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Researchers develop quick and precise method for detecting chemical warfare agents

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:45  

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a stamp-sized sensor that can detect trace amounts of certain chemical warfare agents, such as sarin, within minutes. The research is published in ACS Omega.

Sarin is a man-made nerve agent that can spread as a gas or liquid. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to large doses will over-stimulate glands and muscles, and can lead to loss of consciousness or respiratory failure. Even small doses can cause a long list of distressing and dangerous symptoms.

Nancy Sottos is one of the Illinois researchers who have created a new polymer manufacturing process

New polymer manufacturing process saves 10 orders of magnitude of energy

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:45  

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process.

Qian Chen and Pinshane Huang

Three Illinois professors named Sloan Research Fellows

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:00  

Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.

Shape-shifting agent targets harmful bacteria in the stomach

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 05:15  

Researchers developed a shape-shifting antibiotic agent that kills infectious <em>H. pylori</em> bacteria in the stomach, but does not kill helpful bacteria in the intestine. Illinois Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Jianjun Cheng led the research team.

Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on display

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:30  

University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Juyeong Kim, graduate student Zihao Ou and MatSE assistant professor Qian Chen have developed a new technique for observing colloidal nanoparticles while they interact and self-assemble.

Large, crystalline lipid scaffolds bring new possibilities to protein, drug research

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 06:30  

University of Illinois Materials Science and Engineering assistant professor Cecilia Leal&nbsp;and graduate student Hojun Kim have developed a large, crystalline lipid structure that can support much larger proteins and molecules than before.

Local Middle School Girls Learn About Materials at New Mid-GLAM Day Camp

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 03:00  

From playing with Oobleck, the non-Newtonian fluid made famous by Dr. Seuss (fun but quite messy), to making (and tasting!) chocolate ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen, 20 local middle school girls not only had a good time at the first-ever Mid-GLAM camp held June 26–July 1.

Illinois researchers build Dropbox-like storage, analytical system for scientific data

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 03:00  

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are looking to speed up the materials-to-device process through a novel framework called “4CeeD: Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments.”

Grad Student Receives Award for Research in Polymer Dynamics

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 03:00  

Congratulations to Yuecheng Peter Zhou, a MatSE graduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Charles Schroeder’s research group, for winning second place in the student presentation competition at the 2017 Great Lakes Chinese American Chemical Society (GLCACS) conference.

Self-healing tech charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodes

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 03:00  

MatSE Professor Nancy Sottos and Aerospace Engineering Professor Scott White have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last longer.

Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 03:00  

The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries.

Professor Jeffrey Moore Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:00  

Profesor Jeffrey Moore has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.

Sottos Leads Group Working to Improve Lifecycle of Materials

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 03:30  

When most living creatures get hurt, they can self-heal and recover from the injury. But, when damage occurs to inanimate objects, they don&rsquo;t have that same ability and typically either lose functionality or have their useful lifecycle reduced. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to change that.

Braun Leads Group That Creates Novel Approach for Making 3-D Micro-Optics

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:00  

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Cheng Named A 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 03:30  

Jianjun Cheng, the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized as a 2016 Fellow of the American Associateion for the Advancement of Science “for the discovery, development and clinical translation of nanomedicines and biomaterials, especially for targeted cancer therapies.”

Ferguson Helps Group Reach Machine-Learning Discovery & Design of Membrane-Active Peptides for Biomedicine

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 03:30  

There are approximately 1100 known antimicrobial peptides (AMP) with diverse sequences that can permeate microbial membranes. To help discover the “blueprint” for natural AMP sequences, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - led by assistant professor of materials science and engineering Andrew Ferguson - and the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a new machine learning approach to discover and design ⍺-helical membrane active peptides based on their physicochemical properties.

Illinois Team Led By Sottos, White Earns iChemE's Oil & Gas Award

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 03:30  

A collaborative research project led by Nancy Sottos, the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois, fought off stiff competition to win the Oil and Gas Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2016.

Ferguson Receives AIChE CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 04:30  

Andrew Ferguson, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation, from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Illinois group leads hands-on science projects at summer camp at Blackfeet reservation

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:00  

CSL Professor Les Allen, his wife Joy, and several graduate students took part in the third annual summer camp at Blackfeet Community College, located on the Blackfeet reservation in Browning, Montana. Allen and his team introduced the group of 30 high school and 30 middle school students to hands-on solar and wind energy projects that students could keep.

MatSE Student Grace Pakeltis Takes Second at TECHCON

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 07:00  

Grace Pakeltis, a senior in materials science and engineering, won second place in the Undergraduate Innovation Presenter category for "Electric Field Controlled Nonvolatile Magnetic Memories" at the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) 17th annual TECHCON Conference held Sept. 11-13 in Austin, Texas.