Professor Steve Tait is the recipient of the 2016 AVS Prairie Chapter Early Career Award
based on his cumulative work in surface studies of self-organized supramolecular systems and contributions to the American Vacuum Society.
(Posted 5/5/2016)
3rd Annual Symposium on Materials Research

(Posted 4/27/2016)
Professors Kevin Brown, Megan Thielges, and Yan Yu land prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Awards, known as the NSF CAREER Awards, recognize faculty who "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research." Read the full article.
(Posted 3/31/2016)
IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' for the production of hydrogen biofuel

Scientists led by Trevor Douglas have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.

The process of creating the material was recently reported in "Self-assembling biomolecular catalysts for hydrogen production" in the journal Nature Chemistry. Read the full news article.

(Posted 1/4/2016)
Abiotic and Biotic Assembly

Introducing the Abiotic and Biotic Assembly working group!

We seek to bring together research groups with mutual interests in the favored self-assembly of specific structure and functional architectures. We seek to create a united dialog and research agenda on self-assembly and self-organization from the fields of physical and analytical chemistry, organic and inorganic materials, modeling and simulation, and virology.

Membership of the Assembly working group is initially drawn from the Departments of Chemistry (Baker, Douglas, Dragnea, Flood, Jacobson, Jarrold, Ortoleva, Raghavachari, Skrabalak, Tait), Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (Zlotnick), and Biology (Brun, Danthi, Hardy, Kearns, Mukhopadhyay).

Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from Assembly laboratories will have regular opportunities to give informal presentations to the group, focused on their own work as well as cutting-edge advances by others in these fields. The meetings provide an interactive environment for students, postdocs and faculty to discuss research advances and to develop new research initiatives in abiotic and biotic assembly, encouraging interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration.

(Posted 12/7/2015)
Don Garvin brings new breath to scientific research.
Our Director of Glassblowing Services scoffs at traditional test tubes and beakers, blowing custom-made glassware that will blow your mind. Read the full article. Watch the video featured on Indiana Public Media.
(Posted 12/3/2015)
NSF awards $1.2M to study self-assembling molecules, software for next-generation materials.
Interdisciplinary project by Steve Tait, Mu-Hyun Baik, Peter Ortoleva and Amar Flood to support development of more efficient solar cells and other future materials. Read More in the IU Press Release
(Posted 12/1/2015)

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