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MuSES News

April 2013: MuSESians received student fellowships

Xiaobao Geng received finishing fellowship and Bryan Steinhoff received Dean's fellowship. Xiaobao and Bryan, congratulations! Previously, Sunand Santhanagopalan received Finishing Fellowship in 2012 and Ryan Lemmens received Dean's Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

March 2013: MuSES lab received a new NSF grant on portable hydrogen generators

The new 3-year grant "Collaborative Research: Self-circulating, self-regulating microreactor for on-chip gas generation from liquid reactants". We will work with our collaborators, Profs. Likun Zhu and Whitney Yu, as well as Prof. Craig Friedrich in our department to implement microfluidics for the controlled generation of hydrogen in portable devices.  

Nov. 2012: Sunand Santhanagopalan passed Ph.D. defense

Congratulations, Sunand! To be Dr. Santhanagopalan soon.

March 2012: TSA work at MuSES lab has been highlighted by "IoP select" and "JMM highlight 2011"

Xiaobao's paper has been highlighted by "IOP select", a merit-based selection of IOPscience, the online publishing arm of Institute of Physics. "IOP select" is a selection of “Articles from the last 12 months that have been chosen by our editors for their novelty, significance and potential impact on future research.".
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This paper has also been included in "JMM highlights of 2011", which has been “identified as being of particular interest by our hard-working referees.” (

Only 14 out of 403 papers are selected as "IOP select" and "JMM highlights of 2011". The rate is 3%.

June 2011: MuSES lab welcome underrepresented undergraduate student

Franco Marcano from Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon Campus has joined MuSES lab to conduct summer research. Franco is a top undergraduate student selected to be supported by NASA Minority University Research and Education Program. He will work will Anirudh and other graduate students on EPD-based nanofabrication for various applications.

June 2011: MuSES lab researchers reveal the power of the geometry in microchannel

It is intuitive that round microchannels would work better than square ones for a bubble-driven micropump, thank to the elimination of the leak flow from the corners. However, the boldest guess on the potential improvement may never exceed tens of percentage. During the last two years, MuSES graduate student, Ryan Lemmens, has spared numerous amount of his sleeping time in the lab to accurately characterize the effect. Astonishingly, he found that the maximum output flow power of a valve-less bubble-driven micropump can be improved to 3.6–4.6 times, by simply swapping the commonly used square/rectangular microchannels to round ones. The research may lead to new means for significant power saving and performance improvement in microfluidic devices, such as micro total analysis systems for biomedical analysis. The results have been scheduled to be published this September on Sensors and Actuators.

June 2011: Transducer 11' and Visit to Xiamen University and Tsinghua University

Dr. Meng attended the Transducer 11' conference at Beijing (June 5-9). He served as a session chair for the Power MEMS oral session and a member of the technical program committee. During the trip, Dr. Meng has also given two invited seminars at Xiamen University and Tsinghua University, with a focus on the Power MEMS research at the MuSES lab.

January 2011: Congratulation to Sunand on publishing Langmuir paper and passing proposal defense.

June, 2010: Summer Students

MuSES Lab welcome our summer students Armando Flores (through MICUP program from Delta College), Thanakorn Trakarnvanich and Tanatetee Rattanaruengyot (both through Industrial Training Program from Chulalongkorn University at Thailand).

April, 2010

Congratulation to Xiaobao, who passed Ph.D. proposal defense and Pragnesh, who passed M.S. defense!

January, 2010

Xiaobao and Pragnesh’s paper on self-adaptive thermal switch has been orally presented in IEEE-MEMS '10 conference at Hong Kong.

December, 2009

MuSES lab presented 3 papers in PowerMEMS '09 workshop at Washington DC. Dr. Meng served as a session Chair.

November, 2009

Dr. Meng presented invited talk to Army Research Lab entitled: "PowerMEMS Research at MuSES Lab".

October, 2009

Dr. Meng are invited to give a seminar in the WIMS seminar serial of University of Michigan entitled: "Micro Fuel Cell: the challenges and opportunities of a platform for powerMEMS and beyond ".

June 15, 2009

New NSF Award

NSF has awarded MuSES and collaborators a 3-years project, entitled "Microfluidic Fabrication of Self-Healing Microfibers for Composite Construction Materials". This project will be directed by Dr. Meng (PI), Dr. Z. You (co-PI, Civil), and Dr. Q. Dai (Co-PI, MEEM), in collaboration with Dr. P. Heiden (Chemistry).

June 10, 2009

Undergraduate student, Perry Wilson, Joined the lab. Perry is a member of "National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) Division". Welcome, Perry!

May 19, 2009

Ph. D. student, Nate Kroodsma, received Honorable Mention for the prestigious NSF Gradate Research Fellowship. Congratulation to Nate!

May 1, 2009

Ms. Min Nie graduated with M.S. degree. Min joined the lab in 2007. She has submitted her Journal Paper on "Formation of Metal Nanoparticles by Short-Distance Sputter Deposition in a RIE Chamber" to Journal of Applied Physics. She has also published her work on "Superhydrophilic Surface" in the proceeding of IEEE-NEMS (C0902 of the paper list). One of her committee member praised her work as "the most comprehensive master thesis I saw this year". Congratulation to Min!

January 10, 2009

MuSES participated IEEE-NEMS ’09 conference and organized workshop
Dr. Meng organized a pre-conference workshop for the 4th IEEE-NEMS conference at Shenzhen, China, January 5-8, 2009. The theme of the workshop is Micro and Nano Technology for Energy Applications. We also presented two papers on our current research on micropumping and supperhydrophilic surface.

Decemeber 20, 2008

Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Fei Teng Joined MuSES:

MuSES lab welcome our Postdoctoral Associateits Dr. Fei Teng from Nanjing University of Information and Technology (NUIT). Dr. Teng is current a faculty member at NUIT. He is an expert on synthesis & characterization of nanomaterials, nanocatalysis & heterocatalysis, colloid & surface, and self-assembly of highly ordered patterns.

September 24, 2008

New Ph.D. Students Joined MuSES:

MuSES lab welcome its two new Ph.D. Students: Nate Kroodsma from Michigan Tech and Kevin Xiaobao Geng from Peking University.


September 2, 2008

MuSES recieved DoE education grants:

Together with several other groups across the Michigan Tech Campus, MuSES received a Hydrogen Education Grant from U.S. Department of Energy, Entitled " Hydrogen Education Curriculum Path at Michigan Technological University". This effort is led by Professor Jason Keith at Chemical Engineering Department.  


May 13, 2008

MuSES recieved two new research grants:

Petroleum Research Fund from American Chemical Society to study "Demulsification by Nano-Structured Surfaces"; and

Research Excellent Fund from Michigan Tech to work on "Innovative Micro Fuel Cell Architectures”


April 24, 2008

An article on U.S. News: Mechanical Engineering Is on the Rise: The classic discipline is cutting-edge again



April 11, 2008

Our undergraduate student Ryan Lemmens has been awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) to conduct research in MuSES lab during Summer 2008. Ryan joined us during the Fall Semester of 2007 and has contribute significantly to the lab. Congratulation to Ryan! More detail about this award can be found on Tech Today and SURFs website.


April 10, 2008

Graduate school rankings released by the 2009 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate rate four of Michigan Technological University's graduate engineering programs among the top 50 nationwide:

* Mechanical Engineering, No. 48.

* Civil engineering, No. 43.

* Materials science and engineering, No. 41.

* Environmental engineering, No. 26

The ME Undergraduate Program of MTU is ranked 22nd nationally among doctoral-granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2008 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges

Read GLITR for more details.

Dec. 27, 2007
Dr. Meng will deliver invited talk at NEMS '08 (Sanya, China, Jan. 6-9, 2008).
The title of this talk will be " Fuel Delivery and CO2 Byproduct Removal for Micro Direct Methanol Fuel Cells"