Porous BN solid paper accepted
Good news here: our paper titled "Functionalized Boron Nitride Porous Solids" was accepted for publication in RSC Advances. This is a nice example of international cooperation with Prof. Ajayan's group at Rice University. Thank you to all involved, especially to Parambath Sudeep who was the operative coordinator of this research.
A new paper in CrystEngComm
I'm pleased to report about a new paper that was accepted for publication in CrystEngComm last week. The paper "A simple method to control the formation of biomimetic cerium phosphate architectures," was written by Péter Pusztai and serves as a nice example of successful collaboration between the group lead by Profs. Agate Tóth and Dezső Horváth and our own people at the Dept. of Applied and Environmental Chemistry. Keep up the good work guys!
This year the conference organized by the Hungarian Technical Scientific Society of Transylvania was held at Csíksomlyó (Romania), near the thousand-years old Hungarian border and the Gyímes mountains. The main objective of the symposium is to ensure an annually meeting opportunity for Hungarian scientist to present and discuss the latest issues in their field of research. The plenary lecture topics gave us a general idea about amphiphilic polymer networks, gels, symmetry of reaction mechanism and research directions in bioengineering.
From the MTA-SZTE "Lendület" Porous Nanocomposites Research Group Erzsébet Sára Bogya held a presentation about recent results obtained in the topic of sessile droplet evaporation from nano-porous materials. The talk summarized the preparation and characterization of carbon nanotube-titanate nanowire porous composite mats, their evaporation/temperature profile characteristics variation in function of TiONW content and water droplet evaporation thermographic monitoring.
Blog entry written by Dr. Erzsébet-Sára Bogya.
I had the pleasure of meeting two very nice colleagues in the second half of September at Szeged. Both are experts in theory and modeling and I have very high hopes of collaborating with them in the future. We plan to investigate wetting and spreading phenomena with Prof. Zoltán Néda (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) and the electrical and mechanical properties of buckypapers with Dr. Amit Rawal (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi).
I've spent the first half of September traveling in Europe and giving talks. Since I missed the chance to publish the news about these when it was still hot, I will only briefly summarize them for the record here.
3rd year review report submitted
OK, first of all sorry about the long silence in this blog. I've been busy since the end of July and kept postponing writing here. I'll try to make up for it now in a huge batch of news.
The 3rd year report was submitted on time at the end of July. I think we made good progress and managed to publish adequately about nanostructure synthesis and about S/G interface phenomena. We also made good progress with the evaporation profile measurements, but publications in this field are a bit behind schedule. We are actively working to remedy this now. Fluctuation Enhanced Sensing experiments are somewhat behind schedule. It is a tricky field with lots of reproducibility issues. Results will come eventually. The 3 year output of the Porous Nanocomposites group is summarized below:
All in all, I am satisfied with our progress so far and hope to get the chance to continue this Lendület group for two more years.
Ákos Kukovecz is associate professor of chemistry and Head of the MTA-SZTE Lendület Porous Nanocomposites Research Group. He works at Szeged, Hungary.