May, 2015
Improving Organic Transistors that Drive Flexible and Conformable Electronics: UMass Amherst Scientists Advance Understanding of Strain Effects on Performance

A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending in these new thin-film electronic devices will affect their performance, say materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Writing in the current issue of Nature Communications, polymer scientists Alejandro Briseño and Alfred Crosby at UMass Amherst, with their doctoral student Marcos Reyes-Martinez, now a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton, report results of their recent investigation of how micro-scale wrinkling affects electrical performance in carbon-based, single-crystal semiconductors.

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December, 2014
Alfred Crosby, Co-Inventor of Geckskin, Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today announced that Alfred Crosby, professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected a 2014 NAI fellow for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

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December, 2014
Alfred Crosby, UMass Amherst – New Adhesive Technology

The animal kingdom is a frequent inspiration for engineers.

Dr. Alfred Crosby, a professor of Polymer Science at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, has helped to create a super-sticky adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko. Crosby is a materials scientist and engineer interested in the mechanics of soft materials and biological systems and the leader of the initial project that developed Geckskin™.

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September, 2014
Blades of Grass Inspire Advance in Organic Solar Cells: UMass Amherst scientists use graphene in new energy conversion architecture

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.

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September, 2014
A More Efficient, Lightweight and Low-Cost Organic Solar Cell: In Science, UMass Amherst researchers tell how they broke the ‘electrode barrier’

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Now for the first time, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the “electrode barrier.”

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August, 2014
New Body Sensor Patch Will Measure Stress and Fatigue in Soldiers

UMass Amherst Polymer scientist James Watkins and colleagues, in collaboration with General Electric Co. and the Air Force, are developing a patch that would gauge stress and fatigue among armed services personnel.

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July, 2014
Improving Membrane Technology for Water Treatment : UMass Amherst polymer chemist receives NSF grant to develop new filter technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced three-year, $162,770 collaborative research awards each to polymer chemist Todd Emrick at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and chemical engineer Benny Freeman at the University of Texas at Austin, who will work together to explore new ways to make energy-efficient, self-cleaning water purification membranes for municipal wastewater treatment and industrial and agricultural applications.

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June, 2014
Eight UMass Amherst Scientists Named ‘Highly Cited Researchers 2014’

Eight University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty members have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” in a new, updated list announced recently by Thomson Reuters. Those named are among “the world’s leading scientific minds” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields.

The eight are Eric Decker, David Julian McClements, Yeonhwa Park, all of food science; Vincent Rotello, chemistry; Thomas Russell, polymer science and engineering, Baoshan Xing, environmental soil and chemistry; Derek Lovley, microbiology, and space scientist Mauro Giavaliso, astronomy.

May, 2014
Thomas Russell of Polymer Science & Engineering Honored by Belgium’s Université​ Catholique de Louvain

The Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences of the Université​ catholique de Louvain in Belgium on May 27 conferred the title of doctor honoris causa on Thomas Russell, the Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor in the department of polymer science and engineering.

The honor pays tribute to his “fundamental contributions to polymer science and to the ingenious applications derived from them, particularly in the field of controlled block copolymer assembly for nanotechnology, and of the structure of functional polymers at interfaces and in the bulk.”

May, 2014
James Watkins of Polymer Science & Engineering Working to Make Nanotechnology Practical

With support from the National Science Foundation, Watkins and his team are bringing nanotechnology to industrial-scale manufacturing through a process called hierarchical manufacturing.
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