Paul Lichty sits in front of ALD equiment at Forge Nano.

CU Boulder engineering grad builds world-leading materials science company

July 31, 2023

Paul Lichty’s journey from PhD student to running one of the world’s top atomic layer deposition (ALD) companies was shaped by his time at CU Boulder. Today, Lichty (MechEngr BS‘06, ChemEngr PhD‘11) is the CEO of Forge Nano, overseeing the development of the Thornton, Colorado-based company’s cutting-edge nano coating technology.

Shape-shifting display

3D display could soon bring touch to the digital world

July 31, 2023

The device at CU Boulder is made from a 10-by-10 grid of soft robotic “muscles” that can sense outside pressure and pop up to create patterns. It’s precise enough to generate scrolling text and fast enough to shake a chemistry beaker filled with fluid.

Wil Srubar

Wil Srubar named as nominee for 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award

July 24, 2023

Srubar is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Material Science and Engineering Program at CU Boulder. His lab conducts major research into biomimetic and living materials that have the potential to drastically reduce environmental pollution caused by construction activities around the globe.

John Zhai measures air quality community members in Indonesia in Dec. 2022

CU Boulder professor receives Fulbright for holistic approach to indoor air quality

July 21, 2023

Professor John Z. Zhai, an expert in building systems engineering and indoor air quality (IAQ) at CU Boulder, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to address indoor air quality (IAQ) in affordable housing in hot and humid climates. Zhai’s work will focus on not only the technical aspects but also the influence of cultural practices.

Luis Navarro

CU Boulder scientist advancing space weather research with major NASA grant

July 19, 2023

Luis Navarro has earned a four-year, $700,000 NASA Heliophysics grant to investigate how space weather – coronal mass ejections and other activity from the sun – changes the ionosphere and thermosphere at low latitudes near the equator.

Dan Larremore

Professor accepts prestigious Erdős–Rényi Prize in network science in Austria

July 14, 2023

Dan Larremore's recognition makes CU Boulder the only institution in the world with multiple Erdős–Rényi awardees.

Svenja Knappe

Physicist-turned-engineer earns international recognition for quantum contributions

July 13, 2023

Svenja Knappe has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Humboldt Research Award, given to researchers who have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area, wish to collaborate with specialist colleagues in Germany and contribute to promoting diversity in the STEM disciplines.

Jonathan Musgrave

Electrical engineering PhD student earns Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship

July 12, 2023

Jonathan Musgrave received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship for his promising research in laser physics and nonlinear photonics.

Students in the 2022 summer program.

National Science Foundation REU grant will support summer undergraduate research into materials science and engineering

July 7, 2023

Undergraduate students interested in materials research will get a boost at the University of Colorado Boulder next summer thanks to a new Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation. The Materials Science and Engineering Program is receiving a three year award from NSF to support a 10-week...

This home in Boulder County survived the Marshall Fire while others nearby weren't as fortunate. (Credit: Caroline Frischmon)

Weeks later, potentially harmful chemicals lingered in homes affected by Marshall Fire

July 6, 2023

Potentially harmful chemicals generated by the Marshall Fire in late 2021 may have lingered inside some Boulder County homes for weeks after the disaster—hiding in small particles of dust that residents could have mixed back into the air when they vacuumed carpets or turned on fans, according to recent research.