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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.

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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.
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Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

Read all about the sponsored research, major gifts and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel — like the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Alex Ortega, PhD, who was awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study psychiatric and substance use disorders among island Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricane Maria.
First-year students and resident assistants hang out in a dorm room in Drexel's Bentley Hall.

Students Move In, Marvel at Bentley Hall Phase 1 Renovations

Three hundred and sixty six Drexel students moved into Bentley Hall, formerly Calhoun Hall, for the first time since 2015 after phase one renovations were made to the building itself.
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.