The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program has a long history of attracting the best and brightest young scientists. This year is no exception. For the second consecutive year we received a record number of applications. From this highly competitive field we are pleased to announce that the 2010 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are S. Derin Babacan, Simon Fischer-Baum, Malini Ranganathan, Ilia Solov’yov, and Jonathan Viventi.
Scientists at the U. of I. and at the Naval Research Laboratory have reported a new technique for directly writing composites of nanoparticles and polymers. “Our ability to control nanometer-scale heat sources allows local thermal processing of these nanocomposites,” says William King, a Beckman Institute faculty member and professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois.
Over the past decade, Beckman Institute faculty member Kenneth Suslick and colleagues at the U. of I. have refined the electronic nose approach and now have developed an analyzer that can distinguish between 10 commercial brands of coffee and can even tell apart coffee beans roasted at various temperatures for different times.
Beckman Institute researcher Yi Lu took another researcher’s discovery about a new way to achieve catalytic reactions and turned it on its head – leading to a completely new research line for him and a simple, low-cost lead paint detection method for home and official use.
Doug Jones, a Beckman researcher and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, along with Chang Liu from Northwestern University, have developed a sensing device based on fish anatomy that could someday be used to keep man-made submersibles out of harm’s way.
A story about an agreement between Microsoft and the National Science Foundation to offer free access to computer servers uses the work of Beckman Institute faculty member Klaus Schulten (fifth paragraph) as an example of how supercomputing resources can be used to advance research.
The Spring 2010 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series begins on Wednesday, February 10. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Xing Liang, Hunter McDaniel and Jeehae Park. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served.
How we interpret the visual world might be more akin to a “wave” than a “stream” of consciousness according to a recent and ongoing research line at the Beckman Institute.
Beckman faculty member Yi Lu and colleagues have developed a sensor that uses non-cross-linked gold nanoparticle-DNA conjugates, bound to a lead-activated DNAzyme mounted on a solid dipstick platform that can be used to detect lead levels in paints.