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The SMIF Undergraduate User Program provides Duke students with hands-on experience working with specialized equipment for fabrication, characterization, and imaging of micro- and nanoscale objects.

August 21, 2017

Pratt Undergrads Explore Nanoscience Research

A unique program gives Duke undergraduates hands-on experience working with specialized equipment for fabrication, characterization, and imaging of micro- and nanoscale objects.

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 [...]

May 21, 2013

New Method for Producing Clean Hydrogen

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University engineers have developed a novel method for producing clean hydrogen, which could prove essential to weaning society off of fossil fuels and their environmental implications. While hydrogen is ubiquitous in the environment, producing and collecting molecular hydrogen [...]

January 07, 2013

Duke Launches New Undergraduate Minor in Energy Engineering

Fracking. High gas prices. Global warming. Oil pipelines. Affordable, efficient home heating and cooling. Massive storm-related power outages. The world has many energy problems and few places to learn how to solve them. Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has stepped up to help close the knowledge [...]

February 21, 2012

Wringing More Energy Out Of Everyday Motions

DURHAM N.C. – Randomness and chaos in nature, as it turns out, can be a good thing – especially when trying to harvest energy from the movements of everyday activities. Duke University engineers believe they have come up with the theoretical underpinning that could lead to the development of energy [...]

November 29, 2011

New Elemental Cookbook Guides Efficient Thermoelectric Combinations

A materials genome repository developed by Duke University engineers will allow scientists to stop using trial-and-error methods for combining different elements to create the most efficient alloys for a promising method of producing electricity. These thermoelectric materials produce electricity [...]

October 25, 2011

Restraint Improves Dielectric Performance, Lifespan

DURHAM, N.C. – Just as a corset improves the appearance of its wearer by keeping everything tightly together, rigidly constraining insulating materials in electrical components can increase their energy density and decrease their rates of failure. Many electrical components, like wiring, are [...]

September 08, 2011

Hog Waste Producing Electricity, Carbon Offsets

Duke University and Duke Energy have been developing the pilot project for nearly three years, with additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Lagoon Conversion Program. Duke Energy and the university will [...]

August 09, 2011

Hybrid Solar System Makes Rooftop Hydrogen

DURHAM, N.C. – While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays. Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke engineer Nico [...]

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