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May 02, 2017

Duke Electric Vehicle Takes First Place at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2017

High-efficiency car built by students posted electric equivalent of nearly 10,000 mpg

February 03, 2015

Creating Virtual Wind for Physical Turbines

It’s hard to figure out which way the wind blows. It’s full of random fluctuations, changes of direction, currents and eddies, and it can have a completely different profile a short distance away. And it doesn’t help that it’s invisible. But accurately creating computer models of the wind is [...]

November 05, 2014

Michael Lynch: Bending Microbial Metabolisms to Generate New Chemicals

Michael Lynch, an expert in genetic engineering and using microbes to produce useful chemicals, has joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University as a tenure track assistant professor, effective November 1. Previously the founder and chief science officer at OPX Biotechnologies [...]

October 23, 2014

Mitzi Awarded SunShot Initiative Funding to Improve Thin-Film Solar Cell Materials

David Mitzi, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The award will fund a collaborative research project with Yanfa Yan, professor of physics [...]

September 12, 2014

Aaron Franklin: Replacing Silicon Electronics with Nanomaterials

Aaron Franklin has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Leaving IBM’s research enterprise for academia, Franklin will continue his research into semiconducting [...]

August 18, 2014

David Mitzi: Harvesting More of the Sun’s Shine

David Mitzi, an expert in developing new materials for solar cell and other energy applications, has joined the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. His research will focus on making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective [...]

August 14, 2014

Pushing the Boundaries of Efficiency

Pratt’s Eco-Marathon team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas this past April and performed better than they ever have. They placed second in the prototype-battery electric car competition, beating out nearly 30 competitors with their ultra energy-efficient vehicle and achieving a [...]

May 08, 2014

Guglielmo Scovazzi Wins DOE Early Career Award

Guglielmo Scovazzi, an associate professor in both civil and environmental engineering as well as mechanical engineering and materials science, is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award, in the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. Through the [...]

April 24, 2014

Energy Deputy Secretary: Duke’s Innovative Energy Research is Essential to Security, Safety

Innovative research like that being carried out at Duke is essential to the future of energy security, sustainability and environmental safety, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy told an audience at the Sanford School of Public Policy after a daylong visit with Duke students, [...]

January 09, 2014

'Superlens' Extends Range of Wireless Power Transfer

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility [...]

November 07, 2013

Wireless Device Converts "Lost" Energy into Electric Power

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct [...]

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