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"Understanding and Controlling Spins at the Nanoscale" May 20, 2014

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On May 20, the CCMR held its 2014 symposium. It focused on Spin Control and commercial applications such as the next generation of MRAM. Dr. Albert Fert, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics, gave the 2014 Sproull Lecture. The symposium was a day-long event, which gathered 100 off-campus guests and Cornell faculty and students. The off-campus attendees selected for best poster:  “THz Generation in Antiferromagnetic NiO” by Jared Strait, Parinita Nene, and Prof. Farhan Rana.

Thank you to the Organizing Committee and the CCMR staff for putting the event together.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Shu has filled the role of Associate Director for the Cornell Center for Materials Research. Jon brings a wealth of scientific and management expertise to this position.

CornellChronicle By Bill Steele - Ashim Datta, professor of biological and environmental engineering; Melissa Hines, professor of chemistry and chemical biology; and David Sherwyn, the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources and academic director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, have received Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships in recognition of their inspiring teaching of undergraduate students, President David Skorton announced at the Cornell Board of Trustees meeting in January.

“It is my pleasure to announce the new Weiss fellows, whose nominations by their students and colleagues attest to their extraordinary teaching and mentoring,” said Skorton. “They have our deep appreciation, admiration and gratitude.”

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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, 55 companies have benefited from this program. During the upcoming semester, five companies have been awarded funding and will participate in the following collaborations:

Lionano, Inc., Ithaca, NY, will collaborate with Professor Héctor Abruña, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, to study the efficiency and reliability of an advanced drop-in replacement anode material for lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles.

Craig Fennie

Craig Fennie is a materials scientist combining the tools of theoretical physics with those of solid-state chemistry to discover new materials with desirable electrical, magnetic, and optical properties. Instead of attempting to manipulate the capabilities of previously existing materials, Fennie identifies completely new materials by employing a “first principles” approach based on quantum mechanics, in which they are rationally built up, atom by atom, to possess the needed physical properties. A central line of his research focuses on understanding and controlling the atomic-scale structural complexity that is key in creating new macroscopic properties. One application of this strategy has been to develop materials with coupled electrical and magnetic states, which opens the possibility of digital data storage being controlled electronically rather than magnetically.

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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