Topic: Engineering

University researchers funded by COVID-19 Seed Fund collaborate on life-saving machinery, diagnostic devices for patients, including “PufferFish” ventilator and “Bubbler” COVID-19 testing kit

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July 18, 2020 0 comments

To assist in the battle against COVID-19, a number of University research projects in progress since early spring seek to develop new technology molded to the needs of medical personnel, COVID-19 patients and testing sites.

The study focused on active nematics, in which particles interact with each other to form different loops and patterns.

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Researchers capture movements and patterns of active liquid crystals in 3D

April 14, 2020 0 comments

Researchers from multiple academic institutions collaborated on a study published last month, in which they imaged and investigated systems of active liquid crystals in three dimensions and investigated their movements and patterns.

Professors and former Ph.D. students in Brown’s Wong Lab advanced modern understandings of cancer treatment and screenings through cell-transition research and 3D imaging techniques.

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Brown researchers develop new 3D imaging technique to provide insight on cellular mechanical forces

April 9, 2020 0 comments

In a joint effort by the Brown University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers developed an improved 3D imaging method to better understand the epithelial-mesenchymal transition in cells which is implicated in cancer spread, or metastasis.

$6.3 million DARPA grant boosts spinal repair research

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$6.3 million DARPA grant boosts spinal repair research

October 11, 2019 0 comments

A $6.3 million research grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will allow University researchers to develop an implantable spinal device to help repair neural connections in the spine.

A team of University researchers designed a material that can be molded into structures and adapted to reshape itself. They used a light-directed 3D printer to create the dynamic hydrogel.

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University researchers design LEGO-block like material

April 19, 2019 Comments are Disabled

University researchers have brought the childlike appeal of LEGO blocks to the chemistry lab — a newly invented material can stick to itself, be molded to form a structure and, when needed, can adapt to reshape itself, just like a set of LEGOs built into various shapes.

Researchers found that mechanical properties of a spider silk web are different throughout the web. They also found that these differences allow the web to have nearly uniform energy absorption, so any prey that hits the web will be captured.

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Study increases understanding of spider web properties

April 19, 2019 Comments are Disabled

University researcher and Professor of Engineering Huajian Gao and Xi-Qiao Feng, a researcher from Tsinghua University, led a study that found that the mechanical properties of spider silk change significantly at different points on the web.

University researchers developed a coating for IV catheters that would  fight potential MRSA and related bacterial infections common in hospital settings. The coating is made up of a drug and a plastic polymer.

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New discovery could prevent common hospital infections

March 15, 2019 Comments are Disabled

When life-saving drugs wind through catheters and into the drifting current of the bloodstream, sometimes unwanted and even deadly bacteria tag along, prepared to invade and infect vulnerable immune systems.

On the formula racing team, students design and manufacture almost every component of their car, from the chassis to  the suspension, in preparation for the FSAE racing event in Michigan.

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Formula racing team prepares for annual Michigan race

February 4, 2019 Comments are Disabled

The first year Coby Benheim ’19 and Gabe Weedon ’19 went to Michigan to race their car, it blew up. “Our freshman year was a rough time,” said Weedon, a lead on the Brown Formula Racing Team. “The car was super late, and then it blew up and all the seniors were really angry about it.”

In a new study, researchers analyzed alginate graphene oxide and assessed its potential for use in organ 3D printing. They further suggested its relevance to cancer immunotherapies, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

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Researchers improve 3D printed biomaterials

January 30, 2019 Comments are Disabled

University researchers recently published a study analyzing the material properties of alginate graphene oxide, which could lead to new developments in both cancer research and 3D printing technology for human organ printing.

EQUiSat was launched into space early Monday morning on a rocket headed for the International Space Station. The satellite is equipped with an LED light that will allow people to see it from Earth.

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Student-built satellite launches into space

May 24, 2018 Comments are Disabled

The night before their satellite was launched into space aboard a NASA rocket, past and present members of Brown Space Engineering gathered to celebrate the last seven years with a cookout, said Anand Lalwani ’18, leader of the group’s team in charge of solar power and battery construction.