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  • CNST/MNTL/CARD faculty Irfan Ahmad and Logan Liu part of the newly announced DOE RAPID- a $170M investment with approximately $70M in federal funds

    Leveraging up to $70 million in federal funding…and an additional $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 130 partners, the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institute will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to boost domestic energy productivity and energy efficiency by 20 percent in five years through manufacturing processes in industries such oil and gas, pulp and paper and various domestic chemical manufacturers.

  • Cunningham's photonic crystal enhanced microscope sheds light on wound healing and cancer metastasis

    University of Illinois Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham’s Nano Sensors group has invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. Their Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death.

  • Nano blood cells could offer convenient, portable alternative to transfusion

    Researchers have developed the first artificial red blood cells designed to emulate vital functions of natural red blood cells. If confirmed safe for use in humans, the nanotechnology-based product could represent an innovative alternative to blood transfusions that would be especially valuable on the battlefield and in other situations where donated blood is difficult to obtain or store.

  • Tunneling key to high-speed modulation of transistor and laser development

    Two recent studies by UIUC researchers, Feng and Holonyak, are expected to significantly impact the fundamental modulation bandwidth for transistors and laser operations for energy-efficient high speed data transfer in optical and 5G wireless communications.

  • Two faculty named Center for Advanced Study (CAS) Associates

    Professor Iwona Jasiuk and Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named 2017-18 Associates in the Center for Advanced Study (CAS). Only a handful of faculty from across campus are selected each year. CAS Associate appointments provide tenured and untenured faculty with an incentive to pursue the highest level of scholarly achievement.

  • MNTL spin-off company to quadruple its wafer-making capabilities in Champaign over three years

    The II-VI EpiWorks Division of II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers, announced November 28, 2016, that it is breaking ground on a state-of-the-art production facility in Champaign, Illinois. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-2017 and will enable a quadrupling of capacity in Champaign over the next three years.

  • Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3D gradient refractive index micro-optics

    Researchers at the University of Illinois have fabricated 3-D birefringent gradient refractive index (GRIN) micro-optics by electrochemically etching preformed Si micro-structures, like square columns, PSi structures with defined refractive index profiles.

  • Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows

    Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members, including CNST affiliates Jianjun Cheng (Materials Science and Engineering) and Brian T. Cunningham (Electrical and Computer Engineering) have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Congratulations to nano@illinois REU Larissa del Rosario on co-authorship of research paper in Bayram lab

    Congrats to Larissa del Rosario, 2016 NSF-funded nano@illinois Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) participant in the Dr. Can Bayram lab, Micro and Nanotechnology Lab. del Rosario is co-author of "Investigation of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor structures on 200-mm silicon (111) substrates employing different buffer layer configurations."

  • Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

    Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence over the past 11 years.