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That New Yarn?! — Wearable, Washable Textile Devices Are Possible With MXene-Coated Yarns

Drexel University researchers have figured out how to add more conductivity into functional fabric devices, by coating yarns with a two-dimensional carbon-based material called MXene, to make conductive threads. The group has developed a dip-coating method, similar to the dyeing process, that can produce a conductive yarn strong enough for use in industrial knitting machines and durable enough to make it through wash cycles without degrading.
The spotten lanternfly. Photo courtesy Jon Gelhaus.

What to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly at Drexel

If you see the invasive insects on campus, Drexel’s Director of Grounds wants you to kill them — and know that the University is working on preventing them from harming the campus.
The official ribbon cutting kicks off the Grand Opening of the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center.

Drexel Opens New Center to Study Fabrics of the Future

The new Center for Functional Fabrics and the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center is set to become a cornerstone of the Schuylkill Yards innovation hub.
Hands clasping another hand in a caring manner

$4 Million National Institute on Aging Grant to Drexel Will Test Platform Aimed at Helping Caregivers Manage Dementia Symptoms

Laura N. Gitlin, Distinguished Professor and dean of Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Helen Kales, MD, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of an easy to use, online platform, called the WeCareAdvisor to help caregivers manage dementia symptoms.
oxidized MXene

A Dash of Salt Could Fortify MXene 'Super Materials' Against Oxidation

Researchers at Drexel University have removed one of the final barriers blocking new two-dimensional “super materials,” called MXenes, from widespread use in batteries, electronics devices, water treatment and health care technology. With the discovery that a common food additive, polyphosphate salt, can ward off oxidation and stabilize the materials, MXenes could be one step closer to commercial development.

The Drexel students in Pharoah Hound Games pose with their E3 College Game Competition trophy. Left to right Joseph Brown, Jeff Mostyn, Michael Heffner and Mark Hurley. Photo credit: Charles Shan Cerrone.

The Best College Video Game in America Lives on at Drexel

A group of four students from Drexel University created a video game for a class project that was recently named the best college video game in the country.
Cows Graze by the Delaware Watershed

Are We Really Protecting Rivers and Streams From Pollution? It’s Hard to Say, And That’s a Problem. 

More public and private resources than ever are being directed to protecting and preserving aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Whether mandated for land development, farming or in response to the growing severity and number of natural disasters – scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found evidence that decades of watershed restoration and mitigation projects have taken place, but their impact is mostly perceived; data is relatively undocumented — or simply missing.


BEES students seining for fish in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Photo credit: Richard J. Horwitz.

New Exhibit Explores the Best of the BEES

The Drexel Collection’s new show is centered around the educational and professional opportunities made available by the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science.
Matthew Shirley started his biomedical engineering PhD at Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems through the Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship program.

National Program Helps Drexel Bridge the Representation Gap for STEM PhDs

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship program (BTD) provides funding and resources for STEM PhD students from underrepresented populations, and so far Drexel has hosted nearly 50 BTD students.
wind turbines

As Rocky Mountain Region Plans Its Energy Future, Study Suggests Reigning in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Save Hundreds of Lives and Billions of Dollars

Research by Drexel University and the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that imposing fees on energy producers that emit greenhouse gas could improve the health and financial well-being of the Rocky Mountain region.

Students observe sun spots during PHYS 131.

Intro to Astronomy Class Provides Innovative, Interpersonal Ways to Discover the Cosmos

PHYS 131 is Drexel’s introductory course to Astronomy open to all majors, and faculty may soon pilot a video game class to further pique student interest in the subject.
Electrast ultrasound

'Selfie Mode' For Heart Imaging Could Help Doctors Spot Heart Disease Earlier

Using the electrical impulses generated by the heart to carefully illuminate the picture, an ultrasound contrast dye created by Drexel University researchers is giving doctors a clearer look at the most camera-shy organ in the body. Enabling the heart to take a selfie, of sorts, means doctors could eventually be able to see the early signs of heart disease and treat it before it becomes deadly.

The ankle replacement device developed by College of Engineering Professor Sorin Siegler, PhD, and the Drexel start-up company Kinos Medical led by Drexel alumnus Brian Garvey.

Drexel Moves Forward in Prestigious List of Top 100 International Universities Granted US Utility Patents

The University moved up three spots among the colleges and universities in a rankings report authored by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.