Blanka’s paper selected as ACS Editor’s Choice

Kayla Nguyen gives talk at TEDx

Dr. Kayla Nguyen joined our group in Jan 2019!   During her PhD, Kayla developed a new electron detector for scanning transmission electron microscopy, and she was awarded the Lemeson-MIT Inventor’s prize.  Kayla recently delivered a TEDx talk on the EMPAD detector in Vienna.

Themis Inauguration

The Materials Research Lab is holding an inaugural event on Dec 11 for our new aberration-corrected Themis Z scanning transmission electron microscope. More info at:

Pinshane Huang named as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher”

Pinshane is named a “highly cited researcher” by Clarivate Analytics for 2018.  This list recognizes researchers who are authors on multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Only about 1 in 1000 researchers are named to this list each year, including eleven at UIUC. News article here.

Boron Arsenide research published in 2 Science articles

Student Yinchuan Lv’s research on cubic boron arsenide was published in two articles in Science, which can be accessed here and here. The papers demonstrate a new class of materials with unconventionally high thermal conductivity.



Pinshane Wins Packard Fellowship

Prof.  Pinshane Huang wins the prestigious Packard Fellowship, a distinction awarded to 18 of the most promising early career scientists in the nation.

Yinchuan Lv passes his qualifying exam

Physics Graduate Student Yinchuan Lv passes his qualifying exam.  Congratulations!

Graduate students Chia-Hao Lee and Edmund Han join the lab

Graduate students Chia-Hao Lee and Edmund Han join the lab in Fall 2017. Welcome!

Illinois MRSEC funded

Blanka Janicek receives National Science Foundation Honorable Mention

Graduate student Blanka Janicek receives an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Congratulations!