In a project led by Beckman Institute faculty members William King and Eric Pop, researchers were able to observe for the first time thermoelectric effects at graphene contacts, and found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect that reduces their temperature. King, Pop and their collaborators published their findings in the advance online edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
Several Beckman Institute researchers took part in TEDxUIUC held recently on the University of Illinois campus. The independently organized event was aimed at providing a “a venue for some of the world’s top thinkers and most remarkable doers to inspire and create a better world.”
Steve Granick is a professor in four different departments at the University of Illinois, a member of the Beckman Institute’s 3-D Micro and Nanosystems group, and leads a research group that embodies the term interdisciplinary. Yet his research has a very simple theme: “To understand everyday life.”
A team from the research group of Beckman Institute faculty member Tom Huang collaborated with a team from the University of Missouri at Columbia to earn first and second place finishes at the recent Competition on Facial Expression Recognition (FERA).
The Spring 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, April 6th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Chao Ma, Marta Baginska, and Eamon Caddigan. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
University of Illinois News Bureau – Rohit Bhargava of the Beckman Institute’s Bioimaging Science and Technology group and Carle Foundation/Beckman Fellow Michael Walsh are part of a multi-university collaboration that developed a new synchrotron-based imaging technique that produces high-resolution, high-quality pictures of the molecular composition of tissues with unprecedented speed. They reported their results in the journal Nature Methods.
New York Times – Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and Laura Chaddock from his research group are the focus of a New York Times article that focuses on their study comparing athletes and non-athletes when it came to performing the task of crossing a virtual street. Their study suggests that the better performance for the athletes in the study was due to their superior information processing power rather than their athletic superiority.
University of Illinois News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Paul Braun and his group have developed a self-assembling three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes that enables extremely quick charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity. The new technology, reported on in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, is compatible with current manufacturing methods and ideal for use in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and medical devices, among other applications.
Beckman researcher Jennifer Lewis, Jennifer Bernhard and postdoc researcher Jacob Adams designed a unique nanoink printing process that advances small antenna design for devices including cell phones and airplane antennas. The research is included in the March 18, 2011 issue of Advanced Materials.
Jose Jimenez is an industry researcher and former Beckman Postodcotral Fellow who knows the value of communicating science to a broad audience.
A record number of exhibits delighted thousands of visitors to Beckman Institute Open House 2011, held March 11-12. The crowds were treated to the debut of Bert, the humanoid robot, the return of the virtual reality environments of Beckman's Illinois Simulator Laboratory, and many other scientific and fun displays during the two days.
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows come from around the globe with Ph.D.s in hand from the top universities across America, Europe, and a few other distant corners of the world for a chance to do independent research unfetered by teaching or other duties.
The Spring 2011 issue of Synergy spotlights Justin Rhodes and his new marine biology lab, the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program, as well as a look back at the recent Beckman Institute Open House.
University of Illinois News Bureau – A new study conducted by Beckman Institute researchers found that older pedestrians who talk on a cell phone significantly impair their ability to perform the most challening aspects of crossing a street. The study was done by Beckman postdoctoral researcher Mark Neider and Institute Director Art Kramer.
Lighted yo-yos spun by kids of all ages and words like “awesome” and “cool” were in abundance Friday and Saturday at the 2011 Beckman Institute Open House. Thousands of visitors from Champaign County and beyond were given a firsthand look at the world of Beckman Institute science through the 38 exhibits put on by our research groups. Check out our photo gallery of the 2011 Open House.
Eric Pop of the Beckman Institute’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group led a project that developed a form of ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than similar technologies, enabling a future of great increased battery life. The results were published in Science magazine.
John Rogers, a full-time member of the Beckman Institute’s 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group, led a team that successfully integrated stretchable electronics technology with standard endocardial balloon catheters in a project that could enable the placement of sensitive electronics inside the hearts of cardiac patients. The results were published in Nature Materials.
The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program marks its 20th year with the announcement of this year’s new class of Fellows. This year saw the second-most applicants ever, with 58 applying and these four chosen as the 2011 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows: Kyle Mathewson, Meredith Silberstein, Joseph Toscano, and Thomas van Dijk.
Beckman Institute affiliate faculty member Taekjip Ha and his collaborators have combined two molecular imaging technologies to create an instrument with incredible sensitivity that provides new, detailed insight into dynamic molecular processes.