Feburary 23rd 2016 - Drawing inspiration from nature, CU-Boulder student designs a new type of wind turbine 

 

Michael Carruth's wind turbine design utilizes flexible sails that open and close depending on which direction the wind blows to maximize energy production efficiency. The result is his design project, which he calls Vertical-Axis Sail-Turbine (VAST). Read more...

February 2016 - Indoor air quality to be tested in low-income, energy retrofitted Denver area homes

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Colorado Boulder $1 million to evaluate the impacts of climate change, including increased wildfires, on indoor air quality and health in low-income Denver area neighborhoods.

February 18th 2016 - Haley Smith Is Definition Of ‘Solid’ In Every Pursuit

 

Sometime in the next decade – possibly sooner – Linda Lappe will not be shocked if there is major improvement in prosthetics for athletes. Neither will Lappe be shocked if Haley Smith’s name is attached to the breakthrough. Read more...

February 1st 2016 - Citizen scientists, community groups awarded grants to study impacts of oil and gas development

 

Five community-led projects from across Colorado will explore air and water quality and sustainable energy development with support from the latest round of grants from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder. Read more...

August 25th 2015 - CU-Boulder awarded $3 million for transformational power plant cooling technology

 

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $3 million federal grant to develop cooling technology that will enable efficient, low-cost supplementary cooling for thermoelectric power plants. Read more...

March 2015 - New Patent 

 

After four years of development, in January 2015 CU filed full international and US patent applications for a nanofabrication process developed by Prof. Bright and his collaborators, including Senior Research Associate Dr. Joseph Brown, Prof. Steven George, and Prof. Bright's graduate student Nathan Eigenfeld. The process specifies a method of fabricating freestanding structures with thicknesses on the order of, typically, 200 - 300 atoms. The process builds on CU's long history of development of atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology, and combines this technology with microfabrication processes to form structures for active use in micro and nano systems. Further details may be found in an April 2014 publication from this team in the journal Advanced Materials. Read More...

March 2015 - Electron Diffraction of an In Situ Strained Double-Walled Carbon Nanotube

 

In December, a team from CU and Switzerland published, in the journal Advanced Materials, an experimental observation of mechanical strain effects on electron diffraction in a carbon nanotube. The CU researchers on this team were Senior Research Associate Dr. Joseph Brown, and Professor Victor Bright. This work expands the limits of experimental mechanics by demonstrating a mechanism for measurement of changes in atom spacing in an individual nanostructure - an object about 50 atoms in diameter. Read More...

January 2015 - Kat Michel Publishes Liaison and Logistics Work with Industrial Advisory Boards

 

Kathryn Michel, the Coordinator for the MAST Center, recently published her first peer-reviewed journal article in the fall 2014 edition of Journal of Research Administration. The article, titled Liaison and Logistics Work with Industrial Advirory Boards, addresses two critical areas for facilitating a strong working relationship between a university research center and an IAB; first streamlining information transfer, and second organizing a well-run center meeting. The paper addresses specific strategies for effective information transfer among center participants including sponsors, faculty and students. Also discussed are best practices for center meetings that ensure a suitable level of efficiency expected of an IAB. The methods discussed in the paper have contributed to the paradigm for successful industry-university collaboration developed over the last 25+ years by the National Science Foundation’s I/U CRC program.

 

January 2015 - Greg Rieker Publishes Frequency Comb-Baased Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases over Kilometer Air Paths

 

Professor Greg Rieker’s paper “Frequency Comb-Based Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases over Kilometer Air Paths,” is published in the November issue of Optica and featured on the Scientific American and OSA websites.  The research represents the first application of frequency comb spectroscopy for sensing in practical environments.  Professor Rieker and colleagues probed the open atmosphere above Boulder with 80,000 different wavelengths of light from two frequency combs to simultaneously measure carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and more with unprecedented accuracy.