Category: Research and Innovation

Yipu Du (left) and Yanliang Zhang

A new 3D printing frontier: self-powered wearable devices

When most people think of wearable devices, they think of smart watches, smart glasses, fitness trackers, even smart clothing. These devices, part of a fast-growing market, have two things in common: They all need an external power source, and they all require exacting manufacturing processes. …

Researchers successfully build four-legged swarm robots

As a robotics engineer, Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, gets her inspiration from biological systems, including ants, honeybees and birds. Researchers previously have developed aerial and underwater robots that mimic the …

Pinar and graduate student in lab

Aging breast tissue could set the stage for invasive breast cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that 284,200 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, and 43,600 will die of the disease — the second highest cause of cancer death in women. A woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age, but while scientists …

Pinar Zorlutuna with a graduate student in lab

Low-cost, portable device could diagnose heart attacks in minutes

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine have developed a sensor that could diagnose a heart attack in less than 30 minutes, according to a study published in Lab on a Chip. Currently, it takes health care …

SpectrumX Telescope

Notre Dame to lead $25 million SpectrumX project; first NSF Spectrum Innovation Initiative Center

The explosion of wireless applications enabled by advanced radio technologies has placed access to a key natural resource, the radio frequency spectrum, at a premium. In the United States and around the world, radio frequencies are allocated to a variety of services such as mobile broadband, …

Electronic nose sensor

A nose by any other name is a gas sensor

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. But how does one measure that smell? There’s no energy in a smell to help estimate how potent the coffee might be. Instead, it’s the gases emitted from brewed coffee that contribute to the invigorating scent. The …

Copy of Old Testament books, primarily with Jerome’s prologues: Proverbs (pp. 5-37), Ecclesiastes (pp. 37-49), Song of Songs (pp. 49-55), Wisdom (pp. 55-78), Sirach (pp. 78-141), Job (pp. 141-180), Tobias (pp. 180-195), Judith (pp. 195-214), Esther (pp. 214-232). Contains several initials with scroll ornamentation in red ink (pp. 7, 8, 141, 143, 180, 181). (sno)

Researchers use AI to unlock the secrets of ancient texts

The Abbey Library of St. Gall in Switzerland is home to approximately 160,000 volumes of literary and historical manuscripts dating back to the eighth century — all of which are written by hand, on parchment, in languages rarely spoken in modern times. To preserve these historical accounts …

Sihan Yu and Matthew Webber

Engineers develop novel method for regulating blood sugar in children with diabetes

For children with Type 1 diabetes, the risk of experiencing a severe hypoglycemic episode is especially common — and for parents, the threat of that happening in the middle of the night is especially frightening. Sudden and critical drops in blood sugar can go undetected overnight when the …

Jennifer Schaefer

Driving change by using new materials in rechargeable batteries

Electric vehicles have been on the roads since 1999. Since that time, nearly 5.4 million hybrid and plug-in models have been sold. The lithium-ion batteries that run them offer high energy density and low maintenance, allowing a vehicle to travel hundreds of miles on a charge. These power …

Getting the big picture in incredible detail with frequency comb ptychoscopy

Reconstructing the entire spectrum of light from complex sources is vital for a number of applications — from medical imaging and drug development to national security. David Burghoff, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and his team have developed a new technique that provides an …