blog postsElectrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymersNov 2, 2017 7:00 am892 views Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have taken the first steps toward gaining control over the self-assembly of synthetic materials in the same way that biology forms natural polymers. This advance could prove useful in designing new bioinspired, smart materials for applications ranging from drug delivery to sensing to remediation of environmental contaminants.Engineers find way to evaluate green roofsJul 5, 2017 9:45 am2371 views Green infrastructure is an attractive concept, but there is concern surrounding its effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a mathematical technique traditionally used in earthquake engineering to determine how well green infrastructure works and to communicate with urban planners, policymakers and developers.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am92 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.Engineers shine light on deadly landslideApr 26, 2017 12:30 pm616 views A new report by University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering professor Tim Stark and colleagues details the factors that led to the deadliest landslide on record in the continental United States, along with steps that can be taken to mitigate landslide consequences and risk in the Pacific Northwest.First-round winners of business-plan competition announcedOct 18, 2000 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the first-round winners in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)Five finalists selected for technology entrepreneurial competitionNov 21, 2000 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the finalists in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1317 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward developmentMay 30, 2014 9:00 am321 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first time this critical step has been demonstrated in a laboratory.Genome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm927 views For gene-editing proteins to be useful in clinical applications, they need to be able to find the specific site they’re supposed to edit among billions of DNA sequences. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have found that one class of genome-editing proteins rapidly travels along a strand of DNA like a rider on a zip line – a unique behavior among documented DNA-binding proteins.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm190 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Searching a whole genome for one particular sequence is like trying to fish a specific piece from the box of a billion-piece puzzle. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have observed how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets, which could help them design better gene therapies to treat disease.Genomics to surpass the biggest data producers, experts warnJul 7, 2015 1:00 pm399 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Each cell in the body contains a whole genome, yet the data packed into a few DNA molecules could fill a hard drive. As more people have their DNA sequenced, that data will require massive computational and storage capabilities beyond anything previously anticipated, says a new assessment from computational biologists and computer scientists at the University of Illinois and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am626 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain noninvasively.Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seasJun 14, 2012 9:00 am86 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.Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am2487 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.High-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laserMar 19, 2009 9:00 am60 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 careFeb 5, 2015 4:15 pm43 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 am4 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon JacobsonIllinois engineering professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 12, 2012 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois professor Huimin Zhao has received a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research AwardJan 16, 2013 9:00 am59 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 fellowshipSep 17, 2014 9:00 am307 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 PrizeJan 6, 2015 9:00 am151 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 PrizeJun 3, 2014 9:00 am115 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 YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8490 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 EngineeringFeb 6, 2014 9:00 am199 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 EngineeringFeb 9, 2012 9:00 am18 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 EngineeringFeb 9, 2012 9:00 am17 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 FellowOct 24, 2011 9:00 am35 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 FameOct 14, 2011 11:15 am16 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 FellowOct 18, 2017 12:30 pm2006 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 synthesizerJan 27, 2017 8:45 am1691 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 consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2009 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 useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am935 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.Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuelOct 6, 2011 9:00 am195 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 pm3369 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 pm331 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on airport securityJohn A. Rogers elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am75 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 MagazineNov 20, 2013 9:00 am48 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 nanotubesJan 13, 2009 9:00 am35 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 researchOct 2, 2017 8:00 am653 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.Let's do the twist: Spiral proteins are efficient gene delivery agentsDec 15, 2011 9:00 am52 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Clinical gene therapy may be one step closer, thanks to a new twist on an old class of molecules.Light helps the transistor laser switch fasterMar 9, 2016 8:30 am1875 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-botsMar 14, 2016 2:00 pm2491 views A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines.Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damageJan 13, 2016 9:15 am2732 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 worldOct 12, 2017 3:15 pm4080 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.Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agricultureJul 25, 2016 8:00 am1691 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 lifeMar 10, 2011 9:00 am83 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 productionJun 5, 2017 9:15 am598 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.Method opens a window on how stress and strain affect battery performanceAug 1, 2016 12:15 pm1590 views Batteries that charge faster and have greater capacity could boost portable electronic devices and electric cars. A new method to simultaneously test stress and strain in battery electrodes gives researchers a window into the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries. The method revealed an unexpected point of stress in the charging cycle, which could guide development of better batteries.Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durabilityJul 5, 2012 9:00 am166 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.Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fastNov 11, 2014 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury.