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A close-up of an elastic polymer that was cut in two and healed overnight.

Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2014

Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products.

Published Date: February 4, 2014


Engineers developed the first tiny, synthetic machines that can swim by themselves, powered by beating heart cells.

Tiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum before

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 17, 2014

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.

Published Date: January 17, 2014


Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, has been chosen as the next dean of the College of Engineering.

Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of Engineering

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 20, 2013

Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering.

Published Date: June 20, 2013


For the first time, a research team from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated the ability to 3D-print a battery. This image shows the interlaced stack of electrodes that were printed layer by layer to create the working anode and cathode of a microbattery.

3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, more

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 18, 2013

3-D printing now can be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet providing enough stored energy to power it.

Published Date: June 18, 2013


Two U. of I. graduate students win Intel Ph.D. Fellowships

Published Date:June 14, 2013

Two graduate students at the University of Illinois have won Intel Ph.D. Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. Fifteen fellowships were awarded nationwide.

Published Date: June 14, 2013