News about OSTC
11th Annual OSTC Symposium
Novel Materials for Optical Science and Applications
Mark your calendars! Friday, March 8, 2013 the 11th Annual OSTC Symposium, 8:00 a.m.-5.p.m. Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories
The annual symposium is designed to present the general public and University professionals with up-to-date knowledge about activities of OSTC groups and allow OSTC group members to become re-acquainted with the activities of others, often generating renewed interest and sparking new collaborations and interactions. Morning speaker session, luncheon and an afternoon poster session will take place. Please check OSTC website for registration details.
In 1995, the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) was founded as an interdisciplinary center with a mission to develop
a home to further the academic programs in optical science basic research and applications at the University of Iowa.
Today, OSTC has grown to 26 faculty members from the departments of Biological Science, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering,
Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Physics and Astronomy.
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OSTC / Physics & Astronomy Offer Hands-on course on Nanotechnology in The University of Iowa Spring 2013 semester
Prof. Aju Jugessur, OSTC Microfabrication Facility Director, and The University of Iowa Physics & Astronomy Dept. will offer a new course in The University of Iowa's Spring semester of 2013. 029:135 (PHYS: 3750) Fundamentals of Micro and Nanofabrication Chemistry is An introduction to the fundamentals of micro- and nano-fabrication processes. The physical principles of photo and electron beam lithography, alternative nano-lithography techniques, thin film deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer deposition, self-assembly. Metrology methods. Physical and chemical processes of wet and plasma etching. Cleanroom science, operations and safety protocols. Sequential micro- and nano-fabrication processes involved in the manufacture of semiconductor, photonic and nano-scale devices. Imaging and characterization of micro- and nano-structures. Scientific and technological applications of emerging micro- and nano-devices and systems.
OSTC Member, Prof. Mark A. Young, Chemistry, University of Iowa offers fall course
Prof. Mark A. Young, Chemistry, will offer a new course in The University of Iowa's Fall semester of 2012. 4:173 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry is a course explores fundamental chemical processes of importance in the atmosphere, water and soil with an emphasis on the kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, the role of particulate matter, organic and inorganic speciation, global biogeochemical cycles, chemistry climate relationships, and anthropogenic influences on the environment. Note: this course can be used to satisfy the advanced elective requirement for chemistry graduate and undergraduate students. Location: Tuesday, Thursday at 3:30 – 4:45 pm in 208 North Hall
Please reference attached document 4:173 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry for course details.
OSTC Member, Prof. William Eichinger, Civill-Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa offers fall course
Prof. William Eichinger, Civil and Environmental Engineering, will offer a new course intended for the graduating Ph.D. student who intends a career in a university environment in The University of Iowa's Fall semester of 2012. 53:297 Teaching Undergraduate Science and Engineering is a course covering the basic skills needed to be a successful undergraduate instructor of STEM courses. The course is not specific to any particular discipline, the skills and techniques discussed center on the teaching of technical subjects and solving problems in science, math and engineering. Emphasis is given to the inclusion of practical applications of the lesson material and in class demonstrations. Techniques for teaching effective classes will be covered. Each student will have the opportunity to teach several times. After taking this course, you will be able to set up a new class, establish learning objectives, write exams and conduct and effective class.
Please reference attached document 53:297 Teaching Undergraduate Science and Engineering for course details.
Announcement: Microfabrication Facility Director, University of Iowa
The Optical Science & Technology Center is happy to introduce Aju. S. Jugessur, Ph.D. as Microfabrication Facility Director of the Optical Science and Technology Center, effective Monday, April 2.
Before joining the University of Iowa, Dr. Jugessur was a Senior Research Associate / Mgr. of the Nanofacility of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jugessur joined U. Toronto in May 2006 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University and a Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Jugessur served as Senior Research Associate in the area of E-Beam Lithography with previous experience overseeing E-Beam Lithography construction projects.
Dr. Jugessur's responsibilities include planning, conducting, and reporting the ongoing success of the Microfabrication Facility (MFF) http://www.ostc.uiowa.edu/microfab/, a user fee-based service facility under policies set by the Microfabrication Oversight Committee. The Director maintains the equipment and instrumentation in good working order (including vacuum deposition and etch, thermal processing, wet processing, photolithography and characterization/ metrology tools) and trains potential users, including faculty, post-docs, students (graduate and undergraduate) and external customers.
Additional responsibilities include overseeing basic user operation and lab safety, organizing and implementing continuing education courses, and soliciting projects from researchers both on and off campus. The Director also provides technical and infrastructure input to proposals for external funding to enhance the MFF’s facilities and capabilities, as well as designs and implements novel equipment modifications to enhance equipment capabilities and process outcomes.
Help us welcome Dr. Jugessur to OSTC!
Announcement: Resignation of Microfabrication Facility Director and Planned Search of New Director
Dr. Chris Coretsopoulos, Microfabrication Facility Director, resigned from this position September 30, 2011, in order to pursue opportunities in the College of Engineering. Please join us in thanking Chris for his many years of service and dedication to the Microfabrication Facility and to the OSTC.
A search for a new director is planned. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to OSTC Administrator,114 IATL.
UI researcher receives U.S. Air Force grant to develop quantum memory technology
Michael Flatté, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and director of the UI Optical Science and Technology Center, will lead the UI effort on the project titled "Quantum Memories in Photon-Atomic Solid State Systems."
Hassan Raza, Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa offers fall Nanoscale Devices and Systems course
Hassan Raza, Assistant Professor ECE will offer a new course on nanotechnology in The University of Iowa's Fall semester of 2011. 55:195 Nanoscale Devices and Systems is a multidisciplinary course to teach the fundamentals of Nanoscale devices and systems from theory, computation, and experimental aspects. If resources permit, some lab exercises will also be offered as a part of this course. Please reference attached document 55:195 Nanoscale Devices and Systems for course details.
Tom Boggess, Six UI professors win 2010 Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence
Thomas Boggess, Ph.D., professor of physics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), is a leading solid-state physicist whose research focuses on the use of short pulses of laser light to measure ultrafast electronic phenomena in novel semiconductors. He develops advanced optoelectronic and spintronic devices. His research has resulted in more than 100 journal publications and two patents. He is working with the U.S. Army on a multimillion-dollar program to develop infrared light-emitting diode arrays that will enable the generation of dynamic thermal images on a chip. Boggess holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.
Gary Small, named CLAS Collegiate Fellow
Gary Small, professor of chemistry, has done pioneering work in developing infrared spectroscopy techniques, with both clinical and environmental applications, and remote sensing through passive infrared spectroscopy, which has led to software that detects and maps toxic chemicals via aircraft. He also has investigated noninvasive methods of measuring blood glucose. Small teaches a range of chemistry courses and serves on the CLAS Educational Policy Committee.
Michael Flatté named F. Wendell Miller Professor
Michael Flatté has been named an F. Wendell Miller Professor in physics and astronomy. Flatté is one of the world's leading experts on optoelectronic and magnetic properties of semiconductors, particularly the theory and design of nanoscale spintronic and infrared optoelectronic materials and devices. He has been a UI faculty member since 1995 and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society. Flatté holds four patents for semiconductor spin electronic materials and devices and has several patent applications pending.
UI's Bhattacharya, Flatté, Stinski elected 2007 AAAS Fellows
Three University of Iowa faculty members, two from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and one from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, have been awarded the distinction of 2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Read more.
Congratulations Dr. Paul Kleiber on winning the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award!!
John Prineas awarded Dean's Scholar
The Dean's Scholars program honors newly tenured faculty who excel in both teaching and scholarship. IT is supported by funds from the CLAS Dean's Chair endowed by the UI Alumni Association
John Prineas teaches large introductory physics classes and specialized courses in optics. His research is in the optical properties of semi-conductors. One aspect of his work, funded by NSF and the Department of Defense, focuses on nonlinear optical materials for lowing, trapping, and switching optical pulses. A second research effort, funded by NIH and the Department of Defense, is the development of high-quality semiconductor materials with applications ranging from blood glucose sensing to night vision technology. Professor Prineas earned his doctorate at the University of Arizona and joined the physics and astronomy faculty in 2001 after completing a Humbolt Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.