MACES Faculty and Graduate Student Reach for the Stars with Solar Cells
September 18th, 2019
Professors Sayantani Ghosh and David Strubbe and their students in the Department of Physics are working on a NASA initiative to fabricate solar cells in space and turn sunlight into electricity. Article by Lorena Anderson.
UC Merced is #1
September 13th, 2019
The extremely popular and highly touted U.S. News & World Report annual educational ranking, placed UC Merced at number one for outperforming expected graduation rates. UC Merced placed fourth among institutions less than 50 years old, according to the latest Young University ranking by The Times Higher Education.
MACES Summer Undergraduate Researcher, Josue Banuelos, Looks Forward to giving back to the community
September 11th, 2019
Dr. Ashlie Martini hosted Merced College undergraduate student, Josue Banuelos, for a summer research fellowship. Josue has since transferred to UC Merced and is now involved with CalTeach activities on campus with the plan of becoming a high school math teacher. Keep up the great work, Josue!
MACES Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 2019-20
September 3rd, 2019
MACES is looking forward to hosting UC Merced undergraduate researchers. Students will participate in at least 10/hrs of research activities a week and attend monthly professional development workshops. Professor Sayantani Ghosh will lead the training with support from the STEM Resource Center and Dr. Petia Gueorguieva.
August 29th, 2019
MACES hosted a Mixer for faculty and students to celebrate the new semester and show appreciation for affiliates’ continued research and mentoring efforts. Guests were treated to dinner, drinks, and games.
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy System
June 23rd, 2019
The Department of Defense has awarded instrument funds to purchase a state-of-the-art X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system for accelerating nanomaterial-based research. The grant was led by Prof. Minhwa Lee with the support of eight other faculty members. Among them, seven are MACES faculty members. This instrument along with the other two newly acquired pieces of equipment complement each other to offer a comprehensive material characterization ability. Our material analysis capability now gives us a state-of-the-art capability on par, or perhaps better, than that of other UCs in certain aspects.
Science Studio Interview
May 19th, 2019
MACES faculty, David Strubbe, was interviewed about our MACES project on MoS2 among other topics, on Science Studio of National Public Radio station KTEP. Article link.
Spring 2019 Commencement
May 18th, 2019
Our MACES undergraduate student fellow, Victoria Arias worked at Prof. Lu’s lab, was selected as a student speaker for the Class of 2019 Student. Article link.
May 13th, 2019
Linda Hirst, MACES affiliate faculty won the prestigious Hilsum Medal. Congrats.
NSF Career Award
May 6th, 2019
UC Merced Prof. Anand Subramaniam, one of the founding faculty members for MACES has won the prestigious NSF Career award. Congrats. Synthetic Cell Research
MACES Get Together
May 1st, 2019
Our MACES faculty had lunch with MACES student assistants and undergraduate students who will graduate this year. Thank you Nanditha and Carol for all your hard work and dedication.
MACES Advisory Board Meeting
April 29th, 2019
MACES held its 4th advisory board meeting at Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz. Our board lauded the Center’s progress in bolstering student training, increasing research productivity and making significant strides in aligning research with NASAs missions. We also discussed strategies for renewal with the board offering valuable suggestions.
MACES Spring Social
April 5th, 2019
Over 40 students and faculty attended the MACES spring social gathering. During this event, MACES graduate students presented updates on their research and future plans. The time was an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas, support peers and building collaboration. We plan on hosting a similar event during this summer.
March 7th, 2019
MACES has expanded its collaborations with additional NASA centers, opening more opportunities for students interested in summer internships. The following 10 students are listed below:
Graduate Students' Visit
Feb 22nd, 2019
UC Merced hosted its Graduate Student Visitation Weekend. Prospective students were invited students from all over the United States to learn about our various graduate programs available. During the visit, they met with faculty and graduate students, and toured our state-of-the-art research facilities. MACES faculty were actively involved with introducing the visitors the unique NASA research opportunities at MACES.
CSU Reachout Event
Feb 8th, 2019
The STEM and MACES directors, Petia Gueorguieva and Jennifer Lu visited CSU Stanislaus to introduce students to the MACES summer undergraduate research experience program as well as the multi-disciplinary graduate program.
Warren Nanny awarded NASA Fellowship
Jan 15th, 2019
MACES graduate student , Warren Nanny, was recently awarded with the prestigious NASA fellowship. Congrats. Article Link
November 14th, 2018
MACES hosted another faculty retreat! During this retreat, in the morning, we brainstormed several important topics including our research strengths, possible foci for future grant writings as well as collaboration opportunities. In the afternoon, faculty were divided into 3 groups to formulate approaches to enhance outreach, undergraduate and graduate training activities.
Hakeem M. Oluseyi Visit
October 19th, 2018
MACES invited Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology and he is also known for hosting popular science television shows including “Outrageous Acts of Science,” “How the Universe Works,” etc. to our campus on October 19th 2018. Dr. Oluseyi delivered a talk “Hacking the Stars”, which was about his personal story of transformation from poverty and crime to a life of service, honor, and achievement. The auditorium room was overfilled with enthusiastic students eager to listen to Dr. Oluseyi’s talk. Many stayed behind after the presentation because they were inspired by his talk. In the afternoon, Dr. Oluseyi shared his personal experiences about how to overcome difficulties during his pursuit of higher education with graduate and undergraduate students.
MACES Faculty Visit
October 11th, 2018
Professor Jennifer Lu and Professor Sayantani Ghosh visited the California State University, Stanislaus campus. They met with students that are part of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Professor Jennifer Lu and Professor Sayantani Ghosh introduced the MACES graduate program as well as informed students of summer research opportunities.
Grant from National Science Foundation
August 20th, 2018
Two MACES faculty members, Tao Ye and Ashlie Martini, received a $485,000 grant from National Science Foundation for developing super-resolution atomic force microscopy that can characterize biosensor surfaces at the nanometer and subnanometer scale.
NASA Fellowship Award
August 1st, 2018
Warren Nanney, a MACES graduate student, has won the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship.
NSF Career Awards
August 1st, 2018
Two MACES faculty members, Ryan Baxter and Minhwan Lee, have received 2018 NSF Career awards.
2018 Summer Graduates Presentation
June 30th, 2018
The 2018 Summer MACES Graduate Fellows presented their research accomplishments to faculty and fellow students. Presentations highlighted connections and relevance to NASA as well as the individual
Professors NASA Center Tour
June 18th, 2018
Prof Lu, Ghosh, Martini and Ye visited the NASA Armstrong Center for expanding future collaborations with NASA.
Professor Strubbe's Awarded Grants
June 30th, 2018
Prof David Strubbe has been awarded a grant of $900,000 from the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, to establish the Consortium for High Energy Density Science along with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Florida A&M University, and Morehouse College.
Most Likely to Win a Nobel Prize Award
May 3, 2018
Victoria Arias won a big prize. She has been designated as Most likely to Win a Nobel Prize among all Spring 2018 NASA intern specialists at NASA-Langley
March 16, 2018
Two students from MACES were listed as the top ten finalist for the Grand Slam. They will have the opportunity to represent UC Merced at UC Systemwide Finals. Congratulations Christine Hoffman and Michelle Len!
March 15, 2018
MACES students generated 24 poster presentations to showcase our multidisciplinary world class research projects that have been supported by MACES. Provost Peterson was in attendance and gave an opening remark followed by Dean Zatz who gave a supportive speech to our graduate students. Dean Dumont, Dean Masumoto, Vice Chancellor Sam Traina, and along with 60 other attendees were present at this event as well.
Dr. Bugga Visit
March 15, 2018
Dr. Kumar Bugga, a Principal Member of the JPL Electrochemical Technologies Group, visited UC Merced. He spent time meeting with faculty and had lunch with MACES students. In the afternoon, he gave a presentation on “Advances in Energy Storage Technologies and their Implementation into NASA Planetary Missions”. We hope Dr. Bugga’s visit, which was supported by MACES, is going to sprout a few collaborative research leads.
NASA Field Trip
March 15, 2018
MACES supported a high school student field trip to NASA Ames for 40 high school students from four local school districts. The students visited the largest wind tunnel, the centrifuge, and space shop. The trip was followed by a career panel by scientists. According to the evaluation, a significant number of students told us that their interest in STEM has greatly enhanced. In addition, many students have stated that they would like to pursue a career in NASA down the road.
NASA Summer Internship
March 4, 2018
Eight students have been selected by the MACES program for an internship opportunity at NASA. Congratulations to William Delmas, Amir Keshavarz, Michelle Len, Robert Martin, Zachary Petrek, Julia Ramos Martinez, Nicholas Walters, and Daniel Bulmahn!
MACES Grad Student Accepted into Stanford
March 4, 2018
Denzel Martin, a MACES fellow, got accepted into Stanford for graduate study. Congratulations Denzel!
MACES Center Wide Meeting
December 6, 2017
MACES hosted a center wide meeting on December 6th, 2017. It began with a faculty meeting and was followed by the grand slam, coffee and cookie social, and ended with a faculty brainstorming session. The successful coffee and cookie attracted around 70 people.
December 6, 2017
Congrats Bin Yao, A’lester Allen, and Katerina Nikolaidou on winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the MACES 2017 GradSlam!
Exceptional Contributions Award
December 1, 2017
On December 1st, Victoria Arias won the "Exceptional Contributions Award” from the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA LaRC. This is her second time receiving this award! Congratulations Victoria!
November 3, 2017
Professor Thomas E. Mallouk is Evan Pugh Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Associate Director of the Penn State MRSEC, the Center for Nanoscale Science. He visited UC Merced on November 3, 2017 and delivered a well-received seminar on managing electrons and protons in the bio-inspired production of fuel from sunlight. He also had lunch with MACES fellows and provided useful advice on how to make the best out of graduate study.
October 30, 2017
Dr. Jing Li is a principle investigator at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) working on nanostructured materials for energy storage devices and sensor technology development. She has won multiple awards including: Ames Honor Award on Technology Transfer and Commercialization in 2015, NASA Exceptional Space Act Award in 2013, and NASA Government Invention of the Year in 2012. She visited UC Merced on October 30, 2017 and had informed students about the different NASA programs for research and internship in materials, energy and sensors development.
October 20, 2017
Dr. Piotr Zelenay is a world-renowned expert in the polymer membrane fuel cell technology. He is also a lab fellow and project leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He visited UC Merced on October 20th, 2017 and delivered a great scientific talk about the recent development for oxygen reduction reaction metal-free catalysts. He also had lunch with MACES fellows and spent time with students to answer their questions about career planning.
Lick Observatory Tour
October 6, 2017
MACES faculty Dr. David Strubbe introduced 14 students to the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton near San Jose. Specialists from the Lick Observatory gave a hands on introduction of the automated telescope searching for extrasolar planets and a variety of astronomical discoveries made over the past 150 years.
Graduate Student Recognition
October 6, 2017
Victoria and James were recognized by receiving the Exceptional Contribution Award from Advanced Materials and Processing Branch of NASA Langley Research Center for their excellent internship activities.
MIRO Fellowship Award
September 1, 2017
On September 1st, Victoria Arias received the MIRO fellowship award for the Fall 2017 semester from NASA. Congratulations Victoria!
2017 Graduate Summer Program
August 14, 2017
The 2017 MACES Summer Graduate Student Fellowships have offered students to conduct NASA relevant research projects in the summer. All the fellows presented their research outcomes after a 12-week long research.
March 23, 2017
Professor Do Yoon, former manager of Polymer Physics Group at IBM Almaden Research, currently consulting Professor at Stanford University, attended the thrust meeting for the mid-point MACES graduate fellow presentation. After the meeting, he met with MACES graduate and undergraduate students and answered their questions about career planning and mentor and mentee relationship etc.
January 27, 2017
Professor David Weitz from Harvard University, director of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers gave a presentation on the Magic of Microfluidics: dripping, jetting, drops and wetting. He also discussed with MACES faculty members about setting priorities: focusing on excellent research and education so the Center can be renewed after five years.
January 6, 2017
Derek Brigham, an undergraduate MACES fellow, landed an engineer position at Pratt & Whitney.
January 5, 2017
MACES undergraduate students presented their research. Overall the faculty panel led by Prof. Ghosh thinks that this cohort delivered very good talks, Thank to all faculty members, graduate student mentors and our MACECS undergraduate research fellows.
November 11, 2016
Carlos Ortuno, Simranjit Grewal, and Angela Macedo Andrade were selected to attend the 2016 Southern Regional Education Board’s 2016 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring from October 27 to October 30 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. They all have found this conference very useful for them. “As a minority it is inspiring to see and hear success stories of others and what they had to overcome to be where they are.” - Simranjit “Time management is important” - Angela “Be tough, not get stressed out”- Carlos.
September 13, 2016
MACEs fellows Som Sarang and Kat Nikulaidou both have been selected for 2017 Southern California Edison Fellowship. Congratulations!
July 11, 2016
Dr. Li, an acclaimed principal investigator at NASA-Ames, who pioneered a carbon nanotube-based sensor module, the first space-flown nano-device, visited UC Merced.
December 3, 2015
Dr. Thomas I Valdez delivered a talk to over 80 students and faculty members at UC Merced on November 30th. Advances in fuel cell technology by both NASA and the automotive industry have broaden the use of this technology for a wide spectrum of robotic and mobility applications. The regenerative fuel cells that are being explored to power planetary orbiters and rovers will make it possible to conduct long-duration space operations. Dr. Valdez is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Dr. Valdez is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the JPL. His career began in the summer of 1991 as a major contributor to the study of fundamentals of methanol fuel cells. Dr. Valdez has received various NASA New Technology Awards, patented his work on fuel cells, electrochemical sensors and energy harvesting systems.
November 2, 2015
MACES welcome its first cohort of 5 undergraduate fellows who will join the center in Fall 2015. Selected from a superlative pool of applicants, the fellows will be mentored by MACES faculty and graduate students as they engage in research in the energy and sensing thrusts and map out a career path that may one-day lead to NASA.
Dr. Dionne Hernandez-Lugo
June 30, 2017
Our technical review board chair, Dr. Dionne Hernandez-Lugo, visited us. She met undergraduate students and listened to research presentations from 12 graduate students.
February 6, 2017
A collaborative effort by, Professors Vincent Tung and Sayantani Ghosh with graduate student Som Sarang, has led to three recently published new research papers on the discovery of a low-cost and high throughput way of using perovskites for efficiently harvesting solarenergy. Raindrops Red Wine Inspire Sular Tech Advancements
January 4, 2017
UC Merced Professor Anand Subramaniam and his students have come up with a novel, portable and startlingly simple way to create cell-sized membranes out of the phospholipid molecules present in real cell membranes.... Scientists-Build-Synthetic Cell Sized Membranes Out Paper http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b11960
October 6, 2017
Carlos Ortuno-Quintana presented his research experience from his internship at NASA Glenn to a group of students at CSU San Jose; where he received his bachelor’s degree. His research at NASA Glenn consisted of the fabrication of new battery devices.
Students Visit Telescopes At Lick Observatory
October 6, 2017
UC Merced students visited Lick Observatory for a tour of the telescopes, such as the historic 36-inch Great Refractor telescope, and a lecture on the history of the site. Prof. David Strubbe brought 16 students to see the site, which is owned by the University of California system. Lick is about 2.5 hours away from Merced. We learned about the astronomical discoveries made there over the past 150 years, saw the newest telescopes searching for extrasolar planets, and toured facilities for stellar spectroscopy and maintaining the telescope mirrors. We visited control rooms used for observing on site (and remotely) by researchers from across the UC campuses. After a beautiful sunset from the mountaintop at 4200 feet, we had a nice, clear night for observing with the 36-inch refractor, led by two docents. Everyone got a chance to look through the eyepiece at Albireo ("the UC star" since it is a pair of blue and gold stars), the Ring Nebula, the M15 globular star cluster in Pegasus, NGC 7331, and the Blue Snowball nebula. The trip was sponsored by the NASA-funded MACES.
October 5, 2017
Ian Hill introduced MACES undergraduate and graduate programs to fellow students at CSU Stanislaus, to gather recruitments for the summer undergraduate and graduate fellowships.
August 1, 2017
Our faculty visited NASA-Glenn research laboratories.
April 19, 2017
Tamara Jernigan will visit the University of California Merced as a keynote speaker for the Open House put on by MACES. She will describe what it was like during her space travels and how it felt to walk around a space shuttle. Then talk about and answer questions about further space exploration.
Implementation Nanotechnulogy Modules
March 21, 2017
Graduate student Zachary Perek (Prof. Tao Ye), Carlos Ortuno (Prof. Jennifer Lu) and Joseph Pozzi (Prof. Anand Subramaniam) visited Livingston high school. They demonstrated the nanomaterials enhanced drug release system to students in four different classes.
Implementation Nanotechnulogy Modules
March 10, 2017
Graduate student Melissa Xu (Prof. Anand Subramaniam), Ian Hill (Prof. Jennifer Lu) and Qufei Guo (Prof. Tao Ye) visited Buhach Colony High School. They presented an interactive Crime Lab module as an accessible illustration of the principles of nanomaterial-enabled bio sensing to students in five different classes.
February 7, 2017
February 7 Professor Tao Ye and Jennifer Lu visited California State University at Sacramento. Professor Sayantani Ghosh visited California State University Stanislaus and Professor Ashlie Martini visited Merced College in February to introduce our graduate training and our summer non-UC Merced undergraduate training program.
December 1, 2016
Dr. James Wu from NASA-Glenn visited us. He met with MACES students for lunch. He opened his lecture with an overview of energy research at NASA Glenn followed by an account of his battery-related research. He also discussed possible collaboration topics with MACES's faculty.
Implementation Nanotechnulogy Modules
November 10, 2016
On Oct 14 and Nov 10, MACES graduate research fellows, Angela Macedo Andrade, Som Sarang, Mark Bartul, Jussi Amaral, Vipawee Limsakoune and Zachary Petrek implemented two nanotechnology modules at local high schools “water splitting to generate hydrogen fuels “ and “unique properties of nanomaterials- large surface area, why Alka-Seltzer is effective”
October 18, 2016
MACES fellow Yen-Chang Chen have been selected for 2017 BEST Dissertation Fellowship. Congratulations!
August 31, 2016
MACEs faculty Professor Anand Subramaniam shares his passion, vision and Possible Lifesaver in a research lab. The story has been featured on the school of engineering. Cheers!
August 30, 2016
MACES Fellows Kat and Som publish their study on the "Hybrid perovskite thin films as highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators" has been accepted for publication in Advanced Optical Materials! Congrats!!
Educational Module Development
August 15, 2016
MACES faculty and graduate students kicked-off their educational module development for high school teachers with a weeklong workshop on June 6 -10. Attended by six teachers selected from a large pool of applicants, the workshop developed modules that will be used in classrooms at Merced Gulden Valley HS, Buhach Colony HS and Livingstone HS in the AY 2016-2017. The goal of the workshop was to assist local HS science/engineering teachers in their curriculum development, with focus on subjects that MACES specializes in: energy and sensing. To this end, the graduate students formed three groups, each working on one topic. These were Light and Energy, Nanotechnology, and Sensors in Everyday Life. The workshop opened with welcome remarks by Prof. Jennifer Lu, followed by brief introductory talks on each topic by graduate students Som Sarang and Melissa Xu and Profs. Min Hwan Lee and Sai Ghosh. Over the next day or so, the teachers toured the research labs and interacted with the students informally as they got a feel for what the modules would look like, and what the participating graduate students were working on in their labs. Through these discussions, the final module structures developed as: a tutorial on each topic, a report of applications related to each and a demo with accompanying set of instructions. With Fall semester coming up, plans are in full swing as MACES center manager Mariana Hernandez and STEM Resource Center Coordinator Dr. Petia Gueorguieva join Prof. Ghosh in planning the schedule for the graduate students to visit each school and introduce the modules. The most popular modules requested by the teachers include Fuel cells and Batteries, Sular Cells, Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface-to-volume in the nanoscale, and Crime Scene Investigation, led by students Angela Andrade, Som Sarang, Jose Amaral, Mark Bartulo, and Melissa Xu, respectively.
Publication By MACES Fellows
August 13, 2016
MACES Fellows Som Sarang and Yen-Chang Chen publish their study on the "Low temperature excitonic spectroscopy and dynamics as a probe of quality in hybrid perovskite thin films" on Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Congrats!!
July 24, 2016
NSF has awarded UC Merced a major center grant: Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) of a total amount of $4,998,765 (2016-20). MACES researchers, including Jennifer, Sayantani, Tao, Anand and Vincent, play pivotal rules across various research themes: synthesis, assembly, integration and modeling work of novel sensing and biomolecular machines. Congratulations!
Perovskite Quantum Dots Publication
July 21, 2016
MACES researcher Jing Zhang at UCSC has pioneered the design of ligand-capped perovskite quantum dots that may have far-reaching implications for synthesis of highly stable perovskite photovoltaics! The paper is published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congratulations! More details can be found here.
June 14, 2015
A $5 million grant will lead to innovative nanotechnology solutions for space exploration missions and increase the number of science, technology, engineering and math graduates.