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Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 • 5:00–6:30 pm
Rainey Auditorium*, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

August 22-23, 2014
Glandt Forum, Singh Center
University of Pennsylvania

  • Kick-off Meeting of NSF EFRI/SEED Project

Oct 8, 2010 (8:40am-6:30pm)

Upper Gallery of Meyerson Hall, 1st Floor, School of Design, PENN

 

 

 

Recent Press Coverage

 

Penn currentPenn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes. The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Now, engineers and physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have shown how the liquid crystals can be employed to create compound lenses similar to those found in nature. Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, the researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes. Youtube.

 

Spotlight on Research: The Smart Window. An Elegant Solution for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings. This is the first in a series of interviews to be conducted by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Penn currentPenn research team develops ‘smart’ window (March 12, 2015)

KirigamiphotoCommonplace as they are, windows are an important piece of technology. Beyond architectural aesthetics, a building’s ecological footprint depends heavily on how its internal light and heat are managed. With this in mind, researchers from around the world are trying to make windows “smarter” by tailoring their properties to be more responsive and finely tuned to changing needs.

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GizmodoHow Nanoscale Optics Create Nature's Most Dazzling Colors by Maddie Stone at Gizmodo (February 19, 2015)

 

Understanding butterfly wing color (Jan. 22, 2015). Dan Janzen and Shu Yang discussed their common interests in butterfly wing color.

 

Shu Yang Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow [ news release ]

 

Penn newsCut and Fold (Dec. 12, 2014)

 

KirigamiphotoA team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

In a new study, the researchers lay out the rules for folding and cutting a hexagonal lattice into a wide variety of useful three-dimensional shapes. Because these rules ensure the proportions of the hexagons remain intact after the cuts and folds are made, the rules apply to starting materials of any size. This enables materials to be selected based on their relevance to the ultimate application, whether it is in nanotechnology, architecture or aerospace. (see Video)
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Physics Today.

 

Penn currentPenn Engineering plan filters wastewater produced by fracking (Dec. 4, 2014)

 

Giant clams inspire Penn duo’s alternative energy researchKirigamiphoto

Natural selection in an extreme environment has gradually sculpted the giant clam into an exceedingly efficient farmer; it turns the fierce sunlight in its equatorial ocean home into algae, and those single-celled plants into food.

Two Penn researchers are teaming up to unlock the secrets of this living greenhouse and use it as a blueprint for new materials that harvest solar energy or convert it to biofuel. Learn more

 

(Image courtesy of Alison Sweeney, Penn Physics)

 

Penn newsPenn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal 'Flowers' That Can Be Used as Lenses (Dec. 18, 2013)

 

KirigamiphotoA team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

In their earlier studies, the team produced patterns of “defects,” useful disruptions in the repeating patterns found in liquid crystals, in nanoscale grids and rings. The new study adds a more complex pattern out of an even simpler template: a three-dimensional array in the shape of a flower.

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Gizmag interview (Dec. 24, 2013)

 

NSF news. (Dec. 18. 2013)

 

Penn newsNanotech Innovation Keeps Surfaces Clean and Transparent

Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper's windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle—it's an expensive problem with serious ecological implications.

Researchers at Penn and the spin off company has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.

 

Researchers at Penn Add Another Tool in Their Directed Assembly Toolkit, Nov 6, 2013

 

Penn newsPenn researchers integrate origami and engineering (May 30, 2013)

The quintessential piece of origami might be a decorative paper crane, but in the hands of an interdisciplinary Penn research team, it could lead to a drug-delivery device, an emergency shelter, or even a space station.

Led by Randall Kamien, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Penn team will collaborate with researchers at Cornell University on the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Program called ODISSEI, or Origami Design For The Integration Of Self-assembling Systems For Engineering Innovation.

The project draws inspiration from the Japanese art of paper folding, but the Penn team suggested adding a variant of the technique, known as kirigami, in which the paper can be cut as well as folded. Allowing for cuts and holes in the material makes it easier to fold rigid, three-dimensional structures.

(Image courtesy of Randall Kamien, Penn Physics)

 

LRSMLRSM Research highlight. Making Waves with Liquid Crystals.

Penn currentPenn Team Making Waves with Liquid Crystals. (December 20, 2012)

Penn news

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings (October 10, 2012)

 

NILT Nano Newsletter. Penn Researchers Use Holographic Lithography To Mimic Color Of Butterfly Wings. (October 19, 2012)

 

RedOrbitRedOrbit Exclusive Interview: Professor Shu Yang, University of Pennsylvania. (October 18, 2012)


Researchers learn to print butterfly wings. (October 18, 2012)


'Butterfly wing' buildings would never need painting. (October 18, 2012)

 

WorldofChemicals Researchers mimic the colour and texture of butterfly wings. (October 17, 2012)

 

Short Sharp Science: Butterfly-wing wafers to clad iridescent buildings. (October 16, 2012)


Photonics Material Could Provide Self-Cleaning, Waterproof Optics.(October 16, 2012)


 'Butterfly Wing' Buildings Would Never Need Painting ...(October 16, 2012)


RedOrbit Penn Researchers Create Iridescent, Ultra Water Proof Material. (October 16, 2012)


ScienceDaily New way to mimic the color and texture of butterfly. (October 16, 2012)

 

Penn news

Penn Faculty Receive Alternative Energy Project Grants (July 16, 2012)

 

 

Penn Engineering magazine "Naturally Inspired Materials" (Spring 2011)

 

Penn newsPenn Researchers Tap Into Cell Power to Create Building “Skins” That Adapt to Heat/Light of Environment (September 21, 2010)

 

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DP Profs collaborate to design futuristic building (The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 16, 2010)

 

BBC Crytal clue in army injury (BBC news, August 6, 2008)

 

New Sci. Tech Color-changing crystal could forecast bomb trauma
(New Scientist, August 7, 2008)

 

Pop Sci. A "Mood Ring" For Brain Trauma (Popsci.com, August 10, 2008)

 

PENN University of Pennsylvania Researchers Demonstrate a Flexible, One-Step Assembly of Nanoscale Structures. (July 2008)

 

Photonics Two Imaging Elements Create One Multipattern Mask (Photonic Spectra, August 2005)

 

Business Wire New Technique to Control Fluids Using Specially Fabricated Silicon 'Nanograss' (Business Wire, March 12, 2004)