Researchers chart "fitness landscape" to fight Hep C virus

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 04:00   By identifying a small number of promising vaccine candidates, the Ferguson group's computational approach can guide experimental vaccine development and accelerate the search for a hepatitis C vaccine.

New center to focus on self-healing materials

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:00  

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has awarded $4.3 million to the University of Illinois to create the national Center of Excellence in Self-healing, Regeneration, and Structural Remodeling.

Implantable LED devices could 'turn off' pain signals before they reach the brain

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:00  

John Rogers at Illinois and researchers at Washington University have successfully stimulated the pain pathways of nerve cells, and they think the same method can be used to block pain signals from reaching the brain.

Grad student receives award for microelectronics research

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 03:30   Elham Mohimi, Ph.D. student, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Graduate Student Award, worth $5,000, from Lam Research Corporation.

This thin, flexible sensor tracks blood flow under the skin

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 08:45  

A sensor being developed by the Rogers group enables blood to be tracked for a 24-hour period, potentially resulting in a better quality of life for diabetic patients.

Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility--in electronics and in life

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 03:00  

Rogers’ group includes students from a variety of science and engineering majors, providing opportunities for students not only to apply skills learned in their respective classes but also to collaborate across disciplines.

Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 09:00  

A team of researchers led by JJ Cheng has developed a new broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills bacteria by punching holes in their membranes.

Outreach to Chicago youth includes materials science activities

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:30  

MatSE lecturer Matt Goodman introduced Chicago youngsters to the field of materials science and engineering through hands-on activities designed to get the kids excited about careers in STEM.

Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to use

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 03:00  

University of Illinois industrial design professor Deana McDonagh is working with John Rogers on a wearable health-monitoring device that will measure a person's vital signs and motion.

MatSE undergraduate program ranked #2

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 09:30  

U.S News & World Report ranks the undergraduate program in MatSE at Illinois #2 in the nation in its 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

Dillon to receive 2015 Coble Award

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 07:00  

Shen Dillon has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Ceramic Society's Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars. The award recognizes outstanding scientists who are conducting research in academia, industry, or government-funded laboratories.

New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:00  

Kris Kilian and colleagues have developed a new technique to create a cell habitat of squishy fluids which can realistically and quickly recreate microenvironments found across biology. This has the potential to give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior.

Schweizer to receive 2016 ACS Hildebrand Award

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 00:00  

Ken Schweizer has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Chemical Society Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. The award recognizes his distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids.

Dagdeviren makes list of 35 Innovators Under 35

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:30  

Canan Dagdeviren (PhD MatSE 2014) was named one of MIT Technology Review’s '35 Innovators Under 35.' A master of flexible sensors and batteries, Dagdeviren sees opportunities for a new class of medical devices.

Zuo to receive 2015 Ernst Ruska Prize

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 08:30   Jian-Min (Jim) Zuo has been selected to receive the internationally renowned Ernst Ruska Prize from the German Society for Electron Microscopy. Zuo receives the prize for his improvement of electron diffraction techniques and analysis.

Ferguson to receive ACS Junior Faculty Award

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:00  

Andrew Ferguson has been selected for the ACS Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry for Fall 2015. He is one of four awardees named by the Computers in Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes Ferguson's use of physical chemistry motivated computational models in the rational design of hepatitis C virus vaccines.

Women in science and engineering seek their own version of 'MacGyver' on TV

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:30  

Beth Keser (PhD MatSE 1998), a principal engineer at Qualcomm, was among five winners selected this week by a coalition that's trying to get a female version of "MacGyver" on TV in hopes of boosting the number of women who pursue science and engineering careers.

Tony Griffin receives NDSEG Fellowship

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:00  

Tony Griffin, graduate student in the Sottos research group, has been awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hua Wang chosen as HHMI Fellow

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:30  

Hua Wang, PhD student in the Jianjun Cheng research group, has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship worth $43k/year to support his graduate studies at the University of Illinois.

Cheng and Rogers chosen as Engineering Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:30  

Jianjun Cheng and John Rogers have been chosen for the first class of Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows in the College of Engineering. The Fellows will focus on bringing their work to the world by developing a technology and testing its commercial potential.