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A grid of gold filaments with forming waves together on a test platform

September 21, 2022

Artificial Soft Surface Autonomously Mimics Shapes From Nature

Soft surface adapts and reshapes itself to match a wide array of objects and motions

Priyamvada Acharya and the Cryo EM instrument at Duke

September 13, 2022 | Duke University School of Medicine

Duke Engineering-hosted Cryo-EM is a Workhorse in Search for a Vaccine for HIV

Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) rapidly creates high-resolution images of the smallest pieces of proteins at the atomic level.

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August 23, 2022 | Duke Today

Patient Wearables, Meds-by-Tattoo, Pollution Detection & Ag Tech Among 2022 Duke Science & Technology Seed Grants

This year’s DST Seed Grant winners represent the great potential for significant medical, engineering and scientific contributions to region and nation.

A person reaching down to their knee in apparent pain

August 15, 2022 | Duke Today

Stiff, Achy Knees? Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing

Duke researchers have developed a gel-based cartilage substitute to relieve achy knees that’s even stronger and more durable than the real thing

A figure-eight, one-sided mobius strip made of dots, one side red and one side blue

July 26, 2022 | Columbia University

New Duke MEMS Faculty Member Boyuan Chen Trains AI to Advance Physics

The AI observes physical phenomena to uncover relevant variables—a necessary precursor to any physics theory

Boyuan Chen

July 18, 2022

Boyuan Chen: Making General-Purpose Robots That Are Smarter and Self-Aware

The new Duke MEMS faculty member is developing robots that will help release human creativity

An artist depiction of a silver metal robot holding its chin in thought

July 14, 2022 | Columbia University

Boyuan Chen, Now With Duke MEMS, Develops a Robotic Arm That Learns to Imagine Itself

A robot learns to perceive its own physical constraints

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May 18, 2022

Triangle Soft Matter Workshop Reunites Materials Researchers in Person

The symposium drew 180 from Duke, NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill to discuss polymers, biomaterials and more

A small box the size of a dime with yellow electrodes running through it

March 24, 2022

Cells Dancing to Harmonic Duets Could Enable Personalized Cancer Therapies

Acoustic tweezers manipulate particles and cells with complex sound waves

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January 18, 2022 | New Atlas

Eco-Friendly Plastics Made From Sugars Boast "Unprecedented" Properties

Pursuing more sustainable alternatives, Duke materials scientist Matt Becker and University of Birmingham colleagues have produced a new form of plastic using sugar alcohols