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New US and German collaboration aims to produce green hydrogen more efficiently

NSF-DFG EChem Award Announcement

27-Jul-2021

Through a new award program, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) have joined forces to award the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Technical University of Darmstadt a three-year $720,000 research grant ($500,000 ...

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Turn plastic waste into edible food

Future Insight Prize 2021 of € 1 Million Awarded to Ting Lu and Stephen Techtmann

15-Jul-2021

Merck announced the winners of this year’s Future Insight Prize. The €1million prize in the category of “Food Generation” was awarded today during the Future Insight Days in Darmstadt, Germany, to Ting Lu, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, and ...

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The 136 Million Atom-Model

Scientists Simulate Photosynthesis

10-Dec-2019

The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy is essential for life. In one of the largest simulations of a biosystem worldwide, scientists have mimicked his complex process for a component of a bacterium - on the computer, atom by atom. The work, which has now been published in the journal ...

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Growth factors in single cells counted for the first time

26-Feb-2019

Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For example, growth factors tell the cells to divide, move, and when to die--a process known as apoptosis. When growth factor levels ...

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Illinois engineers protect artifacts by graphene gilding

14-Sep-2018

Gilding is the process of coating intricate artifacts with precious metals. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese coated their sculptures with thin metal films using gilding--and these golden sculptures have resisted corrosion, wear, and environmental degradation for thousands of years. The middle and ...

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Graphene origami as a mechanically tunable plasmonic structure for infrared detection

26-Apr-2018

Soldiers often need to see through smoke, fog, dust or any other airborne obscurant and detect the presence of toxins or other chemicals in the field or on the front lines. To identify those chemicals, they use infrared (IR) sensors and spectroscopy, which allow a specific color of light to shine ...

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Excitonium - A new form of matter

12-Dec-2017

Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... well... excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of ...

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Integrated lab-on-a-chip uses smartphone to quickly detect multiple pathogens

20-Oct-2017

A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in ...

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Name that Scotch

Colorimetric recognition of aldehydes and ketones

25-Jul-2017

Vodka tastes different from brandy, and connoisseurs can distinguish among different brands of whiskeys. The flavors of spirits result from a complex bouquet of volatile compounds. New colorimetric sensor arrays on disposable test-strips read by hand-held devices allow for their rapid, ...

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Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production

07-Jun-2017

Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical ...

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