“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
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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 matter, understanding surfaces and interfaces 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.
We are grateful to the following organizations for supporting our work.
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|Feb. 7, 2019
||Our work on self-stiffening ((ST3R) composites is featured in Material Horizons most popular articles. Congratulations Boyce and co-authors.|
|Feb. 6, 2019||Congratulations Jiahao, Thomas, Atte and Boyce. Their paper on interface odd-even effects is featured on PCCP 2018 HOT Articles|
|Jan. 24, 2019||Congratulations Martin on winning the IINSPIRE LSAMP Excellence in Mentoring Award!|
|Dec. 14, 2018||Congratulations Dr. Chang! Well deserved!
|Nov 26, 2018||Prof. Thuo presents an invited plenary talk on our work on frugal engineering at the UN blue economy conference.
|Nov 5, 2018||Dr Boyce Chang is featured in CoE news for his teaching and mentoring awards. Congratulations!|
|Oct 31, 2018||Congratulations Dr. Boyce Chang on successfully defending your PhD thesis!|
|Oct 5, 2018||Congratulations Boyce Chang for well-deserved recognition through the graduate college ‘Research excellence’ and ‘Teaching Excellence’ awards!|
|Sept 12, 2018
||Our collaborative work with SMS lab is featured in cyclone engineering research.|
|Sept 5, 2018||A collaborative paper with prof. Yoon’s OMML group is accepted in JACS!|
|Aug 28, 2018||Congratulations Martin for getting the Best Paper in the Coll:nanomaterials session at ACS National Meeting Boston!|
|Aug 20, 2018||Our paper (a collaboration with Prof. Yoon’s OMML group) is accepted in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.|
|Aug 17, 2018||We are delighted to receive support from U.S. department of energy through a joint proposal with Sep-All.|
|Aug 17, 2018||From Stanford to space! Kudos to Atte for a 2018-2019 Iowa Space Consortium fellowship!|
|Aug 7, 2018||Congratulations to Andrew for passing the preliminary exam!|
|Aug 3, 2018||Congratulations to Andrew for ‘best poster award’ at the Nano@IAState conference|
|Aug 3, 2018||Congratulation to Boyce, for being selected to give a graduate student talk at the Nano@IAState conference|
|July 19, 2018||Congratulations Paul, Andrew and Boyce for a paper accepted in Frontiers in Chemistry!|
|July 5, 2018
||A collaborative work with Badu-Tawiah’s group is published in Anal. Chem.!|
|June 22, 2018||Thanks tec21 for supporting a month long visit to our collaborators at 3SR Labs|
|May 17, 2018||Boyce visits SUTD and gives a talk in Singapore!|
|May 2, 2018||Our work on ST3R composite has been awarded 2018 TechConnect Innovation award!|
|May 1, 2018||Boyce and team featured on the cover of Macromol rapid commn!|
|Apr. 16, 2018||Congratulations to Boyce, Andrew, Paul, Shawn, Souvik and Millicent for a paper accepted in MRS Advances!|
|Apr. 12, 2018||Congratulations to Joel, Boyce, Andrew et. al. for a paper accepted in ACSnano!!|
|Apr. 11, 2018||Congratulations to Andrew for winning the best oral presentation award at the GPSS symposium|
|Mar. 8, 2018||Martin featured as researcher of the month by ACS Poly.
|Mar. 1, 2018||Check out Materials Today for more coverage on smart composite.|
|Feb. 20, 2018||Another coverage on smart composite. design-engineering.com|
|Feb. 19, 2018||More media coverage on smart composite on WHO Channel 13 News!|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Our work on smart composite (ST3R) is featured on phys.org!
|Feb. 12, 2018||Congratulations to Boyce and team on accepted paper on Macromolecular Rapid Communications!|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Congratulations to Jiahao for receiving the IINSPIRE-LSAMP Mentor award!
|Feb. 1, 2018||Congratulations to Mario, Boyce and team for an accepted paper in ACS Omega!|
|Jan. 23, 2018||Congratulations to Boyce, Ravi (Bartlett group) and team for an accepted paper in Materials Horizons!|
|Jan. 22, 2018||Our research on surface and interface engineering has received funding from John Deere!|
|Jan. 12, 2018||Prof. Thuo will be giving a seminar for the ECpE department on January 22nd on affordable sensors and devices on flexible platforms|
|Jan. 12, 2018||Congratulations to Jiahao, Atte, Joe and Boyce for a paper accepted in Phys. Chem Chem. Phys.|
|Jan. 4, 2018||Congratulations to Atte and Andrea for receiving funding support from the IINSPIRE-LSAMP program!|
|Jan. 4, 2018||Congratulations Boyce on passing the preliminary exam!|
|Jan. 3, 2018||Read about Dr. Jiahao Chen, and his unique research experience as a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher. Iowa State Engineering News|
|Dec. 15, 2017||Congratulation to Dr. Jiahao Chen and Joel Cutinho on their commencement. All the best in your next ventures at Northwestern (Dr. Chen) and Silicon Valley (Joel)!|
|Dec. 4, 2017||Congratulations to Atte Kadoma for an Iowa Space Consortium grant award!|
|Nov. 28, 2017||We are on the cover of Langmuir!! Congratulations Jiahao and team|
|Nov. 28, 2017||Congratulations to Dr. Jiahao Chen and Dr. Stephanie Oyola for wonderful postdoctoral offers at Northwestern University and Harvard University respectively.|
|Oct. 13, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao and team for a paper accepted in J. Phy. Chem. C|
|Oct. 9, 2017||Congratulations to Atte Kadoma for winning 2nd place at the Annual LSMCE Conference in Indianapolis!|
|Sep. 5, 2017||Congratulations to Joel for successfully defending his MS thesis!|
|Aug. 4, 2017||Congratulations to Dr. Jiahao Chen for an invited feature article accepted in Langmuir!|
|Jul. 12, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao Chen for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Way to go Dr. Chen.|
|May. 15, 2017||Welcomes Mario Fratzl, visiting scholar from Institut Néel – CNRS, Université Grenoble.|
|May. 4, 2017||Stephanie graduates as PhD #1 from the group. Congratulations Stephanie.|
|May. 3, 2017||Congratulations to Stephanie on being awarded a Rohit Trivedi Award|
|May. 3, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao Chen on being awarded a Melba and Karl Gschneidner Go for the Gold Student Research Prize|
|May. 2, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao and colleagues for an accepted paper in ACSomega!|
|May. 2, 2017||Congratulations to Boyce and colleagues for an accepted paper in polymer chemistry!|
|Apr. 26, 2017||Delighted to have been honored with a faculty research excellence award by the department! Way to go team!
|Apr. 4, 2017||Congratulations Stephanie for ‘Best 3MT’ presentation award!|
|Mar. 13, 2017||We are featured as a ‘must-see-presenter’ in the Spring 2017 ACS conference!
|Mar. 7, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao and team, our work is featured on the back cover of Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
|Feb. 4, 2017||Congratulations to Jiahao and team for their paper in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.!|
|Feb. 4, 2017||Congratulations Boyce on being awarded the LSAMP-IINSPIRE mentor award!|
|Jan. 1, 2017||Congratulations to Stephanie and team for their paper accepted in Biomicrofluidics! Way to begin the year!|
|Dec. 19, 2016||Stephanie passes her prelims, Congratulations!|
|Dec. 15, 2016||Our research is named as one of top research advances in 2016 by the C&EN news (American Chemical Society)
|Nov. 29, 2016||Congratulations Chris, our RIF award for work on separation is featured by the department!!|
|Nov. 29, 2016||Jiahao and Stephanie honored with ‘Research Excellence Award’ by the graduate college. Congratulations!|
|Nov. 29, 2016||Jiahao passes his prelims, congratulations!|
|Nov. 16, 2016||Our Research (through Safi-Tech) wins the 2016 technical development – materials award in Printed electronics at the IDTechEx
|Aug. 31, 2016||Congratulations to Jiahao and Stephanie for their accepted papers in J. Mat. Chem. A, Langmuir, and RSC Advances! Way to start the semester!|
|Aug. 12, 2016||We made news again, this time on Ames tribune!|
|Aug. 8, 2016||We are in the news! See our coverage in NBC affiliate WHO13!|
|Aug. 5, 2016||Welcome Joseph Giroux, our 2016/17 McNair scholar!|
|Jun. 16, 2016||Our group has been awarded a regents RIF phase II grant!|
|May. 20, 2016||Our work is featured in BNR1 radio (Dutch)|
|May. 4, 2016||Welcome Gio, our summer LSAMP IINSPIRE intern.|
|May. 4, 2016||Congratulations to our graduating class, we wish you all the best in the next chapter of your career|
|May. 4, 2016||Congratulations to Jake who is headed to UC Berkeley!!|
|Mar. 11, 2016||More coverage, we are in the C&EN!|
|Mar. 4, 2016||More news coverage of our heat-free soldering!|
|Mar. 4, 2016||We are in the news! Our paper on under-cooled particles is feature in Nature News!
|Feb. 4, 2016||Congratulations to Simge, Ian and Jiahao for getting their paper accepted in scientific reports!|
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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).