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Blasting 'Forever' Chemicals Out of the Water with a Blast of Cold Plasma

Researchers from Drexel University have found a way to destroy stubbornly resilient toxic compounds, ominously dubbed “forever chemicals,” that have contaminated the drinking water of millions across the United States.

Bob Quaglia (BS electrical and computer engineering ‘86) is a big believer in fate, and he’s been helping to shape the fate of Drexel co-op students, like he once was, as a manager at Woodward McCoach Inc. since 1994.

Questions With a 20-Year Co-op Manager: Bob Quaglia

Bob Quaglia (BS electrical and computer engineering ‘86) is a big believer in fate, and he’s been helping to shape the fate of Drexel co-op students, like he once was, as a manager at Woodward McCoach Inc. since 1994.
Steve Sclafani, a Drexel doctoral student in physics, headed to the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory as a member of the Drexel IceCube Research group, and subsequently the larger IceCube Collaboration. The collaboration includes more than 300 people from 52 institutions (including Drexel) across 12 countries who helped to build, test and continue to maintain the detector.

A Drexel PhD Student’s 'Summer' at the South Pole

Steve Sclafani, a Drexel doctoral student in physics, spent over a month at the South Pole supporting research in the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, and following in the footsteps of his mentor.
Drexel University-based startup VyB Technologies LLC, was selected to present at CES’s Eureka Park alongside 1200-plus innovative startups from 43 countries around the world.

How to Present at an Industry Conference

Adit Gupta, who graduated from Drexel in 2019 and is currently a computer science PhD student in the College of Computing & Informatics, provides a play-by-play on how his team from VyB Technologies LLC prepared to present at the Consumer Technology Association’s annual conference earlier this month, and what they took away from the experience.

Bill Waldron Jr. helps current Drexel students approach career opportunities and the workplace with the same open-mindedness and fervor that he has approached his own career with.

Questions With a 20-Year Co-op Manager: Bill Waldron Jr.

Bill Waldron has been managing Drexel engineering co-op students for 25 of the 30 years he’s been with AT&T Mobility. He told DrexelNow about the keys to success for a stable career like his, for a rewarding co-op and for ways Drexel students can make an impact on the job.

Suffocating Ozone — Policies That Stem Emission of Precursor Chemicals Save Lives and Crops

An international team of environmental and atmospheric scientists have pinpointed the chemical emissions that contribute the most to the harmful air quality conditions that are choking more and more cities and causing health problems and reducing agricultural production across the United States. The findings suggest that targeted policies could be more effective in limiting the formation of ground-level ozone, like smog, which contributes to tens of thousands of respiratory related deaths and nearly a billion dollars of crop loss each year.
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Taking an X-Ray of an Atomic Bond

A group of researchers led by Drexel University has demonstrated a method that allows scientists to experimentally measure how the chemical bonds of materials are altered when two different materials are linked together. This method provides an atomic layer-by-layer look at the materials’ electron configuration, which is the source of traits like conductivity and magnetism.


Teams of Microbes Are at Work in Our Bodies. Drexel Researchers Have Figured Out What They’re up to.

An algorithm akin to the annoyingly helpful one that attempts to auto-complete text messages and emails is now being harnessed for a better cause. A group of Drexel University researchers are using its pattern-recognition ability to identify microbial communities in the body by sifting through volumes of genetic code. Their method could speed the development of medical treatments for microbiota-linked ailments like Crohn’s disease.

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Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage

In the latest edition of Science, an international team of researchers, led by Drexel University professors Yury Gogotsi, PhD, and Ekaterina Pomerantseva, PhD, present a comprehensive analysis of two decades of energy storage research involving nanomaterials. The authors lay out a roadmap for how this technology can enable the world’s urgent shift toward better energy storage devices and sustainability.
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From a Cloud of Cold and a Spark, Drexel Researchers Create and Stabilize Pure Polymeric Nitrogen for the First Time

Researchers at Drexel University’s C&J Nyheim Plasma Institute have reported the production of the first pure polymeric nitrogen compound at near-ambient conditions. The substance, which has existed only in theory for the last three decades, is predicted to be able to produce massive amounts of clean energy with atmospheric nitrogen as its only byproduct.

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Drexel's MXene Materials Help Photodetectors See the Light

Using a special type of two-dimensional material, researchers at Drexel University have developed a new way to make light sensors that improves their sensitivity and could allow manufacturers to keep up with the growing demand for their use in devices ranging from television remotes to fiber optic receivers in data centers, and light detecting and ranging systems (LiDAR) in autonomous vehicles.

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Study: Actually, Potted Plants Don't Improve Air Quality

A closer look at decades of research suggesting that potted plants can improve the air in homes and offices reveals the findings don’t hold up outside of the lab.