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Wireless Charging Technologies

Nov. 21, 2019

Dr. Khurram Afridi, a former CU Boulder professor in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, has developed a technology that allows devices to charge while in motion. This would allow cars, robots, or other electronics to charge without being fixed to a charger. In an exemplary application, Dr. Afridi can envision chargers built into roads to charge electric vehicles as they drive, or in warehouse floors to charge warehouse robots as they work.

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Novel Probiotics for Mental Health

Nov. 21, 2019

Dr. Christopher Lowry and his research team have been working on developing new therapies for prevention of stress-related psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, affective disorders and PTSD. This approach consists of exposures to certain mycobacteria, a genus of common and abundant environmental bacteria with immunoregulatory and anti- inflammatory properties.


Breakthrough Thermo-Electric Technology to Efficiently Convert Waste Heat to Electricity

Oct. 9, 2019

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are materials that convert a heat gradient into electricity and have been contemplated by engineers for nearly two centuries. They are solid-state materials that do not require cooling fluid, fuel, or moving parts. Various designs have been built and implemented in society today. However, those designs are found in niche fields such as space exploration and remote research facilities where sunlight or other fuel may be hard to come by and moving pieces could be detrimental.

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Engineered Nanobugs: A Carbon Dioxide Capture System

Oct. 9, 2019

Two of the biggest existential environmental threats to human survival on the planet are: 1) climate change due to excessive emission of greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide); and 2) 10,000-year lifecycle plastic pollution. To address these issues simultaneously, without changing the entire economic ecosystem, and through an inexpensive, sustainable, and scalable technology, Dr. Prashant Nagpal’s lab has engineered living nano-organisms (called Nanobugs or Nanorgs).

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Synthesis and Applications of Boranephosphonate DNA

April 3, 2019

A research group at CU Boulder, led by Dr. Marvin Caruthers and Dr. Subhadeep Roy, have established a novel silyl-based exocyclic amine protecting group that is compatible with boronation allowing the synthesis of bpDNA oligomers up to 20-25 nucleotide in length in yields and purity comparable to that of unmodified DNA.

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Energy-Efficient Glass from Food Waste

April 3, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed an insulating gel — an aerogel based on nanotechnology — that can coat windows and insulate them by blocking infrared radiation (i.e. heat in the longer wavelengths).

Improving the efficiency of light gas separations

Dec. 5, 2018

Prof. William Medlen’s group has developed zeolite materials that are functionalized with a novel self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The synthesis of the functionalized zeolites is straightforward and uses low-cost, commercially available reagents. The gas diffusivity rate and adsorption properties of the functionalized zeolite can be tuned by varying the tail length of the SAM.

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Discovering underwater hazards

Dec. 4, 2018

ASTRALite developed the first ever 2-in-1 scanning topo-bathy LIDAR on a UAV that can seamlessly survey and map with a single survey. This system provides previously unavailable and highly desired 3D data from a platform capable of reaching inaccessible and hard to map areas. In addition, the output can be viewed in real-time giving the customer immediate visibility of cracking, misalignment, settlement, erosion and undermining of slabs and foundation elements to a revolutionary 1 cm accuracy or better.

Novel use of Enterobactin to treat iron deficiency and related anemia

Dec. 1, 2018

Using a unique assay, Dr. Min Han's team has discovered an unexpected and striking role of Enterobactin (Ent) in supporting growth and the labile iron pool in C. elegans. Ent, a compound with high affinity for iron (Fe3+), is produced and used by certain bacteria (including gut microbes) to acquire iron from the environment. This new work has demonstrated that ferric-Ent is taken up by the host and is bioavailable.

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Thinnest and most effective cooling solution for smartphones

Sept. 6, 2018

Researchers at Kelvin Thermal Technologies, Inc. have developed the world’s thinnest vapor chambers for cooling smartphones, using technologies originally developed at CU Boulder. With thickness less than 0.15 mm, these vapor chambers can spread 15 Watts from a chip to a 10cm x 5cm area with only 2oC difference.