Gassensmith Lab

Crikey! Convection Curls Clever Crystal Cantilever Contraption in Chem Comm!

Madushani Dharmarwardana and Raymond Welch have just published a paper in Chemical Communications showing thermal actuation in a single crystal. This is cool because the actuation is powered by a single-crystal to single-crystal phase transition (a monoclinic to triclinic phase transition) that accompanies an enormous change in unit cell. When glued to a glass plate, this anisotropic change causes the crystal to…

Petroleum Research Funded

We thank the Petroleum Research Fund of the ACS for supporting our work through the Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) program. The grant was based upon the preliminary data collected by Madushani Dharmarwardana, and is a testament to her hard work (and will fund the rest of her PhD!)