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Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Brian Meckes, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UNT, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an advanced method of printing complex three-dimensional biological tissues, with potentially far-reaching impacts in medical research.

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Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Three UNT Chemistry professors’ research could lower greenhouse gases and save money worldwide as they answer questions leading to a more environmentally friendly and efficient production of ammonia, a chemical vital to agriculture worldwide.

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Sadat Receives NIH Grant to Tackle Worldwide Heart Issue

Sadat Receives NIH Grant to Tackle Worldwide Heart Issue

Hamid Sadat recently received $355,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine calcific aortic valve (CAV) disease – the most common valve disease in elderly people and found in nearly 2.6 million people worldwide.

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Researchers Receive $5.5 Million to Make Advanced Materials for Soldier Protection

Researchers Receive $5.5 Million to Make Advanced Materials for Soldier Protection

A team of researchers with the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute received a $5.5 million grant to devise new materials for making bulletproof protection materials.

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Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

UNT researcher and professor Bibhudutta Rout from Physics, alongside  Saraju Mohanty from UNT Computer Science and Engineering and Elias Kougianos from UNT Electrical Engineering are collaborating with a team led by Babu Baniya from the Grambling State University on a half-million dollar NSF grant to advance medical security and broaden participation of historically underrepresented students in...

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Developing a New Alloy for NASA

Developing a New Alloy for NASA

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Aidin Imandoust and University Distinguished Research Professor Rajiv Mishra are creating a tungsten-based alloy that could be used for protective linings in nuclear fusion reactors and other nuclear applications.

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Ifana Mahbub Receives Prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award

Ifana Mahbub Receives Prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award

Ifana Mahbub, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, is the first UNT recipient of a prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Mahbub will use the two-year $500,000 award to work on the development of a wireless power transfer network of unmanned aircraft systems that would allow drones to be charged wirelessly in the field by other...

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Developing Sensors for Safer Nuclear Waste Storage

Developing Sensors for Safer Nuclear Waste Storage

Mechanical Engineering Professor Haifeng Zhang is researching new and safer ways to store nuclear waste, thanks to a three-year $800,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

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Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Chemistry professor Shengqian Ma will spearhead the development of an industrial direct-air carbon dioxide capture module as part of a $2 million, three-year project for the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a prototype low-cost system for capturing carbon dioxide waste from manufacturing emissions and cleanly converting it into ethanol.

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Advancing Communication Technology for the Navy

Advancing Communication Technology for the Navy

Hung Luyen, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, is looking at ways to develop multifunctional high-frequency antennas capable of supporting robust full-duplex operation for simultaneously sending and receiving information.

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TxDOT Funds UNT Research for Road Safety Technology

TxDOT Funds UNT Research for Road Safety Technology

Maurizio Manzo and Zhenhua Huang, researchers in UNT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, are using a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation's Research and Implementation Division to solve a common problem that affects safety on the roads – road striping.

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Novel Approach to Additively Manufactured 2D Perovskite Devices Published in Nature

Novel Approach to Additively Manufactured 2D Perovskite Devices Published in Nature

Anupama Kaul, PACCAR Professor of Engineering from the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, has successfully used additive manufacturing to print inks of 2D perovskites, which are highly complex molecules that absorb incoming light extremely well.

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Phononic Crystals Can Control Sound and Possibly Earthquake Waves

Phononic Crystals Can Control Sound and Possibly Earthquake Waves

UNT researchers are gaining the attention of the physics world with their discoveries that could lead to new methods of mechanically reflecting sounds or other vibrations, such as earthquakes. Potential applications of their acoustic shield range from removing traffic noise to enabling interception-free private communication to protecting buildings from earthquakes, tsunamis or ultrasonic attacks.

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Studying High-charge Transport in 2D Materials

Studying High-charge Transport in 2D Materials

Wonbong Choi is using integrated flexible energy systems and a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to study high ion transport behavior in two-dimensional nanomaterials that can provide a fundamental knowledge to create a way for UAVs to charge faster and store more energy.

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Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Ed Dzialowski, a developmental comparative physiologist who studies the similarities and differences of anatomy and physiology between species, is conducting cardiopulmonary research that could assist the treatment or prevention of a common birth defect in premature infants.

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Looking for the Magic in Mushrooms

Looking for the Magic in Mushrooms

Assistant Chemistry Professor Elizabeth Skellam studies fungi for agricultural and pharmaceutical purposes.

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Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT researchers in the College of Engineering were awarded more than $1.4 million total in grant money through the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Diana Berman, Hua Sun and Hui Zhao have each received three-year awards to fund their innovative research into solving some very difficult problems facing industry today.

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Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Xiao Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is researching a new way to develop and improve material performance and reliability while also decreasing the cost of future Army systems. Funded by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development’s Army Research Laboratory.

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Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Tao Zhang and Jean Keller, faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, are exploring whether a physical activity promotion program — administered through Head Start and by parents at home — can improve health outcomes for preschoolers from underserved communities.

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Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Clement Chan’s research group is working on a new, more affordable method to test and diagnose if a person has a disease or has accidentally consumed harmful toxins that can be present in contaminated food and water.

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