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1st COMPASS-Seagate Industry Grand Challenge

1st Place Winners:  Dr Duke Oeba, Namumbya Mercy Diana, Lucy Mahulu, and Dereje Gelanu 2nd Place Winners: Daisy Kiptoo and Francis Walugembe We recently hosted a COMPASS-Seagate Industry Grand Challenge for students, professors, and researchers from African universities and research centers. We had a week of skill-building webinars and posted a hack-a-thon style industry challenge for participants…

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Nothing is everything: How hidden emptiness can define the usefulness of filtration materials

Prof. Qian Chen, right, and chemistry graduate student Falon Kalutantirige worked with multiple technologies, including Transmission and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy at the Materials Research Laboratory’s Supercon facility to image nanovoids within filter membranes in three dimensions. The team has titled the nanovoid advancement “Beyond Nothingness,” where they applied a mathematical concept called graph theory…

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Albert Liu visited North Carolina State University! Amazing talk with great discussions

Prof. Albert Liu visited North Carolina State University and gave an amazing talk about “Colloidal Electronic Matter.” “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity of visiting the North Carolina State University thanks to the network COMPASS has built. The MSE department at NCSU is truly phenomenal and their Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL) is…

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COMPASS Kick-off Meeting

On December 1, 2023, COMPASS invited the full team including all students to a kick-off meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We were able to start our day off with brief congratulatory comments by Paul Lane, NSF Program Manager. Nick Kotov, COMPASS Director, presented the COMPASS vision followed by a day of…

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Prof. Eranda Nikolla received Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Award!

Professor Eranda Nikolla, University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering, received the inaugural Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Award for Creativity in Catalysis from Tufts University. This is a newly established award in honor of Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos’ legacy in catalysis science, and Eranda was chosen as its very first recipient. The award was presented to Eranda by Greg Stephanopoulos.

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Largest U.S. investment in particle self-assembly seeks to deliver on nanotechnology’s promise

With applications in transportation, energy, health care and more, the center includes African universities and creates opportunities for overlooked talent in the U.S. Covered on Michigan Engineering News, COMPASS U-M Press Release, NSF announces $120 million in funding to create 4 new Science and Technology Centers, Dingell Announces More Than $23 Million for Science and…

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 2243104.

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