Toolkit allows broad audience to make artificial muscles

July 16, 2019

Every advancement in the field of soft robotics brings researchers one step closer to developing wearable, surgical and collaborative robots that could safely and effectively help humans. This is why researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder have released a toolkit to show scientists,...


Self-healing, fully-recyclable e-skin has application beyond humans, robotics, and prosthetics

July 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers developing advanced electronic skin are now investigating ways in which the material could shapeshift. This technology is being developed by CU Boulder Associate Professor Jianliang Xiao of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with Professor Wei Zhang of the Department of Chemistry. Their completely recyclable, self-healing...


These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

July 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular enzymes within microbial cells, the researchers...


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

July 12, 2019

A five-centimeter-thick piece of cooling wood. What if the wood used to build your house could decrease your electricity bill? In the race to save energy, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Maryland have harnessed nature’s nanotechnology to uncover a way for buildings to dump heat...


Kristi Anseth elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

July 12, 2019

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today that CU Boulder Professor Kristi Anseth has been elected to its 2019 class. Anseth is among more than 200 individuals selected this year for their exceptional achievements in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy and the public sector. Founded in 1780,...


'Frankenstein' materials could revolutionize building construction

July 12, 2019

In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein , Victor Frankenstein created a living being out of lifeless limbs, challenging the laws of nature and science in his dark laboratory. In Wil Srubar’s lab at CU Boulder, they may end up doing the same — though in a much cleaner, brighter lab...


Underwater creatures inspire shape-shifting, color-changing materials

July 12, 2019

A pharaoh cuttlefish. Research into how light can affect material shape goes deep—rather, into the depths—by drawing inspiration from cephalopods: marine animals including squids, octopuses and cuttlefish that can change their shape and color. Cells called chromatophores allow these many-armed mollusks to change their skin texture to better blend in...


Biodegradable sensors aim to make farming more efficient

July 12, 2019

Over the next three years, CU Boulder researchers and their partners will develop, fabricate and test a network of 3D-printed biodegradable soil sensors aimed at allowing farmers to affordably and efficiently monitor crop conditions. Associate Professor Gregory Whiting and Research Associate Nikolaus Setiawan discuss electrical measurements. Photo credit: Cameron Douglas...


Department researchers help avoid the nucleation barrier in new Science article

July 12, 2019

Associate Professor Hendrik Heinz and postdoctoral researcher Juan Liu are contributing authors to “Building two-dimensional materials one row at a time: Avoiding the nucleation barrier” in the December 2018 issue of the prestigious journal Science. Working in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering provided Heinz and Liu with some...


Engineers produce smallest 3-D transistor yet

July 12, 2019

Researchers from the University of Colorado and MIT have fabricated a 3-D transistor that’s less than half the size of today’s smallest commercial models. To do so, they developed a novel microfabrication technique that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom. The inspiration behind the work was to keep up with...