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January 8, 2013BY Coeadmin


August: Guannan Chen is the lead author on a new paper, with collaborators from Lehigh Univ., Univ. of Alabama, the CNR and University of Salento in Italy, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, presenting a new approach to measuring band offsets in individual nanostructures, just published in Nano Letters. Congratulations on this exciting work!

June: Congratulations to Spanier Group alumnus Dr. Stephen S. Nonnenmann on his new faculty appointment! Effective fall 2013 Stephen will be an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst!

June: Congratulations to Dr. Oren Leaffer who defended this PhD thesis “Photoluminescence and resonance Raman spectroscopy of MOCVD grown GaAs/AlGaAs core-shell nanowires”!

June: Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Johnson on her successful PhD defense!

June: Professor Spanier has been named a Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellow.

Congratulations to Guannan Chen on his selection and recognition as a recipient of the Lee Smith Traveling Fellowship for 2012, with which Guannan presented a talk on his research at a conference in Singapore.

We welcome Zongquan Gu to the group! Gu is a PhD candidate in EE and completed his undergraduate work at Shanghai University.

We welcome Andrei Akbasheu to the group! Andrei recently completed his BS and MS degrees in materials science at Moscow State University.

Professor Spanier and his collaborators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a new four-year Nanoelectronics and Beyond (NEB) project sponsored by the NSF and the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Congratulations to Guannan Chen and co-authors on acceptance of a new manuscript “Tunable hot-electron transfer within a single core-shell nanowire” for publication in Phys. Rev. Lett.! Read a release about our work:

Congratulations to Stephanie Johnson and her co-authors in the MML, NUWC and NRL on the acceptance of a manuscript entitled “Magneto-elastic tuning of ferroelectricity within a magnetoelectric nanowire” for publication to Appl. Phys. Lett.!

The Mesoscale Materials Laboratory will participate in a four-year team project led by Professor Steve May of Drexel MSE to develop new complex oxide electronic devices:

We welcome Dr. Mohammad Islam as a new assistant research professor in our group.

We welcome Dr. Feng Yan as a new postdoctoral research fellow in our group. Feng recently completed his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

Congrats once again to Stephanie– this time on her being awarded a fellowship to attend and participate in the NSF-sponsored Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) in “Scalable, Functional Nanomaterials” in Costa Rica for 10 days in August. Stephanie’s poster on magnetoelectric nanowires was also nominated for the Best Poster award in her session at the Spring 2011 MRS Meeting, and her poster also took top honors for Best Overall in the Engineering Graduate Research Symposium in May at Drexel.

Congratulations to Oren D. Leaffer on his selection and recognition as a recipient of a 2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program. Oren will be spending much of his summer “down under” at the University of New South Wales in Australia working on nanowire device fabrication in support of his PhD thesis work.

Congratulations to Stephanie H. Johnson on her being selected to participate in the ONR Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP). Stephanie will be carrying out research on magnetoelectric nanostructure synthesis, device fabrication and characterization at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport RI this summer.

We welcome Dr. Maria Torres as a postdoctoral researcher in our group!

Starting in the fall of 2010 Dr Gregory Soja will be an assistant professor of chemistry at D’Youville College in NY. Congratulations, Greg!

We congratulate Spanier Group alumnus Dr Linyou Cao on his being offered and his accepting a tenure-track faculty position in MSE at NC State University!

We congratulate Spanier Group alumnus Bora Garipcan on his new tenure-track faculty position; Bora is now an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Bogazici Univ. in Turkey!

Congratulations to Dominic on his successful defense of his MS thesis entitled “Use of spectroscopic ellipsometry in determining composition and thickness in BST films” on May 28! Following his successful M.S. defense and graduation in June, Dominic has just accepted and started a new position on the engineering staff of Valence Process Equipment, Inc. in Malvern PA.

Congratulations to Stephen for his selection as one of six Highly Commended graduate students from across Drexel University following nominations for the Research Awards for 2010! Stephen was recognized for his accomplishments in a ceremony at Drexel on June 1. He has also been awarded the with the “Best Doctoral Dissertation” in the category of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, and was recognized at Commencement on June 11.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Nonnenmann on his successful PhD defense! We wish him all the best in his new appointment as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Dawn Bonnell at the University of Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to Joan Burger on being selected as one of 450 Finalists for a Dept of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship from among more than 3200 applications!

Guannan, Eric, Joan and our colleagues Prof Nabet, Drs. Prete and Cola, and Prof Lovergine in Lecce have just been informed of the acceptance of our manuscript ìOn direct-writing methods for electrically contacting GaAs and Ge nanowire devices,î for publication in Appl. Phys. Lett.! Great job!

We congratulate MS alum Dr. Linyou Cao on his being awarded a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at LBNL/UC Berkeley.

Congratulations to Stephen, Oren, Eric and Mike on the publication of our paper, ìFinite curvature-mediated ferroelectricityî in Nano Lett!

Stephanie, Dr Craig Johnson, Prof Steven May and our colleagues Gary Hirsch and Dr Melanie Cole at ARL published Co@CoO@Au core-multi-shell nanocrystals, in J. Mater Chem! Wonderful

Congrats to Dominic, Keith, Prof Schauer, and our collaborators Claire Weiss, Prof Alpay, and Drs. Cole, Sbrockey and Tompa on the publication of work on the optical dielectric function in BST films in Integr. Ferroelectrics!

Congrats to Stephen, Eric, Mike, Greg and Rahul on the publication of their paper ìPiezoresponse through a ferroelectric nanotube wall, in Appl. Phys. Lett. This paper was also recently selected for inclusion in the Dec 21, 2009 issue of the Virtual Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology!

We welcome Dr Greg Soja to the MML! Greg received his PhD in chemistry from the University at Buffalo in the group of Prof David Watson.

Professor Spanier is honored at a White House ceremony as one of 58 researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).† The PECASE is the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Spanier is the first assistant professor at Drexel to be selected for this recognition since the inception of the program in 1996 under President Clinton. See letter from the late OSTP Director John Marburger, award from President Bush, and Office of Science and Technology Policy Release below:




Professor Spanier receives the Outstanding Research Award for the Department of Materials Science & Engineering for 2007.

The brand-new JEOL 2100 TEM has arrived at Drexel and is being assembled

Congratulations to Oren for his new paper in JMR!

A Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award from the NSF proposed by Prof Spanier and colleagues will permit the acquisition of a new dual-beam focused-ion and electron-beam microscope with local optical probing capabilities at Drexel

Professor Spanier (Co-PI) with Drexel colleagues Professor Yury Gogotsi (PI) and other co-PIs Dean Mun Choi, and University of Pennsylvania Professors Dawn Bonnell and A.T.”Charlie” Johnson receive a five-year $3M Interdisciplinary Research Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the NSF that will support twelve PhD students at Drexel and UPenn to study and carry out doctoral research in nanoscience and nanotechnology with participating faculty.

Congratulations to graduating senior Lemoda (Lee) Laim on being selected Most Outstanding MS Student for all of Drexel University in the category of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences!

Congratulations to Oren Leaffer for selection for a Rafiki Award!

Oren Leaffer has just joined the group. He completed his undergrad in engineering physics from UC Berkeley and has just started graduate studies in MSE at Drexel. Welcome, Oren!

Congrats to Xia, Eric, Prof Nabet and our collaborators in Italy on the publication of the new paper in IEEE EDL… Great job!

Work of the MML as reported in Phys. Rev. Lett. receives coverage in the August issue of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin. NWsinMRSBulletin

Congrats to Linyou, Bora and Jennie for acceptance of their new paper in Nano Lett.!

Congratulations to Linyou Cao for being selected and honored today (6/1/06) with an award as first among the ten most outstanding graduate students in all of Drexel University on the basis of research or service accomplishments this past academic year! Nice job, Linyou!

Work of Linyou Cao and Profs. Nabet and Spanier on the optical properties of nanocones as published in Phys. Rev. Lett. received coverage in the magazine Photonics.

We are glad to welcome Dr. Archibald Peters to the group as a postdoctoral fellow!

The work of Spanier and his collaborators on the use of molecular absorbates to stabilize ferroelectricity continues to be reported, now in New Scientist on April 28.

Dr. Jonathan Spanier, assistant professor of materials engineering, was quoted in a story on the Web site of United Press International and ,,,,,,,,,,, and on April 26 and 27, 2006 about a collaboration involving Drexel, Penn and Harvard studying the use of water in nanostructures to create ultra-dense memory storage.

Our paper “Enhanced Raman Scattering from Individual Semiconductor Nanocones and Nanowires,” published in Physical Review Letters 96, 157402 (2006), has been selected for the May 1, 2006 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.

Congratulations to Linyou on our paper on the Raman scattering from nanocones and nanowires being accepted to Phys. Rev. Lett. Great job, Linyou!

Congratulations to Lee and Rahul for being accepted for internships at Micron Technology’s System Memory Group in Boise, ID, and to Shannon for his internship at Intel Corporation’s Ronler Acres Development Center in Beaverton, OR!

We welcome Bora Garipcan to our group this month. Bora is a visiting PhD student in bioengineering from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey with undergraduate and MS in biochemistry; he will be spending one year with us. Welcome!

Congratulations to Linyou and Lee for their hard work and the appearance of their paper on nanocones in JACS Communications- and thanks to Drs. Chao and Nabet for their contributions! Nice job!

Proposal of Prof. Barsoum and Prof. Spanier with colleagues at Rowan University to investigate the properties of engineered nano-laminate materials is selected by NSF-DMR for funding as a four-year Focused Research Group (FRG).

Linyou Cao receives a 2005 Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi. Congratulations, Linyou!

Prof. Spanier receives three-year 2004 Army Research Office Young Investigator Award for research involving ferroelectric nanostructures