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UCF Researchers are Helping Develop Rapid, Longer Lasting COVID Disinfectant

September 9, 2020
The disinfectant spray will use UCF-developed cerium oxide nanoparticles that have been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic properties. Current disinfectant products for killing viruses like coronavirus take minutes to fully sanitize surfaces, which isn’t practical on high-contact areas such as door handles, elevators and bannisters. That’s why the University of Central Florida…

MSE researcher wins UCF AI/ML grant for COVID 19 Research

September 1, 2020
The Office of Research, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Sciences, and College of Business invest in research projects through the new UCF Initiative. Five research teams using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data have been awarded a total of $185,000 to conduct COVID-19-related research. Establishing the awards was the first act of UCF’s new…

MSE research on solar energy technologies featured on the cover of physica status solidi (a)

August 10, 2020
Research from the MSE and Chemistry departments at UCF has been featured on the cover of physica status solidi (a). This work was carried out by Geoffrey Gregory (Graduate Student, MSE), Corbin Feit (Graduate Student, MSE), Zhengning Gao (Postdoctoral Researcher, MSE), Prof. Parag Banerjee (Associate Professor, MSE and REACT Cluster), Prof. Titel Jurca (Assistant Professor, Chemistry…

Engineer Named National Fellow for Work in Materials Science

June 12, 2020
Sudipta Seal is one of 23 fellows recognized for his contributions which have impacted the area of space, medicine and the environment. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | JUNE 11, 2020 Sudipta Seal is a Pegasus Professor, trustee chair and is affiliated with UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center and Nanoscience Technology Center, in addition to his role…

How to reopen research labs – Follow guidelines

May 20, 2020
Overview COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way. The disruptions shut down most of our research operations in March, and I know you have been eagerly awaiting word on when you can get back. I appreciate your patience. Since April I have been working with a dedicated team of faculty researchers, administrators and…

NSF highlights COVID 19 research

May 20, 2020
Backed by the National Science Foundation, researchers are working on developing a nanoparticle film that would “catch” and kill viruses to better protect healthcare providers. Protecting against COVID 19 As the pandemic rages on, it’s the first responders on the frontlines that are most at risk. A team of engineers at the University of Central…

UCF Launches Searchable Database for COVID-19-Related Research Opportunities

April 27, 2020
The Office of Research has launched a searchable database for UCF faculty and scientists. Agencies have put out calls for proposals, but with hundreds of agencies and multiple opportunities with their own specific requirements, it can be daunting to find a good match. The database offers UCF faculty and scientists a quick way to search using…

“Dynamic 3D Microelectrodes” just got published in the Nature Microsystems and Nanoengineering

April 22, 2020
Wearables: Stretchable microstructures for microelectrode sensors A unique method to make wearable electronics using flexible microstructures have been explored and characterized by researchers in the United States. Wearable devices such as sensors or power generators require stable, stretchable electronics, otherwise, their electrical performance will degrade when they are deformed. Prof. Swaminathan Rajaraman (Assistant Professor, MSE)…

UCF Scientists Seek Novel Material to Kill COVID-19

April 8, 2020
Backed by the National Science Foundation, researchers are working on developing a nanoparticle film that would “catch” and kill viruses to better protect healthcare providers. BY WENDY SARUBBI & ZENAIDA KOTALA | APRIL 8, 2020 Scientists from two disciplines join forces to help healthcare providers protect themselves from COVID-19. Masks that protect doctors and nurses from COVID-19…

Congratulations to Dr. Akihiro Kushima for receiving the NSF CAREER award

February 12, 2020
His program will focus on understanding the fundamental reaction mechanisms in all-solid-state batteries to identify the root causes of the failures at the electrochemical interfaces. He will develop a novel in-situ transmission electron microscopy technique that enables precise evaluation of the interplay between the strain/stress evolutions and the changes in the microstructure/chemistry at the interface…

New hydrogel bandages with sustained drug release show promise in diabetic wound care

February 12, 2020
“Current products on the market for diabetic foot ulcers are not meeting the clinical need,” Chemical & Biological Engineering Associate Professor Melissa Krebs said. Postdoctoral researcher Matthew Osmond works with the hydrogel bandage material in the lab as Chemical & Biological Engineering Associate Professor Melissa Krebs observes. Hydrogel bandages designed to slowly release medication that reduces…

Deepak Pandey, Ph.D. Scholar, Received “Young Researcher Award” at ICNAN’2019

January 22, 2020
At 2nd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2019 (ICNAN ’19), VIT Vellore, India, the attendees came from 25+ Countries and participated with more than 1000 student applicants and 400+ presenters. More than 525 research papers were submitted, and over 60 globally renowned speakers gave their talk. Out of 1000 student applicants and more than 400…

UCF Researchers Work to Design Zero-Emission Fuel Sources

December 10, 2019
Metal-air batteries are longer lasting than the often-used lithium-ion batteries found in electric cars. BY ROBERT WELLS | DECEMBER 9, 2019 Yang Yang, an assistant professor at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center, is researching environmentally friendly fuel sources. University of Central Florida researchers are working to improve energy sources for zero-emission, electric vehicles that are an…

UCF, imec Developing Sensor to Detect Fires Remotely

December 5, 2019
The sensor will use terahertz waves to detect fire and chemicals whose unique molecular signatures can be determined based on how the waves interact with them. BY ROBERT WELLS | DECEMBER 3, 2019 Video: Homeland Security, FEMA partner with UCF to help improve firefighter safety Kausik Mukhopadhyay, a senior lecturer and researcher at UCF’s Department of Materials…

UCF Researchers Make Super Stretchable E-Material Using Kirigami, Nanotechnology

October 14, 2019
By combining the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting with science, this new material could have applications ranging from smart jackets to solar cells. BY ROBERT WELLS | OCTOBER 14, 2019   Yeonwoong Jung, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering conceived of the new technique that’s combining art and engineering. He works…

UCF Researcher Works to Make Safer Electric Vehicles

September 25, 2019
The key to the safer fuel cells is the use of platinum; however, the high cost of the precious metal has kept the technology too expensive. This is a problem Yang has worked to overcome. BY ROBERT WELLS | SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 Dr. Yang Yang is working to create fuel cells that could lead to safer electric…

UCF Researchers Developing Sensor to Detect Brain Disorders in Seconds

March 18, 2019
Using nanotechnology, UCF researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson’s, depression and some cancers. Studies show too much dopamine could be associated with some cancers, while low dopamine could be associated with Parkinson’s disease and depression.  The new…

Fetal Healing and Its Implications for Diabetic Wounds

January 31, 2019
Totally sheltered, totally dependent, fetuses inhabit an environment entirely apart from that of any other stage of life. They have, as a result, unique properties. One fetal surgeon and his research team are applying those properties to diabetic wounds — but the implications of their work go far deeper than skin. It’s a fact known…

Antioxidant Protects Tissues, DNA from Radiation, New UCF Research Finds

October 23, 2018
New research shows that a powerful antioxidant may be just as useful one-day protecting beachgoers and cancer patients from radioactive rays as it could astronauts. In a recent study published in the journal Nanoscale and identified as a top article, the University of Central Florida researchers found that tissues and DNA from mice treated with an antioxidant,…

UCF Materials Science Researchers Working to Reduce Infections in Diabetes-Treatment Device

October 4, 2018
Controlling diabetes is often a daily chore for patients with the disease, but researchers at the University of Central Florida are working to make one type of treatment more manageable. They recently received a nearly $400,000 grant from JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to create a cannula with a coating that resists infection…

UCF Alumni Developing Self-Heating Blankets to Save Babies

October 1, 2018
Two UCF alumni are in the process of developing a self-heating blanket that will protect infants from hypothermia in low- and middle-income regions, increasing their chances of survival. Ajay Karakoti ’10 Ph.D., and Satyanarayana Kuchibhatla ’08 Ph.D., received a grant of more than $75,000 to continue their development of a non-electric blanket, which is made entirely of ecofriendly…

A Green Approach to Making Ammonia Could Help Feed the World

May 15, 2018
A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new “green” approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. “This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated from solar or wind,” said physics Assistant Professor Xiaofeng Feng. “Basically, this…

Jung’s Research Featured on WFTV

April 8, 2018
Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung’s lab was visited by WFTV to showcase the oil-absorbing sponges  developed in his research group. Watch the segment below. http://mse.ucf.edu/files/videos/WFTV_News.mp4

Research Article Selected as Top 100 Scientific Reports Chemistry Paper

April 3, 2018
A research article written by Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung and his research team has been selected as one of the top 100 most-read chemistry papers for Scientific Reports in 2017. The article titled  “Noble metal-coated MoS2 nanofilms with vertically-aligned 2D layers for visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of emerging water contaminants” reports the efficient removal of harmful water…

Armed Services Turn to UCF for Help with New Technology

January 8, 2018
The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research have turned to the University of Central Florida to help push the limits of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing with metallic alloys. Additive manufacturing looks to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished components used in everything from children’s toys…