Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Researcher Yun Liu led a study that created a powerful new molecule for the extraction of salt from liquid. He did the work as a Ph.D. student at Indiana University. Built using chemical bonds previously regarded as too weak, the new molecule is about 10 billion times improved compared to a similar structure created more than a decade ago. Liu published his work in the journal Science.
Chemistry professor Prashant Jain and postdoctoral researcher Sungju Yu have developed an artificial photosynthesis process that converts excess CO2 into valuable fuels, bringing green technology one step closer to large-scale solar energy storage. Jain has been recognized by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation as a Beckman Young Investigator.
An observed difference between bonobos – African apes that are closely related to chimpanzees – and chimps is both important and expected, says Michelle Rodrigues, an anthropologist and Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Researchers knew that a male bonobo’s social rank depends on his mother’s, but it wasn’t clear if that was due to beneficial genes. “But if that was the case, we would see a similar pattern in chimps,” Rodrigues says. That we don’t, even though the two species are so genetically similar, “makes a compelling case” that it’s the differences in their social lives that matter.
Rodrigues commented on a story examining research showing that bonobo mothers interfere in their sons' sex lives in order to try to further their own genetic legacies.
Find. Fight. Follow. That’s how Fatemeh Ostadhossein describes how nanoparticles can be used to solve biomedical challenges—first, to detect disease at an early stage; second, to target and treat disease; and third, to evaluate the outcome of the treatment.
Beckman researchers have have identified the physics of how ring polymers stretch in flow. Schroeder and Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou examined the flow dynamics of DNA-based ring and linear polymer solutions to tease out clues about how synthetic polymers interact, which may lead to may lead to new processing methods for sustainable polymer materials. They published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
Mark E. Nelson's 28-year academic career exemplifies the interdisciplinary approach the Beckman Institute pioneered.
Wendy Heller, a professor and head of psychology, received the Executive Officer Distinguished Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding academic leadership and vision by an executive officer within a college or campus unit. Heller is a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
Ghazal is a PhD student in neuroscience.
New grants will allow Beckman Institute researchers to study brain and cognitive aging.
Beckman researchers have collaborated to develop an ultrasound-activated synthetic molecule that can emit light deep inside biologic tissue for a variety of medical uses and therapies. The team includes Jeffrey Moore, a professor of chemistry and the director of the Beckman Institute; King Li, the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine; Gun Kim, a postdoctoral researcher; and graduate student Abigail Halmes.
Seven graduate students have been awarded 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships.
New soft, stretchable electronic devices designed by a team of Beckman researchers could change the way people undergo medical tests, control prosthetic devices, and more. The innovation, which can range from the size of a postage stamp to that of entire body parts, is a shining example of what is possible through interdisciplinary collaboration.