Researchers steer the flow of electrical current with spinning light

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Discovery could improve microelectronics and optical communication MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/19/2017) — Light can generate an electrical current in semiconductor materials. This is how solar cells generate electricity from sunlight and how smart phone cameras can take photographs. To collect the generated electrical current, called photocurrent, an electric voltage is needed to […]

Researchers develop graphene nano ‘tweezers’ that can grab individual biomolecules

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Discovery could lead to revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (12/04/2017) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to […]

University of Minnesota chemistry professor receives highest honor from U.S. government

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Erin Carlson nominated for research on antibiotic-resistant infections, education and outreach MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (02/29/2016)—University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry Associate Professor Erin Carlson has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by […]

Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism

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Study is first ‘red flag’ about nanotechnology’s impact on the environment MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/04/2015)—The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of […]

Researchers land $20 million grant to explore impact of nanotechnology on the environment

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/01/2015)—University of Minnesota researchers are part of a team of researchers from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN) who have received a new $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate the impact of nanotechnology on the environment and other living things. University of Minnesota Professor […]

Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

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Membrane could lead to fast-charging batteries for transportation Media note: Download movie and images here. MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/17/2015)—The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but a national group of researchers, including a University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science professor, has discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few […]

Physics and Nanotechnology building open

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Kneeling in meditative pose, the statues of a woman and a man outside the new Physics and Nanotechnology (PAN) building project solidity and strength, like the steel they’re made from. Until you move directly behind or in front of one, in which case both all but disappear, and you can see through […]

U of M President elected to 2014 Class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Contact: Julie Christensen, University News Service, jrchris@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (4/23/2014) — University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary societies, Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors, announced […]

Intelligent Nanotechnology for Environmental Monitoring

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Pollution and contamination aren’t always as obvious as a burning river or a massive algal bloom. In fact, pathogen and heavy metal contamination can be difficult to detect—even with today’s most modern technology. Jian-Ping Wang, an electrical and computer engineering professor and Institute on the Environment fellow, is working to change that. […]

Media Alert: Physics and Nanotechnology Building Ceremonial Groundbreaking sets stage for new construction

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Preston Smith, University News Services, smith@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 Please note: This is an invitation-only event. Building was centerpiece of state’s capital investment plan passed during the 2011 Legislative Special Session MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/10/11) – After years of planning, a […]