• news: the cost of research in america - indirect costs

    An interesting article was published by Nature (Citation: Nature 515 p.329 ) on the cost of doing research in the United States. The article has a scatter chart that presents the negotiated rate and calculated rate for universities, non-profits, and hospitals by region. The take home message was in 2014 the average calculated rate for universities was of 31%.

  • news: 68th SERMACS meeting / october 23 - 26, 2016 - columbia, sc


    In October 2016, the Foulger group went to the 68th Southeastern Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Columbia, SC. Oleksandr "Alex" Klep (graduate), Tucker McFarlane (graduate), Mary "Katie" (graduate) Burdette, and Davis Hendricks (undergraduate; cf. attached image) all gave talks at this meeting. Newcomer Eric Zhang (graduate) attended this meeting as his first conference in his academic career. The title of the talks were...

    • Katie's talk: M. K. Burdette, R. Jenkins, I. Bandera, R. Powell, T. Bruce, X. Yang, Y. Wei, and S. H. Foulger. “Particle-protein-dye system toward activated fluorescence and cancer theranostics”, 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Columbia, SC (October 2016).
    • Davis' talk: D. Hendricks, M. K. Burdette, I. Bandera, and S. H. Foulger. “Silica/poly(propargyl methacrylate) core/shell nanoparticles with surface attached fluorophores”, 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Columbia, SC (October 2016).
    • Tucker's talk: T. M. McFarlane, I. Bandera, B. Zdyrko, and S. H. Foulger. “Optical and dielectric properties of methacrylate polymers with pendant carbazole moieties for use as memristors”, 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Columbia, SC (October 2016).
    • Alex's talk: O. Klep and S. H. Foulger. “Enhanced carrier for hydrophobic molecules in aqueous systems: Synthesis and characterization”, 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Columbia, SC (October 2016).
  • news: ben grant joins the group


    Benjamin (Ben) Grant, a senior undergraduate student in Materials Science an Engineering with an inorganic concentration, joined the Foulger group in September 2016. Ben will be assisting graduate student Tucker McFarlane with device fabrication of memristors (grant number DMR-1507266). After Ben earns his BS degree, he hopes to join the Foulger group as a graduate student pursuing his PhD.

  • news: quin gammon joins the group


    Quin Gammon, a junior undergraduate in Materials Science and Engineering with a polymeric concentration, joined the Foulger research group in September 2016. She is currently working on the optogenetic EPSCoR project (grant number: OIA-1632881) under graduate student Mary (Katie) Burdette. Quin is also a member of Club softball at Clemson University.

  • news: davis hendricks joins the group from southern wesleyan university


    For the Fall 2016 semester, Davis Hendricks has joined the Foulger research group. Davis is a sophomore at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) and came to Clemson University for the Charles H. Townes Optical Science and Engineering Program in the summer of 2016. She is majoring in biology at SWU and will be assisting Mary "Katie" Burdette in the preparation of radioluminescent particles for use in optogenetics.

  • news: foulger wins $6M NSF grant


    Prof. Foulger is the primary investigator (PI) on a new $6M four-year NSF award that is focusing on new materials for optogenetics. The cooperative agreement is through NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) as part of its Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2 investment strategy. RII Track-2 builds national research strength by initiating collaborations across institutions in two or more EPSCoR jurisdictions. From the NSF website:

    The Creation of Next-Generation Tools for Neuroscience -- Noninvasive Radioluminescence Approaches to Optogenetics
    Stephen Foulger

    Institution: Clemson University

    Optogenetics is a transformative method in neurobiology that uses light to precisely activate neurons. The method is currently limited by the inability of visible light to penetrate deep within the brain. This project brings together a group of uniquely qualified chemists, engineers and neuroscientists from South Carolina, Alabama and New Mexico to overcome that limitation by creating a novel, non-invasive method for optogenetic brain stimulation involving low-dose x-ray activation of radioluminescent nanoparticles.

    You can read the entire NSF news release here: NSF Anouncement.

  • news: marek jurca returns to the czech republic


    Marek Jurca finished up his summer research at Clemson University and has now returned to finish up his Master's degree at Tomas Bata University in Zlín (Czech Republic). Marek is an active researcher in a NSF funded project on polymeric memristors. During his two months this summer in Clemson, Marek worked under Dr. Yura Bandera learning how to synthesize new carbazole containing monomers and polymers. Marek will be returning January 2017 to begin his PhD studies in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Clemson University.

  • news: foulger group website is up again

    After a lengthy absence, the foulger group website has been re-established. Due to the unfortunate demise of the previous hard drive and the corruption of the website backup, the site had to be rebuilt. This is not altogether a bad thing since the old website needed to take advantage of some of the new CMS systems that have been rolled out in the last few years. The new (and improved) site is up & running and content will be slowly added over the next few months.

  • news: eric zhang joins the group from rutgers


    On August 15th, 2016, Eric Zhang joined the group as a PhD graduate student. Eric holds a B.S in Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers University (2016) researching the mechanical properties of wollastonite/metal composites using green hydrothermal processes and alternative methods to 3D print ceramic. His previous experience in industry included looking at the rheological behavior of ceramic extrusion using rate enhancing additives at Corning and the evaluation of optical 3D imaging devices for in-vivo skin roughness measurements at Johnson and Johnson. Eric's PhD research topic will be in the area of scintillating nanoparticles for use in neuroscience.

  • news: 16th anniversary of COMSET

    In April 2016, the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) celebrated its 16th anniversary. The College of Engineering took the opportunity to highlight the history and future of optical materials science at Clemson University. The article is here: 16th Anniversary of COMSET