Recent News

October 8, 2019: Jared Morrissette has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Composite Coatings for Liquid Repellency: From Formulations to Applications.” Congratulations Jared!

October 2019: Reza Ghodsi has joined Dr. Slobodan Todorovic‘s group at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (Aurora, CO) as a postdoctoral research fellow. Congratulations Reza, we will miss you!

September 25, 2019: Dr. Megaridis delivered an invited lecture titled “Wettability-Patterned Surfaces for Pumpless Handling of Fluid Microvolumes: Lab-on-Chip and Heat Transfer Applications” at the 45th International Conference on Micro & Nano Engineering in Rhodes, Greece.

July 24, 2019: Theodore Koukoravas successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Surface-Energy Patterning of Metals for High-Demand, Energy-Efficient, mm-Scale Cooling Applications.” Congratulations Theodore!

June 2019: Uddalok Sen has accepted a postdoc position to join the Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente (Netherlands), where he will be starting later this month. Congratulations Uddalok!

May 10, 2019: Jacopo Bernardini and Hélène Della Monica of the UIC-PoliTo (Politecnico di Torino) dual-degree program successfully defended their MS theses and are heading back to Italy to complete their degrees there. Congratulations Jacopo and Hélène!

March 18, 2019: Dr. Megaridis delivered the inaugural lecture in a new TED-style talk series intended to document career and life reflections of newly-appointed UIC Engineering Distinguished Professors.

March 18, 2019: Reza Ghodsi successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Graphene Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigation of Confined Liquids.” Congratulations Reza!

March 12, 2019: Uddalok Sen successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Manipulating Liquid Volumes by Wettability-Patterned Substrates.” Congratulations Uddalok!

January 2019: MNFTL alumna Jie Zhang (1995 PhD) appointed Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. Congratulations Jie!

December 2018: Ali N. Ibrahim successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Water Transport over and through a Thin Permeable Medium with Wettability Contrast,” and left MNFTL to assume his new post as Assistant Professor at the University of Babylon, Iraq. Congratulations Ali!

November 2018: MNFTL members present 7 papers at the 71st Annual APS DFD Meeting in Atlanta.

October 2018: MNFTL alum Manish Tiwari (2009 PhD) has been promoted to Professor at University College London, UK. We are so proud of you Manish!

August 2018: Dr. Megaridis appointed UIC Distinguished Professor, an honor bestowed only to a handful of UIC faculty each year.

June 25, 2018: New NSF grant received! ” A Bottom-up Framework for the Nanoscale Origins of Ice Formation and Adhesion on Structured Surfaces.” PI: Dr. Megaridis; Co-PI’s: Drs. S. Anand and T. Shokuhfar. Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $335,242, Period: July 2018 – June 2021. This program generates science-based guidelines for optimal anti-icing performance. The methodology employs graphene liquid cells (GLCs) with encapsulated nanoparticles of varying wettabilities and sizes. The research, by generating high-quality experimental data for a spatial regime of multiphase transport that has been inaccessible by existing instrumentation, opens new horizons for validating and advancing models simulating nanometer-scale multiphase systems.

June 2018: MNFTL alum Arindam Das (2013 PhD) has been appointed Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Goa, India. Congratulations Arindam!

May 13, 2018: Congratulations to MNFTL’s 2018 graduates: Aritra Ghosh (PhD), Mohamed Elsharkawy (PhD), Luca Bellora (MS), Patrick Carroll (MS) and John Palumbo (MS).

April 18, 2018: Uddalok Sen receives UIC Dean’s Scholar Award. This is the most distinguished award that UIC offers to graduate students. Those chosen are considered most likely to make outstanding contributions to their University and their fields of learning. Congratulations Uddalok!

April 3, 2018: Undergraduate researcher Kayla Storme (UIC Biochem BS 2018) receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The highly-competitive program supports high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers towards their graduate research training in STEM field. Congratulations Kayla!

Mar 1, 2018: Research grant received! “Materials, Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO) Africa Center of Excellence”. Sponsor: World Bank (via Makerere University, Uganda), Amount: $325,000 (UIC Share of $6M total), Period: Mar 2018 – Jul 2022. The MAPRONANO African Center of Excellence (ACE) based in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, focuses on enhancinng materials and product development through value addition. The Center develops nanotechnology solutions to problems in the areas of energy, water, the envuironment and medicine. UIC will serve as host site for up to 4 PhD students from the Center. These students will spend extended periods of time in Ys 2 and 3 of the program working with Dr Megaridis and his students/postdocs in areas focusing on microfluidics and medical diagnostics.

Feb 1, 2018: Research grant received! “Rapid 3D transport of liquid in porous substrates”. Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark, Amount: $143,314, Period: Feb 1, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019. This research program is developing strategies and identifying the bounds for rapid tranport of liquids on the surface of and absorption inside porous substrates. The program builds on MNFTL’s demonstrated capability to transport liquids pumplessly at high rates. This critical capability provides the foundation for attaining high liquid-absorption rates with long-term goal to assist the design of next-generation incontinence products.

Feb 1, 2018: Research grant received! “Fluorine-free hydrophobic formulations for nonwoven substrates”. Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark, Amount: $84,773, Period: Feb 1, 2018-Jan 31, 2019. This research program aims to develop water-based, fluorine-free, superhydrophobic coating formulations, which can impart super-repellency to fibrous substrates. The current state of the research assures that such coatings can be applied to impart repellency to flat, impermeable substrates. The focus of the work forward is to do the same for porous substrates that are inherently non-wettable.