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June 2018

New UCF Optical Sensor Can Determine if Molecules are Left or Right 'Handed'

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A University of Central Florida team has designed a nanostructured optical sensor that for the first time can efficiently detect molecular chirality – a property of molecular spatial twist that defines its biochemical properties.

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February 2018

High School Student working at NSTC is selected for International Science Fair

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Laboni Santra, an Oviedo High School student working with Professor Rajaraman won multiple awards at the Seminole County Science, Math and Engineering Fair held on February 3, 2018.

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Daniel Franklin Awarded Order of Pegasus

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Daniel Franklin has been selected for induction into the Order of Pegasus, Class of 2018. He was recognized at the Order of Pegasus award ceremony on April 2, 2018.

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January 2018

Juan “Rachel” He Poster Winner at 2018 DOE SSL R&D Workshop

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Graduate student Juan (Rachel) He won the 2018 Student Poster Competition at the 15th annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop, held January 29-31 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Dong Wins IDW ’17 Best Paper Award

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Prof. Yajie Dong was invited to present at the 24th International Display Workshops (IDW'17) at Sendai, Japan and his presentation titled “Luminescent Perovskite-Polymer Composite Films for Display” was selected to win the IDW '17 Best Paper Award.

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A Breakthrough in Graphene Research May lead to Next-Generation Tech

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A finding that enables graphene to better absorb light could be the key manufacturers have been waiting for to utilize the super-strong, superlight material in next-generation devices including light detectors, touchscreens, glucose testing meters and even water filtration systems.

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December 2017

NSTC Students Awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

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NSTC students Mikhael Soliman and Abraham Vázquez-Guardado were each awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship for spring 2018. The fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000, tuition coverage, and paid individual health insurance. The fellowship was awarded to 13 students university-wide.

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November 2017

New Test for Zika on Course for Commercialization

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A new diagnostic test that can detect a Zika viral infection within 30 minutes could be headed to hospitals in the next year thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida and Orlando-based biotechnology startup Nano Discovery Inc.

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October 2017

UCF Honors Santra as Luminary Leader for Changing the World

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Swadeshmukul Santra is among 45 faculty members recognized by UCF Wednesday during the university’s inaugural Luminary Award presentations for making an impact on the world.

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Researcher’s Nanomaterial Can Extract Hydrogen Fuel from Seawater

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t’s possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials.

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September 2017

Six UCF students awarded for their presentations at NanoFlorida 2017

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Students from the Nanoscience Technology Center have won several awards at the recent NanoFlorida 2017 conference held at Florida International University, Miami, on September 23rd and 24th, 2017.

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Dr. Yang’s Research Published on Energy & Environmental Science

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An article titled “MoS2/TiO2 Heterostructures as Nonmetal Plasmonic Photocatalysts for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution” from Dr. Yang's research group has been published by Energy & Environmental Science.

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Jung’s group reports atom-thick 2D hetero-semiconductor integrations in Nano Letters.

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Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors with near atom thickness present an unusual combination of extremely high mechanical bendability and superior electrical/optical properties, rendering unprecedented opportunities for flexible electronics/optoelectronics. More interestingly, heterogeneously integrating one 2D semiconductor on top of the other achieving vertical stacks of 2D “hetero” structures is envisioned to project even more exciting functionalities impossible with their mono-component counterparts. One of the major hurdles for their technological applications lies in the technical difficulty with precisely integrating them into flexible substrates on a large scale compatible with prevailing microelectronics processes while maintaining their structural integrity.

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Professor Striving to Turn Nanoscale Inventions into Real-Life Products

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In the very small world of nanoscience, Debashis Chanda, an associate professor at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and College of Optics and Photonics, is forging huge innovations in the way we view, use and manipulate light.

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Dr. Yang’s Research Published on Advanced Energy Materials

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An article titled “Surface-Modified Porous Carbon Nitride Composites as Highly Efficient Electrocatalyst for Zn-Air Battery” from Dr. Yang's research group has been published by Advanced Energy Materials.

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UCF Researchers’ Work Pushes Battery Tech Forward

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University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Yang Yang’s research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems.

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August 2017

UCF Students Honored at 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

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The annual 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting was held July 31-August 4 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Article by Dr. Thomas and Dr. Jung Selected for "Celebrating 10Years of Energy Research" in ACS Nano

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An article recently published in the ACS Nano Journal by Dr. Thomas and Dr. Jung has been selected for the exclusive virtual issue of “Celebrating 10Years of Energy Research” in ACS Nano.

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July 2017

UCF, Nemours Collaborate to Defeat Difficult-to-Treat Childhood Cancer

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Attaching curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, to nanoparticles can be used to target and destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells, according to a new study published in Nanoscale. The study, conducted in partnership by researchers at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida, demonstrates a potentially novel treatment for neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infants.

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Dr. Seal to Become a Trustee Chair

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Congratulations to the three new Trustee Chairs who were honored at the UCF Board of Trustees meeting on July 20, 2017 - Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Sudipta Seal, and Stella Sung.

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Dr. Yang’s Research published on Advanced Energy Materials

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An article authored by Dr. Kun Liang, Kyle Marcus, Dr. Yang Yang and others has been published by Advanced Energy Materials . The article, titled “NiS2/FeS Holey Film as Freestanding Electrode for High-Performance Lithium Battery”, highlights a facile and scalable nanomanufacturing technique to produce freestanding holey films as electrodes for lithium battery, which presents superior electrochemical performance and cyclability. This work provides a promising way to develop high energy density and long lifetime electrodes for next generation renewable energy storage devices.

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Mayo Clinic Convergence 2018 Conference

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The Convergence 2018 Conference will be held between February 21st through the 23rd, 2018 at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center.

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Angie Diaz Awarded 2017 FSGC Thesis Improvement Fellowship Award

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Angie Diaz, a student in the Nanotechnology Masters program, has been awarded the 2017 NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Dissertation/Thesis Improvement Fellowship.

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Asymmetric Supercapacitors Featured on Cover of Advanced Materials

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Supercapacitors: Asymmetric Supercapacitor Electrodes and Devices (Adv. Mater. 21/2017), a paper published by Dr. Yeonwoong Jung and Dr. Jayan Thomas research groups, has been featured as the cover page for the Advanced Materials journal. The paper, which reports on the development of asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) electrodes and devices, was first published early last month.

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