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January 2014: James Gaugler, Michael Chido, Sean Hwang, and Philip Fournier join the Star group
August 20, 2013: We congratulate Gregg Kotchey on his successful Ph.D. dissertation defense.
August 2, 2013: Yifan Tang successfully completes the requirements for a Ph.D. We wish Dr. Tang the best of luck at ATOM, Inc.
June 28, 2012: Dr. Nadine Kraut has joined PPG Industries. We wish Nadine the best of luck.
June 6, 2013: We congratulate Mengning Ding on his successful Ph.D. dissertation defense. We wish Dr. Ding the best of luck at UCLA.
May 17, 2013: Hao Bai departs with a M.Sc. and will attend Carnegie Mellon University. We wish Hao the best of luck.
January 9, 2013: We congratulate Yanan Chen on her successful Ph.D. dissertation defense. We wish Dr. Chen the best of luck at Bayer MaterialScience.
January 2013: Seth Burkert, James Ellis, and Gregory Morgan join the Star group.
October 24, 2012: Dr. Haifeng Dong joins the Star group as a postdoc.
June 27, 2012: Ian Feigel departs with a M.Sc. and accepts a position with Michelin North America, Inc. We wish Ian the best of luck.
June 1, 2012: Dr. Nadine Kraut joins the Star group as a postdoc.
May 21, 2012: Yong Zhao receives the 2011-12 Bayer MaterialScience Graduate Student Fellowship.
May 9, 2012: Yifan Tang is awarded second place by the Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures Division of the Electrochemical Society for a student poster entitled "The Effect of Metal Catalysts in the Electrocatalytic Activity of Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube Cups for Oxygen Reduction Reaction." Yifan presented his poster at the 221st meeting of the ECS held in Seattle, WA.
April 13, 2012: Dr. Harindra Vedala has joined KLA Tencor as an applications engineer. We wish Harindra the best of luck.
April 11, 2012: We congratulate Brian Barth on his successful M.Sc. dissertation defense.
February 13, 2012: We congratulate Pingping Gou on her successful Ph.D. dissertation defense. We wish Dr. Gou the best of luck.
January 2012: Wanji Seo joins the Star group.
September 2011: Dr. Saad Hasan joins the Star group as a postdoc.
April 7, 2011: Yifan Tang receives the 2011-12 Graduate Excellence Fellowship.
April 6, 2011: Yanan Chen receives the 2011-12 Bayer MaterialScience Graduate Student Fellowship.
April 2011: Dr. Alexander Star has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure (effective September 1, 2011).
February 25, 2011: Dr. Alexander Star receives the 2011 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award.
January 2011: Hao Bai, Gordon Chiu, and Zachary Michael join the Star group.
September 14, 2010: Yifan Tang receives the 2010-11 Bayer MaterialScience Graduate Student Fellowship.
September 9, 2010: Ian Feigel receives the Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher.
September 1, 2010: Dr. Alexander Star has received a NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award, which comes with a R01 grant to conduct a five-year project entitled "Investigations and Mitigation of Carbon Nanomaterial Toxicity."
September 1, 2010: Gregg Kotchey was awarded a highly competitive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowship.
July 21, 2010: We congratulate Brett Allen on his successful Ph.D. dissertation defense. Dr. Allen has joined ICx Technologies as a senior research scientist. We wish Brett the best of luck at ICx.
March 24, 2010: We congratulate Douglas Kauffman on his successful Ph.D. dissertation defense. Dr. Kauffman was awarded a prestigious National Research Council associateship through the National Academies. He will join the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL, Pittsburgh, PA) as a postdoctoral fellow. We wish Doug the best of luck in his future endeavors.
March 2010: Dr. Alexander Star is named Section Editor-in-Chief of the topical section on "Biosensors" for the journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).
February 2010: Dr. Alexander Star is awarded a NSF CAREER Award for a project entitled "Synthesis and Exploration of Graphitic Nanocapsules."
January 2010: Brian Barth and Ian Feigel join the Star group.
October 2009: Undergraduate researcher, Matthew Keddie, travels to Harrisburg, PA to present his research entitled, ‘TAILORING THE VOLUMETRIC PARAMETERS OF NITROGEN-DOPED CARBON NANOTUBE CUPS’ to Pennsylvania state legislators as a part of the state-wide Undergraduate Research at the Capital program (URC-PA).
October 2009: Gregg Kotchey receives the Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher.
September 2009: Dr. Harindra Vedala joins the Star group as a postdoc.
August 2009: Yong Zhao receives the Arts and Sciences Fellowship.
June 2009: Doug Kauffman receives the 2009-10 Bayer MaterialScience Graduate Student Fellowship.
June 2009: The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) awards the Star group with a contract for the proposal entitled "Investigations of Enzymatic Mechanisms for the Biodegradation of Carbon Nanotubes."
May 2009: Sruti Bhaumik graduates with a Master's Degree.
April 2009: Brett Allen receives the Mellon Fellowship.
March 2009: Yong Zhao joins the Star group.
December 2008: Gregg Kotchey joins the Star group.

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