Research News

January 27, 2015

Michael Bergin: Studying Tiny Particles with a Giant Global Impact

Michael Bergin joined the Pratt School of Engineering’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in January 2015. An expert on aerosols, Bergin studies the environmental and human health effects of natural and manmade microscopic particles floating all around the Earth’s atmosphere. Ranging [...]

January 09, 2015

Mercury from Gold Mines Accumulates Hundreds of Miles Downstream

Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves. Based on a study of gold-mining operations in Peru, the miners’ practices not only contaminate local soil, sediment and water resources with mercury, they create [...]

October 30, 2014

Boadu Named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

Fred Boadu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. The scholar program supports 100 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics and is offered by the Institute of International Education and funded by a two-year [...]

October 08, 2014

Mona Dai: Treating Contaminated Drinking Water in Uganda

As part of the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am focusing on the challenge of providing clean drinking water access to all. My research project focuses specifically on the impact of using ceramic water filters (CWF) to treat contaminated drinking water in Uganda. Ceramic water filters are [...]

October 01, 2014

Nanoparticles Accumulate Quickly in Wetland Sediment

A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly damage the aquatic food chain. The results indicate little risk to humans ingesting the [...]

September 10, 2014

Inaugural Vest Scholar Works to Protect Water Purity

This fall, Duke welcomes its first Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering International Scholar to campus. Reminiscent of a reverse Rhodes Scholarship, the award gives international graduate students the opportunity to spend a year at one of nine universities in the United States [...]

August 25, 2014

How to Make Nanoparticles

One of the keystones of the scientific method is reproducibility. Without the ability to check your own work—or others’ results—under the exact same conditions with the exact same materials, findings become almost meaningless. And you can forget about colleagues building on previous results. That’s [...]

July 30, 2014

Ana Barros Named 2014 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Ana Barros, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke, has been named a 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow. The award is given to no more than 0.1 percent of the AGU’s total membership each year and recognizes individuals who have made exceptional scientific contributions [...]

May 08, 2014

Guglielmo Scovazzi Wins DOE Early Career Award

Guglielmo Scovazzi, an associate professor in both civil and environmental engineering as well as mechanical engineering and materials science, is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award, in the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. Through the [...]

April 29, 2014

Pratt's MicroCT Scanner Peers into Every Dimension

The MicroCT scanner at Duke University is available for use by anyone, whether it be a Duke researcher, a scientists from another university or someone from the private sector. The machine uses x-rays to create 3D models of objects and even lets researchers look through their interiors slice-by- [...]

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