This is just to proudly let you all know that our paper "Facile synthesis of CuS nanoparticles deposited on polymer nanocomposite foam and their effects on microstructural and optical properties" was published in the European Polymer Journal. This is the latest addition to the series of nanocomposite papers written in cooperation with our friends at the Baku State University. Congratulations to all co-authors!
Getting additional funding is supposed to be important criterion in evaluating the performance of Lendület (Momentum) groups. Therefore, I'm pleased to report that the TÁMOP-4.2.2.D-15/1/KONV-2015-0024 project „ELITeam” was selected to be supported. The project title is: "ELI Intézet létrehozása a Szegedi Tudományegyetemen: interdiszciplináris kutatások megalapozása a lézerek és alkalmazásai területén" ("Establishing an ELI Institute at the University of Szeged: foundations of interdisciplinary research in the field of lasers and their applications"). This will run until 30th October 2015. I am heading subproject 4.5 with a budget of 8 million HUF. Our topic is the usage of high power density methods for modifying the surface of core-shell nanoparticles.
Two weeks ago Zoltán Kónya and myself participated at the World Congress and Expo on Nanotechnology and Materials Science in Dubai, UAE. The conference was fine, the talks were received well, and there is a nice group photo that justifies this blog entry :)
I had the privilege of giving a 45 minutes long talk to the Section of Chemical Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences yesterday. I summarized the 3 year performance of the group in the context of our research plan, monitoring indicator progress and scientific results in all four focus areas: nanoparticle synthesis, interface studies, evaporation profile measurement and fluctuation enhanced sensing.
The national finals of the Chemistry Student Researcher Competition (OTDK in Hungarian) were held this weekend at Veszprém. I participated as a member of the Materials Science II committee and enjoyed some very nice talks there. However, the most important is that several Szeged students have managed to score at the competition. It is my pleasure to congratulate Balázs Buchholcz and his supervisors Henrik Haspel and Zoltán Kónya for the 3rd prize he achieved in Materials Science I. Tamás Varga, the other participating member of our team has also delivered a very solid presentation and has every right to be as proud as Balázs for making a great stand. Congratulations and keep up the good work guys! :)
Splendid news today! Our paper "Structure independent proton transport in cerium(III) phosphate nanowires" written by Péter Pusztai and Henrik Haspel was accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. This is a very nice work on the conductivity of hexagonal and monoclinic cerium phosphate nanowires. Congratulations and thank you to all contributors!
Let us conclude March 2015 with some good news! :) Our review paper "Layered titanate nanostructures: perspectives for industrial exploitation" was accepted today for publication in Translational Materials Research (2015). This review was written upon the kind request of Prof. George Grüner, the Editor-in-chief of the journal. TMR is a new and interesting addition to the palette of scientific journals, because it is dedicated to translating scientific breakthroughs into commercial products and technologies. I honestly believe that titanate nanotubes and nanowires have the potential to have a major effect on the commercial nanomaterial landscape, therefore, I am particularly happy to have contributed an industry-oriented review about them to the pool of available literature.
I was able to get a quick look at Cappadocia while in Kayseri. Cappadocia is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, now I know why. Stunning landscape and rich history make visiting this place well worth.
On the road from Ürgüp to Göreme
Göreme Open Air Museum
Chapels and early Christian community habitats carved out of volcanic rock from the 3rd century AD. Rock chapels with frescos surviving in vivid colors from the 10-13th centuries.
Pasabag rock chimneys
Tea in Avanos
Derinkuyu underground city
No science in this post, only a few photos I've shot in Kayseri. This is a brand new looking city of 1 million citizens in Central Eastern Turkey, at the foot of mount Erciyes in the anti-Taurus mountains.
Last week I attended the NANOSMAT Asia 2015 conference in Kayseri, Turkey as an invited speaker. In my talk on 24 March I introduced the concept of the evaporation profile and have shown selected examples of the capabilities of this method. The talk was received well and provoked quite a few questions from the audience. Most importantly, it helped me get in contact with a colleague from India with whom we now have high hopes of a successful collaboration.
Ákos Kukovecz is associate professor of chemistry and Head of the MTA-SZTE Lendület Porous Nanocomposites Research Group. He works at Szeged, Hungary.