• Outreach
    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.
    February 7, 2017
  • Research
    February 6, 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 solar energy. http://www.ucmerced.edu/news/2017/raindrops-red-wine-inspire-solar-tech-advancements
    February 6, 2017
  • Seminar
    On January 27, 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 27, 2017
  • Undergraduate
    Derek Brigham, an undergraduate MACES fellow, landed an engineer position at Pratt & Whitney.
    January 6, 2017
  • Undergraduate
    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 students mentors and our MACECS undergraduate research fellows.
    January 5, 2017
  • Research
    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....
    http://www.ucmerced.edu/news/2017/scientists-build-synthetic-cell-sized-membranes-out-paper
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b11960
    January 4, 2017
  • NASA Connection
    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.
    December 1, 2016
  • Graduate
    Carlos Ortuno, Simranjit Grewal. 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.
    November 11, 2016
  • Outreach
    On Oct 14 and Nov 10, MACES graduate research fellows, Angela Macedo Andrade, Som Sarang, Mark Bartol, 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”
    November 10, 2016
    October 14, 2016
  • Fellowship
    MACEs fellow Yen-Chang Chen have been selected for 2017 BEST Dissertation Fellowship. Congratulations!
    October 18, 2016
  • Graduate
    MACEs fellows Som Sarang and Kat Nikolaidou have been selected for 2017 Southern California Edison Fellowship. Congratulations!
    September 13, 2016
  • News
    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 31, 2016
  • Research
    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!!
    August 30, 2016
  • Outreach
    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 Golden 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, Solar Cells, Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface-to-volume in the nanoscale, and Crime Scene Investigation, led by students Angela Andrade, Som Sarang, Jose Amaral, Mark Bartolo, and Melissa Xu, respectively.
    August 15, 2016
  • Research
    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!!
    August 13, 2016
  • Outreach
    UCM, CSU and Merced College undergraduate students that participated in the MACES summer research program presented their work at UC Merced’s 10th Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. The MACES students shared their research with students, faculty and other Symposium attendees as both oral and poster presentations. This event was a great opportunity to showcase the significant research contributions that all of our MACES students have made this summer. Thanks to MACES faculty and their graduate student mentors for making this fruitful research experience happen.
    August 9, 2016
  • Center
    On Aug 1st, MACES hosted the first annual retreat. We celebrated the achievements that we have made in the first year in research, education, outreach as well as in sustainability with faculty, students and our Dean, Mark Matsumoto and Vice Chancellor of Research, Samuel Traina. Building on this momentum, we also have identified major tasks for year 2 that will help to develop the center into a first class material research institute. Go MACES.
    August 1, 2016
  • Grant
    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 roles across various research themes: synthesis, assembly, integration and modeling work of novel sensing and biomolecular machines. Congratulations!
    July 24, 2016
  • Research
    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.
    July 21, 2016
  • Center
    To celebrate the partnership between Zeiss and UC Merced’s MACES an Open House to showcase the newly acquired state of the art scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imaging instrument, Gemini SEM 500, was held on July 14th.
    The event was organized by the Center Director, Jennifer Lu and Center Manager, Mariana Hernandez and K.D. Derr from Zeiss. Over 50 faculty members and students from UC Merced, Merced College, CSU Fresno and local high teachers attended this event. This instrument enables research and training that directly supports NASA's mission.
    Opening remarks for the Open House were made by Assistant Prof. Anand Subramaniam. Michael Dunlap, the manager of the Imaging & Microscopy Facility (IMF), informed our audience about how to access the SEM and other instrumentation in the facility. Two Zeiss application specialists also spoke about the latest developments in high temporal and spatial resolution characterization of nanomaterials, including those enabled by the Gemini SEM 500.
    In the afternoon, participants were able to witness first-hand images captured by the SEM using their own samples. The Center engaged extensively with local media to disseminate our research and educational mission to the surrounding communities. Check out the article written by the Merced Sun-Star about the event and see our students using the SEM in the accompanying video and photos!
    July 14, 2016
  • Seminar
    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.
    July 11, 2016
  • Center
    Researchers at UC Merced are making a big deal out of a piece of equipment that lets them look at really tiny things. And they should — the new Zeiss Gemini SEM 500 scanning electron microscope is first of its kind installed in the United States.
    June 29, 2016
  • Visit
    A recent field trip to NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field gave about 35 Merced high school students and their teachers an inside look at some of the leading-edge technology the agency uses, including its hypersonic wind tunnel and the large centrifuge . The tube-shaped funnel that allows engineers to move air over a vehicle as if it were flying. It helps researchers to learn more about how an aircraft will fly. The unique centrifuge, 20-G, capable of producing forces up to 20 times that of terrestrial gravity used for the research during the era of the biosatellite missions such as perceptual and behavioral adaptations to altered gravity.
    The students met with NASA researchers who spoke with them about all the different ways STEM studies can be applied to their interests.
    “A lot of younger students don’t think of higher education, and if they do, they limit their ideas about what to do at a university to careers like doctor, lawyer or engineer,” said Petia Gueorguieva, coordinator of the campus’s STEM Resource Center and MACES undergraduate and outreach coordinator. “But the NASA researchers opened their minds to using, for example, an engineering background in biomedical fields, transportation, agriculture, communications, energy and many other areas.
    The trip organization was, MACES, lead by Mariana Hernandez, Jennifer Lu, NASA coordinator, Michael Oye. Gueorguieva helped organize and participated in the field trip, and said this was just the first of many.
    April 13, 2016
  • NASA Internship
    The establishment of MACES is providing new opportunities for students at UC Merced. This summer three of our students will be headed to NASA-Ames (Jeffrey Ayco) and NASA-Langley (James Rosenberg and Denzal Martin) to participate in a ten-week internship. With the help of the MACES, these students were selected by NASA through a highly competitive process. The NASA internship program pairs participants with career professionals to engage in scientific or engineering research. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals. MACES plans to expand the NASA internship program in the coming years to involve more graduate and undergraduate students.
    April 8, 2016
  • Center
    The NASA-supported Merced nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) just took possession of a state-of-the-art Zeiss GeminiSEM 500, the first of its kind in operation in an academic institution in the United States! The SEM will be part of the core facilities of the UC Merced Imaging and Microscopy Facility (IMF), significantly augmenting the materials characterization capabilities of the campus. The new field emission scanning electron microscope allows high resolution imaging at low voltages, i.e., down to 0.8 nm at 1 kV. Along with enabling broad materials related research and education at UC Merced, this instrument will enable faculty and students in the MACES (Merced nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing) program to study as-synthesized nanomaterials, 3D porous morphology, self-assembled hybrid nanostructures, biosensor surfaces, and the connectivity and tortuosity of porous media.
    March 11, 2016
  • Outreach
    MACES faculty members accompanied by MACES graduate student fellows visited Merced College on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This event was coordinated by the UCM STEM coordinator Dr. Petia Gueorguieva. Their goal is to publicize the mission of MACES. In particular, they hope to highlight the summer MACES internship program that will begin this year at UC Merced. They were hosted by Svetla Gargova, Professor of Mathematics and Engineering at Merced College.
    March 10, 2016
  • Center
    More than 70 people learned about the research and education opportunities offered by UC Merced’s new Merced nAnomaterials Center of Energy and Sensing (MACES) during an open house Dec. 4. MACES, established earlier this year with a $5 million grant from NASA, is intended to benefit current and future students and contribute to NASA’s missions. The open house drew a diverse mix of participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members from colleges throughout the state, and high school teachers from Fresno, Clovis and Merced.
    December 18, 2015
  • Seminar
    Dr. Thomas I Valdez delivered a talk to over 80 students and faculty members at UC Merced on Monday, 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. Thomas I Valdez is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.
    Dr. Thomas I Valdez is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the JPL in Pasadena, CA. 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. For more information about Dr. Valdez’s work or UC Merced MACES program, contact Jennifer Lu, PH. D. at jlu5@ucmerced.edu.
    December 3, 2015
  • Outreach
    Prof. Sai Ghosh and Prof. Anand Subramaniam visited CSU Stanislaus to present about summer research opportunities in STEM at MACES at the monthly club meeting to students from the CSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participants (LSAMP).
    Read Full Article Here
    November 2, 2015
  • Undergraduate
    MACES welcomes 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.
    November 2, 2015
  • Center
    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.
    September 28, 2015
  • Center
    Turlock Journal - NASA awards $5 million grant to UC Merced.
    Read Article Here
    June 19, 2015
  • Center
    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.
    See Press Release Here
    June 16, 2015