'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...


$2.5 million ARPA-E grant awarded to Mahmoud Hussein for transformational energy technology

July 12, 2019

Associate Professor and Alvah and Harriet Hovlid Professor Mahmoud Hussein has received a $2.5 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest open funding opportunity. The award is among $98 million in funding for 40 new projects across the country being provided by the agency. These funds will...


Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots

July 12, 2019

Fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). (Credit: CC photo by Insects Unlocked via Flickr ) Think of it as mathematics with a bite: Researchers at CU Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts. The research, published last week in...


3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue

July 12, 2019

CU Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue. The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Communications , outlines a layer-by-layer printing method...

December 8

MSE Seminar presented by Professor Xiaobo Yin

Dec. 7, 2017

The MSE program invites you to celebrate MSE Professor Xiaobo Yin’s recent success including the Moore Inventor Fellowship and the 2017 Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship of Materials Science on December 8th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM . Professor Yin will present a seminar on Designing and Manufacturing Optical and...

Christoph Keplinger

Christoph Keplinger Received David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award

Dec. 5, 2017

Christoph Keplinger, of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, received a five-year David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award for $875,000 for “Soft Machines - A Fundamentally New Approach to Tackling Grand Challenges of Our Time.”