blog postsIllinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8453 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.Nanopores could take the salt out of seawaterNov 10, 2015 1:45 pm7705 views University of Illinois engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm7136 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6486 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."Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am5930 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.Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am5831 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.Record-speed data transmission could make big data more accessibleMar 22, 2016 9:45 am5644 views With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway – creating on-ramps for big data in the process.Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of bloodJul 3, 2017 7:30 am4664 views A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood.Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden worldOct 12, 2017 3:15 pm3965 views By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said.Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringApr 3, 2014 1:00 pm3876 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.Corn better used as food than biofuel, study findsJun 20, 2017 9:00 am3662 views Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs.Reclaimed water could help power plants run more efficiently, study findsMay 12, 2016 10:00 am3466 views The water going down the drain could help keep the lights on, according to a new study showing that reclaimed water – municipal wastewater that has been treated or cleaned – could be more efficient for cooling power plants than water taken from the local environment.Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment?Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3356 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. Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technologyJul 13, 2017 4:00 am3224 views When it comes to efficiency, sometimes it helps to look to Mother Nature for advice – even in technology as advanced as printable, flexible electronics. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed bio-inspired dynamic templates used to manufacture organic semiconductor materials that produce printable electronics. It uses a process similar to biomineralization – the way that bones and teeth form. This technique is also eco-friendly compared with how conventional electronics are made, which gives the researchers the chance to return the favor to nature. Tumor-targeting system uses cancer’s own mechanisms to betray its locationFeb 14, 2017 9:00 am3092 views By hijacking a cancer cell’s own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule sugars. This opens treatment pathways for cancers that are not responsive to conventional targeted antibodies, such as triple-negative breast cancer.Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3071 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A new surgical tool that uses light to make sure surgeons removing cancerous tumors “got it all” was found to correlate well with traditional pathologists’ diagnoses in a clinical study, showing that the tool could soon enable reliable, real-time guidance for surgeons.Smart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattooAug 11, 2011 9:00 am3007 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.Study: Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity ratesMay 16, 2017 10:30 am2854 views Healthy mass transit systems could contribute to healthier communities, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers that determined higher mass transit use was correlated with lower obesity rates in counties across the United States.Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonarJan 5, 2011 9:00 am2809 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't.Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2720 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damageJan 13, 2016 9:15 am2709 views Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before they become more problematic.Congressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithmSep 11, 2017 8:30 am2692 views Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasizeApr 27, 2016 10:45 am2660 views Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2641 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Structural, regulatory and human error were factors in Washington highway bridge collapseAug 24, 2016 9:00 am2540 views When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign outlines the many factors that led to the collapse, as well as steps that transportation departments can take to prevent such accidents on other bridges of similar design.Light illuminates the way for bio-botsMar 14, 2016 2:00 pm2468 views A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines.Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am2443 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.Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoringSep 7, 2017 8:15 am2372 views One measurement of key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms, a new study found.Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robotsSep 25, 2017 8:30 am2345 views Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, to solve this robotics challenge.Engineers find way to evaluate green roofsJul 5, 2017 9:45 am2319 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.Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displaysFeb 9, 2017 1:00 pm2249 views Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.Core curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2204 views Dr. Robert Good and professor Rashid Bashir have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group that will lead the effort to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum. Basar named College of Engineering interim deanDec 19, 2017 1:30 pm2112 views Tamer Basar has been named the interim dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering effective Jan. 16, subject to approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Drug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2110 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Portable device can quickly determine the extent of an eye injuryDec 8, 2015 8:45 am2102 views An engineer and an ophthalmologist are working together to develop a portable sensor that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, works by measuring levels of vitamin C in the fluids that coat or leak from the eye. The sensor could speed efforts to determine the extent of eye injuries at accident sites, in rural areas lacking ophthalmology specialists or on the battlefield, the researchers said.Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm1956 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.Illinois scientist named Packard FellowOct 18, 2017 12:30 pm1936 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.AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1891 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy.Light helps the transistor laser switch fasterMar 9, 2016 8:30 am1865 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.Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activityNov 17, 2017 9:45 am1696 views Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agricultureJul 25, 2016 8:00 am1674 views University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.Nanostructured metal coatings let the light through for electrical devicesDec 8, 2015 9:15 am1644 views Light and electricity dance a complicated tango in devices like LEDs, solar cells and sensors. A new anti-reflection coating developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity, a step that could increase efficiency in such devices.Illinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizerJan 27, 2017 8:45 am1615 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.Stem cells from muscle could address diabetes-related circulation problemsNov 6, 2017 10:45 am1573 views Stem cells taken from muscle tissue could promote better blood flow in patients with diabetes who develop peripheral artery disease, a painful complication that can require surgery or lead to amputation.Method opens a window on how stress and strain affect battery performanceAug 1, 2016 12:15 pm1561 views Batteries that charge faster and have greater capacity could boost portable electronic devices and electric cars. A new method to simultaneously test stress and strain in battery electrodes gives researchers a window into the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries. The method revealed an unexpected point of stress in the charging cycle, which could guide development of better batteries.Ultrathin LEDs create new classes of lighting and display systemsAug 20, 2009 9:00 am1439 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.Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteriesMay 12, 2017 2:00 pm1365 views The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries.Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on commandJun 30, 2014 9:00 am1308 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle.Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1303 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.Regenerating plastic grows back after damageMay 8, 2014 9:00 am1299 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Looking at a smooth sheet of plastic in one University of Illinois laboratory, no one would guess that an impact had recently blasted a hole through it.