blog postsNowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am423 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 am54 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 am89 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 am37 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 am23 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonIllinois 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.Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronicsJan 12, 2012 9:00 am835 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 am120 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 am497 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 am125 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 am52 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 am38 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 am503 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 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.Packaging expert sees a social revolution in the evolving barcodeOct 13, 2011 9:00 am189 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 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.Testing the water for bioenergy cropsAug 29, 2011 9:00 am37 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 am9 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 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers are giving a light answer to the heavy question of cell growth.New theory may shed light on dynamics of large-polymer liquidsAug 23, 2011 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new physics-based theory could give researchers a deeper understanding of the unusual, slow dynamics of liquids composed of large polymers. This advance provides a better picture of how polymer molecules respond under fast-flow, high-stress processing conditions for plastics and other polymeric materials.Smart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattooAug 11, 2011 9:00 am3173 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Engineers have developed a device platform that combines electronic components for sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces, all on an ultrathin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with the ease, flexibility and comfort of a temporary tattoo.New 3-D photonic crystals have both electronic and optical propertiesJul 25, 2011 9:00 am65 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.Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materialsJul 25, 2011 9:00 am168 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Taking their cue from biological circulatory systems, University of Illinois researchers have developed vascularized structural composites, creating materials that are lightweight and strong with potential for self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials and more.Silver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronicsJun 28, 2011 9:00 am594 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it's challenging wires and soldering irons.Self-cooling observed in graphene electronicsApr 4, 2011 9:00 am231 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the first observation of thermoelectric effects at graphene contacts, University of Illinois researchers found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect that reduces their temperature.Why has it been so difficult to stabilize Japan's damaged nuclear reactors?Mar 28, 2011 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... Rizwan Uddin, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringBatteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structureMar 21, 2011 9:00 am512 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Radiation exposure: How much is too muchMar 18, 2011 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringRadiation exposure: How much is too muchMar 14, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of the department of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringMemory 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.Stretchable balloon electronics get to the heart of cardiac medicineMar 7, 2011 9:00 am286 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cardiologists may soon be able to place sensitive electronics inside their patients' hearts with minimal invasiveness, enabling more sophisticated and efficient diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.Physicists isolate bound states in graphene superconductor junctionsFeb 14, 2011 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois researchers have documented the first observations of some unusual physics when two prominent electric materials are connected: superconductors and graphene.John 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.Self-assembling structures open door to new class of materialsJan 13, 2011 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated bio-inspired structures that self-assemble from simple building blocks: spheres.Study estimates land available for biofuel cropsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am183 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.Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonarJan 5, 2011 9:00 am2824 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't.Are there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11?Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. JacobsonPediatric vaccine stockpile policies need to be revisited, researcher saysSep 9, 2010 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Vaccine manufacturers and public health decision-makers need to collaborate in a more efficient and effective manner not only to reduce the likelihood of supply shortages for pediatric vaccines but also to maximize community immunity by using vaccine doses to increase coverage, according to research published by a University of Illinois researcher who specializes in statistics and data analysis.Ditch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonStudy: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am169 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.Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factorJan 6, 2010 9:00 am57 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.Small mechanical forces have big impact on embryonic stem cellsOct 19, 2009 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applying a small mechanical force to embryonic stem cells could be a new way of coaxing them into a specific direction of differentiation, researchers at the University of Illinois report. Applications for force-directed cell differentiation include therapeutic cloning and regenerative medicine.U. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competitionOct 16, 2009 9:00 am98 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.Ultrathin LEDs create new classes of lighting and display systemsAug 20, 2009 9:00 am1490 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new process for creating ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and assembling them into large arrays offers new classes of lighting and display systems with interesting properties, such as see-through construction and mechanical flexibility, that would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies.Rethinking Brownian motion with the emperor's new clothesJul 27, 2009 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the classic fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," Hans Christian Andersen uses the eyes of a child to challenge conventional wisdom and help others to see more clearly. In similar fashion, researchers at the University of Illinois have now revealed the naked truth about a classic bell-shaped curve used to describe the motion of a liquid as it diffuses through another material.New silver-based ink has applications in printed electronicsApr 13, 2009 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new ink developed by researchers at the University of Illinois allows them to write their own silver linings.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.