Category: Research and Innovation

Yichun Wang

Yichun Wang receives Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from NIH for novel drug-delivery platform

Yichun Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The award, …

Ten students learn how to load and run a sample in the differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).

SMASH Engineering: Student researchers take on soft materials in NSF REU at Notre Dame

Sustainable energy, clean water, affordable healthcare solutions — these were some of the issues that student-researchers from colleges and universities around the country addressed at Notre Dame this summer. The students were participants in SMASH Engineering, Soft Materials for …

Notre Dame engineering profs invent trap for capturing and comparing individual bacterial cells

All hospitals battle an invisible threat: Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It is a type of bacteria that affects thousands of patients each year in intensive care units, where it can cause sepsis, pneumonia and other types of infections. “For the average healthy person, P. aeruginosa does not pose a …

Mosaic of the 10 stir grant recipients

STIR grants energize new science/engineering research projects at Notre Dame

The first Seed Transformative Interdisciplinary Research (STIR) grants, announced in early 2023 by the Notre Dame College of Science and College of Engineering, have been awarded to four new research projects led by multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers. The one-year seed …

New nanomaterial sets magnetic trap for disease biomarkers

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have devised a low-cost filter that can rapidly isolate and trap biomarkers for cancer with a 99% success rate. Their novel filter uses magnetic fields to capture lipoproteins, which are biomarkers for stroke …

Researchers successfully prevent peanut allergic reactions in mice, blocking onset in its tracks

An allergen-specific inhibitor devised by researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine has successfully prevented potentially life-threatening allergic responses to peanuts. The results of the new study were just published in Science Translational …

Illustration of the Machine Learning-Assisted Ultrafast Flash Sintering of High-Performance and Flexible Silver-Selenide Thermoelectric Devices

Flash! A superfast new method to manufacture high-performance thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting and cooling

Yanliang Zhang, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and collaborators Alexander Dowling and Tengfei Luo, have developed a machine-learning assisted superfast new way to create high-performance, energy-saving thermoelectric devices. The …

Ph.D. student Jialing Xu with filter sample

Removing heavy metals from water with innovative 3D-printed filters

Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame have developed a highly effective filter for removing lead and other toxic heavy metals from water. The new filter is sensitive enough to identify and capture one metal ion, even when mixed with a million other molecules, according to William …

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 …