News & Announcements

Prof. Jan Genzer has been appointed as the new Co-Director of the Research Triangle MRSEC.

Prof. Carol Hall, the previous Co-Director at NC State University stepped down as of August 31, 2014 and we thank her for 4 years of dedicated service to our Center.

Durham, NC-based Sentilus is led by Prof. Ashutosh Chilkoti, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems at Duke University, and co-founder and CEO Angus Hucknall. Sentilus was formed in 2012 with the goal of developing applications of a non-fouling surface coating developed by Prof. Chilkoti.

Abstract: We present a method to control the interfacial energy of a liquid metal via electrochemical deposition (or removal) of an oxide layer on its surface. Unlike conventional surfactants, this approach can tune the interfacial tension of a metal significantly (from ∼7× that of water to near zero), rapidly, and reversibly using only modest voltages.

Koohee Han, NCSU, led the team to win Best Poster Award. Congratulations to Koohee and all collaborators, including Wyatt Shields, Duke University, Bharti Bhuvnesh, NCSU & Nidhi Diwakar, Worchester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Jessica Nash and Nan Li, RT-MRSEC students from NCSU, also received awards in this category. The students in this category study under Drs. Yara Yingling, Orlin Velev & Gabriel Lopez.

Professor Carol Hall has been selected to receive the 2015 Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation (FOMMS) Medal.

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte systems. The model has applications for creating new materials as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA. Read More

The Duke, UNC, and NCSU Materials Research Society (MRS) chapters and Triangle Electrochemical Society (ECS) invite you to participate:

Ashutosh Chilkoti has been named chair of Duke’s Biomedical Engineering Department, effective August 11, 2014.

The German Colloid Society has selected Professor Orlin Velev to give the inaugural Colloid and Polymer Science Lecture at its 2014 yearly colloquium in Mainz, Germany. The lectureship is sponsored by Springer, a global publishing company specializing in science, technical and medical (STM) fields. Their journal, “Colloid and Polymer Science,” was first published in 1906.

On June 3, 1939, the Duke University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the College of Engineering—establishing the school as a cornerstone of the young university.