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Tag: chemical and biomolecular engineering

hands hold smartphone and sampling container for plant disease detection tech

Jul 29, 2019

Portable Tech Sniffs Out Plant Disease In The Field

Researchers have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds that plants release through their leaves. 

Two smartphone screens displaying the cyanotoxin sensor interface

Jun 25, 2019

Researchers Create First Portable Tech For Detecting Cyanotoxins In Water

Researchers have developed the first portable technology that can test for cyanotoxins in water. 

leaf marked by a microneedle patch

Jun 10, 2019

New Microneedle Technique Speeds Plant Disease Detection

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional techniques. 

painting of a double helix

Jun 3, 2019

Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling Up DNA Data Storage

New techniques for labeling and retrieving data files in DNA-based information storage systems address two of the key obstacles to widespread adoption of DNA data storage technologies. 

Neil Baugh leaning over his lab bench, smiling at the camera.

May 16, 2019

Proving Ground

Undergraduate researcher Neil Baugh has immersed himself in some of the coolest research in higher education, from soft robotics to nanomaterials. Thanks to a Goldwater Scholarship, he has plenty more to think and do. 

spirals demonstrate the nc factory at work

Mar 15, 2019

Nanocrystal ‘Factory’ Could Revolutionize Quantum Dot Manufacturing

A new system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned on demand to any color and allows for real-time process monitoring to ensure quality control. 

three photos showing a wire stretch

Feb 22, 2019

Researchers Engineer a Tougher Fiber

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal. 

A hospital room.

Oct 8, 2018

Approach Paves Way for New Generation of Antimicrobial Materials

Researchers have successfully developed materials with the ability to render bacteria and viruses inactive using only ambient oxygen and visible-wavelength light. The new approach opens the door to a range of new products aimed at reducing the transmission of drug-resistant pathogens. 

Aug 30, 2018

Building New Tools to Study the Epigenome

Researchers are developing molecular-scale tools that can monitor and/or modify the epigenome. 

Jul 26, 2018

Flow Chemistry Technique Offers Faster, Safer Way to Screen, Study and Optimize Industrial Chemical Reactions

Researchers have developed a flow-based high-throughput screening technology that offers a faster, safer and less expensive means of identifying optimum conditions for performing high-pressure/high-temperature catalytic chemical reactions. 

Jul 12, 2018

American Chemical Society to Honor Velev

Orlin Velev will receive the Langmuir Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society in August. 

Feb 14, 2018

‘Green’ Catalysis Technique Aims to Boost Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Efficiency

NC State researchers have developed a green chemistry method to improve efficiency in pharmaceutical manufacturing. 

Kobi Felton holding a plastic tube in the lab.

Dec 7, 2017

World-Class Scholar

NC State undergrad Kobi Felton, a chemical engineering major who is minoring in Spanish, heads off to the United Kingdom next fall as a 2018 Marshall Scholar. Find out how his time at NC State changed his life. 

Nov 16, 2017

Researchers Find Diffusion Plays Unusual Signaling Role in Drosophila Embryos

Research shows that diffusion plays an unexpected role in cell differentiation during the early stages of development in the embryos of Drosophila. 

Nov 7, 2017

Tech Increases Microfluidic Research Data Output 100-fold

Researchers have developed a technique that allows users to collect 100 times more spectrographic information per day from microfluidic devices, compared to the previous industry standard.