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  • Group Hike
    In June some members of the group enjoyed a sunny day of hiking in Illinois organised by Aykut. 
                        
  • Evanston, IL | Posted on September 3rd, 2014
  • New Article in Physics Today 
    An article published in Physics Today discusses Charles' work that was published in Nature Materials in June. 'Charged Polymers Form Unusual Nanostructures' Physics Today 67(8), 16 (2014) 
    Evanston, IL | Posted on August 20th, 2014
  • New Journal Cover Article published in Nature Materials. 

    The article "Electrostatic Control of Block Copolymer Morphology" by Charles Sing, Jos Swanikken, and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, is published in Nature Mat 13 (2014) 694-698.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on June 20th, 2014
  • Designing Ion 'Highway Sytems' for Batteries
    For years, scientists have searched for safer battery materials that still have the same advantages as lithium. While plastics (or polymers) seemed like an obvious choice, researchers never fully understood how the material would change when an ion charge was introduced. Now a McCormick team, lead by Monica Olvera de la Cruz has married two traditional theories in materials science that can explain how the charge dictates the structure of the material. This opens the door for many applications, including a new class of batteries. The paper, Electrostatic control of Block Copolymer Morphology, was published in Nature Materials.
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on June 9th, 2014
  • Expanding Particles to Engineer Defects
    Materials scientists have long known that introducing defects into three-dimensional materials can improve their mechanical and electronic properties. Now a new Northwestern study by researchers Zhenwei Yao and Monica Olvera de la Cruz finds how defects affect two-dimensional crystalline structures, and the results hold information for designing new materials. The paper, Polydispersity-driven topological defects as order-restoring excitations, was published in PNAS.
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on April 11th, 2014
  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz was invited by President Shapiro to speak at Northwestern's We Will Kick-Off Campaign
    Monica was invited to discuss the universities continuing drive for discovery and creativity as part of the We Will fundraising campaign on March 14, 2014.

    Evanston, IL | Posted on April 7th, 2014
  • Making A Gem of A Tiny Crystals
    Nature builds flawless diamonds, sapphires, and other gems. Now, an interdisciplinary team of Northwestern University researchers Evelyn Auyeung, Ting I.N.G. Li, Andrew J. Senesi, Abrin L. Schmucker, Bridget C. Papls, Monica Olvera de la Cruz and Chad A. Mirkin are the first to build near-perfect single crystals out of nanoparticles and DNA using the same structure favored by nature. The paper, DNA-mediated nanoparticle crystallization into Wulff polyhedra, was published in Nature
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on November 27, 2013
  • Study: Acidity Can Change Cell Membrane Properties
    An interdisciplinary team of Northwestern University researchers Cheuk-Yui Leung, Liam Palmer, Sumit Kewalramani, Baofu Qiao, Samuel Stupp, Monica Olvera de la Cruz and Michael J. Bedzyk has determined how to control bilayers’ crystallization by altering the acidity of their surroundings. Understanding and controlling bilayers’ properties is vital for advances in biology and biotechnology. The paper, "Crystalline polymorphism induced by charge regulation in ionic membranes", was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on October 3, 2013
  • In the Fight Against Cancer, a Closer Look at Nuclear Blebbing.
    Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Chloe Funkhouser, and Rastko Sknepnek, together with Takeshi Shimi, Anne E. Goldman and Robert D. Goldman of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, developed a mathematical model that sheds light on the defects observed in misshapen cell nuclei by clarifying the mechanisms that cause bulges known as blebs in cells' nuclear membranes. The paper describing the research, "Mechanical model of blebbing in nuclear lamin meshworks," was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on February 18, 2013
  • New Journal Cover Article published in ACS Macro Letters. 

    The article "Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Flow-Assisted Polymerization" by Prateek Jha, Vladimir Kuzovkov, and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, is published in ACS Macro Letters 1 (2012) 1393-1397.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on December 18, 2012
  • New Geometries: Researchers Create New Shapes of Artificial Microcompartments.
    Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Michael Bedzyk, and Samuel Stupp, with team members including lead co-authors Cheuk-Yui Leung, Liam C. Palmer, and Bao Fu Qiao; Sumit Kewalramani, Rastko Sknepnek, Christina J. Newcomb, and Megan A. Greenfield, all of Northwestern; and Graziano Vernizzi of Siena College, developed a method to regulate the shape of crystalline nano-containers by altering the acidity of their surroundings. The findings could lead to designed microreactors that mimic the functions of naturally occuring cell containers or deliver therapeutic materials to cells at specific targeted locations. The paper describing the research, “Molecular Crystallization Controlled by pH Regulates Mesoscopic Membrane Morphology,” was published in the journal ACS Nano. 
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on December 13, 2012
  • Outside a Vacuum: Model Predicts Movement of Charged Particles in Complex Media.
    Vikram Jadhao, Francisco Solis and Monica Olvera de la Cruz published a paper describing a model that can predict the reactions of charged particles in any media. Their computational discovery, which takes cues from nature, could find applications in biology, medicine, and synthetic materials research.  The paper describing the research, “Simulation of Charged Systems in Heterogeneous Dielectric Media via a True Energy Functional,” was published in the journal Physical Review Letters. 
    Read more in the Northwestern University "News from McCormick" press release. 

    Evanston, IL | Posted on November 27, 2012
  • New Journal Cover Article published in Soft Matter. 

    The article "Shapes of Pored Membranes" by Zhenwei Yao, Rastko Sknepnek, Creighton Thomas and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, is published in Soft Matter 8 (2012) 11613-11619.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on November 7, 2012
  • Dr. Charles Sing is awarded the Inaugural International Institute of Nanotechnology Postdoctoral Fellowship. 
    Charles completed his PhD at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and will use the prestiguous IIN fellowship to pursue his interest in designing polymer systems with bio-inspired concepts in the group of Prof. Olvera de la Cruz at Northwestern University.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on September 12, 2012
  • Ms. Ting Li has been named a Ryan Fellow at Northwestern University. 
    Ting, advised by Prof. Olvera de la Cruz, is one of a very select group of graduate students at Northwestern who have been offered this prestigious award. The Ryan Fellowship, made possible by a generous donation from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, supports graduate students dedicated to the exploration of fundamental nanoscale science and to advancing this knowledge into practical applications of benefit to society.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on July 17, 2012
  • Dr. Chloe Funkhouser, a postdoctoral fellow in the Olvera de la Cruz group, was awarded the Poster Prize for "Most Novel Project" for her poster entitled "Modeling and Simulations of the Nuclear Lamina: Nuclear Blebbing"at the Gordon Research Conference on Intermediate Filaments. 

    The 12th biennial Gordon Conference on Intermediate Filaments focused on exciting topics of interest to cell biologists, researchers engaged in biomedical research, physicists and engineers in this rapidly growing field of research. Emphasis was placed on the structure and function of the large number of proteins that polymerize into dynamic cytoskeletal and nucleoskeletal networks.
    Evanston, IL | Posted on June 28, 2012
  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences.
    The National Academy of Sciences today announced the newly elected members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Read more in the Northwestern University News Center press release
    Evanston, IL | Posted on May 1, 2012
  • Dr. Srikanth Patala wins the 2011 James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize. 
    The prize is awarded annualy to a talented young writer by the editors of Philosophical Magazine and Philosophical Magazine Letters, in partnership with the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.
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    Evanston, IL | Posted on February 1, 2012
  • New Journal Cover article published in Soft Matter. 
    "Buckling of multicomponent elastic shells with line tension", Soft Matter (2012) 8, 636-644.
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    Evanston, IL | Posted on February 1, 2012
  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz and William Kung on the science of egg boiling featured on WBEZ's"Eight Forty-Eight" to air on 4/21 More....


    Evanston, IL | Posted on April 20, 2011
  • "Classical geometries unfurl from multicomponent shellswork" highlight by PNAS of Monica Olvera de la Cruz's latest work More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on March 2, 2011

  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz receives career recognition from the government of Acapulco
    Evanston, IL | Posted on October 13, 2010



    Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz receives career recognition
    from the government of Acapulco for her contributions to
    mathematical physics. (pictured left: Ms. Jessica Garcia Rojas,
    Head of Tourism Board)
  • Collaborative work of Samuel Stupp and Monica Olvera de la Cruz is featured in Nature and C&EN More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on June 18, 2010
  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz Welcomes MRSEC-PREM Summer Research Students More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on June 15, 2010



    Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz welcomes MRSEC-PREM research
    student Hector Barronescobar from the group of Prof. Miguel Jose Yacaman.

  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on April 21, 2010


    (L-R) Dean Mangelsdorf, Profs. Mark Ratner, Monica Olvera de la Cruz,
    Chad Mirkin and Rick Van Duyne. Mirkin and VanDuyne elected National
    Academy of Sciences Members and Olvera de la Cruz elected to American
    Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Q & A with Professor Monica Olvera de la Cruz More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on March 10, 2010

  • Monica Olvera da la Cruz Honored by Department of Defense, Named NSSEFF Fellow More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on February 10, 2010

  • Monica Olvera da la Cruz Named Lawyer Taylor Professor More....
    Evanston, IL | Posted on December 11, 2009
  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz and Graziano Vernizzi Receive 2007 Cozzarelli Prize from PNAS  More...


    Dr. Grazinao Vernizzi and Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz.

  • Nanoscopic static electricity generates chiral patterns More...
    Chicago, IL | Posted on February 3rd, 2009

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