Chemical Engineering News

How do you design a better polymer?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Engineers are using complex computational models to better understand what’s going on at the molecular level.

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How seawater salts affect coastal algae — for good and bad

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Active chemical agents in saltwater help break down the byproducts of coastal algae in ways that seem to counteract deadly algal bloom — but may also have other, less desirable effects.

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Studying a 'Silly Putty' protein could spur efforts to repair damaged human tissues

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New insights into collagen, the stretchy protein that provides a stiff cushion for cells, aids our understanding of regenerative medicine.

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​Zhenan Bao: On a quest to develop artificial skin

Friday, April 22, 2016

A team of engineers explore how a new kind of wearable electronics could restore sensation to people with prosthetic limbs.

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A super stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle

Monday, April 18, 2016

​Researchers create a polymer that can stretch to 100 times its original length — and even repair itself if punctured.

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​John Hennessy: Great leadership can be learned

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

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How could we use the tiniest specs of diamonds?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Extracting nanodiamonds from crude oil could help produce next-generation tools for imaging and communications.

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Could a new catalyst use sunlight to efficiently extract hydrogen from water?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hydrogen powered vehicles offer a clean alternative to running cars with fossil fuels. This chemical engineering discovery brings that closer to reality.

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What is the relationship between the brain and risky behavior?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A study of brain circuitry in rats could shed light on how humans make decisions involving risk.

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Eye on the prize: More comfortable contact lenses

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A team of engineers say new insights into human tears could lead to more comfortable lenses.

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Can bioengineering transform cells into drug factories?

Monday, March 21, 2016

An interdisciplinary research team shows how we just might be able to grow more plentiful and better medicines in the lab.

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Musical training gives Stanford engineers a creative lift

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A fellowship offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Friends of Music at Stanford provides music lessons to engineering students.

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Zhenan Bao: On a quest to develop artificial skin

Monday, March 7, 2016

A team of engineers works on a material that can flex like skin, transmit sensory data to the brain and restore a sense of touch.

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Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?

Friday, February 26, 2016

An unexpected finding by a team of engineers could lead to a revolutionary change in how we produce, store and consume energy.

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The economic damage from climate change may be more than you think — much more.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Researchers say the cost of carbon dioxide emissions may be six times more than government estimates.

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The National Academy of Engineering elects four new Stanford faculty members

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three engineers and a biochemist are selected for the field’s highest professional honor.

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New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that turns on and off depending on the temperature. The new technology could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.

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Stanford engineers invent process to accelerate protein evolution

Monday, December 7, 2015

A new tool enables researchers to test millions of mutated proteins in a matter of hours or days, speeding the search for new medicines, industrial enzymes and biosensors.

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Stanford engineers among recipients of Precourt Institute and TomKat Center $2.1 million grants

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

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Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SLAC, Stanford Engineering discovery could speed important chemical reactions, such as making hydrogen fuel

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Stanford engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stanford engineers have created a plastic skin-like material that can detect pressure and deliver a Morse code-like signal directly to a living brain cell. The work takes a big step toward adding a sense of touch to prosthetic limbs.

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Stanford team re-engineers virus to deliver therapies to cells

Monday, September 21, 2015

Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.

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Stanford engineers produce cancer drug from rare plant in lab to benefit human health

Friday, September 11, 2015

Stanford scientists produced a common cancer drug – previously only available from an endangered plant – in a common laboratory plant. This work could lead to a more stable supply of the drug and allow scientists to manipulate that drug to make it even safer and more effective.

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Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low-cost Solar Cells

Monday, August 17, 2015

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford engineers have developed a manufacturing technique that could help make polymer solar cells an economically attractive alternative to those made with much more expensive silicon-crystal wafers.

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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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