In recent years, our signature areas have helped foster
interdisciplinary collaborations. We are teaming with industry and
seeking solutions from virtually every corner of campus to solve whole
problems—not just parts. From the atomic-scale breakthroughs in
nanotechnology to system-changing solutions that ensure global
sustainability, we are focused on day-to-day achievements and
committed to tomorrow's success.
Professor Arvind Raman and colleagues have developed a system capable of detecting defects and networks of nanostructures below the surface of layered nanocomposites using a "Kelvin probe" scanning method with an atomic force microscope. The ability to look below the surface of nanocomposites represents a potential new quality-control tool for industry.
Arezoo Ardekani and colleagues have developed a new, relatively simple process making it possible to create biocompatible particles called shape-controllable microgels that could be custom-designed for specific roles such as drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering building blocks and biomedical research.
Some bandages are embedded with medicine to treat wounds, but researchers at Purdue University, Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have something much more sophisticated in mind for the future of chronic wound care.
A team of Purdue University researchers has been awarded a $1 million W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop a new type of imaging technology for cell and tissue analysis. Central to the concept is the invention of a new way to perform in-vivo spectroscopy, or using a pulsing laser light to determine the precise chemical content of tissues in living organisms.
ECE researchers have demonstrated a new way to enhance the emission of single photons by using "hyperbolic metamaterials," a step toward creating devices in work aimed at developing quantum computers and communications technologies.
January 15, 2015
Research done at Purdue University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests collisions of planetary embryos--the seeds to the planets in our solar system that existed 4 billion years ago--could be the origin of the material that formed asteroids. Dr. Jay Melosh and Dr. David Minton, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics professors by courtesy, say the next step in the research may be to explore how this chondrule formation mechanism fits into a new model for the early stages of planet formation.