Research News

May 20, 2013

Triangle Universities Establish State-of-the-Art Characterization Facility

Scientists across North Carolina will now be able to probe the mysteries of very tiny particles, polymers, and surfaces for applications ranging from biomedicine to polymer science. Thanks to an $850,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a consortium of universities – Duke, North [...]

April 29, 2013

Cicadas Get a Jump on Cleaning

As cicadas on the East Coast begin emerging from their 17-year slumber, researchers at Duke University and James Cook University have figured out one of the mysteries surrounding these bulging red-eyed insects -- namely how they keep their wings clean. The researchers have shown that dew drops can [...]

March 19, 2013

Jennifer West Invested as Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering

One of the Pratt School of Engineering’s newest faculty members is now the holder of one of its newest named professorships. At a ceremony on Monday, March 11, Jennifer West was formally invested as the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor in Engineering. She serves on the faculty of two Pratt [...]

January 31, 2013

Novel Materials Shake Ship Scum

DURHAM,  N.C. – Just as horses shake off pesky flies by twitching their skin, ships may soon be able to shed the unwanted accumulation of bacteria and other marine growth with the flick of a switch. Duke University engineers have developed a material that can be applied like paint to the hull of a [...]

January 23, 2013

Controlled Crumpling Key to Artificial Muscle

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University engineers are layering atom-thick lattices of carbon with polymers to create unique materials with a broad range of applications, including artificial muscles. The lattice, known as graphene, is made of pure carbon and appears under magnification like chicken wire. [...]

October 23, 2012

Droplet Response to Electric Voltage In Solids Exposed

DURHAM, N.C. – For the first time, scientists have observed how droplets within solids deform and burst under high electric voltages. This is important, the Duke University engineers who made the observations said, because it explains a major reason why such materials as insulation for electrical [...]

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 [...]