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Research Assitantship for Ph.D. candidates, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Position: Research Assitantship for Ph.D. candidates
Organization: The Pennsylvania State University
Location: USA
Deadline: 04-01-11


The Penn State BioNEMS Group is inviting the most motivated, talented students to join us in using micro/nano technology to find innovative solutions to solve the world’s challenging problems. The BioNEMS group conducts research at the interface of engineering, biology, physics, and materials. Our research focuses on multi-physics of micro/nano systems. Currently, we have two research directions:

1) multi-physics of microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems.

2) multi-physics of active nanostructures. Our team consists of exceptional students and researchers with passion to excel.

Since BioNEMS was founded in 2005, we have made the following remarkable achievements:

1) We have published 53 journal articles and 43 conference papers and filed nine US patent applications in five years.

2) Eleven of our journal articles have been featured as cover images at the journals Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, and Lab on a Chip.

3) Our results have been reported as news stories at the journals Nature, Nature Photonics, and Nature Materials.

4) The technologies invented by us have been highlighted at National Science Foundation of USA and more than 200 public media such as US News and World Report, Yahoo News, Science Daily, Wired Science, Live Science, Medical News Today, Bio-Medicine, Highlights in Chemical Technology, R&D Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Nanotechnology Now, Materials Today, Physics World, photonics.com, and optics.org.

5) Our graduate students have been selected to receive more than 40 awards (from university level to international level) for their research accomplishments.



Bionics (also known as biomimetics, biognosis, biomimicry, or bionical creativity engineering) is the application of methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.Some dictionaries, however, explain the word as being formed from “biology” + “electronics”.

The transfer of technology between lifeforms and synthetic constructs is desirable because evolutionary pressure typically forces natural systems to become highly optimized and efficient. A classical example is the development of dirt- and water-repellent paint (coating) from the observation that the surface of the lotus flower plant is practically unsticky for anything (the lotus effect). Examples of bionics in engineering include the hulls of boats imitating the thick skin of dolphins; sonar, radar, and medical ultrasound imaging imitating the echolocation of bats.