Superseeds & Seeds

Superseed – Defects in 3D Topological Photonic and Acoustic Materials: Challenges Across Length Scales

Funding Period: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021

Principal Investigators

Randall Goldsmith
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Chu Ma
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Co-Investigators

Paul Capagnola
Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Amalio Fernández-Pacheco
Associate Professor, University of Glasgow, School of Physics & Astronomy
Tim Osswald
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Zongfu Yu
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students & Postdocs

Brandon Hacha Boyuan Liu Michael Mattei
Gerardo Mazzei Capote Camila Montoya Ospina Alec Redmann
Emily Shelton Luka Skoric Michael Wang

Seed – Characterization of Electron Transport and Luminescence of Corroded Metal Alloys

Funding Period: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022

Principal Investigators

Jennifer Choy
Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics
Adrien Couet
Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Students & Postdocs

Ricardo Vidrio Maryam Zahedian Hongliang Zhang

Seed – Development of Organic Framework Ion Conductors (OFIC) via Molecular Engineering

Funding Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Principal Investigators

Dawei Feng
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Students & Postdocs

TBD

Seed – Breaking Through the Substrate Bottleneck for Ultra-efficient Visible Emitters: Growth of High Quality InGaN Buffers on Sputtered and Thermally Crystallized ScAlMgO4

Funding Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Principal Investigators

Shubhra Pasayat
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students & Postdocs

Yuting Li

Seed – Heterogeneous Atomic Centers as Tunable Materials for Catalysis and Quantum Information

Funding Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Principal Investigators

Marcel Schreier
Assistant Professor, Chemical an Biological Engineering

Students & Postdocs

Hsiang-Sheng (Johnson) Chen

Seed Highlights

  • (2021) Controlling Waves with 3D Printed Materials

    Materials with a repetitive pattern the same size as the wavelength of a wave can be used to control the wave, causing it to bend, perfectly reflect or transmit, or even turn around corners. Where different patterns meet, even more exotic behavior occurs, including making highways for light or sound that only travel in one direction or where the waves cannot be dissipated. Synthesizing such materials is a major challenge, which  Wisconsin MRSEC researchers have met by adapting a family of 3D printing techniques.

  • (2020) Energy Transfer Inside of a Topological Photonic Materials

    The Wisconsin MRSEC has shown that molecules inside in a type of topological photonic material called a Weyl crystal can exchange energy over much larger distances. The intricate twisting structure of the material uses light to connect one molecule to others much farther away. Developing photonic Weyl crystals may contribute to more efficient LEDs and solar cells and improve molecular sensors.

  • (2020) Machine Learning Algorithms

    The Wisconsin MRSEC has developed machine learning techniques that enable the design of new toxin sensors using liquid crystal droplets that respond to the presence of different bacterial toxins and at extremely low concentrations by changing shape and appearance. Machine learning enables computers to automatically analyze the droplet responses to measure toxin concentration and type automatically at high accuracy. More generally, these results demonstrate that the machine learning approach can quickly extract valuable information from complex datasets.

  • Newly Awarded Superseed and Seed Projects Will Forge Research Paths for MRSEC

    Two Superseed projects and one Seed project have been awarded funding to pursue research as part of the Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Education Center (MRSEC). The collaborative Superseed and Seed projects will enhance the ongoing materials research of the Center and support the exploration of transformative new directions.

  • Calls for Seed and Superseed Proposals Funded by MRSEC

    The Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) seeks proposals for interdisciplinary, collaborative Superseed and Seed projects.

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