Research News

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February 04, 2021

Re-Engineering the Consumer Product Life Cycle

Duke civil and environmental engineers are working to make raw materials more sustainable and reimagining how we deal with harmful waste

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October 14, 2020

Building Air Quality Infrastructure in South Asia

Duke University leads new $2 million program to improve air quality monitoring and public awareness throughout South Asia

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September 21, 2020

Filling an AI and Materials Science Training Gap

Duke University awarded $3 million to develop a graduate training program at the nexus of artificial intelligence and materials science


August 09, 2020

Duke Materials Initiative Expands to Include Sustainable Materials Research

DMI adds Civil & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Toxicology faculty who research environmental impacts of materials

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March 13, 2020

Barros Provides Scientific Expertise for New N.C. Climate Change Assessment

The North Carolina Climate Science Report benefits from the scientific expertise of two Duke University faculty members

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February 10, 2020

What's in North Carolina's Drinking Water?

Faculty report on potential contaminants in the state's drinking water—and how they are helping us get a handle on the problem

Claudia Gunsch's group

January 31, 2020

Engineering Microbial Communities

Microbes hold promise for remediating environmental contaminants, and professor Claudia Gunsch wants to fine-tune them to do the best job possible

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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

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December 23, 2019

Portraits of Particulate Matter

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

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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