blog posts New imaging method sheds light on cell growth Aug 25, 2011 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers are giving a light answer to the heavy question of cell growth. Testing the water for bioenergy crops Aug 29, 2011 9:00 am95 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining more efficient large-scale biofuel production by using large grasses like miscanthus or switchgrass rather than corn. They have investigated yields, land use, economics and more, but one key factor of agriculture has been overlooked: water. Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuel Oct 6, 2011 9:00 am396 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An Illinois research team has succeeded in overcoming one major obstacle to a promising technology that simultaneously reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide and produces fuel. Packaging expert sees a social revolution in the evolving barcode Oct 13, 2011 9:00 am368 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What if you could trace the history of everything you buy back to its origins? Using your smart phone camera, you could learn what factory made the ingredients in your heart medication, what country grew the corn in your breakfast cereal, or even how to recycle the phone. You could follow the whole life cycle of a product and everyone who handled it along the way to ensure that the medicine you're taking isn't counterfeit and the food you're eating is safe. Illinois professor to be inducted into Engineering and Science Hall of Fame Oct 14, 2011 11:15 am34 views Nick Holonyak Jr., a renowned innovator of semiconductor devices, has joined the elite ranks of scientists and inventors inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame. Illinois professor named Packard Fellow Oct 24, 2011 9:00 am65 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder has been named a Packard Fellow in science and engineering. He is among 16 early career researchers honored by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation in 2011 for outstanding creative research. Research: Graphene grows better on certain copper crystals Oct 27, 2011 9:00 am679 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New observations could improve industrial production of high-quality graphene, hastening the era of graphene-based consumer electronics, thanks to University of Illinois engineers. Nanowires could be solution for high- performance solar cells Nov 8, 2011 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tiny wires could help engineers realize high-performance solar cells and other electronics, according to University of Illinois researchers. Team designs a bandage that spurs, guides blood vessel growth Dec 15, 2011 9:00 am197 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound. The bandage, called a "microvascular stamp," contains living cells that deliver growth factors to damaged tissues in a defined pattern. After a week, the pattern of the stamp "is written in blood vessels," the researchers report. Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste Dec 20, 2011 9:00 am1591 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When one tiny circuit within an integrated chip cracks or fails, the whole chip - or even the whole device - is a loss. But what if it could fix itself, and fix itself so fast that the user never knew there was a problem? New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductors Dec 22, 2011 9:00 am362 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Creating semiconductor structures for high-end optoelectronic devices just got easier, thanks to University of Illinois researchers. Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronics Jan 12, 2012 9:00 am1262 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois materials scientists have developed a new reactive silver ink for printing high-performance electronics on ubiquitous, low-cost materials such as flexible plastic, paper or fabric substrates. Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 9, 2012 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photonics pioneer James J. Coleman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Coleman is the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois. Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 9, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photonics pioneer James J. Coleman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Coleman is the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois. A scientist's view of NCAA tournament brackets Mar 16, 2012 9:00 am41 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Illinois engineering professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Apr 12, 2012 9:00 am64 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois professor Huimin Zhao has received a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Study: Optimizing biofuel supply chain is a competitive game Apr 18, 2012 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As biofuel production has increased - particularly ethanol derived from corn - a hotly contested competition for feedstock supplies has emerged between the agricultural grain markets and biofuel refineries. This competition has sparked concern for the more fundamental issue of allocating limited farmland resources, which has far-reaching implications for food security, energy security and environmental sustainability. Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precision Apr 23, 2012 9:00 am137 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Through a combination of atomic-scale materials design and ultrafast measurements, researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed new insights about how heat flows across an interface between two materials. Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue images Apr 23, 2012 9:00 am157 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus. Study finds emissions from widely used cookstoves vary with use May 29, 2012 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The smoke rising from a cookstove fills the air with the tantalizing aroma of dinner - and a cloud of pollutants and particles that threaten both health and the environment. How families in developing countries use their cookstoves has a big effect on emissions from those stoves, and laboratory emission tests don't accurately reflect real-world operations, according to a study by University of Illinois researchers. Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrum May 29, 2012 9:00 am841 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Doctors can now get a peek behind the eardrum to better diagnose and treat chronic ear infections, thanks to a new medical imaging device invented by University of Illinois researchers. The device could usher in a new suite of non-invasive, 3-D diagnostic imaging tools for primary-care physicians. Alumnus wins fellowship, will work on prosthesis project in Guatemala Jun 13, 2012 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent University of Illinois graduate has received a Whitaker International Fellow Grant to fund overseas bioengineering research during the 2012-13 academic year. Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seas Jun 14, 2012 9:00 am139 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Experienced anglers know that choppy waters make for difficult fishing, so they try not to rock the boat. Thanks to a new microscopy technique, cell biology researchers can heed that same advice. Bragg named interim dean of College of Engineering Jul 3, 2012 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael B. Bragg has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durability Jul 5, 2012 9:00 am359 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A simple new improvement to an essential microscope component could greatly improve imaging for researchers who study the very small, from cells to computer chips. Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlands Jul 24, 2012 9:00 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers could have a new method to rebuild wetlands of the Louisiana delta, thanks to a chance finding while monitoring severe flooding of the Mississippi River. Next up: Environmentally safe electronics that also vanish in the body Sep 27, 2012 9:00 am1060 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Physicians and environmentalists alike could soon be using a new class of electronic devices: small, robust and high performance, yet also biocompatible and capable of dissolving completely in water - or in bodily fluids. New method monitors semiconductor etching as it happens – with light Sep 28, 2012 9:30 am133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois researchers have a new low-cost method to carve delicate features onto semiconductor wafers using light – and watch as it happens. Nick Holonyak Jr. and his work on visible LED to be feted at Illini Union event Oct 3, 2012 9:00 am102 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifty years ago, Nick Holonyak Jr., then a consulting scientist at General Electric, demonstrated the first visible LED. Today, the light-emitting diode is used in everything from flashlights to spacecraft and countless applications in between. These bots were made for walking: Cells power biological machines Nov 15, 2012 9:00 am709 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - They're soft, biocompatible, about 7 millimeters long - and, incredibly, able to walk by themselves. Miniature "bio-bots" developed at the University of Illinois are making tracks in synthetic biology. New structures self-assemble in synchronized dance Nov 21, 2012 9:00 am104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With self-assembly guiding the steps and synchronization providing the rhythm, a new class of materials forms dynamic, moving structures in an intricate dance. U. of I. alumnus named Marshall Scholar Nov 26, 2012 9:15 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Jonathan Naber, of Waterloo, Ill., has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. Each year, about 40 students from the United States are selected as Marshall Scholars for postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. Naber is the third U. of I. student in the last six years awarded this honor. Naber graduated from Illinois in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering. Proteins that work at the end of DNA could provide cancer insight Nov 29, 2012 9:00 am81 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - New insights into a protein complex that regulates the very tips of chromosomes could improve methods of screening anti-cancer drugs. Six professors at Illinois named 2012 AAAS fellows Nov 29, 2012 9:00 am120 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six faculty members at the University of Illinois have been named 2012 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: animal biology professor Chi-Hing Christina Cheng, electrical and computer engineering professor Kent Choquette, psychology professor Neal Cohen, chemistry professor So Hirata, anthropology professor Lisa Lucero and physics professor Philip Phillips. The dark side of kerosene lamps: High black carbon emissions Dec 10, 2012 9:00 am895 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The small kerosene lamps that light millions of homes in developing countries have a dark side: black carbon - fine particles of soot released into the atmosphere. Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductors Dec 13, 2012 9:00 am227 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the road to smaller, high-performance electronics, University of Illinois researchers have smoothed one speed bump by shrinking a key, yet notoriously large element of integrated circuits. Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuel Dec 17, 2012 9:00 am210 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match. Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research Award Jan 16, 2013 9:00 am90 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a lifetime of research achievements. New look at cell membrane reveals surprising organization Jan 28, 2013 9:00 am648 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sight would dramatically alter a blind man's understanding of an elephant, according to the old story. Now, a look directly at a cell surface is changing our understanding of cell membrane organization. Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth it Feb 11, 2013 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like turning coal to diamond, adding pressure to an electrical material enhances its properties. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have devised a method of making ferroelectric thin films with twice the strain, resulting in exceptional performance. Nick Holonyak Jr. elected a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors Mar 8, 2013 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Holonyak Jr., a John Bardeen Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois, has been chosen to be a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Bracketology: Crunching the numbers Mar 11, 2013 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy convention Mar 18, 2013 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To engineers, it's a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current. A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brain Apr 11, 2013 9:00 am1201 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain. Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics Apr 16, 2013 9:00 am11029 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye. Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structure Apr 22, 2013 9:00 am312 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a team of University of Illinois engineers set out to grow nanowires of a compound semiconductor on top of a sheet of graphene, they did not expect to discover a new paradigm of epitaxy. Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor May 23, 2013 9:00 am1298 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones. Two U. of I. graduate students win Intel Ph.D. Fellowships Jun 14, 2013 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two graduate students at the University of Illinois have won Intel Ph.D. Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. Fifteen fellowships were awarded nationwide. 3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, more Jun 18, 2013 9:00 am101 views 3-D printing now can be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet providing enough stored energy to power it. Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of Engineering Jun 20, 2013 9:00 am1215 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill - Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering.