Explore the incredible depth and breadth of groundbreaking work happening within the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver (Physical Sciences) campuses. These stories provide a glimpse into the transformative potential of cutting-edge research, highlighting the exceptional people behind these innovations.

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Ranked #14 among U.S. universities by National Academy of Inventors, CU leads in translating innovation into impact

Feb. 15, 2024

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has ranked the CU system 14th among the “Top 100” institutions nationwide for recent patent activity. That prominent position reflects the strength of CU-led discoveries and their potential to be translated into society-benefiting technologies with the support of CU’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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LongPath Technologies, a CU Boulder spinout, leads on methane detection

Feb. 12, 2024

LongPath is harnessing quantum technology to detect methane emissions from oil and gas operations, innovation that benefits industry and investors—and the planet. Most recently, LongPath received landmark financial backing from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a loan of up to $189 million to accelerate the scale-up of the company’s monitoring systems.

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Revolutionary magic ink transforming tattoo artistry

Jan. 23, 2024

Global Cosmetics News—Tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, famous for working with celebrities, has created a company, Hyprskn, to launch a new product called “Magic Ink.” Developed with Professor Carson Bruns from CU Boulder, Magic Ink can be controlled with a special stylus, the “magic pen,” that uses two wavelengths of light to activate or deactivate the tattoo’s visibility.

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Quantum seed grants awarded to advance industry and university innovation projects in Colorado

Jan. 21, 2024

Research & Innovation Office (RIO)—CU Boulder announced seven winners of the 2023-2024 translational quantum research seed grants, incentivizing quantum science and technology innovations launched from the lab to accelerate them along the development path to new programs and businesses.

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5 ways CU Boulder researchers are working to address climate change

Nov. 27, 2023

CU Boulder Today—The world must slash greenhouse gas emissions to nearly zero by 2050. To reach this goal, technological innovations that can help reduce emissions from the source or absorb emitted warming gasses are crucial. Here's a look at four innovations CU Boulder researchers are working on today.

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State and university partner to award over $1.5 million in funding to University of Colorado innovations

Nov. 13, 2023

Sixteen teams of University of Colorado faculty, researchers and graduate student innovators competed for a combined $1.5 million in startup funding grants.

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Camila Uzcategui, CEO and co-founder of Vitro3D on high dimensionality volumetric additive manufacturing

Nov. 7, 2023

Camila Uzcategui's venture into 3D printing resulted from a desire to contribute to global healthcare significantly. Through her experiences in NGOs and nonprofits, she identified a glaring need for essential medical devices in health clinics, sowing the seeds for her exploration into additive manufacturing.

Karolin Luger

International award recognizes Karolin Luger's contributions to life science

Sept. 14, 2023

College of Arts and Sciences—CU Boulder researcher Karolin Luger, a distinguished professor of biochemistry and Jennie Smoly Caruthers Endowed Chair of Biochemistry, has been awarded the 2023 World Laureates Association Prize in Life Science or Medicine.

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New deep tech startup creator Embark announces first cohort of entrepreneurs

Aug. 9, 2023

The Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator at Venture Partners at CU Boulder has officially launched its first Embark Entrepreneurs in Residence cohort. Embark aims to connect business minds outside the university with breakthrough inventions emerging from CU Boulder's research labs to bring them to market and unleash the full impact of CU Boulder's research into the world.

Wil Srubar

Wil Srubar named as nominee for 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award

July 24, 2023

College of Engineering and Applied Science—Srubar's lab conducts major research into biomimetic and living materials that have the potential to drastically reduce environmental pollution caused by construction activities around the globe.