Research News

A freeze frame of molten rock oozing between two discs of rock being squeezed and rotated against one another

January 17, 2020

‘Melting Rock’ Models Predict Mechanical Origins of Earthquakes

New model accurately predicts why and how friction drops as rocks slide past one another with greater speed and undergo a phase change

Image of particulate matter taken with scanning electron microscope

December 23, 2019

Portraits of Particulate Matter

Images taken at Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility may shed light for improved solar panel efficiency

curling wisps of smoke with lots of small eddies

December 16, 2019

Understanding How Energy Travels Through Turbulence

Theoretical and computational study shows that "eddies" squeezing themselves are mostly responsible for transferring energy to smaller scales in turbulent flows

A riverbank cleared of vegetation with simple machines and piles of soil

December 12, 2019

Deforestation, Erosion Exacerbate Mercury Spikes Near Peruvian Gold Mining

Modeling mercury release from soil erosion could help mine-heavy, deforested regions create helpful policies

Duke engineering professor Michael Bergin (left) stands with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoroi (right) next to that university’s dusty solar panel array

November 25, 2019

Peloso Family Seed Fund Zeroes in on Environmental Engineering

New seed fund supports projects with potential to achieve impactful results at the intersection of engineering and the environment

Foggy Blue Ridge Mountains

October 23, 2019

Duke-Led Project Considers the Role of Land Spatial Patterns in Earth’s Climate

Duke CEE faculty member Nathaniel Chaney examines how fine-scale characteristics affects the big picture

Kathmandu, Nepal

October 17, 2019

Students Lead Earthquake Resilience Project in Nepal

Duke civil and environmental engineering team partners with engineering students in Nepal to develop earthquake resilience technology

Heather Stapleton stands in a laboratory

October 07, 2019

$5 Million Grant Will Fund New Laboratory for Environmental Analysis

Duke University has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop a new environmental analysis laboratory

La Paz, Bolivia's Choqueyapu River. Photo by Lucas Rocha-Melogno

August 07, 2019

Studying Bioaerosols in Cities with Poor Sanitation

Duke One Health researchers conduct bioaerosol sampling in La Paz, Bolivia, to better understand pathogen exposure

NASA image of Hurricane Florence

May 14, 2019

Hurricane Season 2019

Hurricane season is fast approaching. Here’s what you should know about flooding, floodwater contaminants, and those baffling spaghetti models