Group News


July 15 – The Macfarlane lab says goodbye to Jianyuan Zhang and wishes him well as a new professor at Rutgers University

bye jianyuan

June 1 – Sara Wilson & Megan Diehl join the lab for the summer as UROP students.

June 1 – Kimberly Stieglitz joins the lab for the summer as an RET fellow.

May 10 – Josh is awarded an NDSEG Graduate Fellowship – congrats, Josh!

April 17 – Rob is awarded the Unilever Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloid & Surfactant Science

April 11 – The Macfarlane lab thoroughly destroys the Holten-Andersen lab at laser tag.

April 4 – Diana passes her Thesis Proposal Defense – Congratulations!

March – Paul and PJ pass their Thesis Area Exams and are officially admitted to the PhD Program!

March 17 – Both Paul and Leo are awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships! Congratulations!

January 31 – Rob is awarded an NSF CAREER Award


December 20 – The Macfarlane group celebrates the end of a very productive 2016. Happy Holidays!


December 7 – The group’s first paper on Nanocomposite Tectons, titled: “Self-Assembling Nanocomposite Tectons,” is published in JACS!

December 1 – Leonardo Zornberg joins the lab as a first year graduate student – welcome!

November 23 – Paul’s paper “Epitaxy: Programmable Atom Equivalents Versus Atoms” is published in ACS Nano! Congratulations to Paul and our collaborators at Northwestern!

October 18 – Congratulations to Professor Rob Macfarlane for being awarded an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award for work on “DNA-Programmed Epitaxy of Nanoparticle Superlattices!”

September 23  – Joshua Kubiak joins the lab as a first year graduate student – welcome!

February 5 – Rob’s paper “Transmutable nanoparticles with reconfigurable surface ligands” is published in Science. Congratulations to first author Youngeun Kim and collaborators in the Mirkin Lab at NU!

February 4 – Diana Lewis joins the lab – welcome Diana!


October 15 – The Macfarlane lab welcomes PJ Santos, Sangho Lee, and Paul Gabrys as first year graduate students!

September 15 – Jianyuan Zhang joins the lab as a new post-doc!