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A DNA-Cleaving DNAzyme-Based Fluorescent Sensor for Cu_+ Detection

 

Copper is a widely used metal that can leak into the environment through various routes. In low concentrations, copper is an essential nutrient; however, exposure...

Transpiration Cooling for Structural Polymer Materials

 

Researchers from the Beckman institute at the University of Illinois are developing a system for cooling structural materials inspired on nature's transpiration....

Efficient and Inexpensive Production of Hydrogen from Tap Water

 

Professor Gary Eden from the University of Illinois has found a remarkable way of generating hydrogen from tap water efficiently and inexpensively, using an array...

Self-Assessing Mechanochromic Materials

 

Polymer materials are ubiquitous in everyday life and are used in various applications (medical, automobile, electronics, structural, etc.). These materials...

Visual Indication of Mechanical Damage Using Microcapsule Systems

 

A self-indicating material system may include a solid polymer matrix having a first color, a first plurality of capsules in the matrix, and a plurality of...

Dual-Electrode Field-injection Electrohydrodynamic Spraying System

 

An electrohydrodynamic spray apparatus includes a liquid inlet and a spray nozzle in fluid communication with the liquid inlet, where the spray nozzle has an...

Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based Microfluidic Devices: Sensors and Fuel Cells

 

A microfluidic electrochemical reactor includes an electrode and one or more microfluidic channels on the electrode, where the microfluidic channels are covered...

Multiple-use Corn zein-based Biodegradable Resins, Sheets, and Films are an attractive alternative to plastic

 

This technology is a process for preparing biodegradable resins comprised of corn zein and fatty acids and forming the resins into sheets, thin films, and similar...

Stable Pyrochlore Electrocatalysts and Nanomaterial Formed Therefrom for Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Acidic Media

 

Dr. Yang from the University of Illinois has developed several stable pyrochlore based electrocatalysts that are efficient OER catalysts in acidic media, resistant...

Virtual Oscillator Control of Power Electronic Inverters

 

Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a device that will synchronize the output of DC/AC inverters for the purpose of combining them into a...

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