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UCI materials science and engineering project gives student researchers opportunities to excel

UCI engineers push nanostructure properties to new extremes

Applications for strong and lightweight materials range from aviation to medical implants

UCI researchers invent a health monitoring wearable that operates without a battery

Biosensor continuously tracks pulse and wirelessly communicates with nearby devices

UCI-led team creates new ultralightweight, crush-resistant tensegrity metamaterials

Study shows how century-old design principle can be a pathway to overcoming failure

UCI scientists measure local vibrational modes at individual crystalline faults

Breakthrough research made possible by advanced microscopic techniques

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UCI materials scientists discover design secrets of nearly indestructible insect

Southern California’s diabolical ironclad beetle can even survive being run over by car

UCI materials scientists study a sea creature that packs a powerful punch

Mantis shrimp’s dactyl clubs could hold secrets to more resilient surfaces for human use

UCI-led team designs carbon nanostructure stronger than diamonds

Novel plate-cell architecture reaches theoretical limit of performance

Grad student working on ‘superbug kryptonite’ wins UCI Grad Slam, will compete systemwide

Many insects are equipped with a natural defense mechanism against harmful pathogens: Their wings are covered with nanoscale spikes – 1,000 times thinner than a human hair – that kill bacteria and fungi cells. UCI’s 2019 winner of the University of California Grad Slam competition is mimicking these antimicrobial surfaces in the lab for potential […]

UCI and national lab researchers see lifelike ion differentiation in synthetic nanopores

Scientists at UCI and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have shown that synthetic nanopores can possess the same ion-transporting and differentiation capabilities as living tissue. They detail their discovery in a study published today in Science Advances. “Biological systems use ion selectivity to chemically store and exchange energy, making it available for use when needed,” said […]