Active Projects

Robust Anti-Fouling Ultrafiltration Membranes

2018 | Jeffrey Grossman & Brendan Smith

Food and beverage, oil and gas, industrial waste treatment, and biopharmaceutical industries separate chemicals either through distillation or using... Read more

On-chip Raman spectroscopic sensors for chemical...

2018 | Juejun Hu, Derek Kita & Jerome Michon

The pharmaceutical industry is moving to small volume bioreactors, where real time monitoring of processes is desired.  They need to selectively... Read more

Turbocharging single-cylinder engines to increase...

2018 | Amos Winter and Michael Buchman

Many diesel-powered devices (delivery vehicles, tractors, generators, etc.) in emerging markets use single-cylinder engines.  They have to meet ever... Read more

Hydrogel for reducing immune-related adverse events...

2018 | Jeremiah Johnson, Farrukh Vohidov, and Sachin, et al.

Cancer treatments, especially new immunotherapies, but also traditional chemotherapy, have adverse immune side effects. To reduce the side effects of... Read more

Unimolecular, multifunctional polymers as next...

2018 | Jeremiah Johnson, Yivan Jiang, Hung Nguyen, and Wencong, et al.

Immunotherapies, via modulation of the immune system, train the body to specifically attack and destroy foreign cancer cells. Despite some... Read more

Biomass torrefaction for high-yield,...

2018 | Professor Ahmed Ghoniem with Santosh Shanbhogue and, et al.

Many smallholder farmers in rural areas depend on costly, imported synthetic fertilizers that over the long term may acidify and degrade their soils... Read more

On-site soil nutrient analysis system for...

2018 | Professor John Hart with Michael Arnold and Chintan, et al.

Soil nutrient deficiency is a primary cause of lower crop yields, especially for smallholder farmers. These nutrients can be added using fertilizer.... Read more

Producing E. coli test kits in Nepal

2018 | Professor Jeffrey Ravel and Professor Susan Murcott

E. coli is a bacterium indicating fecal contamination in water, which causes life-threatening diarrhea and dehydration in millions worldwide. In 2008... Read more

Optically Transparent Thermally Insulating...

2017 | Evelyn Wang, Gang Chen, Xuanhe Zhao with Elise Strobach, et al.

Every year, windows in the United States lose enough energy to power over 85 million homes. This wasted energy costs $20 billion and generates more... Read more

Engineered Binding Proteins as Replacements for...

2017 | Hadley Sikes with Eric Miller and Ki Joo Sung

Protein biomarkers can be used to indicate illness and injury in humans and in organisms that are consumed as food. Assay development is limited by... Read more

Low-cost Spectroscopy Solutions for Raman Sensing...

2017 | Rajeev Ram with Amir Atabaki

The cost and size of high-performance spectroscopy instruments often limits their application. This project leverages recent advances in photonic... Read more

Engineered Protein Treatments for Hair Repair and...

2017 | Bradley Olsen with Sieun Kim and Lavinia Popescou 

Repeated washing, drying, straightening, and dyeing of hair breaks the protective cuticle and damages the hair. Treatment with lipids protects the... Read more

Development of Synthetic Substrates for...

2017 | Linda Griffith, Paula Hammond with Marianna Sofman

As the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases continues to grow, there has been increased attention towards advancing stem cell therapies. This... Read more

Non-Invasive Hydration Sensor for Elderly Care

2017 | Luca Daniel, Martha Gray with Ian Butterworth 

Particularly in older people, dehydration is the spark that can initiate dire clinical consequences, including falls, kidney failure, and increased... Read more

Local Drug Delivery for Facilitating Expedited...

2017 | Michael Cima with Christopher Lee and Brian Eisner

Twelve percent of men and five percent of women will experience at least one symptomatic urinary stone by age 70. Stones when lodged in the ureter... Read more

Solid-State Color Pixel for E-Paper Displays

2017 | Geoff Beach with Mantao Huang

E-paper consumes minimal power and is more comfortable to read than light-emitting displays. However, existing technologies use fluid-based cells... Read more

Structured Nucleic Acid Nanoparticle Therapeutic...

2017 | Mark Bathe, Darrell Irvine, Feng Zhang with Remi, et al.

Targeted, efficient delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics is one of the largest current bottlenecks to the treatment of human diseases. This project... Read more

Reducing Runoff and Environmental Impact of...

2017 | Kripa Varanasi with Maxime Costalonga and David Kang

This project is developing novel spray formulations to improve the application of agricultural pesticides. These new formulations enable the... Read more

Developing Intelligent Selective Electrodialysis...

2017 | John Lienhard with Kishor Nayar and Amit Kumar

This project seeks to improve agricultural practices and crop yield, especially for hydroponic growers. The team is developing a system called... Read more

Digital Tools for In-Field Data Collection

2016 | Chris Zegras with Daniel Heriberto Palencia Arreola and, et al.

The promise of “big data” does not ensure that the right data will make it into the right hands to solve today’s urban challenges. Flocktracker... Read more