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Professor Ilhan A. Aksay has been named the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Engineering, effective July 1, 2017. Professor Aksay joined Princeton's chemical engineering faculty in 1992. He is the author of more than 380 articles in refereed journals. Prof. Aksay’s ceramic materials laboratory investigates materials manufacturing through the introduction of colloidal processing methods; the use of biologically inspired strategies for the synthesis of compo
This week’s issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the member magazine of the American Chemical Society, features an article on the emerging new generation of supercapacitors, which are aiming to power a broad range of electronic devices, and may even find use in vehicles.  Included in that article is a four-column-inch excerpt from an interview with Ilhan Aksay, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, describing the functionalized graphene invented in his laboratory (now
The Winter 2015 issue EQuad News, the magazine of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), is dedicated to “Idea to Impact:  Entrepreneurship and Princeton Engineering”.  A featured story in this issue describes the founding and growth of Vorbeck Materials by John Lettow ’95, building upon inventions from the laboratory of Ilhan Aksay, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the scalable production and applications of graphene.&
Professors Ilhan A. Aksay and Emily A. Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and an associated faculty member in the department, have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Fellows to the NAI  “have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” The in
“Materials World”, a Freshman Seminar taught by CBE Professor Ilhan Aksay with assistance from Research Scientist Dr. Daniel Dabbs, was recently recently profiled on the Princeton University homepage, in a story entitled “Examining Materials Through Molecules and Over Millennia”.    This course, which was designated the Donald P. Wilson '33 and Edna M. Wilson Freshman Seminar this year, has—for nearly a decade now—introduced students to the
Two CBE faculty—Ilhan Aksay and Athanassios Panagiotopoulos—were recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in the AAAS’ Section on Engineering.  701 new Fellows were elected by the AAAS Council this year, spread across 24 sections.   Fellows are selected for their distinguished contributions to science and technology, and will recognized at a special Fellows Forum at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting (to be held in Bosto
Recent collaborative work from the groups of CBE Professors Ilhan Aksay, Bob Prud’homme, and Rick Register has shown that functional graphene sheets (FGS) make effective multifunctional nano-fillers for several types of elastomers, simultaneously improving mechanical properties, reduce gas permeation, and impart electrical conductivity. This combination of property improvements is unavailable in any other filler, including carbon black and nanoclay, and result from the high aspect ratio an
An article appearing in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces entered the list of top 5 most read articles in May 2012. The article, entitled "Functionalized Graphene Sheets as a Versatile Replacement for Platinum in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells", is based on research done in collaboration with researchers at the Ångström Laboratory of Uppsala University (Sweden), and shows that the catalytic performance of functionalized graphene sheet (FGS) electrodes matches that
R&D Magazine has cited new battery materials developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratoy (PNNL) in collaboration with Vorbeck Materials and Prof. Aksay's group at Princeton as one of the 100 most significant scientific and technological advances of the year. The R&D 100 award recognizes research that demonstrates how small amounts of functionalized graphene sheets dramatically improve the performance and power of lithium-ion batteries, while also significantly reducing the
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Vorbeck Materials as one of three startup companies for the title of "America's Next Top Energy Innovator".  In an announcement made by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Vorbeck was recognized for its work on improving lithium ion batteries, work done in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and researchers in the laboratories of Prof. Ilhan Aksay within the Chemical and Biological Engineering department. A
Princeton University has announced support of research on graphene-based ultracapacitors through funding by the Intellectual Property Development Fund (IPDF), which supports early-stage projects with the potential to transform global technolgies. The supported research is performed by researchers with Professor Ilhan Aksay's within the the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Princeton University. As noted in the University's press release, "Aksay's team is explorin
The January 18 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, mailed to all Princeton alumni, carried as an insert the Winter 2012 issue of the EQuad News, dedicated to “Exploring the Intersection between Engineering and Health”, in which several CBE faculty members were prominently featured.  An article on “Designing New Biological Molecules to Fight Bacteria and Cancer” described the experimental work in the group of Assistant Professor A. James Link on designing antimicrob
The January 2012 issue of Nature Materials reports on the expanding number of graphene-related patents.  Entitled "Exploiting Carbon Flatland", the article describes differences between universities' patenting activities and discusses the strength of university-industry collaborations in both the United States and South Korea.  A table of the "Top 10 ranking of university-related inventors" puts Professors Ilhan Aksay and Robert Prud'homme of the Chemical an
The November 21, 2011, issue of Chemical & Engineering News reports on the commercialization of graphene for use in composites and inks. Although noting that advanced electronic applications still remain on the horizon, the article describes the large scale production of graphene, its use in conductive inks and composites, and the current state of research into the fundamental properties of graphene and its potential contribution to advanced electronics. Quoting John Lettow of Vorbeck Materi
An article on TiO2-graphene nanocomposites has been cited as "What's Hot in Chemistry" by Science Watch. The article "Self-Assembled TiO2-Graphene Hybrid Nanostructures for Enhanced Li-ion Insertion" appears in the journal ACS Nano and describes the synthesis of titanium dioxide-graphene hybrid composites formed under mild, low temperature conditions.
An interview with Prof. Ilhan Aksay appears in Future magazine, a trade publication published by Semcon. In Issue #2 of 2011, Prof. Aksay describes how graphene can help batteries charge much faster, a technology that would revolutionize the development of electric cars. Semcon is a global technology company active in the areas of engineering services and product information, providing customers with innovative engineering solutions.
A recent article in the trade publication +Plastic Electronics describes the use of conductive inks incorporating graphene in the newest form of printed electronics.
Two articles appearing in ACS Nano by Prof. Ilhan Aksay and collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are listed among the Top 20 Most Cited Articles for the Past Three Years ending May 2011. "Ternary Self-Assembly of Ordered Metal Oxide-Graphene Nanocomposites for Electrochemical Energy Storage" shows that SnO2-graphene nanocomposite films can achieve near theoretical specific energy density without significant charge/discharge degradation. "Self-Assembled
A recent Chemistry of Materials article by Prof. Ilhan Aksay and collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ranks within the Top 10 Most Read Articles for the first quarter of 2011. The article describes the synthesis and performance of PtAu alloy nanoparticles dispersed on graphene for use as electrocatalysts. The composite is especially useful for the oxidation of formic acid, a process of interest in fuel cells.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has issued a press release describing a new method for stabilizing platinum nanoparticles on graphene. This work, in a paper recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, describes the use of metal oxide nanoparticles to stabilize a fuel cell catalyst on graphene, thereby increasing the expected lifetime and chemical activity of the catalytic material.
Ilhan Aksay, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and associated faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been elected as a primary member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). TÜBA is an autonomous body which determines its organizational structure and activities on the principle of scientific merit. The Academy strives to promote adoption of and strict adherence to scientific ethics both by its own members and by th
Vorbeck Materials Corporation (Jessup, MD) and the role of faculty from the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in its founding and development are highlighted in a recent report from The Science Coalition on "Sparking Economic Growth -- How federally funded university research creates innovation, new companies and jobs" (April 2010).
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in collaboration with Prof. Ilhan Aksay at Princeton University have shown that single-stranded DNA can be promptly adsorbed onto functionalized graphene via hydrophobic and π-stacking interactions.
The members of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee have announced the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) PUF Laureates for 2010. Included in the 12 laureates is the joint program between Princeton University, Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan. Professors Ilhan Aksay of Princeton and Fabien Miomandre of ENS-Cachan will lead the collaborative effort on Electrically Conducting Polymer Graphene Nanocomposites.
Ilhan Aksay, Professor of Chemical Engineering and associated faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), in a press release issued today.
A recent article in ACS Nano describing the enhanced burning of the propellant nitromethane has been highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology.
An article published in ACS Nano on the self-assembly of TiO2-graphene hybrid nanostructures is now in the journal's list of "most downloaded" articles for the past 12 months.
Prof. Ilhan Aksay and a team of researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory demonstrated that 2 nm diameter platinum particles could be uniformly deposited on FGSs, increasing the electrochemical surface area and concomitant oxygen reduction activity. The results were reported in a recent issue of Electrochemistry Communications (volume 11, 2009) and this article is currently the most downloaded and the "hottest article" of the journal over the past three months.
John Lettow, ChE '95, president and co-founder of Vorbeck Materials in Maryland, uses the research of ChE Profs. Ilhan Aksay and Robert Prud'homme to produce commercial quantities of graphene for use in composite materials, electronics, and energy storage devices, among many other potential applications.
A description of the preparation and properties of graphene sheets published in 2006 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B has been cited as one of the "most-read" papers for the past 12 months ending June 2009. The Princeton University research team, includes ChE Profs. Aksay, Prud'homme, and Saville (deceased).
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.
A Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) team, led by Professor Ilhan Aksay of Princeton Chemical Engineering, has been awarded $7.5M over five years by the Army Research Office for "Innovative Design and Processing of Multi-Functional Adaptive Structural Materials".
The cover story in the March 2 issue of Chemical & Engineering is about graphene: a single atomic sheet of carbon considered to be "one of the hottest topics in materials science these days".
A new technique for printing extraordinarily thin lines quickly over wide areas could lead to larger, less expensive and more versatile electronic displays as well new medical devices, sensors and other technologies.
Professor Ilhan Aksay has been named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).
A team of experts in materials synthesis, processing, and computation at Harvard and Princeton Universities has been selected for research funding under the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The goals of this new MURI are to understand the nature and mechanisms of formation of electrets and to design and fabricate new electret materials and structures. Profs. George M. Whitesides (Harvard) and Ilhan A. Aksay (Princeton) will head the project,