Welcome to Metecan Erdi, a first year PhD student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department! He received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland in 2018. He began work in the Kofinas Lab as a freshman researching solid polymer electrolytes, later defending an honors thesis in April 2018 before rejoining the lab in August 2018. Welcome home, Mete!
John was recently awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the F31 Fellowship award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Congratulations John!
Our group, along with fellow collaborators from the Rubloff group at UMD, were approved to start a new project sponsored by Saft developing thin-film polymer electrolytes for high-voltage applications.
Saft, who was recently acquired by French oil company Total, is a world leader in battery manufacturing. While headquartered in Bordeaux, France, the company maintains a research facility nearby in Cockeysville, MD. We look forward to this exciting collaboration!
John will give a talk titled "Adhesive Polymer Composite Wound Dressings—Silver and Silica for Antimicrobial and Hemostatic Applications."
Leo will give a talk titled "An Investigation on the Assembly of Particles in a Structurally Colored Protease-Responsive Particle Hydrogel—The Role of Particle Size and Charge."
If you will be at MRS, stop by their talks to learn more about their research!
One of our undergraduate students, Lily Granzow, was recently featured in an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program (EIP) student profile on the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) website. We're proud of Lily's hard work!
Click the link below to read the profile and learn more about what Lily has been up to:
Congratulations to Joey for successfully defending his Masters thesis, titled "Developing an in situ sprayable bioscaffold with antimicrobial properties as an emergency burn wound dressing." We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!
Congrats to Dr. Mert Vural and Dr. Adam Behrens on their last publication for their PhD work. Follow the link below to read the manuscript in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
Material Science and Engineering PhD student Becca joins the FML group. She comes to us from the University of Florida. She will be working on magnetodielectric polymer nanocomposites. We are happy to have her in the group!
The FML Lab recently traveled to Strasbourg, France to attend the European Materials Research Society's 2017 Spring Meeting in May. Matt, John, and Leo each presented their work at the conference and took some time to explore the surrounding area. Take a look at some of the photos from the conference and trip below!
Welcome to Kyle Ludwig, a PhD student who has completed his first year in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. He received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 2015. Shortly after completing his bachelors, he worked at the US Federal Drug Administration as a fellow in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for a year, before joining the PhD program in August 2016. We are glad to have you on board!
1st year Joseph Hunter joins the lab. He completed his undergraduate education at University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2016 and holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Glad to have you on board!
Congratulations to our senior graduate students who have defended their proposals last semester!
John L. Daristotle received Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Congrats to John!
Mert successfully defended his PhD thesis and has accepted a post-doc position at Penn State University! Best of luck Dr. Vural!
Along with our collaborators, we published our work on stretchable magnetic composites. Mert was the lead author on the publication. To access the article, click here.
Last month, Dr. Kofinas was awarded U.S. patent 9,252,456 B2 for the solid battery electrolyte, along with a previous lab member, Ayan Ghosh (Ph.D., ChBE ’09).
Congrats to everyone's whose efforts have made this project possible!
The UMD BioE department story can be found here.
Congratulations to Dr. Adam Behrens (now at the Langer Lab) who led a publication in Advanced Materials. Adams's work describes a nanofiber-based surgical sealant with body temperature-mediated adhesion. Congratulations to Adam and co-authors Mike Sikorski and John Daristotle!
Two weeks ago, Leo gave an oral presentation on his and Omar's work regarding enzyme detection through structural color at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Meeting. He was awarded 1st place in the Bioengineering track. Congrats Leo!
Mete was selected for the UMD ASPIRE award for his work with polymer electrolytes! Congratulations Mete!
Three FML members will be presenting at the upcoming Fall MRS meeting!
Mert will be presenting an oral and poster presentation. Matt and Leo(in place of Omar) will also be giving an oral presentation.
We are very excited to share our work with MRS attendees! Stay tuned for presentation times and locations.
Leo presented at the GEM Consortium National Meeting in Boston last week and received 2nd place! Congrats to Leo!
To learn more about GEM, click here.
Congratulations to Dr. Omar Ayyub for his recent publication in ACS Nano! Here Omar describes a protease responsive hydrogel nanocomposite that changes color and increases in mechanical process upon peptide cleavage.
Click here to read the article.
This week Adam presented (to a packed room!) his dissertation regarding hemostatic hydrogel microparticles and in situ blow-spun polymer fibers as surgical sealants. He was successful in defending his thesis and will soon be joining the Langer Lab in MIT!
Leo was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Fellowship. Congrats Leo!