For the first time in the field of solid-state chemistry scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a smart crystal that can heal itself after breakage without any chemical or biological intervention.
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Imagine a future where buildings and roads can self-repair cracks; cogs installed deep inside complex machines can independently heal structural wear and tear; smartphones can automatically mend their broken screens; all without human intervention.
Crystals are typically thought of as being brittle, but new research done by the Naumov Group at NYU Abu Dhabi has gained insight into a special class of crystals that exhibit an odd property — they can bend like plastic. The research was published in Nature Chemistry.
The paper, co-authored by NYUAD Postdoctoral Associate Lidong Zhang, NYUAD Class of 2014 graduate Haoran Liang, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Abu Dhabi University Jolly Jacob, and NYUAD Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov, was published by Nature Communications on June 11.
Dr. Pance Naumov, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Youssef Idaghdour, a biology professor who studies the relationship between genes and the environment, have each earned well-deserved recognition for their respective research aimed at making a practical difference for those who live and work in the UAE.
Science can progress in unexpected ways, and the recent work of NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov is proof of this. Naumov has been studying a fascinating characteristic of crystals: when exposed to UV light, the crystals explode and jump.
Research taking place at NYU Abu Dhabi was center stage at the Third United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Research Competition, held at Abu Dhabi University on May 21.
Award recognizes lifetime achievements in research.
Several years ago, Panče Naumov and a team of researchers observed a startling effect: certain microscopic crystals, when heated, leapt distances of up to a meter — the microscopic equivalent of a human jumping nearly two kilometers.
Fireflies and other luminous organisms may be a rather unassuming subject for solid-state chemists, but the nifty in-built enzymatic process these insects use to emit a luminescent glow for elementary communication functions is of great interest to the fields of science and medicine.
Throughout the fall semester, NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov's Sustainable Energy class has experimented with a range of environmentally friendly technologies, from creating photovoltaic cells to producing and observing the diverse composition of biogas.
NYUAD Associate Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov recently kicked off the Science Seminar Series with a visit from Nature Middle East Editor Mohammed Yahia. Part of the Nature Publishing Group — which, among other things, publishes a variety of journals across the life, physical, chemical, and applied sciences — Nature Middle East is an online portal that covers emerging science in the Arab world.
Panče Naumov, a leading chemistry academic, has joined NYUAD as an associate professor of chemistry. Previously an associate professor at Osaka University in Japan, Naumov has participated in a number of leading academic research projects in the field of structural chemistry, and most recently has been involved in a project with the potential.
Renowned chemistry academic Panče Naumov has joined New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) faculty as an Associate Professor of Chemistry.
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Going through a phase
Chemists are finding fascinating phase-change phenomena that make crystals jump and pop.
‘It started as a curiosity,’ recalls Pance Naumov, now an associate professor at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. ’One of my postdocs came to me and said: “I can’t get hold of my crystals, they are escaping!”’
Chemistry World | November 10, 2017
ACIE: press release on work from the Naumov Group entitled “Raucous Crystals.”
Some organic crystals jump around when heated up. This happens because of an extremely fast change in their crystal structure. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now demonstrated that the crystals send out acoustic signals during this process, which may be useful in analyzing the characteristics of this phenomenon. The researchers demonstrated that this process is analogous to martensitic transitions observed in steel and some alloys.
Wiley | June 16, 2017
Desy: Jumping crystals produce sound waves
Organic crystals behave like steel.
Desy | June 14, 2017
Panče Naumov and colleagues were recognized for their work on firefly bioluminescence by the Human Frontier Science Program
The different color of bioluminescent light emitted by different organisms has inspired several decades of inconclusive research efforts and debates on its mechanism and the underlying photochemistry. Now, mathematical analysis of the spectra of firefly oxyluciferin, the emitting molecule in fireflies embedded in the bioluminescent enzyme luciferase, has for the first time provided direct insight into the mechanistic complexity of this natural system for generation of cold light.
HFSP | February 14, 2017
The bending, self-healing crystals that scientists believe have huge potential
Researchers in Abu Dhabi are among a team looking at crystals that can bend and then reform, leading to predictions that we might eventually see self-healing cars or buildings.
The National | October 29, 2016