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Frontiers in Polymer Synthesis: Exploring New Opportunities for Structural Control and Applications of Functional Materials
May 19, 2015 - Ithaca NY

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The 2015 CCMR Symposium took place on May 19 on the Ithaca campus. It gathered 183 attendees from industry and academia. Representatives of nineteen companies networked with Cornell faculty and Symposium speakers and learned more about the materials research capabilities of Cornell University (Albany International, Benjamin Moore & Co., Corning, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, EMD Performance Materials (Gold Sponsor), Exxon Mobil, Globe Composite Solutions, Golden Artists Colors, Infineum, Michelin, Molaire Consulting, Novomer, Oratel Diagnostics, Pall Corporation, Penn Color, Sekisui, Solvay, and Xerox). 

From Cornell Chronicle article by Anne Ju
Making thin films out of semiconducting materials is analogous to how ice grows on a windowpane: When the conditions are just right, the semiconductor grows in flat crystals that slowly fuse together, eventually forming a continuous film.
This process of film deposition is common for traditional semiconductors like silicon or gallium arsenide – the basis of modern electronics – but Cornell scientists are pushing the limits for how thin they can go. They have demonstrated a way to create a new kind of semiconductor thin film that retains its electrical properties even when it is just atoms thick.

A first-of-its-kind electron microscope, which will allow materials to be studied in their natural environments using an electron beam focused down to a subatomic spot, is coming to Cornell.

Theorists and experimentalists working together at Cornell may have found the answer to a major challenge in condensed matter physics: identifying the smoking gun of why “unconventional” superconductivity occurs, they report in Nature Physics, published online Dec. 22.
Associate professor of physics Eun-Ah Kim led the way, joining forces with experimentalist J.C. Seamus Davis, the J.G. White Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. They have isolated a “fingerprint” that identifies specific fluctuations in electrons that force them into pairs, causing their host material, in this case, a high-temperature superconductor called lithium iron arsenic, to make way for free-flowing, resistance-free electron pairs.

Ithaca, NY - The Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart program, funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), is designed to assist New York State small businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations; the ultimate goal is revenue growth and job creation. JumpStart projects receive up to $5,000 in matching funds for project costs that include faculty and research staff, facilities, services, supplies, and materials. Since its inception, 63 companies have benefited from this program. During the upcoming semester, five companies have been awarded funding and will participate in the following collaborations:



The CCMR currently supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and a number of smaller 'seed' research groups through an NSF MRSEC grant and Cornell University support. Each group brings researchers from a variety of different departments together to work on an outstanding interdisciplinary problem in materials research and development. Read more