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September 08, 2011
Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in the field of soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of...
August 09, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays.
July 20, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Esses are everywhere.From economic trends, population growth, the spread of cancer, or the adoption of new technology, certain patterns inevitably seem to emerge. A new technology, for example, begins with slow acceptance, followed by explosive growth, only to level off before “...
March 30, 2011
Mechanical engineering Associate Professor Stefano Curtarolo has been elected to Fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition of his personal contribution to the advancement of physics as a discipline and a profession.Curtarolo, who joined the Duke faculty in 2003, is an associate professor in...
March 07, 2011
DURHAM, N.C.—A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.Researchers have known for decades that polymers, such those insulating wires, may break down due to deformation of the polymers. But the...
February 22, 2011
Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in...