Past Projects

Developing intelligent selective electrodialysis...

2017 | John Lienhard with Kishor Nayar & Amit Kumar

Intelligent Selective Electrodialysis (ISED) can selectively remove monovalent ions from a water stream, tailoring waters for specific applications... Read more

Field-scale Quality Assurance in India’s Dairy...

2017 | Sanjay Sarma with Pranay Jain

Milk procurement in India’s dairy industry is complicated, uncontrolled, and vulnerable to tampering.  The safety and quality of milk products are... Read more

Digital tools for in-field data collection

2016 | Chris Zegras with Daniel Heriberto Palencia Arreola, 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

Floating Solar Receivers for Distributed...

2016 | Gang Chen with Svetlana V. Boriskina, Thomas Cooper and, et al.

Increasingly, communities are turning to seawater desalination to manage intense droughts and satisfy growing freshwater demand. This project... Read more

Plastics for Thermal Management

2016 | Gang Chen with Yanfei Zu and Jiawei Zhou

Polymers have low thermal conductivities and are not used to transfer heat.  However, high thermal conductivity plastics have been developed in the... Read more

Non-invasive white cell count prototype

2016 | Martha Gray with Carlos Castro-Gonzalez

Several chemotherapy regimens yield better survival when administered with higher frequency and dose.  However, because chemotherapy administration... Read more

Bedside Testing of Coagulation

2016 | James Fox with Galit Frydman

Many diseases disrupt the balance in our blood coagulation system and result in life- threatening bleeding and clotting events.  While there have... Read more

Efficient Drug Discovery Screening

2016 | Paul Blainey with Anthony Kulesa, Jared Kehe and, et al.

In the United States, antibiotic-resistant infections cause >23,000 deaths and $20-35 billion in direct healthcare costs. Modern biology... Read more

Targeted Electrochemical Water Remediation

2016 | Alan Hatton with Xiao Su

A particular challenge in wastewater treatment are extremely toxic pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern, often present at low levels and... Read more

Active Structural Batteries

2016 | Angela Belcher with Alan Ransil

Currently 60-90% of the weight of the battery package in an electric car or an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is inactive - does not contribute to... Read more

Mucin-inspired Agents to Manage Infections

2016 | Katharina Ribbeck with Kelsey Wheeler and Bradley, et al.

The global rise of antibiotic resistance presents a clear danger and urges the development of innovative approaches to treat and prevent... Read more

Low-cost water filter using sapwood xylem

2016 | Rohit Karnik & Amy Smith with Krithika Ramchander, Luda, et al.

This project explores a novel approach to address the largely unmet need for providing safe and affordable drinking water to low-income groups by... Read more

Convection Enhanced Electrochemical Energy Storage

2016 | Fikile Brushett with Thomas Carney

Modern enclosed rechargeable batteries are generally limited in performance because inactive components occupy a majority of the battery weight and... Read more

Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria

2016 | Timothy Swager and Alexander Klibanov with Kent Harvey, et al.

Foodborne illnesses can lead to human sufferings, expensive medical treatments, lawsuits, government sanctions, product recalls, tarnished corporate... Read more

A Multiplex, Nanosensor Platform for the Real Time...

2015 | Michael Strano and Anthony Sinskey with Ivy Dong, et al.

Food and water safety requires real-time monitoring of contaminants at the point of use. This project seeks to develop a single integrated platform... Read more

Fouling Resistant Nanoporous Membranes

2015 | Jeffrey Grossman with Shreya Dave, Jatin Patil, and, et al.

A water treatment plant needs to significantly pre-treat feed water before it reaches the fragile separation membranes that remove salt or other... Read more

Handling Assembly of Ultra-thin Silicon Membranes

2015 | Henry Smith and Paul Lozano with Ash Dyer, Dakota, et al.

3D integrated electronic components require the stacking of thin layers of semiconductors. Manufacturing of such devices is very difficult as the... Read more

WiFi Based Indoor Positioning Platform

2015 | Daniela Rus and Dina Katabi with Joe DelPreto, David, et al.

While GPS has revolutionized positioning, it does not work indoors. This project is developing an indoor positioning platform that is compatible with... Read more

Platform Device for Non-Invasive Gastrointestinal...

2015 | Timothy Lu with Mark Mimee, Isaak Mueller, and Jacob, et al.

This device will enable the detection and reporting of gastrointestinal disease biomarkers in a non-invasive and near-real-time fashion, thus... Read more

Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Small...

2015 | Angela Koehler with Francisco Caballero and Eric Stefan

Controlling the function of overactive transcription factors is an emerging therapeutic stress strategy in oncology. The team has identified... Read more