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Sensor created by Chu

Nicole Chu, MSE MEng '19, creates framework for personal air quality sensors.

By: Blaine Friedlander

"Indoors or out, Nicole Chu, M.Eng. ’19, loathes breathing in carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other volatile organic compounds. They’re bad for everyone’s health. Since last August, Chu has been fabricating the foundation of a wearable, personalized air quality monitoring device, by using nanotechnology, photolithography and other tools at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility ( CNF )." Read more

Fractured Bone

Fractured Bones, Helping Them Heal

"When Erik Taylor joined the Eve L. Donnelly lab, Materials Science and Engineering, he had lots of first-hand experience with broken bones and how they heal. He had broken nine bones. He didn’t know that he would later conduct research on bones and how to help them heal. Neither did he know this during his internship in Zurich, Switzerland, when he was mechanically testing ceramics, constructed from synthetically-produced nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, the material found in seashells. In the course of his first-year of graduate school at Cornell University, one of his professors said,... Read more

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Cornell Engineering among best in U.S. News grad school rankings

Cornell Engineering ranks #14 among engineering colleges in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 12, 2019. Cornell also ranked highly in 11 specialty rankings: #12 Aerospace Engineering #03 Biological/Agricultural Engineering #14 Biomedical Engineering #18 Chemical Engineering #11 Civil Engineering #09 Computer Engineering #09 Electrical Engineering #10 Environmental Engineering #09 Industrial/Systems Engineering #08 Materials Engineering #08 Mechanical Engineering Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted... Read more

MSE Scientists Discover the Missing Link Between Molecules and Bulk Materials

For years, scientists have been trying to discover the size at which solid materials could change their internal structure in a single, swift step, like molecules do during isomerization. This unanswered question has been the missing link in scientists’ quest to map and understand the crossover from molecular isomerization, such as those that make eyesight possible, to bulk phase transitions, like the transition of graphite into diamonds. If understood, these processes could be useful for applications such as energy harvesting or quantum computing. In their recent paper published in Science... Read more

Robinson group has three journal cover articles in 2018

The Robinson group’s research has been recognized by being awarded journal covers for three publications in 2018. The works are in the area of nanoparticles and x-ray emission spectroscopy characterization methods for nanomaterials, and make use of the Cornell synchrotron (CHESS) for advanced characterization of materials. Read more