Week in Review: 10/16/16 – 10/22/16


UD’s Bingjun Xu awarded AFOSR Young Investigator grant

The University of Delaware’s Bingjun Xu is one of 58 scientists and engineers across the U.S. to receive a three-year research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards this year total $20.8 million.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the past five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.


Study explains strength gap between graphene, carbon fiber

Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn’t as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to Rice University scientists. They found the polymer chains that make up a common carbon fiber are prone to misalign during manufacture, a defect the researchers compared with a faulty zipper that weakens the product. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson set out to analyze these overlooked defects and suggest how they might be curtailed.


FACULTY AWARD: De Leon receives U.S. Air Force Young Investigator award

Nathalie de Leon, a Princeton University assistant professor of electrical engineering, was one of 58 scientists and engineers nationwide to receive a Young Investigator Research Program award through the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. De Leon received a three-year grant for her project, “Systematic Search for New Color Centers in Diamond for Quantum Technologies.” The young-investigator program funds work by promising researchers in the United States who received a Ph.D. or equivalent in the past five years.


Prof. Mikkelsen Recipient of Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award

Congratulations to Prof. Maiken Mikkelsen! The APS announced she will be receiving the Maria Goeppert-Mayer award “For the demonstration of outstanding potential in the field of quantum nanophotonics.”

Five of 58 AFOSR grants go to Engineering at Illinois researchers

Five of the 58 recipients of the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award hail from Engineering at Illinois. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced $20.8 million in grants to scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals.