The Beckman Institute will observe reduced hours during the holiday break at the University of Illinois. The Institute will close at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. In addition, the Beckman Café will be closed from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2. For more information, click here to see an advisory from Beckman Facilities office.
Nature – Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers was chosen as one of “Nature’s 10” by the journal for its annual list of 10 scientists who mattered in 2011. The profile describes Rogers this way: “From flexible circuitry to miniature solar cells, this engineer has a knack for turning physics into technology.”
Xiuling Li of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group developed a method to chemically etch patterned arrays in the semiconductor gallium arsenide, which is used in many high-end optoelectronic devices like LEDs. Using their chemical, or “wet” etching technique, is an advancement over manufacturing these devices with a dry method.
U. of Illinois News Bureau – Beckman Institute researchers Nancy Sottos, Scott White, and Jeff Moore have developed a self-healing system for electronics using microcapsules filled with liquid metal. The researchers, who are part of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at Beckman, were able to restore 99 percent of original conductivity in more than 90 percent of the samples.
College of Engineering – William King of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group led research that developed a heated atomic force microscope tip for new applications in measuring and controlling electronics. King said the electro-thermal nanoprobe can independently control voltage and temperature and measure the temperature-dependent voltage at nanometer-scale point contacts.
The University of Illinois and global nutritional company Abbott announced an agreement today to create the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory. As part of the agreement, the company will provide funding over five years in a "Grand Challenge" competition to spur research efforts for the center.
U. of Illinois News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Jianjun Cheng and his collaborators have shown that short spiral-shaped proteins can efficiently deliver DNA segments to cells. Cheng says these new materials could be used for clinical gene therapy.
U. of Illinois News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Rashid Bashir and his collaborators have developed a “microvascular stamp” that lays out a blueprint for new blood vessels and spurs their growth in a predetermined pattern.
Researchers have suspected that anatomical differences in areas of the brain involved in speech production play a critical role in stuttering. Now research from Torrey Loucks of the Beckman Institute and his collaborators is suggesting that atypical brain function is a fundamental aspect of speech production tasks for adults who stutter.
Association for Psychological Science – A study that included Beckman researcher Neal Cohen and graduate student Carol Baym found that tracking eye movements can give a more accurate assessment of an actual experience than decision-making based on memory. The finding could have implications for such things as eyewitness testimony.
Lynford Goddard has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. Goddard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering whose research focuses on how light, specifically lasers, can be used for sensing and measuring, communications, and data processing.
A paper by Beckman Institute researchers was the sixth most read in a recent survey of articles in Nano Letters. The paper is Effects of Polycrystalline Cu Substrate on Graphene Growth by Chemical Vapor Deposition, and its authors are Beckman faculty Joe Lyding and Eric Pop, and graduate students Josh Wood, Scott Schmucker, and Austin Lyons.