Chemical Engineering News

Zhenan Bao: On a Quest to Develop Artificial Skin

Monday, March 7, 2016

A team of engineers works on a material that can flex like skin, transmit sensory data to the brain and restore a sense of touch.

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Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?

Friday, February 26, 2016

An unexpected finding by a team of engineers could lead to a revolutionary change in how we produce, store and consume energy.

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The economic damage from climate change may be more than you think — much more.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Researchers say the cost of carbon dioxide emissions may be six times more than government estimates.

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The National Academy of Engineering elects four new Stanford faculty members

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three engineers and a biochemist are selected for the field’s highest professional honor.

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New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that turns on and off depending on the temperature. The new technology could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.

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Stanford engineers invent process to accelerate protein evolution

Monday, December 7, 2015

A new tool enables researchers to test millions of mutated proteins in a matter of hours or days, speeding the search for new medicines, industrial enzymes and biosensors.

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Stanford engineers among recipients of Precourt Institute and TomKat Center $2.1 million grants

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

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Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SLAC, Stanford Engineering discovery could speed important chemical reactions, such as making hydrogen fuel

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Stanford engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stanford engineers have created a plastic skin-like material that can detect pressure and deliver a Morse code-like signal directly to a living brain cell. The work takes a big step toward adding a sense of touch to prosthetic limbs.

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Stanford team re-engineers virus to deliver therapies to cells

Monday, September 21, 2015

Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.

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Stanford engineers produce cancer drug from rare plant in lab to benefit human health

Friday, September 11, 2015

Stanford scientists produced a common cancer drug – previously only available from an endangered plant – in a common laboratory plant. This work could lead to a more stable supply of the drug and allow scientists to manipulate that drug to make it even safer and more effective.

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Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low-cost Solar Cells

Monday, August 17, 2015

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford engineers have developed a manufacturing technique that could help make polymer solar cells an economically attractive alternative to those made with much more expensive silicon-crystal wafers.

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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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New 'designer carbon' from Stanford engineers boosts battery performance

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stanford researchers have created a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.

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Stanford engineers discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

Monday, May 18, 2015

New findings by Professor Alfred Spormann and colleagues could pave the way for microbial "factories" that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals.

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Stacey Bent is named chair of Chemical Engineering

Friday, April 24, 2015

Her research focuses on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge in a wide range of fields from semiconductors to sustainability.

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Engineering a rowing team

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Engineering is a popular and useful major for members of Stanford's rowing team.

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Jens Nørskov elected to NAE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Chemical engineering professor honored for his contributions to theoretical approaches to design of heterogeneous catalysts, linking reaction rates to microscopic catalyst properties.

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Stanford senior awarded 2015-16 Churchill Scholarship

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sophie E. Miller, a chemical engineering major at Stanford, is one of 14 Americans "of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement" who have been awarded Churchill Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge in England for one year.

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Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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Three influential innovators named Stanford Engineering Heroes

Monday, November 10, 2014

Distinguished Stanford engineers honored for their impact on our lives and the world.

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Stanford chemical engineers borrow technique from petrochemical industry to store solar energy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Many high school students have zapped water with electricity to make hydrogen and oxygen. To turn that chemical process into a type of battery, researchers adapt ideas from oil refineries.

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Stanford team invents sensor that uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure

Friday, October 10, 2014

Device is used to monitor brain pressure in lab mice as prelude to possible use with human patients; future applications of this pressure-sensing technology could lead to touch-sensitive “skin” for prosthetic devices.

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Stanford's GCEP awards $10.5 million for research on renewable energy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.

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Stanford team developing gel-like padding that could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A team of engineers and scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.

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