Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's blood alcohol level.
Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. Engineers have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer's central processing unit (CPU).
With a 'breaker space', ultra-low vibration chambers and tissue culture rooms, a new world-class research complex at Michigan Engineering will let researchers study the forces at work at the smallest scales to advance nanotechnologies in energy, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology.
While researchers have found many materials that help to reduce friction, conventional lubricants often have chemical limitations. A recent analysis has identified the properties of a newer, exceptionally wear-resistant substance that works in a broader range of environments.
Researchers show how a unique nano-alloy composed of palladium nano-islands embedded in tungsten nanoparticles creates a new type of catalysts for highly efficient oxygen reduction, the most important reaction in hydrogen fuel cells.
Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a drug delivery system consisting of nanoscale 'cocoons' made of DNA that target cancer cells and trick the cells into absorbing the cocoon before unleashing anticancer drugs.
Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a robot's tiny probe.
Researchers have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research could be used to give unprecedented insight into the lifespan and properties of new materials.