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DISCOVERY COULD TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES: Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Apr. 24, 2017--Synthetic rubber and plastics – used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products – are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists from three U.S. research universities. The scientific team –- from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts – has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.

HOW MATH COULD MAKE BONES STRONGER: Models help UD researchers calculate best dosage for osteoporosis treatment

Mar. 29, 2017--They may seem rigid and set in their ways, but your bones are actually under constant construction and deconstruction. They give up their nutrient treasures (calcium) to the body and then rebuild in a constant give-and-take sort of rhythm. When that rhythm shifts with advancing age or the onset of osteoporosis, the rebuilding process decreases. Bones lose density and strength and become more prone to fracture. More than 10 million people in the United States live with osteoporosis and the resulting fractures demand more than $17 billion in related health care each year. Now two University of Delaware researchers and their students have joined forces - applying the mathematical modeling expertise of one to the biological inquiry of the other - to point the way to a promising remedy.

NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: Twelve UD students, alumni win prestigious research support

Mar. 28, 2017--A dozen University of Delaware students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships as the prestigious competition marks its 65th year. Fourteen others received honorable mention designations. The awards -- for which more than 13,000 applicants competed this year -- include three years of funding at $34,000 per year, plus $12,000 in cost-of-education allowances to the school for study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in science and engineering. The total of these awards is almost $1.4 million -- a significant boost for the students and their research.

APRIL 14: LEARN ABOUT NIIMBL, RAPID: Presentation set on NIIMBL and Rapid USA Manufacturing Institutes

Apr. 14, 2017--A public presentation on NIIMBL and RAPID, two USA Manufacturing Institutes in which the University of Delaware is playing key roles, will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Trabant University Center Theater. All are welcome to attend.

GRADUATE RANKINGS: UD graduate programs make gains in new US News rankings

Mar. 14, 2017--The University’s chemical engineering program continues to rank among the nation’s premier graduate programs, and moved up three spots from last year. The program is tied at No. 6 with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was U.S. News’ top-ranked program.

SXSW RESEARCH VIDEO: UD professor featured in American Chemical Society video at SXSW

Mar. 13, 2017--The hipsters, thought leaders and innovators attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, this week are being introduced to some University of Delaware innovation that’s designed to help people both here on the ground and rocketing off into space. In a video being premiered by the American Chemical Society at SXSW, UD professor Norman Wagner and his interdisciplinary team’s work with shear thickening fluids is showcased — in applications ranging from bullet-proof vests, to needlestick-resistant surgical gloves, concussion-resistant helmets, next-generation prosthetics and even spacesuits.

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