Rogers makes list of scientists changing the world

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:45  

Yahoo! puts John Rogers right up there with Stephen Hawking on its list of 8 scientists who are changing the world.

Electric implants kill off infections, then dissolve

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:00  

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.

MatSE researchers develop inexpensive hydrolysable polymer

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:30  

Jianjun Cheng's research group has developed a class of polymeric materials that can be designed to degrade over a specified time period.

Allen receives grant to conduct nanocalorimetry measurements

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 05:00  

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.

Print Thyself - How 3-D printing is revolutionizing medicine

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 05:30  

Jennifer Lewis, MatSE alum and adjunct professor, and her research group at Harvard are using 3D bioprinting to create complex tissues.

Researchers engineer a 'smart bomb' to attack childhood leukemia

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:30  

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.

Study reveals optimal particle size for anticancer nanomedicines

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:30  

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.

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:00  

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.

Braun interviewed on glucose monitoring material

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:30  

Local TV station WCIA interviewed Paul Braun and Chunjie Zhang about their new hydrogel that changes color depending upon the glucose level around it.

A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:30  

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.

Rogers receives NSF EAGER Award

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:30  

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.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:00  

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.

MatSE grads are named Mavis Fellows

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:30   Kaitlin Tyler, PhD student in the Paul Braun group, and Jichuan Zhang, PhD student in the Taekjip Ha group, have been named Mavis Future Faculty Fellows in the College of Engineering. The MF3 program provides the opportunity for doctoral students interested in engineering teaching as a profession to gain experience in the areas of research, teaching and mentoring.

Study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 04:30  

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.

MatSE undergrad selected for Cargill Global Scholars

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:30  

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.

Moore is named HHMI Professor

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:30  

MatSE affiliate (and alumnus) Jeff Moore has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Big data, food sustainability merge with startup, Food Origins

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 08:30  

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.

MatSE students receive MRS Silver Graduate Student Awards

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:00   Anoop Rama Damodaran and Canan Dagdeviren were awarded MRS Silver Graduate Student Awards for their presentations at the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

Controlling thermal conductivities can improve energy storage

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:45  

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.

Kilian receives NIH grant for stem cell research

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:00   Kris Kilian has received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow him to explore the biophysical and biochemical factors that direct mesenchymal stem cell secretion, in order to design new stem cell-based materials for cardiovascular therapy.