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Program Highlights

IRG 2: Breaking the Mold to Produce Submicron Polymeric Gratings with Large Areas

Princeton scientists have developed a new method for making gratings by prying apart two rigid plates that sandwich a thin, glassy polymeric film. The process fractures the film into complementary sets of ridges on each plate, with highly uniform ridge spacings ranging from 200 nm to 200 Â’µm, scaling directly with the film thickness.

IRG 3: Patterning of Organic Materials for Organic Electronic Devices

A team of Princeton researchers has developed an enabling technique for manufacturing electro-optical devices from organic semiconductors.

Fast Drying Produces Order

A collaboration of experimentalists and theorists at the Chicago MRSEC has discovered a new, general route for creating nanoparticle monolayers that retain order across millions of particles, without holes, while staying compact over macroscopic distances[1].

Granular Jets

When a marble or ball-bearing is dropped onto a bed of fine, loose sand, one first observes a broad splash of sand at impact. Then, a tall jet of granular material shoots up vertically.

Physics Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

In March, a group of physicists from the Chicago MRSEC visited Washington DC to talk about science to Congressional Representatives, their staff, and others. The message: basic research is vital to America's economy and our childrens' futures.

Multi-Assays of Cellular Kinase Activities

Working collaboratively, research groups at the Chicago MRSEC have developed new label-free analytical systems that utilize ultra-small sample sizes of cellular lysate, yet allow these single samples to be assayed for multiple kinase activities.

MRL Faculty Milestones and Recognitions

Several MRL Faculty members were honored this summer and early fall for achievements in and significant contributions to their respective fields.