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The MADMANs


Qin Zhou
Qin Zhou

Landed on the field of corn-huskers in 2015. Previously I had lots of fun at Berkeley in living and research. The weather in the Bay Area is so nice that I enjoyed sitting in the backyard and listening to my music collection - where I got the idea of making earphones with graphene. Before coming to the US, I studied at Tsinghua University, China. Our department is called Precision Instrument, which to many people equals to learning how a mechanical watch works. I thought so too as a freshman, because that is the most precise and smallest machine I knew. But soon I learned that you can make much smaller machines than watches by a technique called microfabrication, and the machines are called Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). That quickly drew my attention because at micrometer scale many new phenomena emerge.

At Berkeley, I continued my work in building MEMS devices but became interested in even smaller objects - nanomaterials. Quantum confinement and large surface-to-volume ratio give birth to many exciting properties compared to their bulk counterpart. However applications of these materials are still limited, due to the lack of interfaces between their nanoscale size and the macroscopic world we live in. I want to use my expertise, from traditional machinery and circuitry to MEMS and nanomaterials, to better understand the world and improve our life.


Yuanjun Fan
Yuanjun Fan

Life is not only filled with uncertainty, but also various possibilities. No one can ensure what his life will develop into tomorrow, just like it’s difficult to tell the next exact position a photon will be certainly. But miracle will happen if you hold a strong belief that there will be another better yourself waiting for you ahead and never give up until you had tried every effort when encountering thistles and thorns. Keep doing more like this, life will be no longer a future you can not predict, but a certain event you can plan.

So I done. I finally achieved my dream to study in America. I am now a master degree candidate in Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My major is Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

I had received a M.S. degree of Agriculture Mechanization Engineering in South China Agriculture University before I came to UNL. During three-academic year in master study in China, I was engaged in a funding program supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Relying on the program, I published two articles, one in university journal and the other one included in EI Compendex. Two related patents were authorized. I had given an oral presentation in 18th World Congress of CIGR.

I am now following Dr. Qin Zhou, whose research work focused on Mechanics and Dynamics of Materials at Nanoscale, to do some related research work assisted with CVD and LSC. I am also a teaching assistant under the two courses of Engineering Statics and Engineering Dynamics for Spring 2016.


Yuanjun Fan
Yifan Huang

I joined MADMAN group as a PhD student since January 2016. My research focus for the first year is the synthesis and characterization of 2D materials. Future efforts may focus on my interest and my developing knowledge of nanomaterials combining my previous experience in chemistry. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree from State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology in China. Before joining Qin’s Lab I worked in the Netherlands for one year on an EU-research project named BioBuild which introduced me to material science and the hands-on experiences of producing, testing and modifying bio-based materials inspired me to take a deeper look of materials from molecular scale or probably from even smaller scales. I was curious about the fundamental chemistry and physics of materials and how the delicately designed structures and systems obtain the tailored functions. By the end of my work I decided to devote the best learning period of my life in getting better academic training and dealing with my curiosity. Nanomaterials is a very exciting field and the advances of which is changing the way the world works. It is cool to be part of MADMAN. I am gaining new insights and new skills about nanomaterials, as well as taking new challenges every day. And most importantly I feel excited to explore the in-situ mechanics of 2D materials and make revolutions with 2D material integrated hybrid MEMS devices.

My personal page at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yifan-huang-55bbba20