Tuesday, January 3, 2017

STAMI has awarded 2017 Seed Grants to Georgia Tech researchers that are members of the Community for Research on Active Surfaces and Interfaces (CRĀSI) and the Soft Matter Incubator (SMI). Proposals were selected on a competitive basis. The 2017 CRĀSI seed grant program sought innovative proposals addressing fundamental scientific questions pertaining to surfaces and interfaces, and two collaborative proposals were selected. The 2017 SMI seed grant program sought proposals addressing questions pertaining to fundamental soft matter, and three collaborative proposals were selected. Learn more.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Image: From: The National Academy of Inventors

Professor Seth Marder, from the Georgia Tech Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI, "Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society." Professor Marder is the first NAI fellow from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences. Read more here.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Image: The surface orientation of perylene diimide (PDI) surface modifiers can be changed based on the deposition technique.

Modification of the TCO surface with a redox-active surface modifier is a possible approach toward enhancing OPV efficiency by providing an efficient charge-transfer pathway between either hole- or electron-harvesting contacts and the organic active layer. Two different deposition techniques were used with perylene diimide (PDI) surface modifiers in the study: adsorption from solution (SA) and spin coating (SC), to create three types of monolayer films on ITO: SA PDI–phenyl–PA, SA PDI–diphenyl–PA, and SC PDI–phenyl–PA. These thin films, designed to act as “charge-transfer mediators”, were used to study relationships between molecular structure, electron-transfer (ET) kinetics, and electronic structure.


Competing for large-scale, center-level grants (e.g., MRSEC, EFRC, etc.) requires a compelling research program, a cohesive multidisciplinary team, and well-crafted proposals. To this end, this year’s CRĀSI seed grant program seeks to provide two multi-investigator teams with the financial resources needed to enhance their competitiveness for center-level grants. Successful PIs will develop an initial idea into a viable research plan, build the necessary team, and compile a detailed, 5-page white paper that can be utilized in future, center-level funding competitions. Research themes must be broadly within the scope of CRĀSI; that is, they should be related to and include fundamental scientific questions pertaining to surfaces and interfaces. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Sharon Lawrence ( by September 15, 2017. Proposals must contain a two-page description of the anticipated research, possible team members (both internally and externally), and targeted center-level proposal call(s). A separate cover page should indicate the seed proposal title and names and affiliations of the initial team of investigators. The initial team should not exceed 3 members and must consist of at least two CRĀSI PIs; however, it is expected that the team will be expanded as necessary over the course of the seed project. A one-page budget, not to exceed $15,000, should also be provided. Funds may be used to support PI meetings, travel, proposal preparation (including graphic design), and, in well-justified circumstances, student salary and materials and supplies. Travel to visit program managers and/or external collaborators is encouraged. Final white papers must be submitted to Sharon Lawrence by May 30, 2018. In addition, a presentation summarizing efforts to date and next steps will be given in the summer of 2018. Two CRĀSI seed grants will be announced by October 15, 2017. Funds must be expended by June 30, 2018.