A slide with snakeskin inspired design and the word slip

Snakeskin inspires new, friction-reducing material

March 2, 2021

A research team led by CU Boulder has designed a new kind of synthetic “skin” as slippery as the scales of a snake.

Gypsum crystal

New kinds of liquid crystals resemble solid crystals, could improve computer and TV displays

Feb. 26, 2021

A team at the University of Colorado Boulder has designed new kinds of liquid crystals that mirror the complex structures of some solid crystals—a major step forward in building flowing materials that can match the colorful diversity of forms seen in minerals and gems, from lazulite to topaz.

Chrstopher Bowman

Bowman elected to National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 17, 2021

Christopher Bowman Distinguished Professor Christopher Bowman has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering , one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers. He was elected in an elite group of 106 new members and 23 international members of the class of 2021, announced on February 9. “I...

gregory whiting

Inventing the Soil Sensors of Tomorrow: Research and Innovation Office Community Talk

Oct. 16, 2020

Research and Innovation Office Faculty Fellows inspired and informed the Boulder community during CU Boulder’s 2020 Research & Innovation Week. In this video, we hear from Associate Professor Gregory Whiting , who discusses the implications of a growing population on the world's soil and how his research group is developing...

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College research portfolio tops $134 million as part of four-year upward trend

Oct. 7, 2020

CU Engineering experienced another record-breaking year for research funding in 2020, receiving $134 million overall and dwarfing the 2019 total of $108 million. While the year-over-year growth is impressive, Interim Dean Keith Molenaar said it only tells part of the story of the success the college has been enjoying. “Our...


Engineering leads new DOE Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program Center on particulate materials research

Oct. 1, 2020

CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science is leading a new Multi-disciplinary Simulation Center funded by the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program to model unbonded and bonded particulate materials in support of the stockpile stewardship program. Richard Regueiro Professor, Department...

Paul DiTomas

The ME SPUR Experience: DiTomas explores minimum energy requirements for robotic missions

Sept. 18, 2020

Mechanical engineering undergraduate researcher, Paul DiTomas The ME SPUR Program , modeled after CU Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, enabled undergraduate students to work with mechanical engineering faculty during summer 2020 on research that could be conducted remotely. As a participant, Paul DiTomas worked with Research Professor John Pellegrino to...

J. Will Medlin

“Fine-tuning” catalyst performance for sustainable hydrogen peroxide synthesis

Sept. 17, 2020

J. Will Medlin New research from Professor J. Will Medlin and collaborators at three other institutions points to a new, inexpensive and sustainable method of synthesizing hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has many industrial uses, and is often used as a remediation agent when toxic chemicals contaminate a site, helping to...

Cindy Regal

Cindy Regal, University of Colorado Boulder, wins 2020 FRED Award

July 22, 2020

Cindy Regal, associate professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s Cottrell Frontiers in Research Excellence and Discovery (FRED) Award. As one of the suite of Cottrell Plus awards given to advance the research of Cottrell...

View of a new phase of liquid crystal as seen under the microscope

After a century of searching, scientists find new liquid phase

June 10, 2020

The colors in this newly discovered phase of liquid crystal shift as researchers apply a small electric field. (Credit: SMRC) Researchers at CU Boulder’s Soft Materials Research Center (SMRC) have discovered an elusive phase of matter, first proposed more than 100 years ago and sought after ever since. The team...