Electronics and Photonics
By focusing on structures that are infinitesimally small, a prolific engineer initiates a series of very big things.
Yi Cui | Photo by Matt Beardsley/SLAC
What do a battery, a facemask and a solar cell have in common?
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A team of engineers obtain a first look inside phase-changing nanoparticles and find that their structure significantly influences performance.
Stanford engineers studying the structures of phase-changing nanoparticles have found that shape matters. Materials composed of cubes and pyramids, for instance, may yield more efficient batteries than those made of icosahedrons which are 20-sided polyhedrons. | Image courtesy Dionne Group
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A team of engineers explore how a new kind of wearable electronics could restore sensation to people with prosthetic limbs.
Can we build better prostheses? | REUTERS/Mary Schwalm
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Extracting nanodiamonds from crude oil could help produce next-generation tools for imaging and communications.
Too small to see with the naked eye, diamondoids are visible only when they clump together in fine, sugar-like crystals like these. | Photo by Christopher Smith, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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Hydrogen powered vehicles offer a clean alternative to running cars with fossil fuels. This chemical engineering discovery brings that closer to reality.
Renewables | Reuters/Mike Blake
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By testing the physical limits of speeding cars, a group of engineers hope to develop safer autonomous driving systems.
Shelley, Stanford's autonomous Audi TTS, on the track at Thunderhill Raceway north of Sacramento, Calif. | Stanford News Service/Steve Fyffe
When Stanford's autonomous car Shelley nears speeds of 120 mph as it tears around a racetrack without a driver, observers' natural inclinations are to exchange high-fives or simply mouth, "wow."
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An inventor of public key cryptography explains why listening is the key to solving problems — in one's personal life and everywhere else.
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A groundbreaking algorithm from Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie enabled a secure Internet.
Stanford's Martin Hellman, center, and Whitfield Diffie, right, winners of the 2015 A.M. Turing Award, are shown with Ralph Merkle of UC Berkeley in this 1977 photo. | Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service
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The professor emeritus who paved the way for everything from complex chips to crash-proof computers, and who trained 75 PhDs, also loved quirky hats and nature.
Edward J. McCluskey, a professor emeritus at Stanford whose research helped pave the way for electronics and computing, died on Feb. 13. He was 86.
Born on the eve of the Great Depression, McCluskey graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine in 1953, earning honors in mathematics and physics, then went on to study electrical engineering at MIT, where he earned his doctorate in 1956.
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An unexpected finding by a team of engineers could lead to a revolutionary change in how we produce, store and consume energy.
The solar energy of the past? | Reuters/Stringer
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