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The members of the Executive Planning Committee attended a day-long retreat before winter break.

Where Do We Want Drexel To Be in 10 Years?

Starting this month, the committee working on Drexel’s new 10-Year Strategic Plan will begin meeting with colleges and schools to seek input on how Drexel should navigate the upcoming crucial decade.
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Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

Read all about the sponsored research and major gifts and recognition that were recently received by faculty — like two Drexel professors who were awarded fellows of the National Academies of Inventors.
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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.

The Rectorate building of the Politechnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. Photo courtesy Giuliana Iannaccone.

Drexel University President Selected for Fulbright Award to Italy

As a Fulbright Specialist, President John Fry will share his expertise in university leadership and urban redevelopment at the Politecnico di Milano this summer.
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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.
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Mimicking the Body's Circulatory Air Conditioning Could Keep Airplanes, Cars and Computers Cooler

The complex network of veins that keeps us cool during the heat of summer has inspired engineers to create novel thermal management systems. But replicating the circulatory system, in form or function, has been no easy task. Recently, a team of researchers from Drexel University and North Carolina State University created a computer program that could be key to mimicking the body’s evolution-optimized cooling system in functional materials.

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Ashes to Concrete

Drexel University researchers have developed a process for turning the solid waste products of coal power plants into a useful ingredient that could improve properties of concrete.