Category: Research and Innovation

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 …

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 …

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 …

Researcher in Webber Lab setting up a sample

Homing in on a new drug delivery method

One of the greatest challenges in treating disease is developing better ways to direct drugs only to those sites where drug activity is desired. Many drugs act indiscriminately on tissues throughout the body, leading to side effects that render them unsuitable for use. In spite of the enormous …

Graphic showing how self sterilizing mask performs

Creating material for a reusable antimicrobial mask

Not long after the coronavirus pandemic began impacting the nation, hospitals and other health services began running into shortages of personal protective equipment such as face masks. Typical masks can help prevent the transmission of disease, but have a one-time use. Researchers at the …

Merlin Bruening

Bruening leads team to quantify human response to COVID-19

Across the country, public health officials have begun administering antibody tests aimed at identifying Americans who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and have potentially developed immunity to the disease. But even with testing underway, experts say there are more questions than …

Chang lab explores point-of-care tests for coronavirus detection

As testing for the coronavirus continues throughout the United States, researchers have been closely watching results, particularly reported rates of false negatives. According to the Radiological Society of North America, a reported 40 to 70 percent of coronavirus tests from throat swab …

Researchers awarded grant to develop one-step process for converting natural gas into liquids

A team of Notre Dame engineering researchers has been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) to design, develop, and test a one-step, plasma-assisted catalytic process for direct conversion of natural gas to liquid chemicals. DOE/NETL …