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$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego

July 9, 2020

…The UC San Diego MRSEC center provides sustained research and educational opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students, with a particular focus on transfer students. Photos by Erik Jepsen/University Communications The National Science Foundation has awarded University of California San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a…

3D-Printed ‘Living Material’ Could Clean Up Contaminated Water

September 5, 2023

A “living material,” made of a natural polymer combined with genetically engineered bacteria, could offer a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to clean pollutants from water.

Biodegradable ‘Living Plastic’ Houses Bacterial Spores That Help It Break Down

April 30, 2024

A new type of bioplastic could help reduce the plastic industry’s environmental footprint. Researchers have developed a biodegradable form of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filled with bacterial spores that, when exposed to nutrients present in compost, germinate and break down the material at the end of its life cycle.

Stabilizing Gassy Electrolytes Could Make Ultra-Low Temperature Batteries Safer

June 7, 2021

A new technology could dramatically improve the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries that operate with gas electrolytes at ultra-low temperatures. By keeping electrolytes from vaporizing, the technology can prevent pressure buildup inside the battery that leads to swelling and explosions.

Nanoparticles Made From Plant Viruses Could Be Farmers’ New Ally in Pest Control

September 21, 2023

UC San Diego engineers have devised a new solution to control a major agricultural menace, root-damaging nematodes. Using plant viruses, they created nanoparticles that can deliver pesticides to previously unreachable soil depths. This could potentially minimize environmental toxicity and costs.

Research Growth Tops $1.76B With Tremendous Portfolio of Discovery and Invention

August 8, 2023

University of California San Diego earned $1.76 billion in research funding last fiscal year, a 6 percent increase over the previous year.

UC San Diego Mechanical Engineer Awarded Packard Fellowship for Next-generation Imaging Technology

October 16, 2023

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Lisa Poulikakos, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego, as a 2023 Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. Poulikakos develops novel nanomaterials to address key challenges in imaging science.

Walking the Walk of Change

August 13, 2020

…new UC San Diego MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, directed by Professor Michael Sailor),” said Brydges. “These include various programs, training grants, student affinity groups, such as the Society for Women in Graduate Studies (SWIGS), and regular outreach and public engagement efforts.” The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry…

Nanosized Blocks Spontaneously Assemble in Water To Create Tiny Floating Checkerboards

June 13, 2024

Researchers have engineered nanosized cubes that spontaneously form a two-dimensional checkerboard pattern when dropped on the surface of water. The work, published in Nature Communications, presents a simple approach to create complex nanostructures through a technique called self-assembly.

Chemists, Physicists Create Spongy Droplets to Mimic Cellular Organelles

July 22, 2020

With a bottom-up approach to synthetic biology, UC San Diego Chemist Neal Devaraj, Physicist Sunil Sinha and a team of researchers showed that lipid sponge droplets can be programmed to function like cellular organelles.

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