With the right material, batteries might one day store enough solar energy to power cities, and unconventional drugs might quickly be absorbed in the body to fight cancer. Nanotechnology, the science of manipulating atoms and molecules to make materials with new and useful properties, has the potential to change how we get energy, treat disease and more. Prof. Simon Billinge is on a hunt for the next wonder material.
Prof. I.C. “Cev” Noyan, chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and a professor of materials science and engineering and of earth and environmental engineering, was honored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data with its Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious honor for scientists who advance the use of x-rays in materials analysis, at the Centre’s Denver X-Ray Conference in August.
The APAM Department is pleased to announce the appointments of four new faculty members: Alexander Gaeta (professor of Applied Physics and of Materials Science Engineering), Michal Lipson (professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics), Vincent Quenneville-Bélair (Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics), and Yuan Yang (assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering).
Simon Billinge's paper, published in the online edition of the International Union of Crystallography Journal, discusses a new way to apply a widely used local-structure analysis tool—known as atomic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis—to x-ray scattering data from thin films, quickly yielding high-quality information on the films' atomic structure. The work creates new avenues for studies of nanocrystalline thin films.