The research areas in our department span from biological engineering to energy to functional materials; below are the main thrusts.
(pictured: Embryonic stem cell-derived motor neurons seeded on a hydrogel that recapitulates critical aspects of the of the adult nervous system microenvironment. Beta-tubulin is shown in red, actin in orange, and cytoplasm in green. Courtesy of Anseth research group.)
(pictured: Lyophilization was used to stabilize a recombinant ricin toxin A subunit vaccine. Mice immunized with reconstituted vaccine produced antibodies, regardless of the length of high temperature vaccine storage. Courtesy of the Randolph research group.
(pictured: An alkyl chain growing on a surface in an aqueous environment, as might occur in conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels. Courtesy of the Medlin research group.)
(pictured:Kinetic-theory prediction of clustering instabilities in granular flows. Applications include gasifiers used in energy production, heat transfer in concentrating solar power plants, ejection of lunar soil upon spacecraft landing, and even the dynamics of the rings of Saturn. Courtesy of Hrenya research group.)
(pictured right: A laboratory model of a multi-tube solar reactor at the University of Colorado Boulder that can be used to split water in order to produce clean hydrogen fuel. Courtesy of the Weimer research group.)
(pictured: De-mixing of solid particles according to size when undergoing vibration-induced flow. Courtesy of the Hrenya research group.)
(pictured: Using single-molecule tracking at a solid-liquid interface, molecules are seen to move by an intermittent, 3D hopping mechanism. Courtesy of the Schwartz research group.)
(pictured: Zeolite membranes and gas separation utilizing a zeolite membrane. Courtesy of the Falconer research group.)
(pictured: The upconversion of infrared radiation into visible light using doped-lanthanide nanocrystals; applications include improved solar cell performance and biological imaging of deep tissue. Courtesy of the Nagpal research group.)
(pictured: This Advanced Materials cover image illustrates the formation of a cross-linked network in the irradiated/light area while unreacted monomer molecules remain in the dark regions. Courtesy of the Bowman research group.)