“Cheap, functional, reliable things unleash the creativity of people who then build stuff that you could not imagine. There’s no way of predicting the Internet based on the first transistor” …. George M. Whitesides
About our research
Our group is interested in frugal science/innovation, the ability to minimize cost and complexity while providing efficient solutions to better the human conditions. We are, by necessity, an inter-disciplinary physical-organic/materials research group interested in engineering soft materials, understanding surfaces and interfaces, and, achieving this through matter transport at all size scales. Our research focuses on the development of a generalized framework for engineering structures and ultimately functional devices via self-assembly and/or stacking of molecules, films, or layers of materials, to introduce new function(s) or utility.
13-Oct-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao and team for a paper accepted in J. Phy. Chem. C
09-Oct-2017 Congratulations to Atte Kadoma for winning 2nd place at the Annual LSMCE Conference in Indianapolis!
05-Sept-2017 Congratulations to Joel for successfully defending his MS thesis!
04-Aug-2017 Congratulations to Dr. Jiahao Chen for an invited feature article accepted in Langmuir!
12-July-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao Chen for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Way to go Dr. Chen.
15-May-2017 Welcomes Mario Fratzl, visiting scholar from Institut Néel – CNRS, Université Grenoble.
04-May-2017 Stephanie graduates as PhD #1 from the group. Congratulations Stephanie.
02-May-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao and colleagues for an accepted paper in ACSomega!
03-May-2017 Congratulations to Stephanie on being awarded a Rohit Trivedi Award
03-May-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao Chen on being awarded a Melba and Karl Gschneidner Go for the Gold Student Research Prize
02-May-2017 Congratulations to Boyce and colleagues for an accepted paper in polymer chemistry!
26-April-2017 Delighted to have been honored with a faculty research excellence award by the department! Way to go team!
04-April-2017 Congratulations Stephanie for ‘Best 3MT’ presentation award!
13-Mar-2017 We are featured as a ‘must-see-presenter’ in the Spring 2017 ACS conference!
07-Mar-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao and team, our work is featured on the back cover of Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
04-Feb-2017 Congratulations to Jiahao and team for their paper in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.!
04-Feb-2017 Congratulations Boyce on being awarded the LSAMP-IINSPIRE mentor award!
01-Jan-2017 Congratulations to Stephanie and team for their paper accepted in Biomicrofluidics! way to begin the year!
19-Dec-2016 Stephanie passes her prelims, Congratulations!
15-Dec-2016 Our research is named as one of top research advances in 2016 by the C&EN news (American Chemical Society)
29-Nov-2016 Congratulations Chris, our RIF award for work on separation is featured by the department!!
2016-11-29 Jiahao and Stephanie honored with ‘Research Excellence Award’ by the graduate college. Congratulations!
2016-11-29 Jiahao passes his prelims, congratulations!
2016-11-16 Our Research (through Safi-Tech) wins the 2016 technical development – materials award in Printed electronics at the IDTechEx
2016-08-31 Congratulations to Jiahao and Stephanie for their accepted papers in J. Mat. Chem. A, Langmuir, and RSC Advances! Way to start the semester!
2016-08-12 We made news again, this time on Ames tribune!
2016-08-08 We are in the news! See our coverage in NBC affiliate WHO13!
2016-08-05 Welcome Joseph Giroux, our 2016/17 McNair scholar!
2016-06-16 Our group has been awarded a regents RIF phase II grant!
2016-05-20 Our work is featured in BNR1 radio (Dutch)
2016-05-04 Welcome Gio, our summer LSAMP IINSPIRE intern.
2016-05-04 Congratulations to our graduating class, we wish you all the best in the next chapter of your career
2016-05-04 Congratulations to Jake who is headed to UC Berkeley!!
2016-03-11 More coverage, we are in the C&EN!
2016-03-04 More news coverage of our heat-free soldering!
2016-03-04 We are in the news! Our paper on undercooled particles is feature in Nature News!
2016-02-04 Congratulations to Simge, Ian and Jiahao for getting their paper accepted in scientific reports!
2015-12-01 The group is awarded a Regents Innovation grant! Congratulations to Ian, Simge and team!
2015-12-01 Our idea on origami structural buildings made it to the semi-finals of the Elsevier green & sustainable chemistry award!
2015-10-20 Congratulations to Stephanie and co-workers for having their paper feature as a reprint in a special issue on ‘Low cost devices for point-of-care,food and environmental analysis’ in the journal Talanta (IF 3.55)
2015-07-30 Congratulations to Stephanie (G3) for a GMAP fellowship award
2015-06-12 Congratulations to Prof. Thuo and Jiahao Chen (G2) who were awarded a Catron Fellowship to pursue research on energy materials
2015-04-30 Prof. Thuo is elected a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
2015-04-16 Prof. Thuo writes a guest blog on collaboration between ISU and Kenyatta University on the CoE Dean’s website Link
2015-02-09 Our research on particle synthesis (SLICE) is highlighted by CoE Link
2015-02-02 Prof. Martin Thuo was named “Black & Veatch building a world of difference faculty fellow”
2015-01-30 Prof. Martin Thuo invited to give a talk at the 2015 EMN-Droplets conference Link
2015-01-13 Prof. Thuo invited to give a talk at the 2015 ICMAT conference. Link
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames. Link
Microelectronic Research Center, Iowa State University, Ames. Link
Biopolymers Biocomposites Research Team, Iowa State University, Ames. Link
Center for Biopolymers & Biocomposites (CB2), Iowa State University, Ames. Link
Center for Crop Utilization Research, Iowa State University, Ames. Link
We are looking for talented Post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students. Please contact Prof. Thuo (mthuo at iastate.edu).