News

  • A new way to turn infrared light into mechanical energy

    May 22, 2013

    Researchers from Penn's Department of Material Science, led by assistant professor Ertugrul Cubukcu and postdoctoral researcher Fei Yi, along with graduate students Hai Zhu and Jason C. Reed, used a pattern of nanoantennas to develop a new way of turning infrared light into mechanical action.

  • High Speed Chemistry

    May 2, 2013

    Penn Chemistry recently announced the expansion of their state-of-the-art High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) laboratory, including two new pieces of instrumentation—a mass-directed liquid chromatograph and an ultra-performance liquid chromatograph—that will enable the facility to screen synthetic conditions for all sorts of new molecules and materials in many new and different ways.
  • Funding Innovation for Cleaner Cities

    April 8, 2013

    John Landis of Design and Dan Lee, Camillo Taylor and Vukan Vuchic of SEAS discuss auto fuel-efficiency standards and government involvement in this Knowledge@Wharton article.

  • Metamaterials

    April 2, 2013

    Professor Nader Engheta, the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, explains metamaterials in this short video. Metamaterials have a wide range of applications from bending waves around an object, rendering it effectively invisible, to using super lenses to boost energy transmission.

  • Complex Fluids

    February 14, 2013

    Paulo Arratia, Associate Professor at Penn in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, describes the role of fluid mechanics in energy production, amongst other things, in this ASME video.

  • Nanotribology

    February 4, 2013

    Prof. Robert Carpick (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and his doctoral student, Tevis Jacobs, have experimentally demonstrated atomic attrition--the transfer of material, atom by atom, from one surface to another--with a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Read more here.

  • From Clams to Biofuels

    February 1, 2013

    The work of Penn Professor Alison Sweeney (Physics) on the biophysics of marine organisms could have implications for biofuels and solar cells. Read more here.

  • Singh Center

    February 1, 2013

    Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is scheduled to open in November of 2013. Read more here.

  • Consortium for Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation

    January 22, 2013

    A new collaboration between Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Design, and Carnegie Mellon University focuses on technologies for safe and efficient transportation. Read more about this new consortium here.

  • Mountains not much of a factor on climate regulation and erosion

    January 9, 2013

    Jane Willenbring (professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania) led a team of scientists who recently published their work in the journal Geology showing mountains are not as significant a contributor to the "carbon draw down" effect as was previously thought. Read more here.