Spring 2014 Update

Hello there,

This update covers mar-may 2014 and we have some exciting news from the lab. Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Our paper on constitutive model for conducting polymers was accepted for publication in Sensors and Actuators – Chemical:B. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925400514005085).
  2. Various abstracts (5+) to ASME SMASIS 2014 conference (http://www.asmeconferences.org/smasis2014/) will be presented by our group in Sep-2014 on topics varying from bioderived ionic transistors, scanning electrochemical imaging of electroactive polymers to thermplastic ionomers.
  3. We have acquired and installed a biological safety cabinet, melt press for pressing thermoplastic polymers and other miscellaneous data acquisition boards. We are now a BSL2-certified lab.
  4. The scanning electrochemical microscope in our lab has become fully operational and is consistent after various combinations of noise mitigation techniques. Electrical noise in our system is under 200fA of current and is by far the least among the three electrochemical analyzers in our lab.
  5. We have achieved consistency in the fabrication of nanoscale (10nm-200nm) SECM electrodes that has enabled imaging of various electroactive materials (conducting polymers, IPMCs etc.,). Please see the story board for pictures.

In addition, we welcome three summer undergraduate interns that will work with us in summer-2014 and two graduate students that will starting in our group in Autumn-2014. Our storyboard for this update is presented as a gallery below.



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