronicle May 23, 2013.

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The Kavli Institute at Cornell hosted a public talk by Alan Alda on May 22, 2013. Speaking to a sold-out auditorium in Rockefeller Hall, Alda brought his experience as an actor in the TV classic “M*A*S*H,” as a host of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers,” and as a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to initiate a dialogue on communication’s vital role in science.  Cornell Chronicle, May 23, 2013.

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Researchers from the Kavli Institute at Cornell and the Energy Frontier Research Center at Columbia University have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world’s thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets. The study is published in the May 5, 2013 issue of Nature Materials.  Columbia Engineering, May 2013.

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April, 2013: KIC Co-Director David Muller and Member Sol Gruner have tweaked “sol-gel” chemistry to create nanoparticles with separate compartments that could carry two or more drugs to the same location, with precise control over the amounts.  Cornell Chronicle, April 18, 2013.

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April, 2013: The Kavli Foundation applauds President Obama’s all-hands-on-deck call to unlock mysteries of the human brain. Scientists who propelled the Brain Activity Map Project, including KIC Director Paul McEuen, attend the presidential announcement in Washington.  Press Release and other material.

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February, 2013: The New York Times on Monday revealed that the Obama administration will in its next budget proposal seek to launch a major research initiative, known as the Brain Activity Map (BAM) project, that could ultimately greatly expand our understanding of the healthy and diseased human brain.

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Robert Richardson, 1937-2013February, 2013 Nobel laureate Robert C. Richardson, an experimental low-temperature physicist and one of Cornell’s most influential administrators, died Feb. 19 at a nursing home in Ithaca, N.Y.  Richardson served as Cornell’s first vice provost for research from 1998 to 2007 and also served as director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science and of the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Read more about his amazing contributions to science and to Cornell in the Cornell Chronicle.

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February 2013: Scientists studying high-temperature superconductivity know that the introduction of dopant atoms leads to the development of superconductive behavior.  However there is a lack of experimental work showing what these dopants do to the atomic-scale electronic structure of superconductive materials.  Professor of physics and KIC member J.C. Séamus Davis has now imaged the effects of these impurity atoms.  His work is published in the February 17 edition of Nature Physics.

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A rendering of the infinite layer cuprate superconductor structure. White is oxygen, red is copper and blue is strontium or lanthanum.January, 2013: Materials scientists at Cornell, including KIC member Kyle Shen, are one step closer to high-temperature superconductors. Read more about Shen’s work in the Cornell Chronicle, and read the paper highlighting this research in Physical Review Letters.

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A schematic of two optically coupled, micromechanical oscillators. Each consists of silicon nitride membranes set to a "flapping" oscillation by the force of light. This light force couples the mechanical motion of the oscillators by tunneling through the small gap between them, which eventually leads to their synchronization.December, 2012: Cornell researchers, including KIC members Paul McEuen and Michal Lipson, have now demonstrated synchronization at the nanoscale, using nothing but light. This research was published on December 5 in Physical Review Letters. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article here.

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December, 2012: Advances in detector technology, in concert with new synchrotron sources, x-ray optics, and computational methods, are opening new ways to probe the structure and dynamics of matter.  Read the full article by KIC member Sol Gruner in Physics Today.

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December 3, 2012: A research team supported by the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science (KIC) has shed light on the topic of electron cooling through the first known direct measurements of hot electrons cooling in graphene. The team, which published its finding online Dec. 2 in the journal Nature Physics, includes lead researcher and KIC Director, Paul McEuen; first author and KIC Postdoc Fellow, Matt Graham; and co-authors Jiwoong Park and Dan Ralph, both KIC members. Read the full story here.

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November, 2012: KIC member David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Largus Angenent, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering, have teamed up to design and build a completely new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactors.  Cornell Chronicle, Nov. 29, 2012

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Electron microscope image of a platinum-cobalt alloy nanoparticle, showing the arrangement of the metal atoms into an ordered lattice. A smaller particle overlaps the large one at the bottom. Yellow arrows indicate the three layers of platinum atoms on the surface.October, 2012: KIC Member David Muller‘s research produces ‘ordered’ fuel cell catalysts with increased efficiency and durability.  The research team has published a paper describing this work in the Oct. 28 issue of the journal Nature Materials.  Read the Cornell Chronicle article highlighting this research here.

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