September 10, 2019
Functional Materials Expert Mohammad Malakooti Joins NanoES
We are excited to welcome Mohammad Malakooti to UW as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and NanoES faculty member. The Mechanical Engineering department and NanoES partnered to help bring Malakooti to UW from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a research scientist studying stretchable electronics and flexible devices for wearable computing and human-computer interactions. At UW he will focus on the development of materials that match the extraordinary adaptability, rich multi-functionality, and embodied intelligence of natural materials by bridging the gap between nanoscale engineering and system-level functionality.
August 23, 2019
Semiconductor and Solar Industry Veteran named UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility Director
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Maria Huffman is the new WNF director! Huffman joins WNF from Lund University in Sweden, where she headed the Lund Nano Lab, an open-access nanofabrication facility. Previously, Huffman spent over 30 years working in the semiconductor and solar industries in a variety of research and development as well as manufacturing roles.
August 13, 2019
Research Impact: Developing a clean, scalable approach to synthesizing advanced materials
Elizabeth Rasmussen, a mechanical engineering graduate student in the lab of NanoES faculty member Igor Novosselov, was recently profiled by the UW mechanical engineering department. Rasmussen is developing a clean, scalable approach to synthesizing advanced materials, setting the stage for innovation in batteries, targeted drug delivery and more. MOtiF Materials, a team led by Rasmussen and whose technology is based on Rasmussen’s graduate work, won the $15,000 grand prize at the 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge back in April.
August 9, 2019
Scientists can now control thermal profiles at the nanoscale
In a paper published online July 30 by the journal ACS Nano, David Masiello, NanoES faculty member and professor of chemistry, and colleagues from Rice University and Temple University, report a new breakthrough on controlling the thermal profiles of materials at the nanoscale. The team of researchers designed and tested an experimental system that uses a near-infrared laser to actively heat two gold nanorod antennae — metal rods designed and built at the nanoscale — to different temperatures. The nanorods are so close together that they are both electromagnetically and thermally coupled. Yet the team measured temperature differences between the rods as high as 20 degrees Celsius. By simply changing the wavelength of the laser, they could also change which nanorod was cooler and which was warmer, even though the rods were made of the same material.
August 2, 2019
Q&A with physicist Kai-Mei Fu: Defects Wanted; Apply Here
NanoES faculty member and professor of electrical engineering and physics recently sat down with APS Physics. Kai-Mei studies the properties of atomic defects in materials with the goal of using these normally unwanted flaws to create quantum technologies for secure communication. She is also the co-chair of QuantumX, a University of Washington initiative seeking to facilitate and support activities that will accelerate quantum discoveries and technologies
August 1, 2019
Symposium: Innovations in Imaging for the Life Sciences
The fourth Innovations in Imaging for Life Sciences Symposium at the University of Washington will be held on August 15, 2019 in NanoES 181. Talks will focus on advances in imaging from atomic to tissue scales, including cryo-electron microscopy and volume scope imaging.
July 23, 2019
First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices
UW physicists David Cobden and Xiaodong Xu, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Warwick, developed a technique to measure the energy and momentum of electrons in operating microelectronic devices made of atomically thin — so-called 2D — materials. Their findings, published last week in the journal Nature could lead to new, finely tuned, high-performance electronic devices.
July 9, 2019
Open Positions at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility
The Washington Nanofabrication Facility has two open positions: equipment manager and nanofabrication engineer / equipment service engineer. Learn more and apply today!
July 5, 2019
WIRED: An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship
WIRED magazine features early-stage research from the labs of Igor Novosselov and Sawyer Fuller, both professors of mechanical engineering at UW, describing the use of ion propulsion to power tiny robots.
June 10, 2019
AeroSpec team wins Fenwick & West prize at 2019 Dempsey Startup Competition
The AeroSpec team cofounded by Sep Makhsous and Jiayang (Joe) He, PhD students in the lab of NanoES faculty member Igor Novosselov, won the $5,000 Fenwick & West fourth place prize at the 2019 Dempsey Startup Competition, an event hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.