Initiatives

Professor Peter Bermel
January 12, 2016
Incandescent lighting could make a comeback with a new type of filter that "recycles" infrared photons and improves efficiency, an innovation that also could enable solar cells to convert heat into electricity more efficiently than conventional photovoltaic technology.
Professor Thomas Talavage
January 5, 2016
As the new movie "Concussion" comes to theaters, Purdue University researchers who have worked with forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu - played by actor Will Smith – can talk about the science that drives the film's storyline.
Professor Babak Ziaie
November 23, 2015
A new system that uses a wireless implant has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
Professors Charles Bouman and Samuel Midkiff
November 19, 2015
A Purdue innovation that could help improve efficiency and lower the costs of selective scientific imaging equipment is being commercialized by High Performance Imaging LLC, a company co-founded by ECE Professors Charles Bouman and Samuel Midkiff.
Professor Y. Charlie Hu
November 12, 2015
App developers could see the energy footprint of their programs on smartphone batteries reduced by participating in a program created by a Purdue-related software startup that promises to find an energy optimization plan or provide a money-back guarantee.
Professor Ali Shakouri
November 11, 2015
Most people think of bright and intricate images when they think of fractals. Now, fractal mathematics are being used to investigate heat transfer in semiconductor materials.
The lower images depict how graphene sheathing protects the nanowires even while being subjected to 2.5 megawatts of energy intensity per square centimeter from a high-energy laser, an intensity that vaporizes the unwrapped wires. The upper images depict how the unwrapped wires are damaged with an energy intensity as little as .8 megawatts per square centimeter.
November 11, 2015
Silver nanowires hold promise for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, but their susceptibility to damage from highly energetic UV radiation and harsh environmental conditions has limited their commercialization. New research suggests wrapping the nanowires with an ultrathin layer of carbon called graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.
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