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Ariana’s poster titled, “Transition of Virtual Research Group Modules to a Remote Teaching Environment,” has won the award for “Highest Impact to Under-represented/Minority Groups (Outreach to Underrepresented/Minority Groups)” at the NSF Student Poster Competition at the 2020 Virtual IMECE meeting of the ASME. This research was part of our broader impact mission supported by NSF Award 1911518.

Congratulations to HMNL student Lin Lei on the successful defense of her thesis titled "Geometric and Morphological Behavior of Self-Limiting Electrospray Deposition." You can read the papers that form this thesis here, here, and here.

Congratulations to HMNL student Tim Ma on the successful defense of his thesis titled "Thermocapillary and Electrohydrodynamic Manipulation of Soft materials in Thin Films and Laminate Devices." You can read Tim's current publication on this work here.

Dylan has won the 2020 Outstanding Master's Student Award from the School of Graduate Studies. The award recognizes his thesis research conducted in HMNL on the geometric limits of self-limiting electrospray deposition. Dylan's publication based on this research can be read here.

Together with the lab of Prof. Xin Yong of Binghamton, we have demonstrated the creation of methylcellulose nanowires through in-air electrospray gelation in work led by HMNL researchers Lin Lei and Catherine Nachtigal. This research was featured on the back cover of Materials Horizons here. This article has also been reported on by Rutgers Today and others here, here, here, and here.

The HMNL and the Zahn and Zou Lab's recent work on self-limiting electrospray on thin film and dewetted templates has been published in Scientific Reports. The combination of laser dewetting and electrospray both brings together two of our lab's research thrusts and also is the first step to realizing the potential of developer-free lift-off. You can read the article here.

Dr. Singer, along with Dr. Assimina Pelegri, have been awarded a grant by the NSF Advanced Manufacturing program to investigate the mechanics of nanostructured coatings produced by self-limiting electrospray deposition. The grant is a collaborative award together with Dr. Jae-Hwang Lee of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. More details about the proposal can be found here.

The Rutgers Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness selected a team of 6 groups from Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, including the HMNL, to receive 1 of 22 seed grants on COVID-19 research. The proposal, titled “Transdermal Delivery of DNA Vaccine for SARS-CoV-2,” will investigate methods to enhance vaccine efficiency and ease of delivery. More details on the grant and other awards can be found here.

Dr. Singer gave one of eight invited seminars at the thirteenth Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Workshop hosted by the City College of New York. His talk discussed applications of self-limiting electrospray deposition to the coating of bioactive materials. The NCS 13 Workshop also included talks from lab members Catherine Nachtigal, Darrel Dsouza, Arielle Gamboa, and Tianxing Ma. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Robert Green-Warren, an incoming second year PhD student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, has been awarded a 2020 PhD Engineering Associate Fellowship. GEM is “a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.” Robert has also previously been awarded the SUPER-Grad Fellowship for the Fall 2019-2020 academic year, which supports his current research. The GEM Fellowship will partially support the remainder of Robert’s PhD candidacy, where he will be conducting research on the topic of functional nanocomposite coatings under the supervision of Dr. Singer.

Master’s student, Arielle Gamboa, has won a graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society. The fellowship is awarded with the goal of financing one year of graduate study for a select group of members, chosen for merit, in order to advance engineering education and the profession. She plans to use the fellowship during her first year of study at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign working towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Together with the lab of Prof. Howon Lee of Rutgers MAE and Dr. Steven Kooi of MIT, we have been researching the use of self-limiting electrospray deposition to modify the surface of parts created by additive manufacturing in work led by HMNL researchers Dylan Kovacevich and Lin Lei. This research is now published at ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces here. This article has also been reported on by Rutgers Today and others here, here, here, and here.

Dr. Singer is honored to receive one of this year's two Provost's Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching. This award is given to individual faculty whose teaching practices involve non-traditional approaches to enhance learning outcomes, including new forms of pedagogy, instructional technologies, and multimedia. This is in recognition of his work with active learning, which includes his Virtual Research Group research education modules and his flipped classroom approach to a junior/senior level simulations course. See the other awards here.

A proposal written by Jonathan Singer, assisted by PhD Candidate, Michael Grzenda, has been selected by NASA to improve crop production in space. The goal of the research is to use electrospray deposition to grow plants using the absolute minimum amount of water necessary. Read about the project and the other selected proposals here.

Although not mentioned in the article, composite materials designed by HMNL were used to waterproof electronics on the air-to-water drone. This project is worked on by HMNL PhD candidate, Michael Grzenda, in collaboration with SubUAS. Read the article and watch the view here.

HMNL PhD Candidate Lin Lei was featured as one of fifty finalists for the Science as Art competition at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston with her image entitled "O Stahlbaum".

Dylan has won the 2019 New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship. The award will aid Dylan as he completes his masters degree project which focuses on the development of a chamber for self-limiting electrospray deposition post-processing of additively manufactured components.

The Fall release of RU-Engineer Magazine features Arielle Gamboa on the cover working with Dr. Singer on thermocapillary multidewetting of thin films. See the cover and read the article, which discusses undergraduate research, here.

Congratulations to HMNL undergrads Catherine Nachtigal and Darrel Dsouza on winning the 2020 Academic Year New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Fellowship.

Catherine will investigate differing methylcellulose morphologies after deposition via self-limiting electrospray.

Darrel will be working on electrohydrodynamic oscillators for waste heat harvest using pyroelectric material.

Dr. Singer presented the Aris and Bessie Barbikas Phillips Lecture in Mechanics and Materials at Yale University. His presentation covered HMNL’s work on electrospray deposition at the home of both the 1917 discovery of electrospray and the 2002 Nobel Prize for electrospray mass ionization.

The NSF CMMI Advanced Manufacturing program has awarded the grant "Collaborative Research: Electrospray Deposition of 'Melting Gels' for Multifunctional Coatings" with Prof. Singer as PI, along with Andrei Jitianu at CUNY-Lehman Chemistry. This award focuses on investigating the interactions between sol gel oligomers and the charge injection of electrospray deposition. We are grateful to the NSF for this opportunity and look forward to the investigation. More information can be found here.

Dr. Singer presented at the NJ-Tech Council's Innovation Showcase: 3D Printing, Machine Learning Algorithms & Robotics. Dr. Singer's talk was on Self-Limiting Electrospray Deposition for 3D Post-Processing.

Congratulations to undergraduate HMNL member, Dylan Kovacevich, for winning the Research Excellence Award at The Annual Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala. The award sought students who "demonstrate high-quality research which exhibits critical thinking, analysis, and creativity". Dylan's work has focused on electrospray deposition for scalable manufacture of microcoatings. He plans to continue at Rutgers next year as part of a BS/MS engineering program.

An estimated 94,000 people came to Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark to celebrate all things Rutgers on a sunny, breezy day. HMNL members, Lin and Christi (supported by Arielle, Matt, Valeria, Mike N. and Dylan) sprayed citric acid, methyl cellulose, and blue dye onto bananas to see if they could change the flavor.

Michael Nitzsche, an HMNL undergraduate member, has been awarded a 2019-2020 graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering society and provides more financial assistance to engineering students than any other engineering society in the world. Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. The fellowship will support his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Mechanical Engineering department this fall.

Prof. Singer was selected as the 2019 Engineering Governing Council Students' Professor of the Year for MAE. This award is nominated by SoE undergraduate students and recognizes one professor from each department who best exemplified the SoE mission of “Education, Research, and Service” in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Prof. Singer presented HMNL research as a part of the Reverse Science Fair at the 57th Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, NM. This event allows the top high school science fair winners from around the country to discuss research with practicing professionals.

Valeria Saro-Cortes, a HMNL undergraduate member, has been awarded a 2019 PhD Engineering Full Fellowship by the National GEM Consortium. GEM is “a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.” Valeria’s fellowship was sponsored by Draper, where she will conduct an internship this summer. Then the fellowship will support her PhD candidacy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Mechanical Science and Engineering department, where she was also awarded the Graduate College Master's Fellowship and MechSE Distinguished Fellowship.

Congratulations to HMNL undergrad Christianna Kuznetsova on winning the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium 2019 summer fellowship. This summer she will be utilizing semi-permeable layers to control polymer densification by vapors to achieve porosity gradients in films deposited by Self-Limiting Electrospray Deposition.

HMNL's Tianxing Ma, Mike Nitzsche, Arielle Gamboa, and Valeria Saro-Cortes have published a manuscript that explores focused laser spike dewetting as a technique to create densely-packed monodisperse metal nanoparticles in localized areas in ambient conditions by manipulating capillary and thermocapillary dewetting on fluid-fluid interfaces. Read about it in ACS Applied Nano Materials .

A recent journal publication from Dr. Singer has been featured by the Yale Daily News in an article titled, Researchers replicate surface structures at atomic scale. In the study, a strontium titanate mold was used to impart atomic scale features onto a platinum based metallic glass alloy using thermoplastic forming. The stability, low-cost, and reproducible results seen in this study suggest that scaling up for use in manufacturing would likely be possible. The original article, Atomic imprinting into metallic glasses, was published in Nature Communications Physics.

Our research work on 3D compatible sacrificial nanoimprint lithography (SNIL) to functionalize thermoplastic materials has been published in the Journal of Micro- and Nano-manufacturing. This work is a collaboration among HMNL, researchers at Yale, and participants of New Jersey Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology Program. To read this paper click here.

Congratulations to HMNL Postdoc Dr. Molla Hasan for winning a 2018 Mistletoe Research Fellowship to support his work on multiscale materials forming.

Prof. Singer was awarded a 2018 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award to support the lab's work in hybrid micro/nanomanufacturing.

HMNL undergraduate Arielle Gamboa has published a manuscript that explores selective dewetting and non-dewetting of multilayer films. Read about it in Materials Advances

HMNL's Lin Lei has published a manuscript in collaboration with Lisa Klein (Rutgers MSE) and Andrei Jitianu (CUNY-Lehman Chemistry) that reveals the different regimes of electrospray deposition and identifies a regime capable of controlled microscale coatings of complex 3D objects. Read about it in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Congratulations to HMNL undergrad Valeria Saro-Cortes on winning the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium 2016-2017 Academic year fellowship. Valeria will continue her work on improving porous materials for the scalable hybrid manufacturing of ionic liquid thrusters.

Prof. Singer and Valeria participated Grand Finale Expo of the 2016 USA Science and Technology Festival, presenting a collaborative project funded by the US Botanic Garden (USBG), the Botanical Society of America (BSA), and the American Society of Plant Biologists. Students constructed a mechanical Venus flytrap that will be housed at the USBG as an interactive demo. So far, this project has been featured on the BSA newsletter and Rutgers Today.

Collaborative work between the HMNL and researchers at Yale University on the sacrificial imprint of bulk metallic glasses has been featured on the front page of Microsystems & Nanoengineering, a new journal from Nature Publishing Group. See the full article here.