Chemically actuated resonant devices, or CARDs, developed by graduate student Joe Azzarelli and postdoc Kat Mirica have been highlighted by the MIT News Office. Congrats Joe and Kat!
Yesterday, MIT's Materials Processing Center held a Materials Day symposium and poster session. Joe Azzarelli's poster on wireless sensing was judged to be one of the top three posters. Congrats Joe!
Previously, the Swager group reported mechanical abrasive deposition of gas sensors across gold electrodes. Now, as reported in Lab on a Chip, the entire circuit can be deposited by abrasion, using drawn graphite electrodes. In addition, the abrasive deposition has been demonstrated for a variety of organic and inorganic surfaces. The SWCNT-based chemiresistive components are able to detect and discriminate ppm amounts of nitrogenous vapors.
Former Swager group postdoctoral researcher Duncan den Boer and Tim have published a joint study on using scanning tunneling microscopy to measure deoxygenation of graphene oxide. Increasing deoxygenation levels was found to correlate with reduced apparent surface roughness. The full article was published in Chemistry of Materials.
Two papers from the Swager group were just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society ASAPs: 19F NMR Fingerprints: Identification of Neutral Organic Compounds in a Molecular Container and Stereospecific Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Norbornadienes Employing Tungsten Oxo Alkylidene Initiators.
Former postdoc Derik Frantz and visiting student Federico Bertani have moved on from the Swager group. Derik will start his independent academic career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Federico will return to Italy to wrap up his Ph. D. studies. Best of luck in your endeavors!
Eilaf Ahmed and Carlos Zuniga have finished their postdoctoral appointments in the Swager group. Coincidentally, they are both heading to Atlanta. Eilaf will be an assistant professor at Emory University, and Carlos will enter the chemistry consulting industry. We wish them good luck!
The Swager group's latest communication has appeared online in Angewandte Chemie. It describes the use of dithiolodithiole (C4S4) units in conjugated polymers. Resulting materials properties are complementary to widely used thiophene analogues.
Silvia Rocha and Sébastien Rochat have finished their postdoctoral stays in the Swager group. Silvia is returning to Switzerland, and Sébastien is heading to Bristol (UK). We thank them for being great friends and labmates, and we wish them all the best in their endeavors across the pond.