CMDIS Newsletter - May 2023

Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems
May Newsletter

Your assistant to keep you updated. Snippets on upcoming events, webinars, fellowship opportunities, news about facilities, publications, past event notes.


The 217th Commencement honoring Class of 2023 is on May 20th. Our warmest congratulations to all students and families!!

What’s ahead?

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Bootcamp 
(Application deadline: 17.May)
Office of Graduate Education invites rising seniors, 1st and 2nd year graduate students (Fall 2023) to register for this proven 5 week virtual program to develop strong applications to the NSF GRFP, which provides 3 years of tuition and salary to graduate students in 30 disciplines. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. Two sessions are available in June and August. Learn more. Contact: Betty Madigan (

Ralph W. Earl Automation Expo 2023
(18.May, 9:00am-2:00pm, The Desmond Hotel, Albany)
The Automation Expo is a great opportunity to see technologies to help sharpen your skills or deepen your automation knowledge. Come learn from industry experts who are shaping the future of automation. You may join this free event to see the latest developments in robotics, electric actuation systems, sensor technologies, and much more. Register.

Approaching deadlines

(Undergraduate) Generation Google 
(Application Deadline: 19.May)
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring students pursuing computer science degrees excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive $10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) for the 2023-2024 school year. The Generation Google Scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrated leadership, and academic performance. Learn more.

(Graduate) AIChE Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) 
(Application Deadline: 1.June)
AIChE will host its second-year 3MT® competition at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting, giving graduate students an opportunity to present their thesis in just three minutes.
The 3MT® competition will allow for the exchange of relevant knowledge between competitors and the audience and will also serve to help graduate-level chemical engineers to develop their communication and leadership skills. Competitors will submit an entry form along with a video recording of their 3MT® presentation for preliminary review. All finalists will receive complimentary registration to 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting and monetary prizes will be given to finalists. Learn more.

(Grad/Post-doc) Battery Workforce Challenge
(Application Deadline: 18.May)
Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, Stellantis, and other government and industry sponsors, are joining forces to ready the next generation workforce for future careers throughout the battery supply chain and support the nation’s global competitiveness in battery manufacturing. The Battery Workforce Challenge is a new three-year student competition that will kick off in Fall 2023 and will challenge universities and vocational schools from across North America to design, build, test, and integrate an advanced EV battery pack into a Stellantis vehicle. Learn more.

(Faculty) nanoHUB Champions Program Call For Proposals 2022-23
(Application Deadline: not listed)
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), which operates nanoHUB, is now accepting project proposals for the 2022-23 nanoHUB Champions Program. Faculty at US institutions who have developed and used high quality teaching materials that use nanoHUB simulation tools in their classrooms are encouraged to apply. Faculty candidates who are accepted into the program will receive support for training other faculty to use nanoHUB in their own classes. This training can be implemented through a combination of online webinars, in-depth workshops hosted by NCN, and in-person tutorials. These events will be recorded and published in nanoHUB for others to use. Learn more.

Other Webinars / Conferences / Development

Webinar: Quantum Measurement and Why It's a Problem
(31.May, 10:00 am EDT)
Sean Carroll, Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University Quantum mechanics has been our most successful fundamental theory of nature since the 1920s, but we still don't fully understand what the theory actually says. The most obvious place this shortcoming shows up is in our understanding of quantum measurement. I will discuss what the problem is, why it is important, and how a better understanding could help us with other pressing problems in physics. Register.

Webinar: Quantum Materials: From Characterization to Resonator Measurements 
(13.June, 12:00 pm EDT)
Corey Rae McRae, Professor, NIST Boulder and CU Boulder 
Understanding and addressing materials losses is key to implementing the next generation of quantum technology.  In this webinar, you will learn how low-noise measurements with lock-in amplifiers can help you optimize your materials. Register.

ACS NorthEast Regional Meeting (NERM)
(14-17.June, Boston, MA)
The meeting will be hosted by the Northeastern Section of the ACS with most of the technical sessions and special events to be held at Northeastern University in Boston. The theme of the meeting, Chemistry: Crossing Intersections, will be reflected in the technical program featuring research that crosses and transcends the traditional boundaries of chemistry and chemical engineering. Learn more.

PowerAmerica 2023 Summer Workshop
(08-10.August, Raleigh, NC)
The two-and-a-half-day gathering of leaders and experts in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) technology will offer networking sessions, keynote remarks, industry perspectives, student poster sessions and PowerAmerica project updates. Engineering and business development professionals are especially encouraged to attend. Learn more.

Publications in Our Radar

Wen X.; Lu Z.; Yang X.; Chen C.; Washington M.A.Wang G.-C.; Tang J.; Zhao Q.; Lu T.-M., Vertically Aligned One-Dimensional Crystal-Structured Sb2Se3 for High-Efficiency Flexible Solar Cells via Regulating Selenization Kinetics, 2023, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, DOI:10.1021/acsami.3c01830

Pendyala M.; Stephen S.J.; Vashishth D.; Blaber E.A.; Chan D.D., Loss of hyaluronan synthases impacts bone morphology, quality, and mechanical properties, 2023, Bone, DOI:10.1016/j.bone.2023.116779

Li M.; Wang X.; Odom L.; Bryce K.; Zhao D.; Shen J.; Ma Z.; Bae C.Narayan S.Lian J., Three-Dimensional Hollow Reduced Graphene Oxide Tube Assembly for Highly Thermally Conductive Phase Change Composites and Efficient Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion, 2023, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, DOI:10.1021/acsami.3c00546

Wang C.; Chakrapani V., Environmental Factors Controlling the Electronic Properties and Oxidative Activities of Birnessite Minerals, 2023, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, DOI:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.2c00357

Agarwal T.; Adhikari S.; Kim Y.S.; Komini Babu S.; Tian D.; Bae C.; Pham N.N.T.; Lee S.G.; Prasad A.K.; Advani S.G.; Sievert A.; Rasika Liyanage W.P.; Hopkins T.E.; Park A.; Borup R., Fluoroalkyl phosphonic acid radical scavengers for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, 2023, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI:10.1039/d2ta09421e

Paliwal B.; Picu C.R., Effects of crystallographic orientation and strain-hardening on nanoindentation response of cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine (β-HMX) single crystals, 2023, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, DOI:10.1002/prep.202200348

Rhone T.D.; Bhattarai R.; Gavras H.; Lusch B.; Salim M.; Mattheakis M.; Larson D.T.; Krockenberger Y.; Kaxiras E., Artificial Intelligence Guided Studies of van der Waals Magnets, 2023, Advanced Theory and Simulations, DOI:10.1002/adts.202300019

Raza Naqvi S.A.; Kar K.; Mishra S., Autonomous pre-conditioning and improved personalization in shared workspaces through data-driven predictive control, 2023, Energy and Buildings, DOI:10.1016/j.enbuild.2023.112897

Kandel S.R.; Dumre B.B.; Gall D.; Khare S.V., Mechanical and electronic properties of transition metal hexa-nitrides in hexagonal structure from density functional theory calculations, 2023, Computational Materials Science, DOI:10.1016/j.commatsci.2023.112084

In Case You Have Missed

Foreign Consul Generals visited Micro and Nanofabrication Clean Room as a part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute visit on April 26thBryant Colwill (Director of MNCR) described how Rensselaer is responding to the opportunities afforded by the CHIPS Act while working with partners in the Capital Region to develop research and workforce development initiatives to advance the microelectronics industry.

James Lu (ECSE)’s ECSE 6300 - IC Fabrication Laboratory final presentations were held on April 27th. During IC Fab-Lab the students fabricate test chips and evaluate the circuits under supervision of Micro and Nanofabrication CleanRoom (MNCR) team. The students study and use fabrication tools and characterization instruments and learn in depth about oxidation/diffusion, CVD reactors, photolithography, plasma etching, vacuum evaporator, ion implantation, etc. Instruments used in process monitoring and final testing include thin film profilometer, ellipsometer, resistivity probe, scanning electron microscope, capacitance-voltage system, etc. The fundamentals of hazardous material handling and clean room procedures are studied. Congratulations to all presenters and kudos to MNCR team!

Poyen Shen (MSE), Anshuman Thakral (MSE), Peter Minch (PHYS) and Romakanta Bhattaral (PHYS) presented posters at the New York State Nanotechnology Network Symposium on April 25th at the SUNY Albany campus. Congratulations! 

Amir Hirsa (MANE) starts experiments in mid-May to continue the study of serum albumins for development of improved hydrodynamic models. The samples are for an NSF-CASIS sponsored project titled “Interfacial Bioprocessing of Pharmaceuticals.” Amir Hirsa and his team were looking for a way to study fluid dynamics without interference from the solid walls of a container, which would typically be necessary to hold a fluid being studied on Earth. Read more.

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