Yearly Archives: 2022

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High resolution nanoparticle size determination by vapor condensation and the verification of classical heterogeneous nucleation theory

Abstract: The phenomenon of heterogeneous nucleation in the gas phase is briefly introduced, as well as a related instruments referred to as a condensation particle counter (CPCs). CPCs are widely used to detect single nanometer particles and molecular ions, by growing them into visible sizes. We review prior use of sheathed CPCs, where nanoparticles are […]

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From Many-Body Quantum Systems to Classical Fluids: Quantum- Ready and Quantum-Inspired CFD

Abstract: Within the past decade, significant progress has been made in using quantum computing (QC)  for solving classical problems. In this talk, an overview is made of the ways by which QC has shown promise for fluid dynamics and combustion research. This is via both quantum-ready and quantum-inspired algorithms. The former deals with problems that […]

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Functionality through multistability: from soft robots to deployable structures

Abstract: Inflating a rubber balloon leads to a dramatic shape change: a property that is exploited in the design of soft robots and deployable structures. On the one hand, fluid-driven actuators capable of complex motion can power highly adaptive and inherently safe soft robots. On the other hand, inflation can be used to transform seemingly […]

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Prof. Wilson Chiu Elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society

Prof. Wilson Chiu  is a new member of the 2022 Class of the Electrochemical Society Fellows. For more information, read the ECS announcement by following the that follows below.

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Growth and morphogenesis of confined bodies

Abstract: Natural phenomena, such as growth, instability, and failure, can be highly dependent upon activation of stochastic mechanisms at the microscale, such as the existence of microscopic imperfections, the action of molecular motors, and the diffusion of constituents. Yet, at the macroscale, astonishing order is often observed. In this talk, I will discuss our recent […]

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Dynamics of Flow Past Shark-Inspired Textured Surfaces

Abstract: Skin of fast swimming shark species such as Mako are packed with overlapping micro-scale denticles where each denticle is covered with 3-7 ribs. These textures allow sharks to swim faster than other animals in the ocean. Inspired by this capability, two-dimensional symmetric and periodic textures have been considered for the purpose of drag control […]

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A quieter world through materials by design

A new paper published in Applied Physics Letters co-authored by Prof. Osama Bilal and his PhD student introduces materials that can simultaneously block sound and vibrations at tunable frequencies by design.

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UConn Formula SAE Takes Top Ten Spot in International Competition

Our own UConn Formula SAE team placed 10th overall and in the top ten of multiple different categories in the international Formula SAE competition held at the Michigan International Speedway in May 2022.

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Dielectric elastomer artificial muscles – bridging the gap to applications

Abstract: Soft robotics aims to develop technological tools to allow people to interact more closely with machines, in a range of settings, from manufacturing, to healthcare, and even our homes. Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are compliant capacitors which can directly convert an electrical input into mechanical work. DEAs hold the promise of muscle-like behavior, as […]

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Recharging Cartilage After Knee Damage Through Tissue Regeneration

  By studying rabbits, Prof. Thanh Nguyen‘s group is using biodegradable piezoelectric film to aid in growth of new cartilage.   Read the whole science highlight on the NIH’s website here: https://www.nibib.nih.gov/news-events/newsroom/recharging-cartilage-after-knee-damage

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Additive Manufacturing – The New Revolution

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar05.13.22 Abstract: In this seminar, Changjie will give an overview of GE Research first, followed by discussion of additive manufacturing. On the additive manufacturing, he will cover additive designs, additive digital tools, additive process monitoring and control, additive supply chain, and additive applications. He welcomes any individual discussions after the seminar. Biographical Sketch: Changjie Sun […]

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Three ME Faculty Members win NSF CAREER Awards in 2022

NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards are highly prestigious, offered to early-career faculty members who demonstrate the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. Three ME faculty members have received this prestigious award in 2022. Congratulations to all three recipients! Hongyi Xu Anna Tarakanova George Matheou Prof. Xu’s award will […]

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Visualizing the Way Spike Protein Shows Off its Moves

Prof. Anna Tarakanova, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and two of her graduate students, Genny Kunkel and Mohammad Madani, develop computational models describing which parts of the spike protein flex, how mutations affect that flexibility, and how it all affects antibodies’ grip.  

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NSF EDSE: Forging New Directions for Design Research

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar05.06.22 Abstract: In this overview of the Engineering Design & Systems Engineering (EDSE) Program at the National Science Foundation, NSF Program Director Kathryn Jablokow will highlight core themes of the program and new opportunities relevant to the engineering design and systems design communities, along with a few key principles for successful proposal writing. In addition, […]

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Translating Brain Computer Interfaces: are we reaching an inflection point towards wide spread patient use?

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar04.29.22 Abstract: Implantable Brain Computer Interfaces appear to be heading towards an inflection point: in the past decade the number and frequency of major technological advances and first in human demonstrations of new capabilities has started increasing significantly. The first generations of commercially available products appear to be imminent. They have the potential to become […]

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Wave propagation in meta-structures: beyond conventional limitations

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar4.22.22 Abstract: Meta-structures are artificially engineered structures designed to exhibit properties not found in conventional materials. By careful design, one can obtain unprecedented control over various physical properties. Examples in mechanics includes structures having unique static and dynamic properties like negative Poisson’s ratio, zero shear modulus and non-reciprocal wave propagation.  Waveguides transporting energy and information […]

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Make Your Research Matter: Tips From the Editor-in-Chief

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar04.01.22 Abstract: Matter (https://www.cell.com/matter) is a new materials science journal from Cell Press (our first issue was July ‘19). Matter is the third offering in the physical sciences from Cell Press, after the successful launches of Chem (2016) and Joule (2017), and an expanding physical sciences portfolio. Our goal is to provide a high impact […]

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Breaking Boundaries in Advanced Manufacturing Processes

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar4.8.22 Abstract: Overcoming endemic limitations of existing manufacturing processes can have long lasting socio-economic impacts. I will focus on three innovations that have such an impact. First, I will discuss our work on Intense Pulsed Light Sintering of nanoparticles. I will show how this process alleviates the scalability, damage, and device performance limitations that plague […]

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Two-Phase Heat Transfer in Enhanced Microgaps

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar4.15.22 Abstract: Two-phase internal flows in microgaps with passage hydraulic diameters of 100 um – 1,000 um are of interest in three-dimensional heterogeneous electronics, transport electrification, and portable microsystems.  To enhance heat transfer coefficients in these configurations, structured surfaces are often employed.  Understanding of two-phase flow and thermal transport in such configurations continues to be […]

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Tissue engineering with soft matter

http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar3/11/22 Abstract: The extracellular matrix (ECM) guides cells through mechanical and soluble signals among others. We guide cell behaviors using these two aspects of ECM.  Even the bone ECM is soft after de-mineralization. Thus, we are interested in soft polymeric materials. Many tissues in our body are elastic including blood vessels, our target tissue. We […]

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