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Recent News

  • July 2022 – Michael Jacobs will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Texas State University. Best of luck to Michael in his new role!
  • June 2022 – Charles served as a faculty mentor at the Future Faculty Workshop held at the University of Delaware. Awesome experience meeting new junior colleagues!
  • May 2022 –  Charles gave an invited Plenary talk at the 20th International Symposium on Applied Rheology (ISAR) meeting hosted by the Korean Society of Rheology — a hearty “thank you” to the organizers for the kind invitation!
  • April 2022 – Congrats to Dr. Eddie Jira on successfully defending his PhD thesis! Eddie will be joining Dow Chemical in June 2022.
  • April 2022 – Charles gave an invited seminar in Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Many thanks for the warm welcome and kind hospitality — it was great to learn about the exciting research and outstanding new faculty members in the department!
  • April 2022 – Our manuscript on using automated synthesis for single molecule electronics has appeared in Nature Communications. Congrats to the entire collaborative team including the Burke and Moore groups, and to lead authors Eddie Jira and Songsong Li!
  • March 2022 – Congrats to Dr. Kasra Tabatabaei on successfully defending his PhD thesis! Kasra will be joining New England Biolabs in Spring 2022.
  • March 2022 – We are delighted to welcome Sanbera Piuly to our group as a first-year PhD student in MechSE. Welcome Sanbera!
  • February 2022 – We extended DNA data storage to chemically modified DNA by adding new “letters” to the alphabet, together with single-molecule “readouts” using nanopore sequencing. This work has been accepted at Nano Letters. Congrats to Kasra Tabatabaei and collaborators Olgica Milenkovic, Min Chen, and Alek Aksimentiev!
  • February 2022 – Congrats to Dr. Michael Tu for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Michael will be starting as a research engineer at Intel in Spring 2022.
  • February 2022 – Our manuscript on understanding intermolecular charge transport in supramolecular host-guest complexes has been accepted at Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congrats to Hao Yu and Caroline Li, and wonderful collaboration with Jeff Moore and Nick Jackson!
  • February 2022 – Our collaborative manuscript on understanding the shear rheology of entangled linear-ring blends of DNA has been accepted at Macromolecules. Great collaboration with Greg McKenna!
  • January 2022 – Charles was invited to join the Editorial Board of Journal of Rheology.
  • December 2021 – We are delighted to welcome Elli Williamson to our group as a first-year PhD student in Biophysics. Welcome Elli!
  • November 2021 – Congrats to Michael Jacobs and Eddie Jira on their recently accepted manuscript in Langmuir, where they demonstrate that coacervate droplets can promote small molecule reactions.
  • November 2021 – Congrats to Dinesh Kumar on his recently accepted manuscript in Langmuir on non-linear vesicle stretching dynamics in flow.
  • November 2021 – Congratulations to the newly minted Dr. Hao Yu on a successful PhD defense! Outstanding work! Hao will be a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Ting Xu’s group at UC Berkeley.
  • October 2021 – We are delighted to welcome Brittany Prempin to the group as is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry. Brittany is co-advised with Professor Jeff Moore. Welcome Brittany!
  • October 2021 – We are happy to welcome Reeju Samajdar to the group as is a first-year PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Welcome Reeju!
  • October 2021 – Charles gave a seminar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UC Irvine. Many thanks to Herdeline (Digs) Ardona and her colleagues for the invitation to visit (virtually)! It was a pleasure meeting all of the outstanding students and faculty members at UCI!
  • September 2021 – Our collaborative paper reporting the dynamics of vesicles in non-steady, transient flows has been accepted at Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Outstanding team work from collaborators Vivek Narsimhan and his group at Purdue!
  • September 2021 – Our paper reporting the effect of counterions and reversible switching of molecular conductance in single viologen molecules using electrochemical gating has been accepted at the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Congrats to Caroline Li for the outstanding work, collaborators Nick Jackson and Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez and the entire team!
  • September 2021 – Charles gave a seminar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State. Many thanks to Hee Jeung Oh and her colleagues for the kind invitation to present on our work!
  • September 2021 – Our paper reporting the transition to resonant charge transport in single-molecule electronics has been accepted at Nano Letters. Congrats to Songsong Li and the entire collaborative team!
  • August 2021 – Charles Schroeder has been named the first James Economy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • August 2021 – We are happy to welcome Seonghwan Kim to the group as is a first-year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Welcome Seonghwan!
  • August 2021 – We are delighted to welcome Sagar Chaudhary to the group! Sagar is a first-year PhD student in Mechanical Science & Engineering. Welcome!
  • August 2021 – We are excited to welcome Dr. Inkyu Oh to the group as a new postdoc! Welcome, Inkyu!
  • August 2021 – We are pleased to welcome Dr. Saadia Chaudhry to the group as a new Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow! Saadia received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and she will be working together with Prof. Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez and our group at Illinois. Welcome, Saadia!
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to Dr. Michael Jacobs, who was awarded a Mistletoe Research Fellowship to fund independent research in his postdoc at Illinois. Congrats Michael!
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to Dr. Gabriel Burks, who was recognized as one of the top 1000 Inspiring Black scientists by Cell Press. Also, Dr. Burks recently testified before US Congress on the topic of start-up companies and technology innovation. Congrats Gabriel!