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Mar 2014- Dr.Steckl serve as co-PI's for one of the four collaborative projects that have been awarded funding through the latest round of the University Research Council interdisciplinary grants program.

Feb 2014- NanoLab patents are published as below.

• A. J. Steckl and D. Han, “Methods for electrospinning hydrophobic coaxial fibers into superhydrophobic and oleophobic coaxial fiber mats”, US Patent # 8,518,320 Aug. 2013.

• A. J. Steckl and S. Allen, “Light emitting device having a specific dimension of phosphor layer”, US Patent # 8,598,778, Dec. 2013

Feb 2014- NanoLab paper published in Nanotechnology on 'Pentacene organic thin-film transistors on flexible paper and glass substrates'.

Feb 2014- NanoLab paper published in Nanotechnology on 'High brightness phosphorescent organic light emitting diodes on transparent and flexible cellulose films'.

Jan 2014- Prof. Steckl quoted in MRS 360 article on Pencil-based Electronics.

Jan 2014- NanoLab paper published in Journal of SID on 'Electrowetting on non-fluorinated hydrophobic surfaces. Journal of the Society for Information Display'.

Jan 2014- Dear NanoLab Family,

It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden passing of Jiping (JP) Li, a PhD graduate of the NanoLab, on Jan. 12, 2014. Actually, JP started to do research with me at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he came from the Shanghai Institute of Optics. When I moved to Cincinnati in 1988, JP decided to come with me. He was instrumental in setting up the new lab at UC. JP was an outstanding young researcher, exceptional in the lab, filled with ideas and enthusiasm for his work. His research on silicon carbide resulted in several important articles. The main publication from his thesis which came out in 1995 has been cited 130 times to date and is still considered the most important publication on the growth of silicon carbide on silicon.

JP received his PhD from UC in 1994, along several other students in my lab who were his friends: Homi Mogul, Paul Yih and Charlie Yuan. Tragically, Charlie died the year after graduation in an automobile accident. The following year other friends received their PhD in my lab: Jim Su and Peter Chen. It was my great pleasure to see JP grow as a researcher and embark on a successful career.

I have one sweet memory of JP to share. In June 1991, I drove with my wife and kids from Cincinnati to Colorado for a combination conference trip and vacation. The conference was in Boulder and JP joined us there. One afternoon we all went hiking together on the trails of the foothills of the Flatirons on the outskirts of town. Our three boys ran ahead, but our daughter Erica who was only 4 could not keep up and was getting very upset. I remember how JP took her hand and very soon she was happy walking and chatting with him.

JP has been working at Applied Materials in Silicon Valley. He returned from a trip to China to visit his family located there. Upon the return to California he felt unwell, was checked into a hospital and passed away soon after. His family and friends are in a state of shock. A fund has been set up to help his wife and children cope with the sudden financial burden. Here is a link to related information about how you can contribute - [Donation to JP Li's family].

Let us always remember JP as the wonderful person he was. .

Jan 2014- NanoLab paper published in Applied Physics Letters on 'p-type GaN grown by phase shift epitaxy'.

Dec 2013- The 2014 International Electrowetting Conference will be held in Cincinnati during June 23-25, 2014.
Abstracts submission deadline - Jan 10, 2014.

Dec 2013- Profs. Steckl and Heikenfeld selected for Ohio's Top 25 STEM Professors.

Dec 2013- Prof. Steckl gave an invited presentation on “Organic Light Emitting Diodes Using Natural Biomaterials” at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, MA, December 1 – 6, 2013.

Nov 2013- Prof. Steckl and Prof. Gutmark (UC Aerospace Engineering Dept) organized a UC Workshop on Renewable Energy Interdisciplinary Research, Kingsgate Conference Center, November 16, 2013.

Nov 2013- Prof. Steckl gave an invited presentations on “Organic Light Emitting Diodes and Transistors Using Natural Biomaterials – from DNA to Cellulose”, at the 2nd International Workshop on Nano and Bio-Photonics in Biarritz, France, November 3- 8, 2013. http://iwnbp2013.sciencesconf.org/

Aug 2013- NanoLab paper published in Journal of the SID on 'Lightweight electrowetting display on ultra-thin glass substrate'.

Jul 2013- NanoLab paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces on 'Triaxial Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes for Controlled Dual Release of Functional Molecules'.

Jul 2013- NanoLab paper published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells on 'Versatile electrowetting arrays for smart window applications-from small to large pixels on fixed and flexible substrates'.

Center for Advanced Design & Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM)

Prof. Steckl and colleagues from the University of Cincinnati are collaborating with the University of California, Irvine in the planning of an NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in Integrated Microfluidics. Details are available at http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/

July 2013- IEEE Webinar on "Circuits on Cellulose"

Prof. Steckl was invited by the IEEE Electron Devices Society to present a webinar on "Circuits on Cellulose", reviewing the latest developments regarding transistors, solar cells, light emitting diodes, microfluidic devices fabricated on paper. Approximately 250 individuals from around the world participated in the webinar.

June 2013- Award from the Gates Foundation

Prof. Steckl of the NanoLab and Prof. Giovanni Pauletti of the UC College of Pharmacy were awarded a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant to develop an Ultra-Low-Cost Loa Loa Paper Diagnostic Device. The project will investigate the feasability of paper-based urine tests for the rapid non-invasive detection of the filarial roundworm Loa loa, which causes the painful skin and eye disease loaisis, commonly found in western and central Africa. Current diagnostic approaches are invasive, involving visual detection of larvae in tissue or blood samples. The approach here utilizes the potential effect of parasite-released hormones found in the urine of infected individuals on the viscosity of animal blood spotted onto filter paper. The diagnostic test will be easy to perform and is projected to be inexpensive to manufacture.

Additional information is available at the following links:

• UC NEWS website

• Grand Challenges in Global Health website

Apr 2013- NanoLab paper published in Fuel Cells on 'Enhanced Performance of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) Microbial Fuel Cells Using Electrospun Microfibrous Anode and Optimizing Operation'.

Feb 2013- 'Electronics on Paper' featured in IEEE Spectrum & UC NEWS.

Feb 2013- NanoLab paper published in IEEE Spectrum on 'Circuits on Cellulose'.

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