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November 25, 2013
Two UWM Physics Groups Publish Paper on Properties of Graphene Interfaced With a Semiconductor
Two UWM Condensed Matter Physics groups, led by Dr. Lian Li and Dr. Michael Weinert, recently published a paper on the electron transport characteristics of graphene on semiconductor surfaces. The study was published in the Nov. 21 issue of Nature Communications and reported intrinsic ripple- and electric field-induced effects at the graphene semiconductor Schottky junction. Their findings reveal fundamental properties of the Schottky junction - a key component of vertical graphene devices. Knowledge of these properties may assist in the future engineering of a transistor with graphene and the creation of other more complicated nano-devices.
November 6, 2013
UWM Physicists Partner in $25M Grant to Image Proteins
A team of five UWM physicists have received a portion (almost $4M) of a recent $25M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for developing three-dimensional images of protein structure and motion. The grant award is being shared between UWM and seven other institutions and will be in effect for five years. The UWM team consists of Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering Abbas Ourmazd, Distinguished Professor of Physics Dilano Saldin, Associate Professor of Physics Marius Schmidt, and Senior Scientists Peter Schwander and Russell Fung. The work at UWM will utilize powerful X-ray lasers to construct atomic level pictures of proteins. These images will potentially assist scientists and physicians in the development of vaccines and other applications.
August 12, 2013
UWM Physicist Part of Team Creating a 3D Imaging Technique for Displaying Molecular-Level Chemical Information
Physics Professor Carol Hirschmugl was part of a collaborative team that combined Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with computed tomography (CT Scans) to create a 3D imaging technique that provides molecular-level chemical information of unprecedented detail with no need to alter the specimen by slicing or staining. The team, comprised of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UWM, published their findings in Nature Methods last week. Full color 3D imaging has biomedical applications but also the potential to show the molecular structure of wood, plants, rocks, biofuels and more, assisting manufacturers and developers in the paper industry, agriculture, energy, and countless other sectors.
August 7, 2013
Dr. Valerica Raicu Chosen as Guest Editor for the International Journal of Molecular Sciences
The Chair of the UWM Physics Department, Dr. Valerica Raicu, was recently chosen to be the Guest Editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. The special issue is titled 'Frontiers of Micro-Spectroscopy in Biological Applications'. This special volume is dedicated to the principles of micro-spectroscopy and its applications to the study of single molecules or molecular complexes in solution or inside living cells.
July 5, 2013
Current and Former UWM Undergraduates in the News.
Two current undergraduate physics majors, Daniel Monge (Physics) and Nick Tillman (Physics and Biochemistry) are members of a UWM team that recently came in with a top five finish in a national business plan competition held at the Space Vision Conference. The team presented their idea for a Technologically Advanced Recharging Platform (TARP) that would provide a reusable, foldable, fire-resistant "cover" for spacecraft landings on other planets. The platform would protect the spacecraft from potentially damaging dust and debris as well as supplying energy to the lander module.
Ms. Gazelle Arga is a UWM graduate (Journalism - 2012) who served as an intern with the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium. Arga found working at the Planetarium to be a wonderful experience and recommended that her current employer (Milwaukee based Harry Bradley Foundation) award a grant to the Planetarium. Based on her recommendation, the Foundation generously approved a $1,000 grant to the Planetarium.