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A world-class Neutron Spin Echo Spectrometer for the Nation: UD-NIST -UMD Consortium NSF Proposal 1935956

This award from the Midscale Research Instrumentation -1 program supports the acquisition, implementation and commissioning of a world-class neutron spin echo spectrometer for the nation. The University of Delaware’s Center for Neutron Science working together with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Neutron Research and the University of Maryland are creating a world-class neutron spin echo spectrometer to strengthen U.S. research infrastructure with substantial benefit to the soft matter, biological sciences, and engineering research communities. (continue reading…)

Nanoparticle Gel Unites Oil & Water

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Novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, other areas.

Oil and water may not mix, but adding the right nanoparticles to the recipe can convert these two immiscible fluids into an exotic gel with uses ranging from batteries to water filters to tint-changing smart windows. A new approach to creating this unusual class of soft materials could carry them out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

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New NIST Cooperative Agreement

Center for Neutron Science at the University of Delaware: Neutron Metrology for Solving Grand Challenge Problems by Engineering the Tools of Scientific Discovery

This cooperative agreement between the Center for Neutron Science (CNS) at the University of Delaware (UD) and the NCNR for the purpose of advancing neutron scattering metrology for research and by using this neutron science to address the following NAE Grand Challenge Problems: Engineering Better Medicines, Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure, and Engineering the Tools of Scientific Discovery.

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UD’S HIGHEST FACULTY HONOR GOES TO NORM WAGNER

Norman Wagner

Engineer, inventor, mentor named 2020 Francis Alison winner

Wagner’s lifelong curiosity and delight in science, research and collaborative problem-solving have fueled an inventive career that has inspired many a colleague and student, drawn international recognition and now is distinguished with the University of Delaware’s highest faculty honor — the 2020 Francis Alison Award. The award, established in 1978, is named for the University’s founder, the Rev. Francis Alison, and recognizes contributions and distinction as both a scholar and an educator.

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A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF PROTEIN MOVEMENT

A team of engineers has shown that surface diffusion in protein transport into ion-exchange beads depends on adsorption affinity — a measure of attraction between the two materials.

UD engineers uncover role of surface diffusion in protein transport, which could aid biopharmaceutical processing

A team of engineers from the University of Delaware, with a collaborator from pharmaceutical company Amgen, has shown that surface diffusion in protein transport into ion-exchange beads depends on adsorption affinity — a measure of attraction between the two materials. By exploiting this relationship, the team developed a procedure to purify a monoclonal antibody — a type of molecule that mediates immunity — with productivity 43% higher than usual.

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