blog posts High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals Jul 5, 2018 1:00 pm1720 views The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make programs run slower, freeze or shut down. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas, Dallas have collaborated to optimize the crystal-growing process of boron arsenide – a material that has excellent thermal properties and can effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices. High-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laser Mar 19, 2009 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois have successfully demonstrated a microwave signal mixer made from a tunnel-junction transistor laser. Development of the device brings researchers a big step closer to higher speed electronics and higher performance electrical and optical integrated circuits. How big data and engineering will change global health care Feb 5, 2015 4:15 pm54 views We are right now in the early stages of a revolutionary shift from a medical education and delivery model still rooted in the 19th century to one that will fully integrate the rapid advances of technology with human health improvement. How can better pre-screening make airports safer? Feb 14, 2008 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson How is campus adjusting HVAC systems during the coronavirus pandemic? Sep 28, 2020 12:15 pm943 views As temperatures drop and more people gather indoors, concerns about coronavirus particles floating in the air are on the rise. Officials at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have made adjustments to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to provide adequate ventilation, says Mohamed Attalla, the executive director of Facilities and Services. He spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the proactive measures taken to assure that campus HVAC systems are operating correctly and supplying fresh outdoor air to buildings. Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change Jun 19, 2020 10:00 am2472 views The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world’s biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans – in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report. Human reflexes keep two-legged robot upright Oct 30, 2019 1:00 pm1334 views Imagine being trapped inside a collapsed building after a disaster, wondering if anybody will be brave enough to rescue you. Suddenly, a door bursts open, and standing in the shadows is a robot. But this is not just any robot; this one has quick, humanlike reflexes and is guided by a person from a remote location who feels the same physical forces the robot is experiencing. Human waste an asset to economy, environment, study finds Jul 8, 2019 8:00 am2640 views Human waste might be an unpleasant public health burden, but scientists at the University of Illinois see sanitation as a valuable facet of global ecosystems and an overlooked source of nutrients, organic material and water. Hybrid microscope could bring digital biopsy to the clinic Feb 5, 2020 10:30 am1404 views By adding infrared capability to the ubiquitous, standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era. Illinois architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structures Apr 11, 2018 8:30 am3267 views University of Illinois architecture professor Sudarshan Krishnan designs lightweight and transformable structures that can expand and collapse to adapt to a user’s needs. Illinois 'engineer guy' Hammack awarded Hoover Medal Aug 13, 2020 8:00 am2015 views Bill Hammack, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded the Hoover Medal. Illinois engineering professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Apr 12, 2012 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois professor Huimin Zhao has received a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research Award Jan 16, 2013 9:00 am85 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. Illinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowship Sep 17, 2014 9:00 am398 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant," from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Illinois LED pioneers receive Draper Prize Jan 6, 2015 9:00 am172 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois professor and two of his former students are among the five pioneers of LED technology honored with the 2015 Draper Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in engineering. Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt Prize Jun 3, 2014 9:00 am146 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor Naira Hovakimyan has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award (or Humboldt Prize) honoring a career of research achievements. Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the Year Nov 19, 2015 8:30 am8862 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 6, 2014 9:00 am292 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - J. Gary Eden, the Gilmore Family Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 9, 2012 9:00 am46 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. Illinois professor named Packard Fellow Oct 24, 2011 9:00 am58 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. Illinois professor to be inducted into Engineering and Science Hall of Fame Oct 14, 2011 11:15 am33 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 scientist named Packard Fellow Oct 18, 2017 12:30 pm2367 views Pinshane Huang, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 18 early career researchers to receive 2017 Packard Fellowships from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Illinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizer Jan 27, 2017 8:45 am1954 views Skot Wiedmann, an electronics technician and art instructor at the University of Illinois, built his Hyve Touch Synthesizer to inspire interdisciplinary work between engineers and musicians, and to allow people to explore music in a creative and fun way. Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequences Jun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2326 views Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador. Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to use Sep 15, 2015 9:30 am1258 views University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health. Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutes Apr 23, 2020 12:00 pm4176 views Most viral test kits rely on labor- and time-intensive laboratory preparation and analysis techniques; for example, tests for the novel coronavirus can take days to detect the virus from nasal swabs. Now, researchers have demonstrated an inexpensive yet sensitive smartphone-based testing device for viral and bacterial pathogens that takes about 30 minutes to complete. The roughly $50 smartphone accessory could reduce the pressure on testing laboratories during a pandemic such as COVID-19. Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuel Oct 6, 2011 9:00 am372 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. Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment? Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3439 views U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy supports a federal legislative effort that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex. Is backscatter X-ray a safe tool for airport security? Sep 29, 2015 12:00 pm388 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on airport security Is there a cure for potholes? Feb 27, 2019 2:00 pm3452 views Temperatures may be on the rise, but many motorists and pedestrians remain focused on the ground as they attempt to navigate safely around the many potholes that develop this time of year. Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Henrique M. Reis spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about how potholes form and if there are any potential solutions. John A. Rogers elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 8, 2011 9:00 am209 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois, is among the 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering. John A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine Nov 20, 2013 9:00 am194 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, a Swanlund Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been given a 2013 American Ingenuity Award by Smithsonian Magazine, the publishing arm of the Smithsonian Institution. Lack of thermoelectric effect is cool feature in carbon nanotubes Jan 13, 2009 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Metallic carbon nanotubes have been proposed as interconnects in future electronic devices packed with high-density nanoscale circuits. Large, crystalline lipid scaffolds bring new possibilities to protein, drug research Oct 2, 2017 8:00 am899 views Proteins and drugs are often attached to lipids to promote crystallization or ensure delivery to targeted tissues within the body, but only the smallest proteins and molecules fit within these fat structures. A new study reveals a lipid structure that can support much larger proteins and molecules than before, potentially increasing the variety of drugs that can be attached to these fat molecules. Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programming Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am1053 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois. Latch, load and release: Elastic motion makes click beetles click, study finds Jan 18, 2021 2:00 pm1565 views Click beetles can propel themselves more than 20 body lengths into the air, and they do so without using their legs. While the jump’s motion has been studied in depth, the physical mechanisms that enable the beetles’ signature clicking maneuver have not. A new study examines the forces behind this super-fast energy release and provides guidelines for studying extreme motion, energy storage and energy release in other small animals like trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimps. Less salt, more protein: Researchers address dairy processing's environmental, sustainability issues Sep 1, 2021 12:00 pm1144 views Researchers say the high salt content of whey – the watery part of milk left behind after cheesemaking – helps make it one of the most polluting byproducts in the food processing industry. In a new study, chemists demonstrate the first electrochemical redox desalination process used in the food industry, removing and recycling up to 99% of excess salt from whey while simultaneously refining more than 98% of whey’s valuable protein content. Light-harvesting nanoparticle catalysts show promise in quest for renewable carbon-based fuels Jun 24, 2021 1:00 pm1466 views Researchers demonstrated that small amounts of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons form when CO2 and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst, possibly paving the way for industrial-scale production of renewable carbon-based fuels. Light helps the transistor laser switch faster Mar 9, 2016 8:30 am2034 views Light and electrons interact in a complex dance within fiber optic devices. A new study by University of Illinois engineers found that in the transistor laser, a device for next-generation high-speed computing, the light and electrons spur one another on to faster switching speeds than any devices available. Light illuminates the way for bio-bots Mar 14, 2016 2:00 pm2954 views A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines. Machine learning helps spot gait problems in individuals with multiple sclerosis Mar 26, 2021 11:00 am2278 views Monitoring the progression of multiple sclerosis-related gait issues can be challenging in adults over 50 years old, requiring a clinician to differentiate between problems related to MS and other age-related issues. To address this problem, researchers are integrating gait data and machine learning to advance the tools used to monitor and predict disease progression. Machine learning peeks into nano-aquariums Aug 24, 2020 8:00 am618 views In the nanoworld, tiny particles such as proteins appear to dance as they transform and assemble to perform various tasks while suspended in a liquid. Recently developed methods have made it possible to watch and record these otherwise-elusive tiny motions, and researchers now take a step forward by developing a machine learning workflow to streamline the process. Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choices May 1, 2020 9:45 am35572 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks. Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damage Jan 13, 2016 9:15 am3041 views Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before they become more problematic. Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world Oct 12, 2017 3:15 pm5368 views By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said. Mantis shrimp-inspired camera provides second opinion during cancer surgery May 5, 2021 1:00 pm1575 views Some of the world’s greatest innovations, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine, owe their strength and elegance to natural design. Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have returned their gaze to the natural world to develop a camera inspired by the mantis shrimp that can visualize cancer cells during surgery. Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agriculture Jul 25, 2016 8:00 am1813 views University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching. Memory advance would extend mobile-device battery life Mar 10, 2011 9:00 am137 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted. Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production Jun 5, 2017 9:15 am839 views Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide.