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May 1, 2018

The recent issue of Open Rivers Journal reported our research in mercury detection.

Mercury contamination has been an important environmental and health concern throughout the world for decades. High exposures to the mercuric ion (Hg2+) may result in acrodynia (pink disease) and damage to the nervous system and kidneys. Furthermore, the mercuric ion is stable and soluble in aquatic systems, and methylmercury can accumulate in bodies through the food chain, which is known to cause brain damage and other chronic diseases, even paralysis, and death. Nowadays, the detection of trace-level toxic heavy metal ions mostly relies on bulky and costly analytical instruments in central labs. Driven by this need, Prof. Jian-Ping Wang and his group at the University of Minnesota developed and tested a diagnostic platform designed to detect mercuric ion (Hg2+) using nanotechnology.

Find the article here.

April 25, 2018

Zhengyang Zhao is awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. The fellowship supports his Ph.D. study for one academic year and provides a travel grant for him to present his work at a conference. Congratulations, Zhengyang!

April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. De-lin Zhang. His paper is selected as the cover figure on Applied Physics Letters Volume 112, Issue 15.

April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Yang Lv! His recently published paper on Nature Communications is selected as Editors’ Highlights under the topic of magnetic materials and spintronics.

Yang's Nature Communications paper

This research is also covered by a couple of media hits so far:

CSE websiteAAAS EurekAlert!NewswisePhys.orgEurasia Review

February 9, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Junyang Chen, his recent paper "Mapping strain with magnetics" is published in Nature Electronics!

January 26, 2018

Congratulations to Patrick Quarterman, who has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on January 26. His dissertation topic is High Anisotropy Magnetic Materials for Data Storage and Spintronic Memory. 

He will be joining the NIST through the NRC research associate program as a postdoctoral physicist, at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) with the magnetics group.

Congrats again, Dr. Quarterman!

Graduation of Dr. Quarterman

January 14, 2018

PhD student Patrick Quarterman is offered a National Research Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) starting from March 2018. He will be joining the NIST through the NRC research associate program as a post doctoral physicist, at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) with the magnetics group.

Congratulations Patrick!

January 11, 2018

Yang Lv and Prof. Wang's recent work published in Nature Communications was highlighted in several news release. Congratulations!!!

Here are a couple of the media hits so far:

CSE websiteAAAS EurekAlert!NewswisePhys.org, Eurasia Review

In addition to Prof. Wang and Yang Lv, researchers involved in this study include Delin Zhang and Mahdi Jamali from our group and James Kally, Joon Sue Lee and Nitin Samarth from Pennsylvania State University Department of Physics.

January 5, 2018

Randomnes makes some computations simpler, now it can be done in a single MRAM-like device. IEEE spectrum interviewed Prof. Wang and Yang on their device, find the interview here.

At the 2017 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, Yang Lv and Prof. Jian-Ping Wang reported their device, similar to an MRAM memory cell, can perform the stochastic computing versions of both addition and multiplication on four logical inputs. They have made a big leap in a strange but growing field of computing,  called stochastic computing. The method uses random bits to calculate via simpler circuits, at lower power, and with greater tolerance for errors. Though it was first conceived in the 1960s, one of the things holding stochastic computing back was the lack of suitable devices to make it practical.

December 20, 2017

Congratulations to Xuan Li, who has successfully defended his PhD thesis on December 18. His dissertation topic is Iron Nitride based Magnetoresistance Devices for Spintronic Applications. 

Congrats again, Dr. Li!

Graduation of Dr. Li

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