FALL 2013

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST (Korea). 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Chungnam National University (Korea). 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Engineering Biointerfaces Using Layer-by-Layer Assembly" in the School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering at POSTECH (Korea). 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kyung Hee University (Korea). 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University (Korea). 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Yonsei University (Korea). 

December, Sang-Wook's paper "Effects of Anionic Surfactants on the Water Permeability of a Model Stratum Corneum Lipid Membrane" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 

December, Yun-Ru's paper "Multifunctional All-TiO2 Bragg Stacks Based on Blocking Layer-Assisted Spin Coating" is accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Congratulations! 

November, Our review article "Amphiphilic Janus Particles at Fluid Interfaces" published in the "Emerging Investigator" themed issue of Soft Matter is amongst the top ten accessed articles during the third quarter of 2013. Congratulations! 

December, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST (Korea). 

November, Gang and Jyo Lyn (PhD students in CBE) join the group. Welcome! 

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November, Soft Nanomaterials Lab plays a big role in making the 2013 Penn CBE Graduate Student Symposium a great success. Teresa gives an oral presentation, and Fuquan, Jacob, Ankit, Sarah, Yun-Ru, Weifeng and Abhishek give poster presentations. 

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November, Daeyeon receives the AIChE NSEF Young Investigator Award at the AIChE Meeting in San Francisco and delivers a plenary lecture. He also makes two additional presentations at the meeting. Congratulations! 

November, Seongchol Park joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. He will be co-advised by Prof. Dan Hammer. Welcome! 

October, Soft Nanomaterials Lab bids farewells to Sang-Wook and Zaki. Sang-Wook will start as a researcher at Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) in Korea, and Zaki will join Intel. Farewell! 

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October, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Tailoring the Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. 

October, Daeyeon receives the 2013 Van Ness Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and delivers two Van Ness Lectures. 

October, Daeyeon receives the 2013 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. Congratulations! 

October, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Tailoring the Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Assemblies" in the Nanotechnology Seminar Series at Stevens Institute of Technology. 

October, Woo-Sik Jang joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. He will be co-advised by Prof. Dan Hammer. Welcome!

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October, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Janus Particles at Fluid Interfaces: the Third Face of Janus" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. 

October, Sang-Wook's paper "Bio-Inspired Hygromorphic Actuator Exhibiting Controlled Locomotion" is accepted for publication in ACS Macro Letters. Congratulations! 

September, Fuquan's paper "Thermodynamically Stable Emulsions Using Janus Dumbbells as Colloid Surfactants" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 

September, Daeyeon gives two talks at the 2013 Fall ACS Meeting in Indianapolis. 

September, Likai Hou from Harbin Institute of Technology joins the group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!

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SUMMER 2013

August, Lei's paper "Using Shape Anisotropy to Toughen Disordered Nanoparticle Assemblies" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations! 

August, Zaki's paper "Responsive Multi-Domain Free-Standing Films of Gold Nanoparticles Assembled by DNA-Directed Layer-by-Layer Approach" is accepted for publication in Nano Letters. Congratulations! 

August, Daeyeon presents a talk at the 2013 US-Korea Conference (UKC) in East Rutherford, NJ. 

August, Daeyeon recieves the Xerox University Affairs Committee (UAC) grant. Congratulations! 

August, Elio Angilè joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. Elio did his PhD in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Penn. He will be jointly supervised by Prof. Sandy Sehgal in School of Medicine at Penn. Welcome! 

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July, Soft Nanomaterials Lab enjoys a beautiful day at Marsh Creek State Park BBQing, playing kickball and swimming. We also bid farewell to Kwadwo, Lei, Wilfredo and Marie. Kwadwo will be joining Intel, and Lei will start as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. 

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July, Our review article "Directed assembly of particles using microfluidic droplets and bubbles’ is highlighted on the Soft Matter blog as one of July's hot papers. 

July, Bum Jun's paper "Spontaneous Particle Transport through a Triple-Fluid Phase Boundary" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 

July, Kwadwo successfully defends his PhD thesis. He is the first PhD of the group. Congratulations, Dr. Tettey! 

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July, Daeyeon presents an invited talk at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting in Chicago. 

July, Ankit, Fuquan and Sang-Wook give soundbite presentations in MASM 11 Workshop held at the University of Delaware. 

July, The group enjoys a night out in Chinatown to celebrate Daeyeon's promotion to Associate Professor. Congratulations everyone! 

July, Our review article entitled "Amphiphilic Janus Particles at Fluid Interfaces" is featured on the Inside Cover of Soft Matter Themed Issue on "Emerging Investigators". 

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July, Daeyeon gives an invited talk at the 2nd French-American Workshop held in Grenoble, France. 

June, Daeyeon gives two presentations at the 2013 ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposiun at the University of California at Riverside. 

July, The group enjoys a night out in Chinatown to celebrate Daeyeon's promotion to Associate Professor. Congratulations everyone! 

June, Daeyeon participates in the 3M Science and Engineering Day and gives oral and poster presentations on our bubble work. 

June, Abhisek joins the group. Abhishek is an MS student in CBE at Penn. Welcome! 

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June, Seonju (visiting student from SKKU, Korea) receives the Global Ph.D. Fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Congratulations! 

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June, Wilfredo joins the group. Wilfredo is an MSRSEC REU student from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Welcome! 

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May, Kwadwo's paper "Effect of Thermal Treatment and Moisture Content on the Charge of Silica Particles in Non-polar Media" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

May, Anjali and Marie-Charlotte join the group. Anjali is a VIPER fellow at Penn and Marie is a visiting student from Minatec, France. Welcome! 

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May, Our group is featured in the 2013 Spring Issue of Penn Engineering Megazine

May, Teresa's paper "Directed Assembly of Particles Using Microfluidic Droplets and Bubbles" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

May, Lei accepts an offer to join the University of Alaska - Fairbanks as an Assistant Professor. She will start in August. Congratulations!

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SPRING 2013

May, Sarah passes the qualifying exam. Congratultions!

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May, Michele, Weifeng and Yun-Ru graduate from Penn. Kwadwo also participates in the graduation ceremony. Congratulations! 

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May, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Janus Particles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces: the Third Face of Janus" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. 

April, Daeyeon gives a Science Cafe presentation entitled "Don't Burst My Bubbles" at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival

April, Daeyeon receives tenure. Daeyeon sincerely thanks all of his collaborators, colleagues and, most importantly, former and current group members who have made this occassion possible. Congratulations to everyone! 

April, Daeyeon organizes the LRSM-COMPLOIDS Symposium on Soft Matter. Lei gives an invited talk and Fuquan and Sang-Wook present posters. 

April, Dr. Rohini Gupta joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. She will be co-advised by Prof. Kate Stebe. Welcome! 

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April, Three members of Soft Nanomaterials Lab particpate in the 2013 ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans. Fuquan, Lei and Daeyeon give oral presentations. 

April, Daeyeon organizes a symposium on "Emulsions, Bubbles and Foams: Fundamentals and Applications" at the 2013 Spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA. This symposium is featured by C&EN News

March, Ankit's review article "Amphiphilic Janus Particles at Fluid Interfaces" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

March, Teresa's bubble research is featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian. Read here.

March, Daeyeon is appointed as Associate Editor of the Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering.The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering provides a global forum for the dissemination of research in chemical engineering. The Journal publishes significant research results obtained in the Asia-Pacific region, and simultaneously introduces recent technical progress made in other areas of the world to this region. 

March, Daeyeon, Fuquan and Lei make presentations at the 2013 APS March Meeting in Baltimore. 

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March, Sang-Wook's paper "Integrated Study of Water Sorption/Desorption Behavior of Weak Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Films" is accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations! 

March, Jung Tae's paper "Bragg Stack-functionalized Counter electrode for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" is accepted for publication in ChemSusChem. Congratulations! 

March, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Enhancing the Assembly and Damage Tolerance of Nanoparticle Films" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. 

March, Seonju Yeo from Prof. Pil J. Yoo's Lab at Sungkyunkwan University joins the group. Welcome! 

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February, Soft Nanomaterials Lab congratulates Prof. Pil J. Yoo (Visiting Professor) who is promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at Sungkyunkwan University. Congratulations! 

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February, Teresa is invited to participate in the Milliken Graduate Research Symposium to be held on March 8, 2013 in Spartanburg, SC. This symposium offers a unique opportunity for students to interact with leading industrial researchers in their working environment. Congratulations! 

February, Daeyeon receives a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award. This highly competitive award recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of their research and is intended to help them achieve tenure, remain in their academic positions and conduct research. Congratulations! 

February, Soft Nanomaterials Lab presents an exhibit at the Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day held at Drexel University. 

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January, Soft Nanomaterials Lab bids farewell to Bum Jun and Iris. Bum Jun will start as an assistant professor at Kyunghee University in Korea. Farewell! 

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January, Daeyeon receives a grant from the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics'(ITMAT) Translational Bio-Imaging Center (TBIC). Congratulations! 

January, Daeyeon presents an invited seminar entitled "Enhancing the Assembly and Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle Films" in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. 

January, Bum Jun's paper "Double hydrophilic Janus cylinders at the air-water interface" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 

January, Bum Jun's paper "Geometrically and chemically anisotropic particles at an oil-water interface" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

January, Prof. Pil J. Yoo from Sungkyunkwan University joins the group as a Visiting Associate Professor. Welcome!

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January, Daeyeon gives a Science Cafe talk entitled "Beers, Bubbles and Beyond" at World Cafe Live. 

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January, Bum Jun accepts an offer to join Kyung Hee University in Korea as an Assistant Professor. He will start in March, 2013. Congratulations! 

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January, Chi-Wei (CBE undergraduate student) and Marcus (CBE MS student) join the group. Jonathan (CBE undergraduate student) returns to the group to continue his research on particle encapsulation. Welcome!