Past Projects

Power Source for Terahertz Imaging

2007 | Keith Nelson

Terahertz (THz) imaging has the potential to provide a safe and efficient means of quick screening for explosives at airports and other facilities,... Read more

Drug delivery system to enhance healing of wounds...

2007 | Ioannis Yannas and Francois Berthiaume

Apart from causing deformity and death, wounds and burns severely burden the US healthcare system, costing overall $16-24 billion annually and... Read more

Super-hydrophobic Nanomaterials

2007 | Francesco Stellacci and Jing Kong

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In recent memory, there have been numerous oil spill or leakage accidents that have drawn... Read more

High throughput Nanoscale Imaging

2007 | Henry Smith and Rajesh Menon

Visual inspection of nanoscale structures is increasingly important for applications ranging from imaging of biological specimens to inspection and... Read more

Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistors

2007 | Team: Tomas Palacios with Will Chung and Bin Lu

Silicon (Si) transistor technology is widely used in electronics, but the technology is reaching its physical limits; thus creating a need for new... Read more

Renewable Propane from Biomass

2007 | Jefferson Tester

Current biofuel technologies replace petroleum-based fuels, but they are not chemically identical to the fuels they are replacing. When accepted as... Read more

Portable Power Sources

2007 | Carol Livermore and Timothy Havel

 Nobody questions the need for smaller, more efficient and longer lasting portable power sources. In the United States alone, the market for... Read more

Low-Cost Continuous Drug Delivery

2007 | Yet-Ming Chiang and Michael Cima

The effectiveness of parenteral drugs for chronic conditions may be increased by delivery via portable infusion pumps. The high cost, complexity and... Read more

Medicine delivery method for bladder disorders

2006 | Michael Cima

Bladder disorders,  from incontinence to interstitial cystitis to cancer, affect more than 33 million people in the United States alone. Even the... Read more

Human liver models for faster, safer drug...

2006 | Team: Sangeeta Bhatia with Salman Khetani

Each new pharmaceutical drug costs roughly $1 billion to develop, and late-stage failures, such as Vioxx and Rezulin, are dangerous and enormously... Read more

High- Throughput Dense Wireless Networks

2006 | Dina Katabi

Wireless networks are increasingly critical to modern communications, from cellular phones to distributed sensors and emailing from the local coffee... Read more

High-Amperage Energy Storage Device

2006 | Team: Donald Sadoway with David Bradwell

Large-scale storage of electrical energy is a huge problem in an array of fields from leveling loads on power grids to providing uninterruptible... Read more

Improved Safety Helmets

2006 | Laurence Young

Sports-related and industrial head injuries are a well-known and serious problem. While foam-lined helmets help curb head injuries dramatically, foam... Read more

Device for Sensing Tissues and Tissue Compartments

2006 | Alexander Slocum, Omid Farokhzad, and Jeff Karp

Inserting needles for catheter placement into the human body is one of the most common medical procedures performed on millions of people annually in... Read more

Next-generation data transformation tool

2006 | Michael Stonebraker

A fundamental problem for large enterprises revolves around converting data from various representations inside the logic of business units to one... Read more

Low-cost electricity-free incubation

2006 | Team: Amy Smith with Sarah Bird

Incubators are required for many basic public health tasks such as water quality testing and laboratory diagnosis of diseases such as pneumonia. In... Read more

Novel light-emitting devices take flat-panel...

2005 | Team: Vladimir Bulovic with Seth Coe-Sullivan

Flat-panel displays constitute a $35 billion-per-year worldwide market that is growing more than 20 percent annually. While LCD (liquid crystal... Read more

From bulk compounds to fine chemicals in one step

2005 | TImothy Jamison

The fine chemicals industry is a multi-trillion-dollar world market that is presently growing in tandem with one of its biggest customers, the... Read more

Catalytic particles for rapid decontamination in...

2005 | T. Alan Hatton

The removal of toxic and irritating gases, aerosols, or vapors from air is commonly achieved by the use of carbon filters. But these filters, used in... Read more

Smarter drug delivery via tunable implant coatings

2005 | Paula Hammond

Smart drug delivery — the release of drugs when and where they are needed in the body — is the promise of several recent technologies, including... Read more