The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers $2 million to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion.
Kaylee Dunnigan from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering joins us for this summer as a CCMR REU student. Welcome in the group!
More information on teh program: https://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/graduate-and-undergraduate-programs/research-experience-for-undergraduates-reu/
Tobias has been promoted to Full professor. The decision is based on reviews of students, colleagues and international peers, and highlights his commitment to teaching, mentoring, motivating students and redesigning educational approaches. We, the lab members couldn’t agree more. Congratulations!
For years, scientists have been trying to discover the size at which solid materials could change their internal structure in a single, swift step, like molecules do during isomerization. This unanswered question has been the missing link in scientists’ quest to map and understand the crossover from molecular isomerization, such as those that make eyesight possible, to bulk phase transitions, like the transition of graphite into diamonds. If understood, these processes could be useful for applications such as energy harvesting or quantum computing. In their recent paper published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.aau9464), Professors Tobias Hanrath and Richard Robinson finally reveal that a “magic size cluster” bridges this divide between how matter rearranges in the small scale of molecular isomerization and in large, solid bulk matter phase transitions.
Ben’s work on the mechanistic details of growing nanowires on heated copper surfaces is published in Chemistry of Materials. The work discusses the thermodynamics of the seed formation, and shows a beautiful, simple method to study the process in situ. Read the paper HERE.