An "artificial muscle" made, in part, from material designed for biodegradable grocery bags.

Grad student helps design ‘artificial muscles’ you can toss in the compost bin

April 20, 2023

Say “hello” to the robots of the future: They’re soft and flexible enough to bounce off walls or squeeze into tight spaces. And when you’re done with them, you can toss these machines into a compost bin to decompose. That’s the vision of a team of engineers, including CU Boulder...

Research Associate and first author Nicholas Weadock working in the lab.

New materials research at CU Boulder will help develop high-efficiency solar cells

April 19, 2023

Researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program have published new findings in Joule that could lead to the development of better hybrid lead halide perovskites – a class of materials proposed for use as low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. We asked first...

Adam Holewinski

Adam Holewinski receives Fulbright to synthesize renewable fuels and chemicals

April 11, 2023

Adam Holewinski , an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering , has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to research efficient ways to produce sustainable chemical products and fuels using electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind. Beginning in late August, Holewinski will spend five months as a 2023...

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Three materials science students earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 6, 2023

Three students in materials science and engineering have earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2023, a recognition of their strong potential for outstanding research in graduate school and beyond. The awards recognize outstanding graduate students from across the country in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The three...

Longji Cui

Cui earns CAREER Award for research in nanoelectronics and renewable energy technology

March 20, 2023

Assistant Professor Longji Cui has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for research he hopes will improve the next generation of nanoelectronics and renewable energy technology. As nanotechnology continues to miniaturize to near atomic scale, while simultaneously becoming more powerful, the need to understand...

Madhur working in the lab Madhur Atreya working in the lab.

Biodegradable soil sensors could change farming, conservation approaches

March 6, 2023

New research from the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering into biodegradable sensors may change the way farmers track, measure, and respond in real time to their soil’s microbial activity with big implications for addressing global greenhouse gas emissions. The work, recently published in Advanced Science , was led...

Sanghamitra Neogi

Faculty in Focus: Sanghamitra Neogi

Feb. 21, 2023

Sanghamitra Neogi is designing new materials at the quantum level to realize future technologies for thermal management and harsh environments like hypersonic flight. An assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Materials Science and Engineering Program, Neogi leads the CUANTUM laboratory, short for...

Mija Hubler

The Life Cycle of Construction Materials

Feb. 15, 2023

Dr. Mija Hubler discusses how construction materials have been understood historically and how her research is helping reimagine materials and processes with sustainability in mind as part of Research and Innovation Week. Hubler, an associate professor the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering...

Wil Srubar

Engineering News-Record names Wil V. Srubar "Top 25 Newsmaker"

Feb. 13, 2023

Associate Professor Wil V. Srubar was named a "Top 25 Newsmaker" by editors at the Engineering News-Record for his passion about creating "living" building materials, beginning with a greener masonry block.

Grasshopper on a twig.

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! New grasshopper-like material can leap 200 times its own thickness

Jan. 19, 2023

Engineers at CU Boulder have designed a new, rubber-like film that can leap high into the air like a grasshopper—all on its own and without needing outside intervention. Just heat it up and watch it jump! The researchers describe their achievement Jan. 18 in the journal Science Advances . They...