The science and commercial applications of Beckman Institute faculty member John Rogers' research involving ultrathin solar cells is featured in a special Business of Green section in the New York Times. The research has produced a unique method for making efficient, flexible solar cells for mass production.
Beckman Institute faculty members Min-Feng Yu and Ning Wang and their collaborators have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle that is a new and powerful tool targeted delivery of molecules, and works as an electrochemical probe and optical biosensor.
Beckman affiliate and U. of I. electrical and computer engineering professor Xiuling Li and graduate research assistant Seth Fortuna have found a new way to make transistors smaller and faster by devising the first metal-semiconductor field-effect transistor fabricated with a self-assembled, planar gallium-arsenide nanowire channel.
Experiments show just how inattentive we are to most of what we experience. Daniel Simons, a Beckman researcher and psychology professor at Illinois, working with Christopher Chabris, asked viewers to watch people tossing a basketball around, some wearing a black shirt, others a white, and to count the number black-shirt tosses. Amazingly, half of the viewers, focusing on their toss counting, failed to notice that someone had sauntered through the middle of the scene wearing a gorilla suit.
Beckman Institute researcher Zaida Luthey-Schulten reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on research that identified and visualized the signaling pathways in protein-RNA complexes that help determine the genetic code in organisms.
Klaus Schulten, director of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group at Beckman, has developed a code for molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computing systems. His group has already been allotted time on Blue Waters, a petascale supercomputer under construction at the U. of I.’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
The official kickoff event for the Beckman Institute’s 20th Anniversary Year will feature dignitaries, faculty, and staff members honoring and remembering the founding, people, and work of one of the nation’s premier interdisciplinary centers.
Beckman researchers Nicholas Fang, Leilei Yin and collaborators have focused ultrasound using a network of Helmholtz resonators, cavities with short necks that house resonating waves. (PDF)
The Nano-Biophotonics Summer School has been set for June 1-12 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The registration deadline is April 15th.
The Beckman Institute grew out of a fortunate timing of events: at the same time University of Illinois officials were exploring the idea of building a research center on campus, Arnold and Mabel Beckman were looking for ways to share their good fortune with others.
A new effort at the University of Illinois called the Strategic Initiative on Imaging seeks to bring together researchers from the Beckman Institute and other parts of campus to help make Illinois a national leader in imaging. Beckman faculty member Stephen Boppart is leading the initiative.
The next Beckman Institute Graduate Student is set for Wednesday, April 15 at Noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. The talks feature: "Membrane Sculpting by BAR Domain Protiens" by Ying Yin, "Stochastic Multiphysics Modeling of Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS)" by Nitin Agarwal, and "Molecular Dynmaics Simulations of Villin Headpiece Folding" by Peter Freddolino. A pizza lunch will be served.