Research News

April 29, 2014

Pratt's MicroCT Scanner Peers into Every Dimension

The MicroCT scanner at Duke University is available for use by anyone, whether it be a Duke researcher, a scientists from another university or someone from the private sector. The machine uses x-rays to create 3D models of objects and even lets researchers look through their interiors slice-by- [...]

April 28, 2014

Two Pratt Professors Earn Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards

Two Pratt School of Engineering faculty members have been awarded a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, making Duke the only university with multiple mechanical engineers/materials scientists honored as recipients. The program funds researchers who are within the first [...]

April 14, 2014

Programming Computational Wind Tunnels to Save Millions

It famously took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts to settle on a practical design for the incandescent light bulb. If each crack at a solution had cost him hundreds of millions of dollars, however, he might not have been so keen on using a build ‘em and bust ‘em approach. The companies designing [...]

March 25, 2014

Catheter Innovation Destroys Dangerous Biofilms

For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an infection is nearly a 100 percent guarantee after just four weeks. But with the help of a little bubble-blowing, biomedical engineers hope to bring relief to urethras everywhere. About half of the [...]

March 18, 2014

New Lens Design Drastically Improves Kidney Stone Treatment

Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the demolition of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the shock wave-focusing lens and changing its curvature. “I’ve spent more than 20 [...]

December 23, 2013

The Physics of Snowflakes

It goes without saying that at least once this holiday season you can expect to hear someone utter the phrase, "No two snowflakes are alike." But just how accurate is that statement? Is it a solid fact backed by scientific proof, or upon further scruity does it fall apart like a snowflake under a [...]

November 01, 2013

Needham Inaugurated for Niels Bohr Visiting Professorship

Duke Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Professor David Needham has been officially inaugurated as the Danish National Research Foundation Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Needham received the professorship to establish a Center for Single Particle [...]

June 18, 2013

Pratt Engineers Awarded Four Department of Defense Grants

From transparent conductors to acoustic cloaking in water to undersea sensing, scientists at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have been rewarded for their novel research by being involved in four of 15 large grants recently awarded by the federal government. These highly sought-after [...]

May 21, 2013

Mechanical Engineering, Biology Intertwined

Several months into her Pratt Undergraduate Fellowship, Katrina Wisdom (E’12) was handed a mailer by her faculty advisor, Chuan-Hua Chen, Alfred M. Hunt Faculty Scholar and assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Inside were dozens of cicada wings, freshly arrived from Australia. Researchers [...]

May 21, 2013

New Method for Producing Clean Hydrogen

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University engineers have developed a novel method for producing clean hydrogen, which could prove essential to weaning society off of fossil fuels and their environmental implications. While hydrogen is ubiquitous in the environment, producing and collecting molecular hydrogen [...]