CHM in the News

UMass Amherst Will Lead Major Federal Initiative in New England to Boost Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

UMass Amherst

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today named the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the lead institution in New England for its national Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $75 million federal initiative to create a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing collaboration between U.S. industry and academia to solve problems in advanced manufacturing.

Prof. Harry Bermudez Interviewed by ACS Chemical and Engineering News

Harry Bermudez

Before Harry Bermudez was even born, his parents decided to pack up and leave their home, family, and friends in Colombia to make a new life in New York City. It wasn’t an easy move, Bermudez says. They had a three-year-old child, Bermudez’s older brother, and they had to leave behind the life they had known. But economic and political factors drove them to the U.S., which Bermudez says was like a beacon of hope for them.

UMass Advanced Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Facility

UMass Integrated Life Sciences Building

The design for the Advanced Print and Roll-to-Roll (R2R) Manufacturing Facility at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been completed and tool acquisition is presently underway. The facility, made possible through a grant to the campus by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Council, is a component of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring at UMass, and will support translational R&D through multiple departments on campus to develop next generation wearable sensor technologies while providing an industry collaboration and manufacturing demonstration facility to accelerate the commercialization of advanced flexible hybrid electronics technologies and products.

Promising New Method Found for Rapidly Screening Cancer Drugs

Nano screen

UMass Amherst researchers invent fast, accurate new nanoparticle-based sensor system

Traditional genomic, proteomic and other screening methods currently used to characterize drug mechanisms are time-consuming and require special equipment, but now researchers led by chemist Vincent Rotello at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offer a multi-channel sensor method using gold nanoparticles that can accurately profile various anti-cancer drugs and their mechanisms in minutes.

Governor-elect, Charlie Baker, visits UMass

UMass Amherst Chancellor Subbaswamy, Charlie Baker, James  Watkins

James Watkins was invited to assist UMass Amherst Chancellor Subbaswamy in welcoming our Governor-elect, Charlie Baker, to UMass in early December, during the Mr. Bakers’ transition team visit to the metro area.

CHM Investigators Rotello and Russell Named "Highly Cited Researchers 2014"

Vincent Rotello and Thomas RussellEarly in July the multinational media and information firm Thomson Reuters released its “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” listing.

Blades of Grass Inspire Advance in Organic Solar Cells

Organic Single-Crystalline NanopillarsUsing a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity

Professor James Watkins featured in a Fox 25 News Boston Interview

Boston Fox 25 NewsResearch in the Watkins and Carter groups and others in the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) is featured in a Fox 25 News Boston interview. Jim Watkins discusses how nanotechnology is being applied in developing cost-effective body sensor patches to measure stress in military personnel.

UMass Patch Would Spot Stressed-out Soldiers

Nano PatchFitness bands and other wearable health monitors are all the rage among runners and other athletes who want to keep track of their workouts and measure vital statistics such as heart rate and calories burned. Now military personnel may soon have access to the same technology, in a patch that would be about the size and shape of a Band-Aid, and as flexible.

Based on research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the sensor would gauge stress and fatigue among armed services personnel.

“Any time you’ve got someone making a command decision, you want to make sure they’re in the right frame of mind, that they’re alert, that they’re well rested,” says James Watkins, a polymer scientist who is leading the UMass effort.

Thomas Russell Honored by Belgium’s Université​ Catholique de Louvain

Thomas RussellThe Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences of the Université​ catholique de Louvain in Belgium on May 27 conferred the title of doctor honoris causa on Thomas Russell, the Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor in the department of polymer science and engineering.

The honor pays tribute to his “fundamental contributions to polymer science and to the ingenious applications derived from them, particularly in the field of controlled block copolymer assembly for nanotechnology, and of the structure of functional polymers at interfaces and in the bulk.”

Check out the Assembly Line of the Future!

Roll-to-RollNSF's Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing proves good test bed for large-scale nanomanufacturing designs

There's no shortage of ideas about how to use nanotechnology, but one of the major hurdles is how to manufacture some of the new products on a large scale. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst chemical engineer Jim Watkins and his team are working to make nanotechnology more practical for industrial-scale manufacturing.

Vincent Rotello, UMass Amherst Nanochemist, Named a Distinguished Professor

Vince RotelloVincent M. Rotello, the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees.

Rotello was recommended for the honor by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost James V. Staros, who cited how he has “creatively and boldly expanded his research from a focus on small molecule host-guest chemistry to his current path-breaking translational explorations of polymers, surfaces and nanomaterials.”

Polymer Scientist Todd Emrick Named to National Academy of Inventors

Todd Emrick

The National Academy of Inventors this week named Todd Emrick, polymer science and engineering, a fellow of the academy, which seeks to recognize the fellows’ “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

Emphasizing the synthesis of new materials in his research laboratory over the past 13 years, Emrick has developed new polymer surfactants, self-healing polymers, nanoparticles and nanoparticle capsules, membrane technology for water desalination and purification, polymeric flame-retardants and new materials for drug delivery.

CHM Pioneering Wearable Biosensors for Personalized Health Monitoring

Chances are good that when medical device manufacturers offer a wearable biosensing patch that will allow a nurse to monitor a patient’s blood sugar or insulin level remotely, for example, it was designed and the prototype built by polymer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by Jim Watkins.

Watkins, who directs the National Science Foundation’s Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at UMass Amherst, says its research has helped to establish that such devices are feasible, and projects beginning this month at the new Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM) should soon lead to prototypes being developed and tested for commercialization.

Thai Thayumanavan Awarded for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the 2013 Faculty Convocation

ThayumanavanSankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan's research spans a broad realm from cancer therapy using novel drug delivery vehicles to generating organic solar-cell materials. His research is most innovative in its design of new and often unorthodox molecules and materials that result in breakthroughs in important areas. One recent such example is Thayumanavan's work in developing fundamentally new molecular design algorithms for nanomaterials that predictably respond to subtle variations in their environment.

Thayumanavan is further renowned for his ability to arrive at practical molecular systems to solve important problems, such as polymer nanogels that are capable of delivering both proteins and small hydrophobic molecules to targeted cells and sub-cellular compartments. His stature in his field is attested to by the extraordinary number of presentations he has been invited to make at international conferences.

Professor Vincent Rotello Named Editor-in-Chief of ACS’ Bioconjugate Chemistry

Vince RotelloProfessor Vincent M. Rotello, professor of chemistry at UMass Amherst and CHM Participant, has been named the next editor-in-chief of the ACS journal Bioconjugate Chemistry. He will begin his editorship in January 2014 succeeding the founding editor-in-chief, Claude F. Meares of the University of California, Davis.

Vincent Rotello Awarded National Academy of Sciences Grant to Develop Inkjet-Printed Test Strips

Inkjet-Printed Test StripsThe National Academy of Sciences has awarded a three-year, $271,930 grant to Chemistry professor Vincent Rotello to develop, test and deploy new, sensitive, reliable and affordable inkjet-printed, nanoparticle-based test strips for detecting disease-causing bacteria in drinking water, with researchers at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan.

Source: UMass In The Loop

Materials and Processes for Flexible Devices and Electronics

Flexible electronics encompass a broad range of technologies impacting emerging applications that have generated significant interest due to the potential commercial opportunities, which in turn has driven research and development in materials, devices, and scaled manufacturing methodologies. A range of materials encompassing organic, inorganic, and composite nanomaterials will enable a range of new consumer products including flexible displays, LED lighting, solar photovoltaics, integrated circuits and data storage. The NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at UMass Amherst, with support from the FlexTech Alliance and the NNN, recently held a one-day Symposium on Materials and Processes for Flexible Devices and Electronics in conjunction with the Center for UMass-Industry Research in Polymers’ (CUMIRP) Spring Polymer Event on May 16, 2013.

Professor Maria Santore Elected to Fellowship in the AAAS

Professor Maria Santore of Polymer Science and Engineering has been elected to Fellowship in the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Maria was recognized for her contributions to science and technology on February 16, 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.