A team of researchers from the U of I and Tufts is developing on-demand medical devices that can be turned on remotely to perform a therapeutic function in a patient and then safely disappear after their use.
Jianjun Cheng's research group has developed a class of polymeric materials that can be designed to degrade over a specified time period.
Les Allen has received a new grant from the NSF for his nanocalorimetry work. The project's findings will have an impact in the nanoelectronics technology field, including nanolithography and molecular electronics.
Jennifer Lewis, MatSE alum and adjunct professor, and her research group at Harvard are using 3D bioprinting to create complex tissues.
Jianjun Cheng and Fatih Uckun (USC) are developing a so-called "smart bomb" to attack the most common and deadly form of childhood cancer, B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Jianjun Cheng has shown that there is an optimal particle size for nanomedicines. The results are important for guiding future research in designing new nanomedicines for cancer treatment.
David Cahill and Richard Wilson have found that standard thermal models will lead to the wrong answer in a three-dimensional heat-transfer problem if the dimensions of the heating element are on the order of one micron or smaller.
Local TV station WCIA interviewed Paul Braun and Chunjie Zhang about their new hydrogel that changes color depending upon the glucose level around it.
Paul Braun has developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate. The material is simple and low-cost to manufacture, and one square inch of hydrogel could be enough for up to 25 patients.
John Rogers has received an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award from the National Science Foundation to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits.
John Rogers' interdisciplinary team has created a camouflage sheet that has potential for commercial (art, fashion, architecture) and military applications. It's a great example of biologically-inspired engineering.
Research in the Cahill group provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing.
Jay Fleischman has been selected for the 2014 Cargill Global Scholars program. The program provides scholarships and leadership development opportunities to undergraduates from around the world studying in a field relevant to food, agriculture, and risk management. It is a highly selective program, and Fleischman was the only student chosen from the U of I.
A team from Illinois is creating a technology which will not only be able to trace the origin of produce to the individual farm but also pinpoint the exact plot of land on which it was grown. MatSE undergrad Jay Fleischman is part of the leadership team for the startup, Food Origins.
Researchers at the U of I have demonstrated the electrochemical modulation of thermal conductivity of lithium cobalt oxide. A better understanding of the thermal properties of battery electrodes may help in the design of batteries that can be charged more rapidly, deliver more power, and operate with a greater margin of safety.