blog postsEight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6630 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cellsMay 14, 2018 6:00 am588 views A new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding of the mechanical forces that exist between cells, researchers report. A University of Illinois-led team has demonstrated the quantification of 3-D forces within cells living in petri dishes as well as live specimens. This research may unlock some of the mysteries related to embryonic development and cancer stem cells, i.e., tumor-repopulating cells.Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am154 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires has been developed by University of Illinois researchers, further opening the doors to a new transistor technology.Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am50 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.Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteriesMay 12, 2017 2:00 pm1787 views The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries.Electrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymersNov 2, 2017 7:00 am942 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 am2464 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 on a roll toward smaller, more efficient radio frequency transformersMay 14, 2018 10:00 am1325 views The future of electronic devices lies partly within the “internet of things” – the network of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded within electronics to enable connectivity and data exchange. University of Illinois engineers are helping realize this future by minimizing the size of one notoriously large element of integrated circuits used for wireless communication – the transformer.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am116 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 pm665 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 am61 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 am7 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 am1421 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 am339 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 pm961 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 pm211 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 pm444 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 am758 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 am99 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 am2646 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-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystalsJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm1408 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 laserMar 19, 2009 9:00 am69 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 pm48 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 architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structuresApr 11, 2018 8:30 am2100 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 engineering professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 12, 2012 9:00 am38 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 am69 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 am359 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 am122 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 am8579 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 am224 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 am22 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 am40 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 am17 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 pm2115 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 am1746 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 pm2133 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 am972 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 am214 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 pm3398 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 pm350 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on airport securityJohn A. Rogers elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am77 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 am139 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 am37 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 am727 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 programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am751 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.Let's do the twist: Spiral proteins are efficient gene delivery agentsDec 15, 2011 9:00 am60 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 am1904 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.