Chris is the recipient of the inaugural Provost Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Scholarly Productivity. He has also recently received the College of Engineering’s 2016 Outstanding Research Award for Professor. Congrats!
Ziyin is the recipient of the College of Engineering’s 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, he is going to Northwestern University to pursue his PhD. Congratulations and good luck!
Read about Wenda’s wonderful “Crytalsome” in Nature Comm.
A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body. – See more at:
Professor Christopher Li and Professor and Department Head Michele Marcolongo have received a National Science Foundation grant for their project entitled “Biomimetic Mineralization by Combining Block Copolymer Self-Assembly and One Dimensional Crystal Nucleation.” The budget for this three-year project is $449,999.
Li and Marcolongo’s proposed research aims to use a “bottom-up” directed assembly method to mimic the natural bone structure, and to understand the origin of the fantastic properties of natural bone. Bone is the second most commonly transplanted tissue; over 2.2 million bone graft procedures are performed annually worldwide. The knowledge gained from this study will not only help develop new generation bone mimics for tissue engineering, it will also shed light on novel hybrid materials design towards stronger and lighter nanocomposites.