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Nanotech: the new alchemy

Researchers at the University of Michigan are charting a path toward materials with new properties by cleverly altering the nanoparticles used to build them.|Medium Read
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Michigan Engineering alum receives Lemelson-MIT Prize

U-M MSE alum, Jay Whitacre, is being recognized for his work inventing the Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery.|Short Read
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Art-inspired solar cells

Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.|Medium Read
Nicholas A. Kotov

Nicholas Kotov

Engineering professor Nicholas Kotov has been drawn to one scientific field or another for as long as he can remember - biology, chemistry, zoology, geology. And before all that, pyrotechnics.|Medium Read
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Kirigami art could enable stretchable plasma screens

The art of paper cutting may slice through a roadblock on the way to flexible, stretchable electronics, a team of engineers and an artist at the University of Michigan has found.|Short Read
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Black engineering leaders outline goals at national conference

As part of its plan to nearly triple the annual number of black engineering graduates nationwide by 2025, the National Society of Black Engineers recently gathered about 175 newly elected student leaders and staff members from chapters across the country at U-M for its National Leadership Conference, held June 3-6.|Medium Read
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Conference aims to boost African-American engineering graduate numbers

In an effort to reduce the shortage of African-American engineering talent in the U.S., the University of Michigan is hosting the National Society of Black Engineers' National Leadership Conference this week.|Medium Read
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Regenerative medicine: Injectable stem cell incubator

Some tissue damage is too extensive for the body to heal well, such as a bad slipped disc or the muscle death that follows a heart attack, so researchers are looking for ways to bridge the gaps.|Medium Read
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‘Supercool’ material glows when you write on it

A new material developed at the University of Michigan stays liquid more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause it to form yellow crystals that glow under ultraviolet light. |Short Read
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Gary Was

Gary Was, the Walter J. Weber, Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems Engineering, believes there’s a faster, less expensive route to developing better reactor materials.|Medium Read
Joerg Lahann is a Prof of Chemical Engr, Prof of Materials Science and Engr, Prof of Biomedical Engr, Prof of Macromolecular Science and Engr and Director of the Biointerfaces Institute

Joerg Lahann

University of Michigan Biointerfaces Institute director Joerg Lahann knew from a young age that he wanted to be a chemist.|Medium Read
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Liquid bonding a super plastic

A new 'super plastic' that can direct heat away from its source opens up a wide range of possibilities for making more efficient electronic devices.|Short Read