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Eberly College of Science
Monday, August 1, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Super-cold microscope has super cool uses
-- Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene
-- Chad Hanna appointed Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in Physics
-- NSF grant supports development of catalytic motors for high-salt environments

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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TOP STORIES:

Super-cold microscope has super cool uses
While "go big" is the motto for many science initiatives, Penn State researchers are hoping a cutting-edge microscope will allow them to "go deep" to promote biomedical research and discoveries in materials science.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Nh5dGCVf
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Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene
A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State. In this case, doping refers to introducing nitrogen atoms into the carbon structure of graphene. This technique can detect trace amounts of molecules in a solution at very low concentrations, some 10,000 times more diluted than can be seen by the naked eye.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/ms6rCPJv
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Chad Hanna appointed Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in Physics
Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, has been honored with the inaugural Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professorship in Physics. Hanna is a gravitational-wave astrophysicist. His research with the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) focuses on detecting gravitational waves emitted by binary neutron stars or black holes. Gravitational waves, first detected by LIGO in 2015, are "ripples" in spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Mm_SzfSw
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NSF grant supports development of catalytic motors for high-salt environments
Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Penn State, have been awarded a $388,900 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop catalytic motors that can function in salty environments.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/31JpxbBh
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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Fox News - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
How many suns can a planet have?
A strange alien world with three suns in its sky has just been discovered, but it didn't break any records. The key is gravitational interactions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tHx7gqnC
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