blog posts Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth it Feb 11, 2013 9:00 am98 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. 3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, more Jun 18, 2013 9:00 am99 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. New structures self-assemble in synchronized dance Nov 21, 2012 9:00 am100 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. Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precision Apr 23, 2012 9:00 am103 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. What you need to know about the spike in Illinois electric rates Jan 30, 2007 9:00 am107 views George Gross is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He discusses the higher electric rates that went into effect on January 1, 2007. He was interviewed by the News Bureau's business and law editor Mark Reutter. Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlands Jul 24, 2012 9:00 am110 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. New 3-D photonic crystals have both electronic and optical properties Jul 25, 2011 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal. Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared Sep 23, 2013 9:00 am113 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum. First-round winners of business-plan competition announced Oct 18, 2000 9:00 am114 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.) New plasma transistor could create sharper displays Feb 4, 2009 9:00 am116 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a microcavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays. Six professors at Illinois named 2012 AAAS fellows Nov 29, 2012 9:00 am116 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. New method helps map species' genetic heritage Dec 11, 2014 9:00 am116 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo - the heron or the sparrow? Why has it been so difficult to stabilize Japan's damaged nuclear reactors? Mar 28, 2011 9:00 am119 views A Minute With™... Rizwan Uddin, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering New method monitors semiconductor etching as it happens – with light Sep 28, 2012 9:30 am119 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. New silver-based ink has applications in printed electronics Apr 13, 2009 9:00 am133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new ink developed by researchers at the University of Illinois allows them to write their own silver linings. Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seas Jun 14, 2012 9:00 am135 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. Memory advance would extend mobile-device battery life Mar 10, 2011 9:00 am138 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. Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue images Apr 23, 2012 9:00 am143 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. Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt Prize Jun 3, 2014 9:00 am147 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. With increasing obesity, fuel consumption becomes weighty matter Dec 16, 2008 9:00 am151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Excess fuel consumption caused by excess driver and passenger weight has increased in the past two years, with no end in sight. 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. Seatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle up Sep 2, 2014 9:00 am178 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Obesity is associated with many health risks, including heart disease and diabetes, but University of Illinois researchers have found a possible way to mitigate one often-overlooked risk: not buckling up in the car. Tiny laser gives big boost to high-speed data transmission Nov 5, 2013 9:00 am178 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High-speed communication just got a turbo boost, thanks to a new laser technology developed at the University of Illinois that transmits error-free data over fiber optic networks at a blazing fast 40 gigabits per second - the fastest in the United States. U. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competition Oct 16, 2009 9:00 am180 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of students from the University of Illinois won second place today (Oct. 16) in the 2009 Solar Decathlon design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing method Apr 20, 2015 9:00 am183 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. Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factor Jan 6, 2010 9:00 am184 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer. Team designs a bandage that spurs, guides blood vessel growth Dec 15, 2011 9:00 am189 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. John A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine Nov 20, 2013 9:00 am196 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. U. of I. Engineering Open House to take place March 10-11 Mar 6, 2006 9:00 am202 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, "robot wars," and more than 160 fun-filled exhibits await visitors to "Beyond Imagination," the 86th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuel Dec 17, 2012 9:00 am202 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match. Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study finds Sep 5, 2014 9:00 am203 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers. New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencing Aug 13, 2014 9:00 am208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Gene-based personalized medicine has many possibilities for diagnosis and targeted therapy, but one big bottleneck: the expensive and time-consuming DNA-sequencing process. John A. Rogers elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 8, 2011 9:00 am210 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. Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnastics Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am218 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics. Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductors Dec 13, 2012 9:00 am221 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. Study estimates land available for biofuel crops Jan 10, 2011 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world's current fuel consumption - without affecting food crops or pastureland. Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosions Apr 2, 2015 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giving new meaning to the term "sonic boom," University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions. Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hop Jun 1, 2015 2:00 pm232 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. Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recurs Aug 6, 2014 9:00 am261 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois. New polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratched Dec 9, 2008 9:00 am273 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois. Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structure Apr 22, 2013 9:00 am276 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. Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance Nov 25, 2013 9:00 am290 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world's tiniest soldering iron. Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 6, 2014 9:00 am296 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. New life for EBICS project will create bio-machines to improve health Nov 6, 2015 3:30 pm299 views By studying the behavior of living cells and combining them with synthetic tissue, researchers are creating “biological machines” to deliver drugs more effectively, function as internal diagnostic tools or serve as contaminant sensors in the field. New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductors Dec 22, 2011 9:00 am304 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Creating semiconductor structures for high-end optoelectronic devices just got easier, thanks to University of Illinois researchers. New technique paints tissue samples with light Mar 24, 2015 9:00 am320 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and clinical partners. Software teaches computers to translate words to math Jan 20, 2015 9:00 am324 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets? Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires Jul 1, 2014 9:00 am326 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them. Study: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areas Feb 8, 2010 9:00 am327 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durability Jul 5, 2012 9:00 am344 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.