3D printing in space with Gregory Whiting

CU researchers to explore 3D printing in reduced gravity with NASA grant

Feb. 4, 2020

Gregory Whiting and his research group are preparing for the thrill of a lifetime: two parabolic flights, each expected to provide around ten total minutes of reduced gravity to test and model how 3D printing of functional materials works in lunar gravity.

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Soft material study could improve medical devices, other applications

Aug. 1, 2019

CU Boulder researchers Rong Long and Mark Rentschler have developed a new technique to study friction between soft materials like those inside the body, paving the way for improvements to medical devices used by millions each year.

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CU Boulder and University of Maryland create cooling wood, an eco-friendly building material

May 23, 2019

What if the wood used to build your house could decrease your electricity bill? In the race to save energy, Xiaobo Yin at CU Boulder and researchers at the University of Maryland have uncovered a way for buildings to dump heat.

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Biodegradable sensors aim to make farming more efficient

Feb. 5, 2019

By developing sensors to optimize inputs for greater crop yields, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Gregory Whiting aims to mitigate environmental losses, decrease energy use and improve farm profitability for food, feed and fuel crops, a project funded by ARPA-E.

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'Chameleon' tattoos change color, may help diagnose illness

Dec. 4, 2018

New tattoo inks are being designed to change color in response to signals that could alert people to changes in blood chemistry or help doctors diagnose illness. Carson Bruns spoke about his work at the TEDxMileHigh: Reset speaker series.

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Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

Oct. 29, 2018

Researchers have scaled up a new low-cost cooling system that can provide efficient cooling for homes and beyond using minimal electricity. The system is built from a highly reflective glass and polymer material slightly thicker than aluminum foil.

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Samsung Venture, Hyundai join BMW with investment in CU Boulder battery technology

Sept. 12, 2018

Bloomberg recently reported that Solid Power Inc., a Colorado-based developer of next-generation solid-state batteries, has completed a $20 million deal with Samsung Venture, Hyundai and others. The deal comes less than a year after Solid Power struck a partnership with the BMW Group and will help the company complete a...

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NSF honors students with Graduate Research Fellowships in 2018

The National Science Foundation is honoring six current or incoming University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering students with Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards and five students with honorable mentions.

Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin with students in a greenhouse.

Greenhouse technology grant could be the future of food

Jan. 17, 2018

CU Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification. The four-year research program could yield next-gen technology capable of...

Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin holding the metamaterial.

Cooling Metamaterial a Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of 2017

Dec. 11, 2017

Physics World has recognized a metamaterial film that provides cooling without the need for a power source, invented by CU Boulder mechanical engineering professors Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin, as one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2017. Made out of glass microspheres, polymer and silver, the material uses passive...

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