Robert Accolla, REU 2016 Participant, Awarded by NNCI with Research Experience in Japan

Congratulations to Robert Accolla, a Senior in Bioengineering at Virginia Tech, selected by NNCI for a Research Experience in Japan this summer. Robert Accolla was one of the 10 participating students in KY MMNIN/UofL IMPACT* Research Experience for Undergraduates in the summer of 2016. Out of 30 applicants, Robert was one of the 6 students awarded to engage in Nanotechnology Research in Japan this summer. We believe Robert is excited for his adventure and ready for a range of nanotechnology projects in the biomedical area, chemistry and hard materials science (ceramic and semiconductors).

(*) Interdisciplinary Micro/Nano Manufacturing Program Addressing Challenges Today (IMPACT)

Scientific Proofs Night

Scientific Proofs is back with new topics, a new day, and a new venue for 2017!

First up: Are you ready for the rise of the robots?

The Kentucky Science Center science-for-adults program, Scientific Proofs, has been given a serious upgrade. Now held at Mellow Mushroom every month, adding great atmosphere, great food, and drink specials for all! The ingredients are simple: a relevant science topic, an expert in the field, you and a bunch of other people who like to geek out on science.

The 2017 series starts with a “risk analysis” on General Artificial Intelligence (i.e.: how many ways a technical breakthrough could lead to dangerous AI.)

The KY MULTISCALE MANUFACTURING team facilitated a visit for the second half of the presentation. Researchers from the Next Generation Systems Group headed by Prof. Dan Popa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UofL made an appearance bringing one of their robots.

1st Place @ NSF Poster Competition - Robert Accolla, REU 2016

Robert was awarded first place at the NSF REU Poster Competition (Track 19-2) at the ASME IMECE conference (Phoenix, AZ).



RP Accolla, DJ Allen, and SJ Williams, “Application of microfluidic techniques for an isomotive dielectrophoresis (isoDEP) platform”, ASME/IMECE, IMECE2016-68895, Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 11-17, 2016 (Poster).


REU 2016 Participant Griselda Saucedo Awarded to present at CUR REU Symposium in Arlington, VA - Oct. 23-24, 2016

The University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering research experience for undergraduates Micro/Nano Manufacturing program called INTERDISCIPLINARY MICRO/NANO MANUFACTURING PROGRAM ADDRESSING CHALLENGES TODAY (IMPACT) received a student nomination to present at CUR REU Symposium 2016. Griselda Saucedo, current undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, attended the Symposium and presented her poster on her summer research experience titled "3D Printed Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor".


Seminar - Dr. Larry Holloway, State Director, KY DOE EPSCoR 3/11, 9-10am, EH 212

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research &

The Micro/Nano Technology Center

are pleased to host

Dr. Larry Holloway


State Director, Kentucky DOE EPSCoR

University of Kentucky

Kentucky DOE EPSCoR:  Growing Energy Research and Collaborative Networks in Kentucky

Presentation & Discussion

Friday, March 11, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Ernst Hall Room 212


The DOE-EPSCoR program is a program of the US Department of Energy to stimulate competitive research in selected states. The state KY-DOE-EPSCoR program is responsible for coordinating submissions from the state of Kentucky to the national DOE EPSCoR program, and more broadly for encouraging competitive energy-related research in Kentucky. 


At the beginning of this seminar, a brief presentation will overview the national DOE EPSCoR program and the goals of the KY-DOE EPSCoR program to grow more energy-related research in the state. After the presentation, the seminar will move to a discussion format. Attendees will be asked to introduce themselves and briefly summarize their research areas. A discussion will then consider ways the KY-DOE EPSCoR program can encourage collaborative energy-related research networks and facilitate more competitive energy-related research activity in the state.


Biography:  Larry Holloway is State Director of Kentucky DOE EPSCoR. He also is Director of the University of Kentucky Power and Energy Institute (PEIK), a program created through a series of grants from the US Department of Energy. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and was formerly the Director of the UK Center for Manufacturing. He received his BS degree from Southern Methodist University and his Masters and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. 


Seminar will take place on Ernst Hall Room 212

Date: March 11  Time:9-10am


Micro-fabrication for Cochlear Implants

Dr. Angelique Johnson and the KY MULTISCALE core "Micro/Nano Technology Center" are the feature of a new NBC LEARN video as part of their popular “Science of Innovation” series. The video is about how her Louisville-based company uses advanced manufacturing to fabricate cochlear implants in the Cardinal cleanroom, one of the eight facilities of the KY MULTISCALE national network.

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University of Louisville and University of Kentucky Win Large Federal Grant and Join New National Network

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky today announced receipt of a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country. More than 100 colleges and universities competed for the NSF grant.

UofL and UK are joining a new national network which will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.

The nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UofL and UK will become a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “make the next generation of smart products using the tiniest materials” according to Dr. Neville Pinto, UofL interim provost.  “This will be a boon to Kentucky’s economic development future and support the ongoing work of UofL’s Institute for Product Realization (IPR) in our new research park” Pinto said.

The five year grant will be used to:

  • Enhance and upgrade advanced manufacturing equipment at UofL and UK research facilities
  • Add staff to help train and support up to 500 additional external users
  • Provide seed money for research projects in key advanced manufacturing areas
  • Engage more minorities and women in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

"The next generation of commercial, medical and industrial products will contain embedded tiny sensors and miniature wireless communication electronics” said Kevin Walsh, director of UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology Center. “New manufacturing technologies will need to be developed so these smart products can be made quickly, reliably and economically. UofL and UK are tackling those challenges.”

“UK and UofL are developing unique infrastructure and expertise to build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security and beyond” said J. Todd Hastings, director of the UKCenter for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. “This award enables academic and industrial researchers nationwide to join us.”

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 KY MMNIN PI Prof. Kevin Walsh (UofL) along with Co-PI Prof. Todd Hastings (UK)

KY MMNIN PI Prof. Kevin Walsh (UofL) along with Co-PI Prof. Todd Hastings (UK)

 KY MMNIN PI Prof. Kevin Walsh, Provost Pinto, CO-PI Prof. Todd Hastings, and Mayor Fisher

KY MMNIN PI Prof. Kevin Walsh, Provost Pinto, CO-PI Prof. Todd Hastings, and Mayor Fisher