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UCF Researchers Create Water-repellent Nanomaterial Inspired by Nature

September 7, 2021

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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Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

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 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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Elizabeth Barrios selected to win the Space Generation Leadership Award

August 10, 2021

One of the main missions of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is to facilitate access to the world’s major space conferences for young professionals and students. The Space Generation Leadership Award enables five outstanding SGAC members to attend the 19th Space Generation Congress and the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. SGAC…

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UCF’s Modern(a) Man

July 21, 2021

In late December 2020, Darin Edwards ’97 ’10MS ’11PhD was in the middle of another marathon work day from his home office in Boston when he received a text message from his sister in Orlando. He gazed at the photos on his screen of his 80-year-old parents, whom he had not seen in a year,…

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UCF College of Sciences Researchers Join Project to Fight Animal-borne Diseases

July 9, 2021

The goal is to gain a deeper understanding of zoonotic threats, which may include COVID-19, in order to better respond to them. Two University of Central Florida College of Sciences researchers have been selected by a national philanthropic foundation as research fellows to help fight the threat of animal-borne diseases. Laurene Tetard, an associate professor…

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NSTC student’s paper won BEST POSTER at IEEE Transducers 2021

July 6, 2021

A paper presented by Ms. Julia Freitas Orrico, a M.S. Nanotechnology student who is also the first author of this paper just won the BEST POSTER award at the recently concluded virtual meeting, IEEE Transducers 2021 ( This paper, a collaborative effort amongst the groups of NSTC Professor, Dr. Swaminathan Rajaraman and Dr. Michael J.…

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