Best Wishes to Binit and Anjali!

We are happy to congratulate Dr. Binit Lukose, a former post-doc of the Clancy group, on the occasion of his wedding last month to his beautiful and talented bride, Anjali. They will reside in Boston, where Binit is working as a post-doc. We wish you many years of a long and contented life together.

Nikita Travels to California for the APS Meeting

Nikita Sengar presented a well-received talk at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting in LA, California, highlighting her exciting work on integrating a Bayesian Optimization technique with Molecular Dynamics. Her talk focused on the potential of using this novel approach to uncover the relationship underlying the structure and the properties of polymorphs of thin film organic semiconducting materials, and guide the choice of experiments during material design.

Nikita presenting her talk at the APS meeting.

APS is one of the biggest conferences in physics that brings together a broad spectrum of the physics community to share groundbreaking research in topics including atomic, molecular, and computational physics. It has also been very active in promoting gender equality through their “Women in Physics” programs. Congratulations to Nikita for her successful sojourn at APS!

Welcome to the Clancy group!

We would like to give a warm welcome to all the new members in the Clancy group for the 2017-2018 academic year!

New AY 17-18 additions to the Clancy group. From left to right: Greg Casee, Meng Min, Oluwaseun Romiluyi, Karthik Balakrishnan and Aaron Chen. Not shown: Divya Sharma and Wang (Leo) Gao.

We have two incoming MS/PhD students, Greg Casee and Oluwaseun Romiluyi. Greg joins us as a chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and will be studying quantum dot formation and structure. Meanwhile, Seun comes to us as a chemical engineering graduate from McMaster University in Canada and will investigate the stability of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.

We also have four MS students joining our group. Aaron Chen will be working with Nikita Sengar to study crystal morphology of organic conductors. Wang Gao will work alongside Henry Herbol in his development of a Simple Molecular Reactive Force Field (SMRFF) and the Physical Analytics pipeLine (PAL). Meng Min will work with mentor Yaset Acevedo to quantify the demetalation of covalent organic frameworks. Last but not least, Divya Sharma will work with Andrew Ruttinger to better understand the behaviour of antibacterial peptides towards drug discovery.

Finally, we have one new MEng student, Karthik Balakrishnan, who will be working under Blaire Sorenson’s guidance to study solvent etching patterns of Co/Pt systems.

We look forward to all of the exciting work that our new members will bring to the group as they progress forward in their respective degrees!

Ryan passes his A exam

Congratulations to Ryan for passing his admission to candidacy exam (A exam) on the 24th of January! Ryan provided an in-depth discussion on his work in studying Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) and his application of COFs to explosives detection through their fluorescence behaviour. Ryan’s committee consisted of Profs. Tobias Hanrath, Peter Frazier and Paulette Clancy (Chair). We wish him continued success as he heads into the second half of his thesis work.

The Clancy Group attends Fall MRS in Boston

The Clancy group had a strong showing at the 2017 Fall Materials Research Symposium (MRS) in Boston, Massachusetts with three group members presenting their research. Henry Herbol led the charge with two posters on his research in Bayesian optimization and hybrid inorganic-organic perovskites, respectively, and a wonderful oral presentation on his work in developing a reactive force field for perovskites. Mardochee Reveil followed up with a very insightful oral presentation on his study of Si diffusion in III-V materials, garnering significant interest from the audience. The conference was capped off with Andrew Ruttinger’s eye-catching poster on the nucleation mechanism of PbS quantum dots in solution. Congratulations to Henry, Mardochee, and Andrew on their successful deliveries at MRS, and we look forward to another good showing at MRS 2018 in Phoenix!

Ace wins the Fall 2017 Hooey Award

Yaset Acevedo (“Ace”) kept up the group’s strong record by winning the department’s Fall 2017 Austin Hooey award for thesis research. This award is the highest honor for research excellence in the Robert F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ace gave a presentation to about 100 students and faculty in December, highlighting his exciting new work on woven Covalent Organic Framework materials. His research and service accomplishments have also garnered him the Spring 2018 Provost’s Diversity Fellowship award.

Ace wins Outstanding TA Award

Congratulations to “Ace” (Yaset Acevedo) for winning the Outstanding TA in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for 2017 – the first time the Clancy group has ever won this distinction, if memory serves. Ace was chosen for his passion for teaching freshmen in the “Intro. to Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering” course and the many times he went “above and beyond” to help students learn the material.

He was also cited for organizing and leading the effort for the CBE WOMEN outreach event to high school girls from rural schools that involved managing over 100 people, and coordinating CBE’s portions of the CURIE and CATALYST Academies for high school youth. To quote from his nomination: “Ace has been instrumental in promoting many students, women and especially the underrepresented, to pursue careers in the STEM fields… Not only is he an outstanding TA, but he is also an outstanding mentor.”

Blaire Sorenson (Clancy group) wins Toni Morrison Graduate Mentoring Award

Blaire Sorenson, an MS/PhD student in the Clancy group studying solution processing of novel solar cell materials, was awarded Cornell’s Toni Morrison Award for Graduate Mentorship. This award recognizes a GSMU Mentor or OADI Graduate Assistant who has made an outstanding contribution to their proteges and OADI and to the university community. “This individual has gone beyond her role to promote diversity, scholarship and professional development. Additionally, she has successfully balanced her own educational goals and desire to help underrepresented students succeed.” OADI is Cornell’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is a Cornell alumna (MS. ’55).