¡MIRA! science and engineering news and achievements
NAU’s Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications
Learn more about ¡MIRA! including new staff and research being conducted at Northern Arizona University.
Professors Yacaman and Whetten join NAU and ¡MIRA!
Fantastic news for NAU! Professors Miguel Yacaman and Robert Whetten are joining NAU and the ¡MIRA! center. Miguel Yacaman is a world renowned expert in development of unique techniques in electron microscopy to elucidate structure and mechanistic properties of materials (quasi crystals, semiconductors, magnets, metals, etc). Miguel is a fellow of the AAAS, MRS, AVS, among many others, and is a prolific scientist that has impacted numerous fields (h-index of 70). Robert L Whetten is a world renowned expert in protected metal nano clusters, collaborating with colleagues from around the world to predict and elucidate their structures and their application. Robert has been honored with the FIDIPRO award, 3eme Cycle Lectureship, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist award and is a Packard and Slone Fellow with an impressive publication record (h-index 88). We are excited for NAU, APMS and ¡MIRA!.
Arizona Daily News
“New NAU research center promotes diversity in STEM education” The Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (MIRA) has no central location — it’s a network of NAU faculty members with specializations in a variety of scientific fields, each of whom seek to provide Flagstaff students with extracurricular pathways into STEM education and research.
Chamber Business News
“NAU encourages diversity of thought”. ” “We embrace diversity of thought and even cultures. We understand that that’s how you solve complex problems,” he said. “Most of the problems in science and STEM are really what we call complex, hard problems. They require input from various perspectives.”
Director, Jennifer Martinez, funded by DTRA for vaccine nanocarriers
Prof. Martinez and colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of New Mexico are collaborating to create new controlled release carriers for vaccines.
Deputy Director Cindy Browder and Affiliate Stephanie Hurst promoted!
Cindy Browder and Stephanie Hurst were recently promoted to PROFESSOR in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! Congratulations
¡MIRA! Scientist, Assistant Prof John Gibbs awarded NSF Career Award!
Assistant Professor John Gibbs was recently awarded a prestigious NSF grant to harness active matter for nanoscale applications. The award will support a five-year project during which Gibbs and his team will develop a unique system of microscale self-propelled particles (SPPs) that will enable them to control the movement and interaction of colloidal SPPs (moving microparticles suspended in a liquid) in unprecedented ways.
¡MIRA! Scientist, Asst. Prof Ryan Behunin and colleagues awarded ARPA-E project
A major new $3.75 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is designed to develop a solution to this problem. The three-year project, “FRESCO: frequency Stabilized Coherent Optical Low-Energy WDM DC Interconnects,” is led by Daniel J. Blumenthal of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In addition to Northern Arizona University assistant professor Ryan Behunin, co-principal investigators collaborating on the project are John Bowers of UCSB, Peter Rakich of Yale University, Paul Morton of Morton Photonics, and Scott Papp of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Behunin will contribute his expertise in nonlinear dynamic laser modeling and physics, with responsibility for laser and link frequency and phase noise models and simulations. NAU graduate student John Dallyn also is a collaborator on the team.
Behunin and colleagues publish Nature Photonics paper
Assistant Professor Behunin and colleagues report in “Sub-hertz fundamental linewidth Photonics integrated Brillouin laser” (Nature Photonics 13(1) 60-67 2019)- the first demonstration of a sub-Hz (~0.7 Hz) fundamental linewidth photonic-integrated Brillouin cascaded-order laser, representing a significant advancement in the state-of-the-art in integrated waveguide SBS lasers the development of toward applications in coherent communications, and spectroscopy. This latest paper follows many previous papers of Behunin and colleagues in Science (2018) Nature Physics (2018) Phys Rev A (2018) (Nature Materials (2017), and many more on related subjects.
Scientists, Kellar and Koppisch, awarded US patent on “Ioinic liquids that sterilize and prevent biofilm formation in skin wound healing devices”. (US 10,293,080)