Category: Research and Innovation

Doctoral Student Meghana Remella demonstrates work on equipment in the Nanofabrication Facility in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.

Engineers seek “switchable” materials to power next-generation microelectronics

Chris Hinkle is on the hunt for new materials. He needs them to power faster, smaller and more efficient chips for next-generation microelectronics, so only materials with the right chemistry and structure will do. “Current materials are not able to keep up with the growing needs for …

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Sunrise to sunset, new window coating blocks heat not view

Windows welcome light into interior spaces, but they also bring in unwanted heat. A new window coating blocks heat-generating ultraviolet and infrared light and remains transparent to visible light, regardless of the sun’s angle. The coating can be incorporated into existing windows or …

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Notre Dame sends cancer research aboard the International Space Station

University of Notre Dame researchers are taking their science to space aboard NASA’s 30th SpaceX commercial resupply services mission, which is slated to launch no earlier than Thursday (March 21). The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force …

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Electrical engineers harness memory for device-level security

Everything from smart phones to supercomputers needs memory, and tomorrow’s devices will demand faster, more energy-efficient memory technologies to store ever increasing data. Non-volatile memory (NVM) is a type of storage that retains data even after the power has been turned off. While …

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Paul Bohn named director of the University of Notre Dame Bioengineering and Life Sciences (BELS) Initiative

Paul Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the inaugural director of the new Bioengineering and Life Sciences (BELS) Initiative. A joint initiative of the College …

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Engineers unmask nanoplastics in oceans for the first time, revealing their true shapes and chemistry

Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. The sun’s ultraviolet light and ocean turbulence break down these plastics into invisible nanoparticles that threaten marine ecosystems.   In a new study, engineers at the University of Notre Dame have presented clear images …

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Disinformation expert explores history and future of fake news in new book

The era of fake news feels brand-new. But a new book, “A History of Fake Things on the Internet,” takes a deeper look into the origins of online deception. “There’s this conventional narrative about fake news and manipulated imagery on the internet. But when I started to actually …

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Understudied cell in the brain could be key to treating glioblastoma

Glioblastoma is one of the most treatment-resistant cancers, with those diagnosed surviving for less than two years. In a new study in NPJ Genomic Medicine, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have found that a largely understudied cell could offer new insight into how the aggressive, …

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Balancing act: Mechanical engineer aims to make electrically powered prostheses both smart and lightweight

Powered prostheses hold promise for improving the lives of people with limb loss. Yet despite recent, rapid development of new designs and materials, current devices are often heavy and uncomfortable. Edgar Bolívar-Nieto, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the …

Notre Dame STEM faculty receive Highly Cited Researcher recognition

Kyle Bibby, professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, and Prashant V. Kamat, the Reverend John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have been named to Clarivate’s 2023 list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR).   Kyle …