Prof. Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, USA - a candidate for the MRS Board of Directors

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Профессор Юрий  Гогоци, Университет Дрекселя, США

The MRS Board of Directors is the governing body of the Materials Research Society, responsible for establishing policy, monitoring progress of the Society toward its long-term goals, and setting the strategic directions for the major activities of the Society, including its meetings, publications, interactions with government agencies, and cooperative efforts with other professional societies throughout the world.

If you are a member of MRS, you can vote to support Prof. Yury Gogotsi as a candidate for the MRS Board of Directors!

Yury Gogotsi is currently distinguished university professor and trustee chair in the department of materials science and engineering at Drexel University. He also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of chemistry and mechanical engineering & mechanics at Drexel University. He is the founding director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and associate editor of ACS Nano. He served as associate dean of the College of Engineering from 2003 to 2007. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine, in 1986, and a D.Sc. in materials engineering from the National Academy of Science, Ukraine, in 1995.
Gogotsi has been active in MRS for more than 20 years. He has been the organizer for various MRS symposia (2014 De Novo Carbon Nanomaterials II Symposium, 2009 Symposium on Materials Challenges Facing Electrical Energy Storage, and others), delivered numerous invited talks and was selected for the prestigious Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanotechnology in 2014. Much of his involvement was focused on students. He was the founding advisor of the MRS Student Chapter at Drexel. Moreover, he has advised some of the top students who have been awarded MRS Gold (M. Lukatskaya, 2015, and M. Naguib, 2014 are the most recent recipients) and Silver Graduate Student Awards, as well as two of three Arthur Nowick award winners (K. Jost, inaugural award in 2012, and K. Hatzell, 2014). He served as chair of the MRS Student Chapters subcommittee in 2011-2015, increasing the total number of student chapters from about 60 to over 90, and introducing international chapters (16 total).
Gogotsi  has been elected a fellow of MRS, American Ceramic Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Electrochemical Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering. He has authored/co-authored two books, more than 450 peer-reviewed papers, edited 13 books and obtained more than 50 patents. His research has been recognized with a European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, Ross Coffin Purdy and Roland B. Snow Awards from the American Ceramic Society, R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine and other national and international prizes. He was recognized as Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters in 2014.

Yury’s current research interests focus on chemistry of nanostructured carbons (nanotubes, onions, graphene, nanodiamond and carbide-derived carbons) and carbides. He was a part of the team that discovered a new family of 2D carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides of transition metals (MXenes). He explores the use of those materials in capacitive energy storage, from a large scale (electrochemical flow capacitor that he invented) to knitted garments and micro-supercapacitors. His work on selective extraction synthesis of carbon and carbide nanomaterials with tunable structure and porosity led to improved understanding of fundamental behavior of ions in confinement. Demonstration of ions desolvation in subnanometer pores of carbon and intercalations capacitance in slit pores of two-dimensional metal carbides outlined a path to development of supercapacitors with drastically improved performance. He led many multi-investigator research projects, collaborated and published with scientists from more than 20 different countries and has been working closely with many colleagues in academia, industry and national laboratories in the U.S.

Candidate’s Statement

I joined the society when I was a postdoc. I attend MRS Spring and Fall meetings every year and always bring several members of my research group to those meetings. Becoming a Board member would allow me to be more directly engaged in charting the future of MRS and working with its leadership to ensure that my favorite Society remains a vibrant, constantly growing and forward-looking community of materials researchers. If elected to serve as a Board member, I’ll help MRS to achieve:

    • Further expansion and strengthening of the global network of student chapters. The vision of MRS is to build a dynamic, interactive, global community of materials researchers. This requires engagement of the new generation of materials researchers. Current students, postdocs and young investigators are the future of MRS. There is no better way of building the membership and engaging young members than through MRS student chapters. There should be no university with a materials science program in the US without an MRS chapter. Student members define the future of the society. We want students to join MRS when they start learning about materials and stay for the duration of their career in the materials field. Let’s keep our Society forever young! 
    • Building a global outlook. MRS is an organization of materials researchers worldwide, as its mission statement says. Fulfilling this mission requires involvement of materials researchers worldwide into MRS activities, committees and conferences. More than 40% of the society is composed of international members. In addition, many graduate students and postdocs registered as U.S. members came to US universities from abroad. The society should not loose contact with them if they leave the country after graduation. They should become MRS ambassadors, recruiting new members, starting MRS student chapters and making MRS the leading professional organization of materials researchers worldwide. The society must continue to support and develop its global membership and to bring global perspective to its U.S. members. More and more U.S. born and educated material scientists go abroad every year and we need to encourage them to become MRS representatives in other countries and help MRS to interact with national Materials Research Societies and other professional organizations in the field. 
    • Embracing new areas of materials research. New materials, techniques and applications emerge every year. MRS has been doing an excellent job by adjusting symposia listing at meetings to reflect changes in our dynamic field. Bringing thousands of researchers working on graphene and other 2D materials to MRS may drastically increase the membership of the society. Missing the next trend in the materials field may lead to thousands of scientists joining another professional organization that acts faster than MRS, and many of them may not come back. The challenge facing MRS is how to stay ahead of the curve, lead expansion of new directions in materials research rather than catch up. What is beyond 2D and bio-nano? MRS enlists the best and brightest minds in the field, but a leadership role of the Board is very important here. Board members should listen to ideas coming from members of the Society, monitor developments of the field and be willing to react quickly by launching new initiatives and delivering new products (meetings, publications, etc.). Being visionary and dynamic is a Core Value of MRS and I’ll be delighted to help the Society with implementing its vision as a member of the Board.

You can read more,  vote and influence the future of the Society and the materials research profession here.


News from MRC.ORG.UA

Congratulations to Professor Yury Gogotsi with being elected as Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences!

professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel UniversityIn January 2019 Professor Yury Gogotsi was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC).

Professor Yury Gogotsi is a leading Ukrainian and American scientist in the field of material chemistry, professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA since the year 2000 in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology.

ADVANCED SCIENCE NEWS: Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else

Professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else. It was love at first sight for Yury Gogotsi. 

Gogotsi feels that the greatest recent step in the field of materials science was the discovery of new 2D materials, the “building blocks of the future”. He is very enthusiastic about the use of nanotechnology to generate “new artificial materials, structures and devices from nanoscale building blocks” and the increased application of “modeling, simulation, and machine learning for solving materials science problems”, though he admits concern regarding the unknown effects that artificial intelligence will have on our future lives. He is also conscious of the energy required for computation and the importance of exploiting renewable resources to develop new technologies – ones that reduce energy consumption. “We need revolutionary discoveries here,” he says. “Evolutionary development won’t be enough.”

NANO2DAY project: Dr. Vitalis Leisis, Kaunas Unniversity of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on November -December 2018

altDue to the NANO2DAY project under european scientific  research program HORIZON 2020 Dr. Vitalis Leisis, Kaunas Unniversity of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on November -December 2018. 

Horizon 2020 NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018


NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi (MRC project leader) and Veronika Zahorodna (early-staged researcher, in the framework of international scientific cooperation on the Horizon 2020 program, visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018 in accordance with the travel plan on the project to perform planned project activities.

MRC director Oleksiy Gogotsi at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a presentation of the company and its activitties in international r&d projects

altDirector of Materials Research Centre (Kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi  at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a  presentation of the company and its activitties in international research and development projects. Also Oleksiy Gogotsi presented HORIZON 2020 MSCA RISE Project №777810 NANO2DAY: MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER COMPOSITES DOPED WITH NOVEL 2D NANOPARTICLES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS.

Seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene by prof. Zdenek Sofer University of Chemistry and Technology (Prague) at Drexel University, USA, on October 18, 2018

altDuring NANO2DAY project visit  to Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA), director of Materials Research Centre (kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi met with Assoc. Prof. Zdeněk Sofer from University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (Chech Republic) and attended his seminar on nanomaterials. Prof. Zdenek Sofer in Drexel University gave an excellent seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene.

NANO2DAY project: research scientist Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018

NANO2DAY project Maksym Plakhotnyuk, DTU visited MRC, November 2018Due to the NANO2DAY project under european scientific  research program HORIZON 2020 research scientist  Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018. 

Congratulations to Professor Yury Gogotsi who received prestigious Chineese Government Friendship Award, Beijing, Great Hall of the People, September 29, 2018

Yury Gogotsi recevide Friendship Award from Chinas GovernmentChina"s Government Friendship Award ceremony was held in Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on September 29, 2018, the award to the winners were presented by the Vice Premier of China Liu He. The People's Republic of China Government Friendship Award is China's highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress.

Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future

Invisibly thin MXene antennas can be applied to a variety of substrates and perform better than antenna materials currently used in mobile devices.

Now, researchers at Drexel University have developed a method for creating nearly invisible antennas on almost any surface by literally spraying them on like paint. The antennas are made from a special two-dimensional metallic material called MXene. MXene powder can be dissolved in water to create a paint that is then airbrushed on. In tests, even a layer as thin as just 62 nanometers – thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper – could communicate effectively. Performance maxed out at just 8 microns, a point at which the spray-on antennas worked just as well as those currently used in mobile devices and wireless routers.

Congratulations to professor Yury Gogotsi, professor Rodney S. Ruoff and professor Patrice Simon with being named by Clarivate Analythics among of the 17 most cited and influenced world-class scientists in 2018!

Professor Yury GogotsiThis designation celebrates researchers whose influence is comparable to that of Nobel Prize recipients, as attested by exceptionally high citation records within the Web of Science. 

15th YES Annual Meeting: “The Next Generation of Everything” September 13 – 15, 2018


Yalta European Strategy (YES)  introduced nightcap events for the participants of the 15th YES Annual Meeting to wind down at the end of the first conference day and discuss interesting topics in an informal atmosphere. YES invited leading politicians, opinion makers and business leaders to present their views on modern trends that define the world and Ukraine. The nightcaps were organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and America House, International Renaissance Foundation, Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter and the Atlantic Council, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, Western NIS Enterprise Fund and Embassy of the Republic of Estonia.

2018 IEEE 8th International Conference on Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties, September 09-14, 2018

2018 IEEE International Conference on “Nanomaterials Applications & Properties”At the poster session of the conference Oleksiy Gogotsi presented two poster presentations on advanced nanomaterials for different applications, prepared with colleagues from Drexel University, USA, and Jilin University, China

NANO2DAY project participants Oleksiy Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited Polymer Institute SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia, July-September 2018

altNANO2DAY project participants from Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, MRC director and project leader Oleksiy Gogotsi and ESR Veronika Zahorodna are working in Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia under the project secondments plan.

NANO2DAY project: Professor Maria Omastova, Polymenr Institue Slovak Academy of Science, visited Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, July-August 2018

Professor Maria Omastova, Polymer Institute SAV, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Oleksiy Gogotsi, director of Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine,  July 2018Professor Omastova was acquainted with the activities and research infrastructure of MRC project partner, she held several seminars on polymer composites and talked about the experience and developments of her institute. 

The 6th International Conference on Novel Functional Carbon Nanomaterials at the 8th Forum on New Materials (CIMTEC 2018) in Perugia, Italy, June 11-14

Фото Yury Gogotsi.The 6th International Conference “Novel Functional Carbon Nanomaterials”within the 8th Forum on New Materials at CIMTEC 2018 held in Perugia, Italy,  highlighted recent achievements and challenges in the synthesis, structural control and modeling at the meso- and nano-scales of the variety of low-dimensional carbon allotropes including nanodiamonds, diamond-like carbon, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene and graphene-related structures, as well as high surface area carbon networks, which are promising for a range of emerging applications in energy conversion and storage, water purification, high-speed nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, quantum information processing, quantum computing, biosensing, drug delivery, medical imaging, thermal management, catalysis, lubrication, etc.