January 2021:A Cornell collaboration led by KIC Executive Committee member Huili Grace Xing has found a way to grow a single crystalline layer of alpha-aluminum gallium oxide that has the widest energy bandgap to date – a discovery that clears the way for new semiconductors that will handle higher voltages, higher power densities and higher frequencies than previously seen. Read more about the discovery on the Cornell Chronicle.

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November 2020: A Cornell-led collaboration by KIC members Jie Shan and Kin Fai Mak has developed a way to stack two-dimensional semiconductors and trap electrons in a repeating pattern that forms a specific and long-hypothesized crystal. Read more about the research on the Cornell Chronicle.

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August 2020: A KIC-member led collaboration has created the first microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The research team was led by KIC co-director Paul McEuen, member Itai Cohen, and former KIC member Marc Miskin. Read more about the collaboration on the Cornell Chronicle.

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August 2020: Cornell researchers, led by KIC member Katja Nowack, used an ultrathin graphene “sandwich” to create a tiny magnetic field sensor that can operate over a greater temperature range than previous sensors, while also detecting miniscule changes in magnetic fields that might otherwise get lost within a larger magnetic background. Read more about the project at the Cornell Chronicle.

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Professor David Muller

July 2020: KIC co-director David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering, and his research group have developed a new form of ptychography that uses complex algorithms to achieve faster, more efficient imaging with picometer precision that won’t easily damage samples. Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

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June 2020: A Cornell team led by KIC members Kin Fai Mak and Jie Shan has developed a new imaging technique that is fast and sensitive enough to observe elusive critical spin fluctuations in two-dimensional magnets. This real-time imaging allows researchers to control the fluctuations and switch magnetism via a “passive” mechanism that could eventually lead to more energy-efficient magnetic storage devices. Read more about the project on the Cornell Chronicle.

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April 2020: KIC co-director Paul McEuen, member Al Molnar, have developed microsensors so tiny, they can fit 30,000 on one side of a penny. Equipped with an integrated circuit, solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that enable them to harness light for power and communication, each device costs a fraction of that same penny. Read more about the project on the Cornell Chronicle.

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March 2020: A collaboration led by KIC members Kin Fai Mak and Jie Shan has successfully created  a simulator using ultrathin monolayers that overlap to make a moiré pattern. The team then used this solid-state platform to map a longstanding conundrum in physics: the phase diagram of the triangular lattice Hubbard model. Read more about the collaboration on the Cornell Chronicle.

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December 2019: A  collaboration led by KIC member Darrel Schlom has created a new material that will bring clarity and extra bandwidth to the next generation of cellphones and other high-frequency electronics. The material is capable of operating at frequencies up to 125 GHz, well above the desired 30 GHz for the next wave of 5G and even 6G cell service. The tunable dielectric could also be used for defense applications such as electronic spoofing, in which a signal is deployed to confuse high-frequency radar systems. Read more about project on the Cornell Chronicle.

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November 2019: A team led by KIC co-director Paul McEuen and KIC member Itai Cohen is using the binding power of magnets to design self-assembling systems that potentially can be created in nanoscale form. Read more about the collaboration on the Cornell Chronicle.

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July, 2019: KIC member Kin Fai Mak, Associate Professor of Physics, is one of four Cornell faculty members recognized by the White House with a prestigious 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read more about Kin Fai Mak and his research in this Cornell Chronicle article.

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June, 2019: KIC members Eun-Ah Kim and Seamus Davis use machine learning to analyze the data generated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to provide valuable information unattainable by any other method. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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June, 2019: KIC Member and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Héctor Abruña, has been awarded the Frumkin Memorial Medal from the International Society of Electrochemistry in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field. Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

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May, 2019: Incoming KIC Postdoc Kelly Luo has been selected as one of eight 2019 Cornell Presidential Fellows. Luo’s research involves two-dimensional hybrid material systems. She plans to work with Professor Dan Ralph‘s research group when she arrives in September. Read more about the Presidential Fellowship Program and the other recently selected Fellows in the Cornell Chronicle.

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April, 2019: KIC Director Paul McEuen, KIC member Itai Cohen, and former KIC Postdoctoral fellow Mark Miskin were featured in the New York Times on April 30, 2019 for their ground-breaking (and KIC-funded) microbot research.  Read the full story here.

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