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IE's Wu granted U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator award

Professor Wenzhou Wu was awarded the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Program (YIP) grant to develop a scalable manufacturing scheme for producing 2D Bi (111).

2D Bi (111) is a quantum nanomaterial that can be used in quantum electronics. Wu aspires to master manufacturing these molecule-scale electronics with controlled dimensions, yield, and quality. In addition, the Wu team will also study the fundamental process-structure-property relation of this process for making 2D Bi materials with desired Quantum Spin Hall (QSH) properties into quantum electronics.

YIP awards are one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army on outstanding scientists beginning their independent careers. The objective of the YIP is to attract outstanding young university faculty members to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

The particular Army Office of Research program area emphasizes efforts to discover and create unique electromagnetic phenomena in solid-state materials and structures. More importantly, it will emphasize scientific discoveries in the frontier of nanoelectronic materials and structures. 

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BME's Harbin inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Sherry Harbin, professor of biomedical engineering and of Basic Medical Sciences, into its College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.

Harbin holds a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. She was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “developing collagen formulations that rapidly self-assemble at physiological conditions into mechanically and proteolytic stable material that promotes tissue regeneration.”

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”

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Paul Anastas — Lecture

Green Chemistry: The Future

To achieve a sustainable society, there will need to be a transformation on a civilization-wide scale. This transformation will affect all aspects of life including the way that we raise food, generate energy, utilize water, design products, and communicate. These changes will only be possible if the way that we think changes. There have been civilization wide changes in history. These changes of always been accompanied by the way that humans collectively perceive what is knowable versus unknowable; what is possible versus impossible; what is our place and role in the universe. There are forces in place today that will drive a change in the way that we answer these questions. How the change in these answers can influence whether we will move toward or away from a sustainable society. The beginning of green chemistry over the past 25 years has been focused largely on how we do what we’ve always done, better. Doing things better is not the same as doing a better thing. In order for the future to look dramatically different from the past, the design of the material basis of our society and economy and how those materials will relate to the service, function, and applications we need to perform will need to change.