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materials science and engineering


Mar 26, 2021

Trapped Configurations of Plasmon-Coupled Gold Nanoparticles Useful for Thermal History Sensing

Basically, you can use light to see how hot the material got. 

diagram of the material design in the new photonic device architecture

Feb 1, 2021

New Photonics Research Makes Smaller, More Efficient Virtual and Augmented Reality Tech Possible

The advance is a fundamentally new device architecture for photonic devices. 

Illustration of how semiconductor properties change as grain size decreases in strontium titanate.

Jul 1, 2020

Researchers Develop Computational Model to Build Better Capacitors

Model aims to guide development of new energy storage devices for electronics. 

An array of magnetic cilia

May 26, 2020

Controlling Artificial Cilia With Magnetic Fields and Light

Researchers have made remotely-controlled, artificial cilia that bend into new shapes, then return to their original shape. 

Photo of campus gateway.

Oct 9, 2019

To Build a Better Semiconductor, First Identify Its Defects

By identifying its defects, researchers move us closer to new gallium oxide technologies. 

Progressively smaller chips displayed in Phononic's headquarters.

Sep 11, 2019

A Refrigeration Revolution — Advanced on Centennial Campus

An innovative partnership with NC State helped startup Phononic disrupt the refrigeration industry. 

Light shining on translucent material in the rough shape of a blossom

Aug 2, 2019

Technique Uses Magnets, Light to Control and Reconfigure Soft Robots

A new technique uses light and magnetic fields to remotely control the movement of soft robots, lock them into position for as long as needed, and later reconfigure the robots into new shapes. 

solar panels in the desert

Jun 6, 2019

Discovery Sheds Light on Synthesis, Processing of High-Performance Solar Cells

Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have developed techniques for improving their material characteristics, nobody understood why these techniques worked. New research sheds light on the science behind these engineering solutions. 

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. 

Photo of Federico Scurti

Apr 23, 2019

Engineering Graduate Student Wins Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Graduate student Federico Scurti wins prestigious prize for innovative inventions. 

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. 

belltower and trees

Feb 19, 2019

Veronica Augustyn Named Sloan Research Fellow

Veronica Augustyn has been awarded a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship. 

microscopic images of nanofibers

Jan 24, 2019

New Method Allows Direct Conversion of Carbon Fibers and Nanotubes Into Diamond Fibers

NC State research has demonstrated a technique that converts carbon fibers and nanotubes into diamond fibers at ambient temperature and pressure in air. 

Woman sleeping under mosquito net.

Jan 2, 2019

For First Time, Researchers Can Measure Insecticide on Surface of Mosquito Nets

Researchers from NC State and the CDC have come up with a technique to measure how much insecticide is found on the surface of mosquito nets – paving the way for efforts to determine how long the nets are effective. 

cross-section of transistor

Dec 18, 2018

Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics

New technique allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics.