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Researchers Awarded Funding to Expand Nano Work Being Done at UH Center


Inside the University of Houston Center for Integrated Nanosystems researchers are studying magnetic materials so tiny they require the aid of state-of-the-art microscopes to see.

Though the materials are miniscule—thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair—these researchers work is helping find new ways of doing things. More specifically, they are set to influence everything from the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives to how doctors detect cancer

Engineering Researchers Make Fuel Cell Breakthrough

Professor Peter Strasser. Photo by Stephen Pinchback

Research could cut thousands off the cost of fuel cell-powered vehicles

The days of gasoline and diesel fuel are one step closer to ending thanks to new findings from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. A research team with the college has made a discovery that could eliminate one of the biggest financial hurdles to the commercial introduction of fuel cell-powered vehicles.

$1M Grant To Support Meta-Materials Research

Pradeep Sharma, professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a group of researchers that has received a $1.22M NSF grant to develop a novel class of meta materials that generate electricity when placed under physical stress. Photo by Jeff Shaw.

Interdisciplinary team from three universities will seek to create “piezoelectrics on steroids.”

Artificial limbs that can perform a variety of complex tasks by more closely mimicking natural movement and levels of strength and high-tech military equipment powered by every step a soldier takes are just two of the many innovations that may arise through the work of a research team based at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

New Technique Could Speed Mass Production of Nanotech Devices

Vincent Donnelly

Nanopantography technique to create billions of nanotech devices in a matter of hours.

A team of researchers with the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering has filed a patent for new technology that could take nanotech from the lab to the factory.

Professor Studying Scalability in Nanotechnology

Dmitri Litvinov’s second project with the U.S. Navy will establish guidelines for nanoscale magnetic device design and production.

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has received a grant from the United States Navy’s Office of Naval Research to investigate how magnetic materials behave at the nanometer level.

Nanomagnetics Research Utilized for Medical Technology Development

Dmitri Litvinov, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, develops new bionanomagnetic technologies in the Center for Nanomagnetic Systems. Photo by Mark Lacy.

A tabletop system capable of screening tens of thousands of drug candidates in an hour and a tool that can provide a foolproof cancer diagnosis with miniscule quantities of tissue obtained through non-invasive means are just two possible outcomes of research being conducted by a team of professors with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

UH Professor, Grad Student Make Strides in Diabetes Research

Discovery of insulin-production method could impact multiple fields

Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have made a major discovery in the field of diabetes research that is also an historic find in the area crystal formation and use.

Peter Vekilov, associate professor of chemical engineering, and doctoral candidate Dimitra Georgiou, discovered a new mechanism for the formation of insulin crystals in the pancreas.