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Congratulations to MRSEC faculty, Orlin Velev and Michael Rubenstein, as well as Post-Doc, Bhuvnesh Bharti, for having their publication highlighed on the homepage! READ MORE

Alexander Richter, student of RT-MRSEC faculty Orlin D. Velev (NCSU), and founder of MRSEC affilicated start-up, Benanova, was awarded the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work to improve agricultural pest control that could strengthen the global food supply. The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national competition and recognizes student innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More.

Approximately 250 students, parents and community guests filled Gross Hall for the NC Science Festival event, hosted by the Research Triangle MRSEC. The event, geared towards making science fun and engaging the next generation of scientific and engineering minds, was thanks to the successful coordination of staff, faculty and students from all areas of science: Materials, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, in addition to Chemistry & Physics.

The 7th Triangle Soft Matter Workshop will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at NC State's Hunt Library, Raleigh, NC


Creating large amounts of polymer nanofibers dispersed in liquid is a challenge that has vexed researchers for years. But engineers and researchers at North Carolina State University and one of its start-up companies have now reported a method that can produce unprecedented amounts of polymer nanofibers, which have potential applications in filtration, batteries and cell scaffolding.

Researchers have fine-tuned a technique for coating gold nanorods with silica shells, allowing engineers to create large quantities of the nanorods and giving them more control over the thickness of the shell. Gold nanorods are being investigated for use in a wide variety of biomedical applications, and this advance paves the way for more stable gold nanorods and for chemically functionalizing the surface of the shells.

In a recent study published in Soft Matter, Benjamin Yellen, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, and his colleagues, Josh Socolar and Patrick Charbonneau in Duke’s physics and chemistry departments, respectively, use a single layer of microscopic colloidal particles suspended in a thin liquid medium to watch phase transitions in action.

The Research Triangle MRSEC (RT-MRSEC) Industry Poster Symposium workshop took place in the Hunt library on NC State’s Centennial Campus on Feb 12, 2015.  The goal of the symposium was to build bridges between academia and industry through an open forum between participating industrial panel members and the RT-MRSEC community.  In addition, there was a poster presentation by RT-MRSEC graduate students that allowe

Nan Li and Wei-Chen (Ivy) Wu won Silver Graduate Student Awards @ the Fall Materials Research Science Meeting in Boston, MA! The Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current matierials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. Both students study under Research Triangle Faculty members, Nan with Yara Yingling and Ivy with Joseph Tracy, both at North Carolina State University.

Jianfeng Zang, former MRSEC Fellow, was a Poster Award Winner at the Fall 2014 Materials Research Society meeting.

Dr. Zang studied under Professor Xuanhe Zhao, and just began a new position as a tenure-track professor at the Innovative Institute, Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Congratulations to Dr. Zhao and Dr. Zang!

Poster title: Self-Organizesd Origami of Large-Area Graphene and Graphene Papers Enables On-Demand Multifunctionalities. Dr. Zang, and Professor Xuanhe Zhao