blog postsTwo U. of I. graduate students win Intel Ph.D. FellowshipsJun 14, 2013 9:00 am36 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.Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am1061 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.Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structureApr 22, 2013 9:00 am204 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.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am8322 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.A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am500 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am54 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.Bracketology: Crunching the numbersMar 11, 2013 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonNick Holonyak Jr. elected a charter fellow of the National Academy of InventorsMar 8, 2013 9:00 am14 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.Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth itFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am59 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.New look at cell membrane reveals surprising organizationJan 28, 2013 9:00 am353 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.Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research AwardJan 16, 2013 9:00 am71 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.Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuelDec 17, 2012 9:00 am151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am125 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.The dark side of kerosene lamps: High black carbon emissionsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am519 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.Proteins that work at the end of DNA could provide cancer insightNov 29, 2012 9:00 am30 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 fellowsNov 29, 2012 9:00 am80 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.U. of I. alumnus named Marshall ScholarNov 26, 2012 9:15 am75 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.New structures self-assemble in synchronized danceNov 21, 2012 9:00 am76 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.These bots were made for walking: Cells power biological machinesNov 15, 2012 9:00 am477 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.Nick Holonyak Jr. and his work on visible LED to be feted at Illini Union eventOct 3, 2012 9:00 am54 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.New method monitors semiconductor etching as it happens – with lightSep 28, 2012 9:30 am63 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.Next up: Environmentally safe electronics that also vanish in the bodySep 27, 2012 9:00 am707 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.Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlandsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am80 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.Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durabilityJul 5, 2012 9:00 am229 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.Bragg named interim dean of College of EngineeringJul 3, 2012 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael B. Bragg has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seasJun 14, 2012 9:00 am102 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.Alumnus wins fellowship, will work on prosthesis project in GuatemalaJun 13, 2012 9:00 am10 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.Study finds emissions from widely used cookstoves vary with useMay 29, 2012 9:00 am30 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 eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am540 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.Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precisionApr 23, 2012 9:00 am60 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 imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am106 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: Optimizing biofuel supply chain is a competitive gameApr 18, 2012 9:00 am40 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.Illinois engineering professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 12, 2012 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois professor Huimin Zhao has received a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.A scientist's view of NCAA tournament bracketsMar 16, 2012 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonIllinois professor elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 9, 2012 9:00 am26 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.Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronicsJan 12, 2012 9:00 am954 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.New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductorsDec 22, 2011 9:00 am176 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Creating semiconductor structures for high-end optoelectronic devices just got easier, thanks to University of Illinois researchers.Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce wasteDec 20, 2011 9:00 am667 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?Team designs a bandage that spurs, guides blood vessel growthDec 15, 2011 9:00 am149 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.Let's do the twist: Spiral proteins are efficient gene delivery agentsDec 15, 2011 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Clinical gene therapy may be one step closer, thanks to a new twist on an old class of molecules.Nanowires could be solution for high- performance solar cellsNov 8, 2011 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tiny wires could help engineers realize high-performance solar cells and other electronics, according to University of Illinois researchers.Research: Graphene grows better on certain copper crystalsOct 27, 2011 9:00 am545 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.Illinois professor named Packard FellowOct 24, 2011 9:00 am41 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 am20 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.Packaging expert sees a social revolution in the evolving barcodeOct 13, 2011 9:00 am228 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.Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuelOct 6, 2011 9:00 am223 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.Testing the water for bioenergy cropsAug 29, 2011 9:00 am49 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.New sensors streamline detection of estrogenic compoundsAug 25, 2011 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have engineered new sensors that fluoresce in the presence of compounds that interact with estrogen receptors in human cells. The sensors detect natural or human-made substances that alter estrogenic signaling in the body.New imaging method sheds light on cell growthAug 25, 2011 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers are giving a light answer to the heavy question of cell growth.