Research News

August 27, 2015

Improving Energy Storage With a Cue From Nature

Materials melt faster when the lines of heat spread through the cold material like the branches of a tree -- and the melting rate can be steadily increased by allowing the tree architecture to freely evolve over time, researchers have discovered. The finding could help improve phase change energy [...]

August 25, 2015

Researchers Aim to Develop New Techniques for Creating High-Temperature Alloys

A new grant seeking to develop new techniques for creating high-temperature materials is taking advantage of Duke University’s expertise in computational materials genomics—the computer modeling of novel materials to identify which might have desirable properties. Led by NC State University, the [...]

August 17, 2015

Dancing Droplets Launch Themselves from Thin Fibers

We’ve all seen dewdrops form on spider webs. But what if they flung themselves off of the strands instead? Researchers at Duke University and the University of British Columbia have now observed this peculiar phenomenon, which could benefit many industrial applications. As long as the strands are [...]

June 26, 2015

Kenneth Hall Named Editor of ASME Journal of Turbomachinery

Professor Kenneth C. Hall, the Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University, has been named the Editor of ASME¹s Journal of Turbomachinery for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2015. The journal [...]

June 17, 2015

Meet the Duke Brew Devil

Engineering never sounded so cool. Every year, about a dozen groups of mechanical engineering and materials science seniors spend two semesters designing and building a senior project. These projects challenge students to use what they’ve learned over the past four years to solve an engineering [...]

May 13, 2015

Isa Ferrall: Making Solar Energy Economical

I have used the amazing opportunity of being a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar to immerse myself in the clean/renewable/sustainable energy field and have pursued research to push the field even farther forward. I worked in Dr. Jeff Glass’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films [...]

April 24, 2015

Ken Gall Named Chair of Duke’s MEMS Department

Watch video of Ken Gall's New Faculty Lecture Ken Gall has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. An interdisciplinary scientist whose work focuses on developing and understanding advanced materials [...]

April 22, 2015

Engineering PhD Student Recognized for Service to Global Community

Doctoral student Titilayo Shodiya has received the William J. Griffith University Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community. The award is given annually by Duke’s UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action to a select number of graduating students whose [...]

April 20, 2015

Adrian Bejan to Receive Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria

Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, has been awarded a Doctorate of Engineering honoris causa—or honorary doctorate degree—by the University of Pretoria, the leading research university in South Africa. The doctorate ceremony will take place on April 23, 2015 [...]

April 15, 2015

Engineering a Smarter Stride

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across Duke’s campus, her present-day reality has outstripped her [...]