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UCF Researcher to Collaborate with MIT on DARPA Night-vision Project

March 3, 2022

NanoScience and Physics Professor Michael Leuenberger will help develop lighter night-vision goggles than current models that weigh 2 pounds. The four-year project is a collaboration between the laboratory of Michael Leuenberger at UCF and the laboratory of Dirk R. Englund ˙at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It’s funded by a $1.1 million-dollar grant from the…

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UCF Student Nanotech Team Designs Space Suit Material for NASA Competition

January 25, 2022

The team’s new design, which uses the microstructure of bee hair to simulate the capture and release of pollen, helped them secure an award. A group of six University of Central Florida students and alums from a range of fields designed and won the Best Technical Poster award as finalists in NASA’s recent Lunar Dust…

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UCF Researcher Leads $1.5 Million DARPA Project to Improve Night Vision, Space Exploration and Healthcare Diagnostics

January 13, 2022

The research aims to develop a system that will enable more powerful and less expensive infrared imaging for night vision, space exploration and healthcare diagnostics. A University of Central Florida researcher is leading a new, $1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project to develop a highly sensitive infrared imaging system designed to enable improved…

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New Funding Will Help UCF Researcher Develop Nanotech to Detect Animal-borne Diseases

January 4, 2022

The research aims to close the gap between state-of-the-art nanotechnology and technology currently available for tracking potential threats from animals. A University of Central Florida researcher will be leading a new project to use nanotechnology to advance research in the detection and mitigation of emerging animal-borne infectious diseases. The project is funded by a $50,000…

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Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

September 7, 2021

An alum and several researchers at UCF have used nanotechnology to develop the cleaning agent, which protects against seven viruses for up to seven days. UCF researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based disinfectant that can continuously kill viruses on a surface for up to seven days – a discovery that could be a powerful weapon against…

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UCF Researchers Create Water-repellent Nanomaterial Inspired by Nature

The novel superhydrophobic coating, which can potentially be used to create more efficient fuel cells and sensitive toxic gas detectors, can keep materials dry for longer and at greater depths. A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a new nanomaterial that repels water and can stay dry even when submerged…

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UCF Awarded $800,000 Grant to Establish Center on Materials Research and Education

September 1, 2021

Materials research is of national interest because it promises to address many challenges from quantum communications to energy generation. The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Central Florida an $800,000 grant to help build a partnership with the University of Washington that will accelerate research in the areas of Ultrafast Dynamics and…

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UCF Researchers Develop New Nanomaterial to Derive Clean Fuel from the Sea

August 28, 2021

The material offers the high performance and stability needed for industrial-scale electrolysis, which could produce a clean energy fuel from seawater. Hydrogen fuel derived from the sea could be an abundant and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but the potential power source has been limited by technical challenges, including how to practically harvest it. Researchers…

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