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Banners take “center” stage

Centers, camps, and institute banners will take their place alongside our department banners in the Whitaker lobby this summer as part of our 125th anniversary celebration.

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From Mountaintop to Mars

It isn’t easy to cultivate a garden on Mars. With an average temperature of minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit, the presence of harmful solar UV radiation, an extremely thin atmosphere, frequent dust storms and meteorite impacts, Mars isn’t particularly hospitable to plant life. But in order for a manned mission to Mars …

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A list beyond words

Looking for a summer reading list of substance? Try A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed, by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in their July 2015 issue. The list is a result of a reader nomination and voting process conducted by …

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Joseph Goldstein 1939-2015

Joseph I. Goldstein, former Lehigh professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was 76. Goldstein was a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and formerly their Dean of …

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Getting ready for our 125th

In preparation for our 125th anniversary celebration, we are redesigning the banners in the Whitaker lobby. Here’s a sneak peek at the new department banners!

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Advancing bionanoparticle processing

Xuanhong Cheng, together with ChemE professor James Gilchrist, have been awarded a grant to further their research in bionanoparticles. Bionanoparticles, such as viruses and vesicles, are primarily found in the areas of clinical diagnoses, defense surveillance, and food safety monitoring. Conventional methods to process them, such as high-speed centrifugation and nanofiltration, …

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Better vitamins through nanotechnology

New research outlines how the creation of nanofibers could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for dietary supplements. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular attention in the food industry because of their potential to control the release of chemical constituents in the body. Electrospinning uses an …

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3D polymer squeeze

This lump of polymer may look nice and smooth right now, but given a shove it can form complex pasterns of ridges or bumps on its surface—the result of 3D printing the harder, black material within a softer matrix. The material’s been created by a team from MIT using a …

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