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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

A satellite view of a hurricane

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

Lee Ferguson talking into a microphone at a desk

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

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

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