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 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.
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.