Old News Archived
- April 29, 2014, Vaporsens is coverred in a news release, "U Spin-Out Takes Major Strides Forward With New Round of Federal Funding."
- April 29, 2014, Miao successfully defended his Ph.D thesis. Congrats!
- April 24, 2014, Helin successfully defended his Ph.D thesis. Congrats!
- May 29, 2013, R&D of our new sensor
technology in collaboration with
Vaporsens was covered in Channel
2 (CBS/KUTV) Morning News,
- Feb. 21, 2013,
Vaporsens was invited to
demonstrate its explosives and narcotics detection techniques at the
Innovation Fair at the State Capitol, see the live coverage by Fox 13
- Feb. 11, 2013,
Vaporsens lands $150K
- Feb. 1, 2013, our electronic nose
research is reported in the Daily Utah Chronicle,
- Dec. 14, 2012, our sensor research and
commercialization effort through Vaporsens is highlighted in a report by the
Salt Lake Tribune,
of Utah is a startup machine, according to survey".
- July 24, 2012, KSL (Channel 5) TV
covers our recent research success in narcotic sensors and the
commercialization collaboration with
Vaporsens Inc. click for the news clip:
- July 9, 2012, our research in electronic
dog nose is reported in Innovation Utah,
- July 6, 2012, Congrats to Yanke for
election into the 3rd round of "Youth 1000-Talent Plan" of China
(é�’å¹´å�ƒäººè®¡åˆ’), a government endowed professorship.
- April 27, 2012, Ben Bunes is awarded
with the prestigious NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF).
It is extremely competitive to get this award. Congratulations, Ben.
- April 19, 2012, our lab is featured in
the 2012 issue of "Business in Utah",
the Official Publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
- March 15,
2012, Congratulations to Ben, Miao and Helin,
representing University of Utah, their project â€œVapor Detection of
Peroxide-Based Improvised Explosive Devicesâ€� won the ten finalists for the
Sixth Annual National Security Innovation Competition --- The National
Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF) today.
- Feb. 16,
2012, one of our explosives detector devices was part of the USTAR
Science Fair showcase at the State Capitol Rotunda,
where our Ph.D. students Ben, Miao and Helin demonstrated how the device
works (2nd and 3rd photos).
2011, our explosives sensor research and technology development
were featured in the November/December issue of Zions
Bank Community magazine:
No Mean Feet -
Nano Net Detects Explosives.
2011, our heavy metal sensor research was covered in the Fall 2011 issue of
- November 16,
2011, Zang gave an invited feature talk at Salt
Lake Community College on the topic of "Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy through Nanotechnology". see the follow up report by the Globe:
- October 8,
2011, Bringing mercury pollution to light: U. scientist creates faster,
cheaper way to measure mercury.
- October 6,
2011, Faster, cheaper mercury test could provide answers for China
- August 31,
2011, Dr. Zang commented on "Nanotechnology
emerges in energy efficiency" with Leonardo Energy,
- July 13,
2011, Governor Herbert declared July 13, 14 and 15 as the Utah-Qinghai
EcoPartnership days during the National Governors Association Meeting
held in SLC. Metallosensors is part of the EcoPartnership, and mentioned
in the declaration.
Click here for
the PDF of Declaration.
- June 8,
2011, MetalloSensors was awarded a SBIR grant for developing next
generation of device for
Trace Mercury Detection.
- June 3, 2011,
Utah Pulse: Nanotechnology and the New Energy Economy, reporting Dr.
Zang's new book with Springer and his interview on renewable energy and the
impact brought by nanotechnology; also covered in the
- May 16, 2011,
Welcome Dr. Ligui Li joining us as a postdoctoral fellow.
- April 11-15, 2011, Dr. Ling Zang
delivered an invited talk at the 2011 Workshop on Trace Explosives
- March 28,
2011, Congratulations to Ben, Miao and Helin! Their
project titled "Low-Cost, Portable Detection of Peroxide-Based Improvised
Explosive Devices"â€� has been selected as one of the ten finalist for the
Fifth Annual National Security Competition at the United States Air Force
Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 29, 2011.
March 18, 2011,
The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge announced the top 10 teams for its 2011
competition today. VaporoSens team led by Lassonde Students is among the
UEC announces top-10 teams.
- Feb. 28, 2011,
our research on trace explosive detection was featured on KUER radio:
- Feb. 1, 2011,
our research and development work on sensors is highlighted by the Zions
Bank "Speaking on Business" program through KSL News Radio.
- the Zions Bank
"Speaking on Business" is a radio program highlighting businesses throughout
Utah and Idaho. The week of Jan. 31st, the spotlighted companies and
breakthrough research associated with USTAR. The host of the program is
Chris Redgrave, former general manager of KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City,
and past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.
- Jan. 26, 2011,
Utah Center of Trace Explosives Detection (UCTED) is established, with
sponsorship of the State's Centers of Excellence program.
- Jan. 24, 2011,
Chengyi's paper "Fluorescent nanoscale zinc(ii)-carboxylate coordination
polymers for explosive sensing" was amongst the top ten accessed articles of
ChemComm in the month December 2010 after published online. You can browse
the full list of top 10 articles
- September 14,
2010, Dr. Zang was appointed as an Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar (EFS) of
the University of Utah.
- September 2,
2010, Zengxing's work on Reversible Dispersion and Release of Carbon
Nanotubes Using Foldamers is now accepted for publication in
Journal of the American
- July, 2010, a
new way of making graphene -- a single layer of carbon atoms -- for
potential use in high-speed electronic devices.
- May 15, 2010,
Ben, Helin, and Miao presented "the Magic of Color" and demonstrated
hands-on excitments at NanoDays 2010, Utah. NanoDays is a nationwide
festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
This year, NanoDays Utah was hosted by the Nano Institute of Utah at the
University of Utah, in partnership with The Leonardo, Utah Science Center,
and the Utah Museum of Natural History,
more details can be found here:
2009, our research in nanomaterials and applications in trace explosives
detection and clean energy were featured in the 2009 Research Report,
College of Engineering:
- August 31,
2009, our patented technology on nanofibril explosives sensory materials
is now licensed to ICx Technologies,
a leading manufacturer of explosives detectors, as featured in a News
Paper, the Southern Illinoisan.
- April 17,
2009, Earth Day in Utah: our research in sensors and solar cells leads
to part of the prospective of creating cleaner environment,
- Feb. 18,
2009, Detecting Danger at the Nanoscale: Technology to Improve Security,
- Dec. 18,
2008, The explosives sensor research was highlighted by Utah Pulse,
- Dec. 10,
2008, Dr. Zang attended a USTAR luncheon with Governor Huntsman.
- Dec. 5,
2008, Dr. Zang was interviewed by KSL Radio on the new explosives sensor
- Dec. 4,
2008, Our research was reported by The Daily Utah Chronicle,
- Aug 2008, Our lab moved
from the Southern Illinois University to University of Utah, as part of
the USTAR program,
- Feb 2008, Yanke's paper
on mercury sensing published in
ChemComm is featured as a "Hot
Article" by the journal.
- Nanofiber research
Materials Today, July Issue, 2007.
- Yanke's ultralong
nanobelts are highlighted in
ACS weekly News, June 6, 2007, also in a
- June 7, 2007,
Nanotechnology research at NESMI lab is featured in a News Paper,
- May 31, 2007, Expedient
Explosives Detection via Nanofibril Sensor Films now featured on TV, the
Heartland News, KFVS12 (CBS). (click
for the scripture)
- May 29, 2007, Explosives
Sensing research featured in a News Paper,
the Southern Illinoisan.
- Tam's JACS paper on
Explosives Sensing is highlighted in
Nature Nanotechnology, May 25, 2007.
- Explosives Sensing
research featured in
ACS weekly News, May 23, 2007, also in
Science Daily, in
SoftPedia, and in