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August 8th, 2019

Boise State lands a new $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant

A proposal titled “Plasma-Jet Printing Technology for In-Space Manufacturing and In-Situ Resource Utilization,” submitted by Boise State faculty comprising of Dr. Harish Subbaraman, Dr. David Estrada, Dr. Jim Browning, Dr. Nirmala Kandadai, and Dr. Ken Cornell was recently selected to receive the 2019 NASA EPSCoR grant. The 3-year project aims at understanding the fundamental mechanism behind the working of the plasma-jet printing technology, and further developing it for several cross-cutting applications. Read more here

August 7, 2019

ANML receives 2019 HERC Incubation Fund Award

The award in the amount of $75,000 will enable ANML to scale-up the production volumes of specialty inks. INFlex Labs LLC (Boise, ID) is the commercialization partner.

July 22, 2019

ANML part of team awarded $1.8 Million NextFlex project

Dr. Subbaraman and Dr. Estrada from ANML are the only university partner on a $1.8 Million NextFlex project on flexible-hybrid electronics. Read more here

April 1, 2019

Dr. Estrada wins the NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Estrada has won the prestigious NSF CAREER award for his work on graphene based bio-scaffolds. Read more here

May 14th, 2019

Dr. Estrada named the new CAES AD

Dr. Estrada will be starting in his new role as the Associate Director for CAES this summer. Read more here

April 26th, 2019

Dr. Estrada talks at IEEE WMED 2019

Dr. David Estrada gave an invited talk on “Emerging Materials for Additive Manufacturing of Flexible Hybrid Sensors” at the 2019 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices.

April 25th, 2019

Graduate Student Tony Varghese Passes His PhD Defense

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Tony Varghese on the successful defense of his dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Varghese!

April 15th, 2019

Dr. Nirmala Kandadai Joins ECE Faculty

The ANML congratulates Dr. Nirmala Kandadai on accepting an offer to join the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty as a tenure track Assistant Professor. Dr. Kandadai brings a great deal of expertise in materials science and fiber optic sensors for harsh radiation and other extreme environments to the College of Engineering at Boise State University!

April 3rd, 2019

David Estrada Earns NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor David Estrada of the Micron School of Material Sciences and Engineering was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his work utilizing graphene as a bio-scaffold for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

CAREER awards are NSF’s most prestigious awards given to junior faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their organization. Read more here.

April 3rd, 2019

Graduate Student Courtney Hollar Passes Her PhD Defense

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Courtney Hollar on the successful defense of her dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Hollar!

March 27th, 2019

American Semiconductor and Tony Varghese Recognized at National FLEX Conference.

American Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI), the global leader in physically flexible integrated circuits called Semiconductor-on-Polymer (SoP), was awarded the 2019 FLEXI award for Product Innovation by FlexTech for ASI’s new FleX-NFC flexible NFC technology.

Tony Varghese of Boise State University’s Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory was also recognized as an outstanding early career researcher in flexible electronics with a third place poster award for his work on “Additive Manufacturing and Photonic Sintering of Flexible Thermoelectric Generators for Wearable Applications.” Read more here.

March 11th, 2019

Global Research Team Controls Heat Flow One Atomic Layer at a Time

An interdisciplinary global research team have shown the ability to control heat flow in ultrathin films, by building them one atomic layer at a time. This layer-by-layer assembly technique is commonly used in the two-dimensional materials community to build new van der Waals materials and devices for applications in energy efficient transistors, energy conversion and energy storage. Read more here.

January 18th, 2019

Open-source automated chemical vapor deposition system for the production of two-dimensional nanomaterials

A research group at Boise State University led by Assistant Professor David Estrada of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering has released the open-source design of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for two-dimensional (2D) materials growth, an advance which could lower the barrier of entry into 2D materials research and expedite 2D materials discovery and translation from the benchtop to the market. Read more here.

December 7th, 2018

ANML and University of Michigan Awarded NSF Grant to Improve Nanomaterial Printing Processes

As additive manufacturing is gaining popularity, more people are using some form of printing to manufacture electronics, sensors and more that can be used in everyday items. The technical plans and precision that go into programming and fabricating such everyday items incorporating different functional materials are, in themselves, complex. If the particle size within the inks exceed that of the nozzle opening in the cartridge, the nozzle can easily get clogged. But imagine if the materials could be printed using a nozzle-free approach. That could lead to uninterrupted printing of devices – some smaller than a strand of DNA. Read more here.

July 13th, 2018

Graphene foam could be just the prescription for arthritis sufferers


Graphene in 3-D form has made several appearances in the news in the past couple of years. Last year Rice University researchers created graphene foam using powdered sugar and nickel powder. Other researchers from Kansas State University broke a world record when they created graphene aerogel in a 3-D printer. Another study found that a graphene foam composite displayed superior properties for deicing aircraft.

Now, with new research featured on the cover of Advanced Engineering Materials, from scientists at Boise State University, graphene foam soon could play a crucial role in joint replacement and treatment of osteoarthritis pain. Read more here.

June 7th, 2018

Twinkle Pandhi Earns National Grant to Present Research on New Hydration Sensor Material

Graduate research at Boise State increasingly is becoming an internationally recognized gem of our institution – take for example the work of graduate student Twinkle Pandhi. The materials science doctoral student recently received a $2,000 grant to travel to 28th World Congress on Biosensors in Miami, Florida, June 12-15 – the largest biosensor conference in the field – to present her research on creating a new, flexible printed biosensor material that can be used to analyze individuals’ PH balance and hydration. Read more here.

April 23rd, 2018

Twinkle Pandhi Dissertation Proposal

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Twinkle Pandhi on the successful defense of her dissertation proposal. Welcome to Doctoral Candidacy Twinkle!

April 18th, 2018

ANML Students Earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recognition

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Alondra Perez for being selected to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and Riccardo Torsi for earning an Honorable Mention on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Read more here.

March 30th, 2018

Naqsh-e-Mansoor Joins the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory With a Mission: Cleaning Water


That Naqsh Mansoor is intelligent, curious and driven comes as no surprise – Mansoor was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in her native country of Pakistan to pursue graduate studies in the field of her choice: environmental materials. But it may be surprising to learn that last fall, Mansoor chose to utilize her Fulbright to pursue a master’s degree at Boise State University’s Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, where she is working hard to develop new, sophisticated water filtration systems. Read more here.

March 28th, 2018

INBRE Fellows

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Lynn Karriem and Vanessa Howard on being selected as 2018 INBRE Summer Research Fellows. Well done Lynn and Vanessa!

March 8th, 2018

Campus Leaders Receive Funding for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has funded a proposal for “The BUILD Campus Forums Initiative at Boise State University.”

The initiative will build capacity and commitment toward the long-term vision of establishing and fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Boise State University and will be integrated under the larger Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity (BUILD) initiative. Read more here.

February 23rd, 2018

Courtney Hollar Dissertation Proposal

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Courtney Hollar on the successful defense of her dissertation proposal. Welcome to Doctoral Candidacy Courtney!

October 30th, 2017

Katie Yocham M.S. Thesis Defense

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Katie Yocham on the successful defense of her Master’s Thesis, “Graphene Foam for Cartilage Tissue Engineering”.

November 17th, 2017

Tony Varghese Dissertation Proposal

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory congratulates Tony Varghese on the successful defense of his dissertation proposal. Welcome to Doctoral Candidacy Tony!

October 6th, 2017

Graduate Student Tony Varghese 2017 International Conference on Thermoelectrics Best Poster Awardee


Tony Varghese, a graduate student in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering received a best poster award and cash prize at the 36th annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT 2017) in Pasadena, CA. The conference featured 338 poster presentations from all over the world and gathered approximately 1500 individuals for a cutting-edge research exchange on thermoelectric technologies.Read more about Tony’s Award.

October 2nd, 2017

Kiyo Fujimoto Awarded Prestigious INL Fellowship


Boise State University doctoral students Kiyo Fujimoto and Rahul Reddy Kancharla are two of only 11 students selected to participate in a new competitive graduate program offered by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The recipients of INL’s Graduate Fellowship Program will have their university tuition and fees covered during the last two years of their doctoral research, plus a $60,000 annual salary paid by INL for their work at the lab. Read more about Kiyo’s fellowship.

September 5th, 2017

$ 1 Million in Grants Allow Boise State Researchers to Manufacture Flexible Sensors


David Estrada and Harish Subbaraman, co-directors of the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory (ANML) at Boise State University, recently were awarded two national grants related to additive manufacturing for extreme environments – including nuclear reactors and space. Read more about sensors for extreme environments.

August 9th, 2017

ANML Students Conduct Summer Research in the Nation’s Capital


ANML undergraduate researchers, Brady Garringer, Alondra Perez, and Riccardo Torsi were selected to the National Institute of Standards and Testing’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Brady Garringer worked with Dr. Nathan A. Mahynski on optimized estimation of fluid critical points using flat histogram Monte Carlo. Alondra Perez worked with Drs. Dean Jarrett and Shamith Payagala on the development of temperature controlled chambers for resistance measurements using LabView control programs. Riccardo Torsi worked with Dr. Edward Sisco on the development of latent fingerprint reagent test materials using inkjet printing technology. Read more about 2017 NIST SURF Scholars.

July 20th, 2017

Twinkle Pandhi Recognized at National Technology Conference

Twinkle Pandhi, a graduate student in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, received a student travel award and a second-place poster award at the 2017 FLEX Conference, the nation’s leading forum for flexible, printed and hybrid electronics technology. The conference hosted more than 26 technical sessions and featured international presenters who share the common goal of creating faster, smarter and more economical electronic devices for everyday use. Read more about Twinkle Pandhi

June 13th, 2017

Boise State Researchers Awarded IGEM Grant to Combat Potato Rot

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In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. Yet unbeknownst to most consumers, roughly 30 percent of the potatoes harvested spoil before they reach a grocery store shelf. Read the entire article “Boise State Researchers Awarded IGRM Grant to Combat Potato Rot”

May 16th, 2017

Nanotechnology is Reaching New Heights at Boise State University

Dave Estrada, assistant professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, offers a graduate course titled Nanoscale Transport that facilitates industry partnerships and hands-on experiences for students. He recently partnered with NASA and MicroLink Devices to take nanotechnology to new heights. Read entire article “Nanotechnology is Reaching New Heights at Boise State University”

May 5th, 2017

Graphene Foam and CNT Research Accelerates Towards Space

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Dr. Lizandra Godwin has been awarded a grant from the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) for her research seed grant proposal, “Graphene Foam – Carbon Nanotube Composites for Heavy Metal Sensors.” Read entire article “Graphene Foam and CNT Research Accelerates Toward Space”

April 10th, 2017

Osher Institute Awards $16,500 in Grants for Faculty Research

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State has awarded $16,500 to help fund four faculty research projects. The Osher Faculty Grant 2017 recipients and their projects were selected from applications from tenured and tenure track faculty across disciplines. Over the past six years, Osher has awarded $85,500 in grants to Boise State faculty. Read more here.

April 5th, 2017

Katie Yocham in the Spotlight

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Bridging the divide between materials science and tissue regeneration is one of the goals for the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing laboratory (ANML) led by Assistant Professor, David Estrada, at Boise State University. Undergraduate Katie Yocham is part of Estrada’s team using graphene foam (GF) to develop three-dimensional scaffolding systems that mimic the native cellular microenvironment in musculoskeletal tissues..Read more about Katie Yocham

February 17th, 2017

Boise State Project Looks at Flexible Hybrid Electronics

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A project from American Semiconductor and Boise State University is among four projects of 131 submitted that has been selected for funding from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute. The selected projects are aimed at tracking and optimizing the performance of people and high-value materials and products, while also showcasing the technology’s capability to enhance our lives. Other award recipients include University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Binghamton University. Read entire article “Boise State Projects Looks at Flexible Hybrid Electronics”

December 17th, 2016

International Award Recognizes Boise State Leadership in Advanced Materials

David Estrada of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering recently was named a recipient of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Medal for 2016.
The award recognizes “notable and outstanding research in Materials Science and Technology which may relate to biological, chemical, earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary, engineering, mathematical, medical and physical sciences.” Read entire article “International Award Recognizes Boise State Leadership in Advanced Materials”

October 1st, 2016

Prof. Harish Subbaraman to Co-Direct Nanomaterials and Printed Electronics Research

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The Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory welcomes Prof. Harish Subbaraman as Co-Director of laboratory research. To reflect this exciting change, the INML has updated its name to the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory (ANML), capturing Prof. Subbaraman’s expertise in advanced manufacturing techniques.

September 20th, 2016

Research Explores Thermoelectric Screen Printing

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Flexible thermoelectric devices are especially attractive for waste heat recovery along contoured surfaces and for energy harvesting applications to power sensors, biomedical devices and wearable electronics – an area experiencing exponential growth. However, obtaining low-cost, flexible and efficient thermoelectric materials is extremely difficult due to many materials and manufacturing challenges.Read entire article “Research Explores Thermoelectric Screen Printing”

September 2nd, 2016

NSF Awards $907,000 for Scholarships

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $907,000 to Boise State University to launch a new scholarship program designed to increase the retention, success and graduation of academically talented students from underserved populations. The project consists of financial support and the implementation and adaptation of high quality, evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities. Read entire article “NSF Awards $907,000 for Scholarships”

September 1st, 2016

Solid-State Nanopores Unravel Twisted DNA Mystery

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Cancer thrives when mutated cells undergo frequent division. Most anti-cancer drugs work by inserting themselves in between the DNA base pairs that encode our genetic information. This process is known as intercalation, and it can result in subtle changes to the DNA molecule’s geometric shape or tertiary structure. These structural changes interfere with the DNA’s transcription and a cell’s replication process, ultimately resulting in cell death. Read entire article “Solid-State Nanopores Unravel Twisted DNA Mystery

August 24th, 2016

Katie Yocham Wins Statewide Faculty Choice Award

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Ten Boise State students were awarded 2016 Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowships. Julia Oxford, director of the Biomolecular Research Center, is principal investigator, and Don Warner, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is fellows coordinator. Read entire article “Katie Yocham Wins Statewide Faculty Choice Award”

July 28, 2016

Probing DNA for Cancer Therapies

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There are myriad examples throughout history where an error led to a discovery, a new invention, or a cure. Even on a biological level, errors are important — take DNA for example.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) contains all of the genetic information for a living organization and is involved in many fundamental biological processes. Information in DNA is stored in chemical bases that pair up. The order of these base pairs contain essential information for an organism. Physical properties of DNA, such as elasticity, strength, and elongation, also play an important role in cell interactions.Read More [Also highlighted on HPCWire]

July 7, 2016

Graphene Flexes its Muscles

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A team of researchers from Boise State University, led by Eric Krueger and David Estrada, have published an article in the American Chemical Society’s Biomaterials Science and Engineering journal. Titled “Graphene Foam as a 3-dimensional Platform for Myotube Growth,” it focuses on a study demonstrating the suitability of graphene foam as a scaffold for growing functional muscle tissue. Graphene foam is an emerging 3D version of graphene, a layer of carbon so thin it is considered 2-dimensional. Read entire article “Graphene Flexes its Muscles”

June 20, 2016

A Wearable Solution for Keeping Athletes Hydrated

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Lack of hydration can lead to muscle cramping, dizziness and nausea. For athletes involved in strenuous workouts, drinking enough fluid can be the difference between victory and defeat. But recognizing dehydration in its early stages can be difficult. Read entire article “A Solution for Keeping Athletes Hydrated

May 12, 2016

Boise State Student Tapped for DOE Nuclear Energy Fellowship

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On May 7, Kiyo Fujimoto graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. In June, she’ll begin a materials science doctoral program under the direction of assistant professor David Estrada. Read more about DOE Nuclear Energy Fellowship

May 10, 2016

Nikki Chang M.S. Thesis Defense

The Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory congratulates Nikki Chang on the successful defense of her Master’s Thesis, “Graphene Foam as a 3-D Bioscaffold for Myotube Growth and Differentiation”.

March 8, 2016

ANML Research in Printed 2D Materials May Benefit Air Force Technologies

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Prof. David Estrada was awarded a second prestigious summer faculty fellowship with the U.S. Air Force. The Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Estrada’s team has been developing 2D materials inks for printed electronics, including graphene and MoS2. He will spend 10 weeks with Dr. Emily Heckman’s PrintTronics Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base investigating the structure-property-processing correlations of Boise State’s ANML 2D material inks.

January 27, 2016

STEM Takes Root

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Clackamas Community College is now offering STEM talks to students who are interested in learning more about what’s going on in the world of applied sciences. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Therefore, STEM talks are presented by instructors who are involved in any one of those fields. Read entire article “STEM Takes Root”

October 13, 2015

Dale Brown M.S. Thesis Defense

The Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory congratulates Dale Brown on the successful defense of his Master’s Thesis, “An Open Source, Automated CVD System, for the Production of 2D Materials”.

October 1, 2015

David Estrada Honored as Innovator of the Year

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The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has selected David Estrada to receive the SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Innovator of the Year award. Estrada is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. STAR awards recognize individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment to and selfless efforts toward the growth and advancement of Hispanics through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Read entire article David Estrada Honored as Innovator of the Year”

June 16, 2015

Graphene Heat Transfer Riddle Unraveled

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Researchers have solved the long-standing conundrum of how the boundary between grains of graphene affects heat conductivity in thin films of the miracle substance — bringing developers a step closer to being able to engineer films at a scale useful for cooling microelectronic devices and hundreds of other nano-tech applications. Read entire article “Graphene Heat Transfer Riddle Unraveled”

May 20, 2015

NSF Program Benefits High School Materials Scientists

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With advances in science and technology, today’s high school students could end up working with materials that don’t even exist today. An innovative National Science Foundation program is partnering with industry, academia and K-12 educators to develop next generation-curriculum to address this challenge. Read entire article NSF Program Benefits High School Materials Scientist”

April 21, 2015

Electronic Device Performance Enhanced With New Transistor Encasing Method

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A more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires has been developed by Univ. of Illinois researchers, further opening the doors to a new transistor technology. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do, the Illinois team published its results in ACS Nano. Read entire article “Electronic Device Performance Enhanced with New Transistor Encasing Method”

April 15, 2015

Dr. David Estrada Honored as One of Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40

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For 16 years, Idaho Business Review has been recognizing professionals under the age of 40 who have already made big differences at work and in their communities. They have vision. They are leaders, not for the future, but for now.Read more about the Accomplished Under 40″

April 6, 2015

Dr. Estrada and Nikki Chang to Conduct Research with U.S. Air Force

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Two faculty members in the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as Air Force Office of Scientific Research faculty fellows this summer. Recipients are Hao Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dave Estrada, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.Read entire article “Dr. Estrada and Nikki Chang to Conduct Research with U.S. Air Force”

March 20, 2015

Nikki Chang Awarded Best Graduate Poster at IASE Symposium

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Nikki Chang was awarded the Best Graduate Poster award at the 58th Annual Meeting of the IASE for her work, “Emerging biomedical applications of graphene and graphene foam”. The IASE was chartered in 1958 to further the cause of science and science education in Idaho. The Academy seeks to promote public understanding and appreciation of the sciences and applied technology in the modern world, and to improve the effectiveness of scientific education in Idaho.

January 21, 2015

‘These look like smart people’: Obama impressed with Boise State lab

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President Barack Obama visited Boise State University’s New Product Development Lab. During the visit Dr. David Estrada was able to highlight the work of ANML researchers Dale Brown and Nikki Chang. The ANML works with multiple industry and government agencies to create inks from 2-dimensional materials. Full coverage of President Obama’s visit can be found in the Idaho Statesman.

December 23, 2014

Research Opportunities Draw Engineering Professor Back to Idaho

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David Estrada, Ph.D. was born and raised in Idaho. After leaving the state for some time, first for a career in the U.S. Navy, and again to pursue his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, Estrada ultimately decided Idaho was the right place to raise his family and continue his career.Read entire article “Research Opportunities Draw Engineering Professor Back to Idaho”

December 9, 2014

Dr. Eric Krueger Receives Biophysical Society Education Committee Award

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Rockville, MD— The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society’s 59th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, February 7-11, 2015. The recipients of this competitive award, all of whom are students and postdoctoral fellows, are selected based on scientific merit.Read more about Dr. Eric Krueger”

November 3, 2014

A Composite Material

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David Estrada knows firsthand how a good mentoring experience can change a student’s life. Estrada, the first in his family to attend college, initially foundered, so he left school and joined the Navy, where he developed an interest in engineering. After his service, Estrada went back to school, this time at Boise State University in Idaho. He became a McNair Scholar, a program that prepares undergraduates for doctoral work. It gave Estrada a glimpse into research and connected him with people who work in science. Before that, “I had no idea what people with a Ph.D. did, how to pay for one, et cetera,” he says.Read entire article “A Composite Material”

October 30, 2014

Graphene Grain Boundaries Heat Up

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Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that the grain boundaries in a graphene sheet heat up when the material is made into a functioning transistor. Grain boundaries are the nanoscale defects where individual grains of graphene meet and “stitch” the sheet together.Read entire article “Graphene Grain Boundaries Heat Up”

April 14, 2014

NSF Award to Benefit College of Engineering Students

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The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, has awarded a grant of $626,375 to Boise State University’s College of Engineering. The “Idaho Scholars in Engineering and Computer Science” award will fund approximately 45 students at up to $5,000 a year for two years of undergraduate studies, with transitional support provided for one or two additional years. Students who live in the Engineering Residential College are eligible for an increased level of funding.Read more about NSF Award

January 23, 2014

Boise State Explore 2014 Showcases Research Excellence

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“Into the Future: The Changing Face of Boise State” is the theme of Explore 2014, the university’s flagship research publication.
The just-released magazine features articles on some of the new faculty, partnerships, research programs and initiatives that are contributing to Boise State’s upward trajectory.Read entire article “Boise State Explore 2014 Showcases Research Excellence”

November 25, 2013

Nanotubes Can Solder Themselves

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Researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron. Junctions between nanotubes have high resistance, slowing down the current and creating hotspots. The researchers use these hot spots to trigger a local chemical reaction that deposits metal that nano-solders the junctions.Read entire article “Nanotubes Can Solder Themselves”

October 8, 2013

Engineering Student Earns Nuclear Materials Fellowship

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Dale Brown, a graduate student in the Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a Nuclear Materials Fellowship funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The award supports the first year of study by a science or engineering graduate student.Read entire article “Engineering Student Earns Nuclear Materials Fellowship”

May 8, 2013

Engineers Fine-Tune the Sensitivity of Nano-Chemical Sensor

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Researchers have discovered a technique for controlling the sensitivity of graphene chemical sensors. The sensors, made of an insulating base coated with a graphene sheet–a single-atom-thick layer of carbon–are already so sensitive that they can detect an individual molecule of gas. But manipulating the chemical properties of the insulating layer, without altering the graphene layer, may yet improve their ability to detect the most minute concentrations of various gases.Read entire article “Engineers Fin-Tune the Sensitivity of Nano-Chemical Sensor”

January 15, 2013

New Insight Into Graphene Grain Boundaries

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Using graphene — either as an alternative to, or most likely as a complementary material with — silicon, offers the promise of much faster future electronics, along with several other advantages over the commonly used semiconductor. However, creating the one-atom thick sheets of carbon known as graphene in a way that could be easily integrated into mass production methods has proven difficult. Read entire article “New Insite Into Graphene Grain Boundaries”

January 23, 2012

Flaky Graphene Makes Reliable Chemical Sensors

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Scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the company Dioxide Materials have demonstrated that randomly stacked graphene flakes can make an effective chemical sensor. The researchers created the one-atom-thick carbon lattice flakes by placing bulk graphite in a solution and bombarding it with ultrasonic waves that broke off thin sheets. Read entire article “Flaky Graphene Makes Reliable Chemical Sensors”

November 30, 2011

Imperfections May Improve Graphene Sensors

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Although they found that graphene makes very good chemical sensors, researchers at Illinois have discovered an unexpected “twist” — that the sensors are better when the graphene is “worse” — more imperfections improved performance.Read entire article “Imperfections May Improve Graphene Sensors”

March 11, 2011

New Technology Would Dramatically Extend Battery Life for Mobile Devices

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Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted. University of Illinois engineers have developed a form of ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than similar available memory. The technology could give future portable devices much longer battery life between charges.Read entire article “New Technology Would Dramatically Extend Battery Life for Mobile Devices”

September 22, 2011

Graphene Lets LEDs Stretch

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Stretchy arrays of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be created using electrodes made of graphene — atomically thin sheets of carbon. Such arrays could one day be incorporated into devices from displays to medical monitors.Read entire article “Graphene Lets LEDs Stretch”

April 4, 2011

Dean Helps Boys and Girls Club Kids Learn About Computer Guts

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On March 31, College of Engineering Dean Ilesanmi Adesida visited the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign to help teach middle and high school teens about computers and how they work in a lesson intriguingly titled “Computer Guts.”Read entire article “Dean Helps Boys and Girs Club Kids Learn About Computer Guts”

February 9, 2011

Two Conference, Three Awards: Graduate Student David Estrada Wins Recognition for his Research

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“To win at two conferences in a row was nice,” said ECE graduate student David Estrada. He had just pulled off something fairly rare. His research received a top award at two consecutive conferences that he attended last fall. Read entire article “Two Conference, Three Awards: Graduate Student David Estrada Wins Regognition for his Research”

March 10, 2010

Are DC Mobility Extractions for Nanostructures Trustworthy?

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been a hot research topic since Iijima’s seminal paper in 1991. So far they’ve proven that they can take the heat, exhibiting thermal conductivity about 10 times greater than copper – comparable to diamond! Their electrical properties have placed the material firmly on the ITRS roadmap as a candidate to replace silicon CMOS beyond the 10 nm node.Read entire article “Are DC Mobility Extractions for Nanostructures Trustworthy?”