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Gold May Be Key Element for Cleaner Drinking Water

April 17, 2024
Gold may be a coveted precious metal, but it could also be the key to cleaner drinking water. A team of UCF researchers is exploring the use of the metal to develop a novel method to rid drinking water of harmful algal blooms, or HABs, which occur when colonies of algae grow out of control…

Undergraduate’s Pioneering Research on Quantum Material Helps Lay Foundation for Next-Gen Electronics

April 4, 2024
Determination is the guiding principle that resonates through Kamal Harrison’s heart and mind from childhood to UCF’s labs and post-graduate aspirations. His undergraduate research – identifying the properties of a unique type of quantum material known as a topological insulator – garnered significant interest and was published recently in the highly regarded journal ACS Nano. The…

Debashis Chanda Receives the UNC Cleantech Award for Academic Innovation

March 27, 2024
For his research breakthroughs in energy saving paint, NanoScience Technology Center Professor Debashis Chanda was presented with the UNC Cleantech Award for Academic Innovation! “I hope this award can draw attention to sustainability & our impactful research,” says Chanda. 2024 UNC Cleantech Summit… “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Environment would like…

UCF Researchers Lead Project to Develop AI-driven Technologies for Agriculture

March 14, 2024
Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just used to power electronics, apps or self-driving cars — it’s also driving key innovations in agriculture. From sensors that can monitor soil and water to autonomous robots that can harvest crops, AI is making farming more efficient, sustainable and cost effective. In an effort to expand the use of AI…

UCF Researcher Pioneers Chiral Molecule Sensing Method to Enhance Drug Development

March 13, 2024
Promising UCF technology is illuminating new ways to examine molecules with precision, an advancement that can help enhance drug development and new therapies. The new technology, a plasmonic platform that significantly improves the detection of the chirality of molecules, was developed by UCF NanoScience Technology Center Professor Debashis Chanda. The work is detailed in a new study…

UCF Researcher Develops Nanotechnologies for Sustainable Agriculture, Optimized Drug Delivery

February 13, 2024
Prolific University of Central Florida inventor Swadeshmukul Santra is developing new technologies that hold promise not only for sustainable agriculture, but also for improved medicine. Santra, a professor associated with UCF’s NanoTechnology Science Center, Department of Chemistry and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, has 34 UCF inventions under his belt and leads the university’s Materials Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) center,…

UCF Researcher Discovers New Technique for Photon Detection

December 11, 2023
UCF researcher Debashis Chanda, a professor at the NanoScience Technology Center, has developed a new technique to detect photons — elementary particles that span from visible light to radio frequencies and are instrumental in carrying cellular communication. The advancement could lead to more precise and efficient technologies in various fields, from improving medical imaging and…

UCF Researcher Receives SONY Innovation Award

September 29, 2023
Debashis Chanda, a professor in UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center, recently received SONY Innovation Award for the year 2022. This is first such award to UCF. The SONY Research Award program, which the honor is part of, is designed to foster international technological innovation. The award from the multinational electronics corporation will fund the development of…

UCF Names Saiful Khondaker as Interim Assistant Vice President for Research Advancement

September 7, 2023
The University of Central Florida’s Office of Research has named Saiful Khondaker, professor of nanoscience, physics and electrical engineering, as the new interim assistant vice president for research advancement. In this role, Khondaker will focus on driving further growth of research development and partnership, critical elements of the UCF research enterprise. This will include expanding…

UCF Researchers Develop New Technology to Recycle Greenhouse Gas into Energy, Materials

August 11, 2023
A pair of University of Central Florida researchers has developed new methods to produce energy and materials from the harmful greenhouse gas, methane. Pound-for-pound, the comparative impact of methane on the Earth’s atmosphere is 28 times greater than carbon dioxide — another major greenhouse gas — over a 100-year period, according to the U.S. Environmental…