July, 16th, 2014

ctors' message: 

 The UW Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium now has two co-directors. Yes -- unfortunately, Jon McCarthy has retired as the Director of Shared User Facilities as of June 30th, 2014, leaving us in charge with big shoes to fill. During his last eight years, he brought together the loosely organized core facilities and helped to bring in multiple millions of dollars of critical instrumentation and equipment to keep UW Madison and the College of Engineering at the forefront of materials research and development.  We sincerely thank Jon for his dedication and years of service and wish him happiness and good luck  with his retirement! However, you are probably asking "Who are we?" We are Felix Lu and Erin Gill and we have been working closely with Jon since last summer. Felix Lu is currently an associate instrumentation innovator who was working with Jon on industrial outreach and also spends part of his time as a staff member at the Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics.  Felix received his Ph.D. in electronic materials science from UC San Diego. He has worked at the Boeing Company on reliability studies of satellite electronics and photonics components, Duke University as a research scientist and co-founded a startup company in North Carolina (founded in 2006) that designs and manufactures high performance optical MEMS based devices for optical switching and related applications. Erin received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UW Madison and has a M.S. in physics. She has worked at a startup company in Indiana that develops customized intravital imaging solutions for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries and more recently in technology transfer at WiSys Technology Foundation. She is currently the administrative director of MRSEC.


We have a summer newsletter that has a lot of exciting (and hopefully useful!) information about events, features and perks offered through the university by being a member of the consortium. Please let us know how we are doing and if you would like to see the newsletter focus on a particular topic or topics.  

You should note that the upcoming annual AMIC meeting will be on Friday, September 26th, 2014 (more details below!) where you can learn about current student projects and expertise which can help your company, instrumentation highlights at our core facilities, and amazing research topics at UW Madison which will expand your horizons!
Best regards,
Felix Lu and Erin Gill



Facilities Days Open House event
The Shared Instruments Open House and M3S meeting
  The first Shared Instrumentation Open house was co-hosted with the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (M3S) meeting on in-situ Microscopy on June 5-6, 2014. The three feature instruments at the UW Madison Materials Science Center were the Bruker Bio-AFM, the Ziess confocal laser scanning microscope, and the Thermo K-alpha X-ray photo electron spectroscopy machine.   We enjoyed meeting and talking with the vendors, company representatives and students. Check out the pictures below! We would appreciate any feedback you have about the event and/or future events. Additional questions or comments? Please send them to Felix Lu or Erin Gill.

Break time between talks at the M3S meeting in the vendor table area.

Jon McCarthy giving a facilities overview.

Poster session during the Thursday open house event.

Jon Thorton of Bruker showing features of the BioAFM.

Technical session at the M3S meeting on Friday in the Mechanical Engineering Building.

A new trans-disciplinary research institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering will drive technological breakthroughs that will enhance the success of U.S. industries and drive economic growth in the nation.

Funded with a $25 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation, the Grainger Institute for Engineering will foster new discoveries and build the university's global reputation as a leader in driving advances that help solve critical technological challenges. 

"The positive and transformative effects of this investment within the College of Engineering will resonate throughout the state and our nation far into the future," says UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "Through innovation in advanced manufacturing technologies and education of the workforce, the Institute will accelerate the renaissance of the U.S. manufacturing industry and enhance the nation's economy."
 [From http://www.news.wisc.edu/22930]

SBIR Funding Opportunities
The 2014 BIO International Convention has partnered with the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies in a newly-created Innovation Zone. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in Research/R&D with the potential for commercialization. Companies are rigorously vetted through the NIH and NSF SBIR review process prior to receiving the funding. The majority of participating companies in the Innovation Zone have received SBIR Phase II grants, which provide up to $1 million dollars in funding to engage in R&D that has the potential for commercialization.
[Excerpted from http://convention.bio.org/innovationzone/]
Instrumentation News / Instrument features highlight
Optical Profilers (profilometers) from ZYGO are white light interferometer systems, offering fast, non-contact, high-precision 3D optical profiling of surface features. See below for examples of data collected using this instrument! Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the capabilities and features of this instrument.

The small angle x-ray scattering technique allows determination of small structural features in wide variety of samples (liquid, colloid, layered, etc.) with the significant advantage that samples do not need to be crystallized thus saving significant sample preparation time. The instrument has a very long profile to collimate the incoming x-ray beam. The 2D X-ray detector sits directly behind the sample and measures the small angle scattered x-rays off the main transmitted beam. Divergence of the main beam reduces the ability to discern smaller scatter angles and eliminates valuable information about the sample.

Sample data:

Figure 1. Azimuthally-integrated small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) pattern associated with the self-assembly of quaternary ammonium gemini surfactant in water (85.1 wt% surfactant), which spontaneously adopts a thermodynamically-driven bicontinuous cubic morphology known as the double gyroid. This data was obtained at 100 �C using the Rigaku SMAX-3000 High Brilliance SAXS Instrument located in the UW-Madison Materials Science Center, which enables characterization of the nanoscale morphologies of various materials having periodic structures in the range ~5-100 nm over a temperature range -196 to 300 �C. [Image Credit: G. P. Sorenson and M. K. Mahanthappa]

Brief description beyond the figure caption:


Lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) are self-assembled materials derived from the spontaneous, concentration-dependent self-assembly of surfactants in water into nanoperiodic structures exhibit well-defined aqueous and hydrophobic domains. Because of the molecular lengthscale associated with this supramolecular self-assembly process, LLC morphologies adopted by small molecule surfactant exhibit nanoscale periodicities at the 5-10 nm lengthscale. Bicontinuous cubic LLCs, comprising interpenetrating aqueous and hydrophobic domains that percolate over macroscopic distances, are of particular interest due to their potential utility in applications ranging from therapeutic delivery to templates for inorganic nanomaterials and new ion conducting polymer membranes.

Using the Rigaku SMAX-3000 High Brilliance small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) instrument housed in the UW-Madison Materials Science Center, the Mahanthappa Research group has discovered new classes of surfactants that favor the formation of useful bicontinuous cubic phases such as the double gyroid morphology. The Linkam hot stage associated with this SAXS instrument enables temperature-dependent SAXS analyses over the range -196 to 300 �C.

Let us know if you have an interest in learning more about this instrument!
We will be at the Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium, July 21-22, 2014 in Eau Claire
The seventh annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium will be held on July 21-22, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Davies Center. WSTS 2014 will celebrate some of the groundbreaking research occurring throughout the state, and offer attendees the opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds in Wisconsin.

We hope that WSTS 2014 will give attendees a new perspective on UW System research at the comprehensive campuses, while also facilitating partnerships and connections across campuses and industries. We look forward to seeing you in July!

WiSys Technology Foundation extends the mission, goals and objectives of its affiliate, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, to benefit 11 four-year campuses and 13 two-year colleges of the University of Wisconsin System. WiSys also serves UW-Extension.

While WARF supports research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by protecting and licensing the inventions of its scientists, WiSys provides research, patent and licensing support to other UW System campuses. Revenue from these patent and licensing activities is invested to secure future growth of the research enterprise and proceeds are distributed by WARF and WiSys to UW-Madison and UW System entities.

Since 2000, WiSys has done much to advance research at UW System campuses and played a critical role in transforming technology into jobs. As a key link between the campuses of the UW System and the statewide business community, WiSys remains committed to identifying synergies and invigorating partnerships that will help address Wisconsin's critical educational and economic challenges.
[Excerpted from https://www.wisys.org]

For more information, please contact Felix Lu or Erin Gill.
Save the date! Fall AMIC annual meeting:

The Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium is scheduled to be on
Friday, September 26th, 2014.
 This event gives commercial partners additional avenues to collaborate with students and faculty in advanced materials research across the UW-Madison campus. The consortium facilitates interaction with university resources through a wide range of paths, including:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Shared instrumentation
  • Sponsored research and facilities use agreements
  • become a visiting industrial researcher at UW-Madison
  • Early access to student and postdoctoral researchers
  • Annual meeting and shared instrument facilities open house
  • Consulting opportunities
  • Opportunities for input into research directions and planning via Member Feed back Session at the annual meeting
  • Quarterly Newsletters with updated student, faculty and state of the art research; recent selected publications and highlights from the news. 
  • Access to prospective student interns
  • Invitation to an annual program review of research highlights presented by faculty, researchers, and students
  • Access to shared instrumentation in university laboratories
  • Collaboration by a visiting industrial fellow in residence in a UW-Madison laboratory. Details of the collaboration and residence period for hosted research may depend on the facility.

Featured presenters and topics will include:

For more information, please contact Felix Lu or Erin Gill.
WCAM self guided tours
Have you ever walked by the WCAM Cleanroom on the third floor of the Engineering Centers Building and peered inside but didn't know what you were looking at?
You are always welcome to ask the staff for a guided tour or for specific questions, but you are also welcome to browse the new posters beside selected bays which describe the instruments, their capabilities and a description of the physics behind their operation. Don't know if we can help you do a certain task? Please ask! We can pattern small features, deposit or selectively remove metal and/or dielectric layers, package devices, bond wafers, help you characterize your thin films and devices, and hopefully find solutions to your problems!
The cleanroom is class 10/100/1000, has eight bays and has almost 10,000 square feet of space dedicated to patterning, depositing, growing, and etching thin metal/dielectric films as well as packaging devices, wirebonding, wafer bonding, and a variety of characterization equipment. Parking in Lot 17 is right next door to the Engineering Centers Building and you can even look ahead to see how many spaces are left before you make your trip!

Materials Research Highlights/ in the News
MRSEC Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop (BREW),      October 21, 2014
The UW MRSEC "Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop" (BREW) will feature research from the many facets of the UW MRSEC group presented by each IRG.  Also, there will be a presentation by the Interdisciplinary Education Group and a poster session.  Dinner will feature a keynote speaker.

Recent faculty news & publications
Isabella Slufarska

Materials Science Professor Isabella Slufarska and CBE Professor David Lynn were honored with  a Romnes faculty fellowships.  

Romnes awards recognize exceptional  faculty members who have earned tenur

e within the last six years. Selected by a Graduate School committee, winners receive an unrestricted $50,000

award for research, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The award is named for the late H. I. Romnes, former chairman of the board of AT&T and former president of the WARF Board of Trustees.   


Professor Slufarska is part of the Computational Materials Group (CMG) which uses uses atomic scale modeling to understand and design new materials. They employ highly accurate ab initio (first-principles) techniques to study electronic structure and energetics of smaller systems, and interatomic potential modeling on massively parallel computers to study up to hundreds of millions of atoms. These core approaches are combined with a wide-range of other atomistic metho

David Lynn 

ds, including Monte Carlo, coarse graining, data mining, thermodynamics, and statistical physics. These tools allow deep and quantitative examination of materials phenomena over an extensive range of time and length scales.   


Professor Lynn  works on (i) the design and synthesis of functional organic materials and (ii) the fabrication and physical characterization of macromolecular assemblies, nanoscale materials, and interfaces, with particular interests in the design of functional polyelectrolytes, reactive polymers, and developing solutions to problems of biomedical and biotechnological importance. His research is conducted in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative training environment that provides opportunities for students with backgrounds and interests in chemistry, engineering, biology, materials science, medicine, and the pharmaceutical sciences.  


UW Materials Science in the news

Using a state-of-the-art microscope and new methods in image processing, a multi-institutional team of researchers has devised an inventive way to measure the positions of single atomic sites in materials more precisely than ever before.

In a paper published June 11, 2014, in the journal Nature Communications, the team demonstrated the ability to locate atoms in high-resolution images of materials to better than one picometer, or one-hundredth of a nanometer. That is more than five times better than previous imaging methods.  



A new certificate in sustainability will be available to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning this fall.

The Sustainability Certificate, offered through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with support from the Office of Sustainability, will allow students to diversify their major course of study with interdisciplinary coursework in sustainability principles and application to real-world challenges.

The program culminates in a "Sustainability in Practice" capstone course that challenges students to work with peers and sustainability professionals to identify and address an existing issue on the UW-Madison campus, such as energy use, waste management, food systems, or transportation.

"Solving society's complex sustainability problems requires interdisciplinary teams. We will be drawing undergraduates from all across campus to learn together about sustainability principles and how to apply them by engaging in actual projects and activities on our campus," says Office of Sustainability co-director and chair of civil and environmental engineering Craig Benson. "This training will give our students a advantageous position in the job market with the breadth of employers who are looking for employees with unique knowledge and skills in sustainability."




Materials Science and Engineering & related topics

  • Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials, MSE 541, MWF, 9:55 am, Instructed by  Prof. Rod Lakes. Principles of the mechanics of solid multiphase systems. Role of heterogeneity and anisotropy in determining physical properties including elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Applications in lightweight structures, ultrastrong materials, materials for protection of the body, and materials for the replacement of human tissues. Materials with fibrous, lamellar, particulate, and cellular structures. Heterogeneous materials of biological origin. Biomimetic and bio-inspired materials.
  • Synthetic Chemistry of Macromolecules, Chem 654 (2 or 3 credits), TuTh, 9:30 - 10:45 am, Instructed by Prof. Mahesh K. Mahanthappa, This course will introduce fundamental topics in synthetic polymer chemistry, with an emphasis on the underlying kinetics and mechanisms of these useful chemical reactions that enable control over various molecular parameters and bulk materials properties.  

MRSEC acknowledgements

If you are using an instrument that is MRSEC funded (it will say near the instrument), please remember to acknowledge this in any publications. This will serve as a metric for how often MRSEC funded instruments are used and will help continue MRSEC support in future years. Thanks! If you have any questions, please contact Felix Lu.

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Fall career fair dates
The College of Engineering Career fair will be held Sept. 22-24 at Union South. The AMIC annual meeting will be held  after that on Friday, Sept. 26th!

Student tour groups of your facility
Industrial facilities tours?
Are you interested in showing off your facility to interested student groups? Do you want to increase exposure of what your company does to encourage higher application rates and get student interns? Hosting a tour might be a good start! Please contact Felix Lu or Erin Gill to initiate this!

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