Nano Night 2013 Highlights and Winners

The Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology held its 12th annual Nano Night poster session on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Larry R. Faulkner Nanoscience and Technology Building.  Sponsored by the CNM’s Doctoral Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the event provided a forum for forty-five undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers from ten different science and engineering departments to present their research to fellow students, faculty, staff, and visiting industry professionals.

Six awards were given out at the conclusion of the event by CNM Director Dr. Keith Stevenson to recognize the outstanding posters in each category.  The winners were as follows:

Best Undergraduate Student Poster – $50.00

Brian Wilson
“Characterization of Rheologically Distinguishable Protein Nanoclusters”
Adviser: Dr. Keith Johnston

Best Graduate Student Poster – $200.00

Nihal Arju
“Biosensing Using Plasmonic Metamaterials”
Adviser: Dr. Gennady Shvets

Best Graduate Student Poster, 1st Runner Up – $100.00

Tyler Mefford
“Bifunctional, Non-precious Metal Perovskite Nanocrystal Electrocatalysts with High Mass Activities for Water Oxidation and Oxygen Reduction”
Adviser: Dr. Keith Stevenson

Best Graduate Student Poster, 2nd Runner Up – $50.00

Michael Gully-Santiago
“Silicon Diffractive Optics for Astronomical Infrared Spectroscopy”
Adviser: Dr. Dan Jaffe

Best Postdoctoral Poster – $50.00

Eunna Chung
“Application of Gold Nanoparticles for Adipose-derived Stem Cell-based Therapy”
Affiliation: Laboratory for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, PI Dr. Laura Suggs

Best Use of CNM Equipment – Hitachi 18v Cordless Drill

Cameron Peebles
“More Than Meets the Eye: Conformational Switching of a Stacked Aromatic Electron Donor-Acceptor Foldamer to an Acceptor-Acceptor Fibril Aggregate”
Adviser: Dr. Brent Iverson

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors and judges:

Sponsors:

Judges:

Dr. Clive Bosnyak, Molecular Rebar Design

Dr. Nancy Henderson, Molecular Rebar Design

Dr. Donglei Fan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin

Dr. Ananth Dodabalapur, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT-Austin

Dr. David Vanden Bout, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UT-Austin

Dr. Alex Veneman, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Stevenson Group, UT-Austin

Dr. Tony Dylla, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Stevenson Group, UT-Austin

Dr. Raluca Gearba, Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology, UT-Austin

Dr. Josh Bolinger, Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology, UT-Austin