Research News

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- [...]

April 08, 2014

CEINT's French Connection

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the acronym for the environmental nanotechnology center headquartered at Duke is pronounced “saint.” After all, the inspiration for the center struck while founder Mark Wiesner was on sabbatical in France—a  nation renowned for its cathedrals and pantheon [...]

March 05, 2014

Tuning NASA's Newest Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

After Atlanta was paralyzed by a rare snowstorm, many fingers were pointed assigning blame for the resulting traffic catastrophe, including at least one aimed at imprecise weather predictions. “The governor of Georgia said that they thought the heavier snowfall was going to be south of the city,” [...]

February 13, 2014

New Test Screens Wastewater Biosolids for Environmental Contaminants

Every year waste treatment facilities in the United States process more than eight million tons of semi-solid sewage called biosolids—about half of which is recycled into fertilizer and spread on crop land. The practice helps solve storage issues and produces revenue to support the treatment plants [...]

July 09, 2013

Pressure Cooker on Steroids Treats Human Waste

Like alchemists, engineers from Duke University and the University of Missouri are developing a process to turn sewage into drinkable water, energy and useful byproducts at a cost of less than a nickel per person per day. In addition to the technological aspects of the project, the researchers are [...]

May 20, 2013

For Tropical Rainfall, Timing Is Everything

DURHAM, N.C. -- With changes in the global climate, certain regions of the tropics will likely experience growing unpredictability of their seasonal cycles of rain and drought, according to a new analysis by Duke and Princeton University engineers. While life in these regions has adapted to these [...]

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