Advanced Materials and Nanoscience News

09/16/2014 15:36:37
Douglas Smith
Frank Earl Marble (Eng '47, PhD '48), Caltech's Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus, was one of the fathers of modern jet engines.
Frank Marble
09/11/2014 11:01:25
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her students have developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids can have at the nanometer scale, where features are measured in billionths of meters. In a paper published in the September 12 issue of the journal Science, the Caltech researchers explain how they used the method to produce a ceramic (e.g., a piece of chalk or a brick) that contains about 99.9 percent air yet is incredibly strong, and that can recover its original shape after being smashed by more than 50 percent.
08/21/2014 13:22:29
Kathy Svitil
The annual prize recognizes researchers who have made "an outstanding and innovative contribution" to the field of applied physics.
08/20/2014 09:49:15
Katie Neith
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and Caltech have developed a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Inspired by techniques used for folding DNA origami—first invented by Paul Rothemund, a senior research associate in computation and neural systems in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech—the team, which includes Rothemund, has fabricated complicated shapes from DNA's close chemical cousin, RNA.
08/12/2014 09:58:52
Cynthia Eller
Xie Chen comes to Caltech after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Originally from China, Chen received her BS from Tsinghua University in Beijing and her PhD from MIT. She recently discussed with us her research interests and ambitions for her Caltech career.
06/20/2014 09:03:30
Cynthia Eller
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it will be awarding $15.2 million to Caltech's Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI) program.
05/23/2014 15:33:34
Kimm Fesenmaier
This image shows the latest example of what Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics, calls a fractal nanotruss. Greer's group has developed a three-step process for building such complex structures very precisely.
05/15/2014 11:01:51
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech find a way to sidestep the quantum "noise" that limits the precision of ultrasensitive position measurements.
05/01/2014 15:37:35
Cynthia Eller
A National Medal of Technology recipient in 2003, Mead is celebrating his 80th birthday on May 1, 2014. He remains as passionate today about science and engineering as he ever was ("There isn't really a time when you're too old to have new ideas," he says).
04/28/2014 11:35:35
Cynthia Eller
The AAAS has elected three Caltech faculty members—John Brady, Kenneth Farley, and Fiona Harrison—as fellows. Also named to the academy was Katherine T. Faber, who will be joining the Caltech faculty in July.
02/21/2014 18:26:11
Cynthia Eller
Erik Winfree, professor of computer science, computation and neutral systems, and bioengineering, explains, "I tend to think of cells as really small robots. Biology has programmed natural cells, but now engineers are starting to think about how we can program artificial cells."
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