NDIIF Announces Two Awards - Best Imaging Publications for 2015

Author: Theresa Bollinger

NDIIF 2014

The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) is pleased to announce two awards for the best imaging publications for calendar year 2015 –  April 15, 2016.

The Best Electron Microscopy Imaging Publication 2015 is awarded to Sara Fathipour, a graduate student with Professor A. Seabaugh in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Fathipour and coworkers published a paper entitled “Synthesized Multiwall MoS2 Nanotube and Nanoribbon Field-Effect Transistors”. Using advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy, the study revealed surprising physical attributes of MoS2 nanotubes grown by chemical vapor transport and used as the channel in field effect transistors. Instead of being cylindrical in geometry the tubes have an ellipsoidal cross section with a semimajor axis of ~60 nm, a semiminor axis of ~30 nm, and a bending radius on the   order of 2 nm. The transistors have ON/OFF current ratios more than 20 x greater than MoS2 nanotubes field effect transistors grown by other methods. The study was published in Appl. Phys. Lett. 2015, 106, 022114.

The Best Biological Imaging Publication 2015 is awarded to Dr. Manuela Lahne, a Research Assistant Professor collaborating with Professor D. Hyde in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Zebrafish Research. Lahne and coworkers published a paper entitled “Actin-Cytoskeleton- and Rock-Mediated INM Are Required for Photoreceptor Regeneration in the Adult Zebrafish Retina”. The study employed regular and multiphoton confocal cell microscopy to monitor in real time the behavior  of
Müller glia/neuronal progenitor cells in light damaged adult zebrafish retinal cultures. Continuous  live  cell  imaging  for  several  hours  through  the  retinal  thickness enabled
observation of Müller glia/NPC nuclei migrating from the inner to the outer nuclear layer of the retina to divide before the majority of nuclei returned to the inner nuclear layer. The study was published in J. Neurosci. 2015, 35, 15612-34.

Bradley Smith, Director of the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) states; “These outstanding publications illustrate the cutting edge science and engineering research that is enabled by the superb imaging equipment within the NDIIF.” Further information about the NDIIF can be gained by visiting www.ndiif.nd.edu.