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Developing tech to eliminate ‘forever chemicals’ from water

Funding from DOE’s National Alliance for Water Innovation supports UIC research


Engineers at the University of Illinois Chicago have been awarded just over $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Alliance for Water Innovation to build a system that selectively removes and destroys poly- and perfluorinated substances, commonly called PFAS and referred to as ...


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Using graphene to detect ALS, other neurodegenerative diseases


The wonders of graphene are numerous -- it can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles and revolutionize batteries. Now, the "supermaterial" may one day be used to test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS -- a progressive, ...


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Mapping nanoscale chemical reactions inside batteries in 3-D


Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new technique that lets them pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level. "Knowing the precise ...


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Researchers zero-in on cholesterol's role in cells


Scientists have long puzzled over cholesterol. It's biologically necessary; it's observably harmful - and nobody knows what it's doing where it's most abundant in cells: in the cell membrane. Now, for the first time, chemists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used a path-breaking ...


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First use of graphene to detect cancer cells

What can't graphene do? You can scratch "detect cancer" off of that list


By interfacing brain cells onto graphene, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have shown they can differentiate a single hyperactive cancerous cell from a normal cell, pointing the way to developing a simple, noninvasive tool for early cancer diagnosis. "This graphene system is ...


Researchers discover how selenium is incorporated into proteins


Humans need eight essential trace elements for good health, and one of them is selenium - a powerful antioxidant that is important for thyroid and brain function as well as metabolism. But trace elements can't be used by the body until they are integrated into a protein molecule. Selenium is ...


Molecular switch lets salmonella fight or evade immune system


Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a molecular regulator that allows salmonella bacteria to switch from actively causing disease to lurking in a chronic but asymptomatic state called a biofilm. Biofilms cling to surfaces in the body, such as the bronchial tubes ...


Graphene imperfections key to creating hypersensitive 'electronic nose'


Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times. The study ...


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Newly demonstrated capabilities of low-powered nanotweezers may benefit cellular-level studies

Low-power optical nanotweezers


Using ultra-low input power densities, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated for the first time how low-power "optical nanotweezers" can be used to trap, manipulate, and probe nanoparticles, including fragile biological samples. "We already know that ...


New tagging technique enhances view of living cells


Scientists hoping to understand how cells work may get a boost from a new technique to tag and image proteins within living mammalian cells. The new technique, developed by a research team led by University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of chemistry Lawrence Miller, provides the ...


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