Research News

October 09, 2012

Global Climate Patterns Not So Complex to Predict?

DURHAM, N.C. -- While climate scientists design intricate and complex models of global climates that require banks of super computers to run for weeks, a Duke University engineer believes he has developed a much simpler way to predict the Earth’s climate patterns. Adrian Bejan, professor of [...]

August 24, 2012

Bigger Creatures Live Longer, Travel Farther for a Reason

DURHAM, N.C. -- A long-standing mystery in biology about the longer lifespans of bigger creatures may be explained by the application of a physical law called the Constructal Law. What this law proposes is that anything that flows -- a river, bloodstream or highway network -- will evolve toward the [...]

July 26, 2012

Needham Receives Prestigious Professorship

As a new Niels Bohr Professor, Duke engineer David Needham will establish the Center for Single Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), in Odense, Denmark. One of the center’s primary goals will be to develop novel strategies for using micro and nanotechnology [...]

July 05, 2012

Finger-Spacing Increases Swimming Speeds

DURHAM, N.C. – The webbed fingers of the Creature from the Black Lagoon might make him successful at terrorizing unsuspecting humans, but if he wanted to swim faster and did not have webbed fingers, he should have spread his fingers anyway, which would have also made him look scarier. A Duke [...]

June 11, 2012

Engineered to Compete: Duke University Motorsports

Engineered to compete and aerodynamically designed for speed, imagine a car that can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds.  When it comes to racing, what else is there? Duke University Motorsports, a group of Duke undergraduate and graduate students, has developed quite an understanding [...]

May 14, 2012

“Key” Genetic Search of Novel Electrical Crystals

DURHAM, N.C. – After creating a master “ingredient list” describing the properties of more than 2,000 compounds, Duke University engineers have now developed the a key to turning these ingredients into the next generation of electrical components. The electrical compounds are known as topological [...]

April 24, 2012

Creating Nano-Structures from the Bottom Up

DURHAM, N.C. -- Microscopic particles are being coaxed by Duke University engineers to assemble themselves into larger crystalline structures by the use of varying concentrations of microscopic particles and magnetic fields. These nano-scale crystal structures, which until now have been difficult [...]

April 10, 2012

Dowell Named MEMS Chair

Earl Dowell has been named chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. The announcement was made by Pratt Dean Tom Katsouleas. Dowell, William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, [...]

March 15, 2012

Process Makes Polymers Truly Plastic

DURHAM, N.C. -- Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching back and forth between a rough surface and a smooth one. By applying [...]

February 21, 2012

Wringing More Energy Out Of Everyday Motions

DURHAM N.C. – Randomness and chaos in nature, as it turns out, can be a good thing – especially when trying to harvest energy from the movements of everyday activities. Duke University engineers believe they have come up with the theoretical underpinning that could lead to the development of energy [...]

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