Research News

September 02, 2021 | Duke Today

NSF Creates Polymer Chemistry Optimization Center at Duke for Future Materials

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to Duke University researchers to explore and optimize the chemical structure and physical properties of individual molecules in a polymer network.

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August 10, 2021

Addressing Climate Change with Energy Materials

Duke engineers and materials scientists are discovering and designing new materials to meet energy demands for a more sustainable future

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June 08, 2021 | Duke Today

$100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research

The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C., is supporting Duke University’s efforts to expand its faculty in computation, materials science and the resilience of the body and brain by completing the second phase of a $100 million investment. This is the largest award Duke University has ever received.

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June 01, 2021

Developing Biomaterial Implants to Improve Human Health

Duke materials scientists combine engineering and medicine to treat bone injury, disease, pain and more

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May 17, 2021

Designing for the Future of Safe Flight, Energy Generation and National Security

The sky's the limit for Duke engineers designing the safest, most cost-efficient aircraft and turbomachinery

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February 26, 2021

Writing New Recipes for High-Performance Materials

Duke materials scientists and engineers deploy AI and other digital tools to accelerate development of new materials to harvest energy, heal the body and more

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December 18, 2020

Sound Waves Spin Droplets to Concentrate, Separate Nanoparticles

New centrifuge-like device concentrates and separates biomedically important nanoparticles in tiny samples in less than a minute

Dual-mode heating and cooling device prototype for solar building climate control

December 02, 2020

Nanomaterials Enable Passive Dual-Mode Heating and Cooling Device

Dual-mode device to heat and cool buildings could cut HVAC energy use by nearly 20% in the U.S.

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November 19, 2020

Predicting Forces between Oddly Shaped Nanoparticles

Simplified model of van der Waals forces will allow previously impossible simulations of how faceted nanoparticles self-assemble into larger structures

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November 17, 2020

Cooling Fabrics Fight Climate Change, As Well As Sweat

Duke engineers are developing comfortable textiles that reduce demand for air conditioning

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