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Assistant Professor Jinglei Ping of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a Discovery Award of over $270,000 from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The goal of Ping’s research is to develop a miniaturized device for precise quantification of heavy metals in a drop of human blood at the point of care.

“Heavy metals are serious toxicants that can lead to multiple organ impairments even at low exposure levels,” says Ping. “Early screening of heavy metal in the blood allows immediate intervention to alleviate...

“Imagine a world in which half of our electricity is generated renewably by offshore wind farms,” as a recent article by Shayla Costa '19 posed in Research Next. “Now imagine a powerful hurricane hitting the coast where that farm is located. If developers, engineers, and policy makers haven’t prepared for this event, the coast could face major consequences such as blackouts and brownouts.”

As Costa wrote, this is a scenario that Sanjay R. Arwade, Professor of Civil and...

Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a grant from the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Nonnenmann’s CAREER research will focus on energy conversion and storage applications.

As Nonnenmann explains, many energy conversion and storage applications require chemical reactions along some critical surface or interface to effectively operate.

Replacing scarce, expensive, noble-...

An article from Inside UMass reports that Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Department has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop nanoscale sensors which can measure both the mechanical and electrical properties of a cell at the same time. The grant is from NSF’s influential Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

Yao says his research can lead to more precise biomedical devices for disease modeling, drug screening, and health diagnostics. Because the cell is a basic functional...

An article by the UMass Amherst News Office describes how Juan M. Jiménez, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how blood flow around artificial stents in coronary arteries affects the cells that line the arteries and direct how they heal. The grant is from the very prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

Jiménez explains that his research is focused on heart disease, the leading cause of death globally and in the U.S....

Professor Friederike C. Jentoft (Principal Investigator) and Associate Professor Wei Fan (Co-PI) of the Chemical Engineering Department have received a two-year, $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund. Their collaborative research aims to identify and investigate organic-inorganic surface sites capable of converting methane to higher alkanes at mild conditions. The objective is to design new catalysts and optimize the entire process.

In so doing, the two researchers will examine different catalysts and a variety of possible chain...

A paper in Advanced Materials Technologies, published by a team from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, reviews the current state of six of the most promising technologies for creating new types of memory devices that can replicate the function of biological neurons and synapses. The paper was also reviewed in The Next Platform...

University of Massachusetts Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is working with Google to create a cryogenic quantum controller that operates in extreme cold and consumes less than 2 milliwatts of power — 1,000 times less than Google’s current control electronics. As an article in VentureBeat explains, “Google says it has made significant...

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