Mike McGehee looking at smart window prototype

Research shows promising advances to lower cost and durable smart window technology

June 5, 2020

Professor Mike McGehee and students working in the lab. Researchers at CU Boulder have developed an improved method for controlling smart tinting on windows that could make them cheaper, more effective and more durable than current options on the market. The research, led by Professor Mike McGehee in the College...


Research into mechanics of snakeskin could shape soft robotics technology

May 26, 2020

Yifu Ding Professor Yifu Ding is starting a new research project that explores how soft robots of the future could include new materials inspired by snakeskin. Ding is based in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering and is also the director of the MAST Center on campus, which...


Bricks Alive! Building Materials Come Alive With Help From Bacteria!

Jan. 16, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings with help from some of the tiniest contractors out there. In a study published in the journal Matter and featured in the New York Times , engineer Wil Srubar and his colleagues describe their strategy for using...


Heinz starting new projects worth $3.8 million from National Science Foundation

Nov. 13, 2019

Sample simulation models and stress-strain data for polymer/CNT composites at a scale of 10 nm. (a-c) Polyacrylonitrile with 50 pct to 100 pct crystallinity. (d-g) Various types of CNTs, flattened, roped, and defective graphitic structures. (h-i) Composite models and possible feature generation based on local ordering. (j) Sample stress-strain data...


McGehee Research Group Advances Perovskite Solar Technology for Green Energy Production

Nov. 13, 2019

In a new research paper published in Nature Energy earlier this month, Professor Michael McGehee and his research team demonstrate how to dramatically improve the stability of tin-containing perovskite material used in stacked solar cells, allowing for up to 30% power conversion efficiency. These stacked pervoskite colar cells can be...


Schools of molecular 'fish' could one day improve display screens

Oct. 25, 2019

Banner image: Clusters of solitons form in a liquid crystal. (Credit: Smalyukh lab) Take a dive into what may be the world's smallest coral reef. Scientists at CU Boulder are using a type of material called liquid crystals to create incredibly small, swirling schools of "fish", according to a study...


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...