Research Breakthroughs

A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are recognized for their high energy density in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but as...
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Lithium-ion batteries are recognized for their high energy density in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but as the need for grid-scale energy storage and other applications becomes more pressing, researchers have sought less expensive and more readily available alternatives to lithium.

Continuously Tracking Fear Response Could Improve Mental Health Treatment
Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Rose Faghih is not afraid of fear. If continuously monitored, she sees it as a tool to...
 Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Rose Faghih has developed a method to track the fear response from sweat and heart rate together .

Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Rose Faghih is not afraid of fear. If continuously monitored, she sees it as a tool to improve mental health treatment.

Adapting Smartwatches to Improve Distance Learning and Health
Rose Faghih Wins NSF CAREER Award for MINDWATCH Proposal  
UH assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rose Faghih, is developing algorithms to enhance smartwatches to deliver information about emotional and cognitive states. For her project, Faghih won the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.
Rose Faghih Wins NSF CAREER Award for MINDWATCH Proposal

 

New $1M Hardware Project Would Boost 5G Networks
There are big advantages to 5G networks. In addition to faster speeds, 5G offers greater bandwidth and network capacity, paving the way for a future...
Harish Krishnamoorthy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, is creating a roadmap to boost the development of 5G networks.

There are big advantages to 5G networks. In addition to faster speeds, 5G offers greater bandwidth and network capacity, paving the way for a future of driverless cars, connected devices and more high-definition connections for virtual meetings and telemedicine. But the rollout in the United States and elsewhere has been stymied by gaps in available technology that could operate at the high frequencies required by 5G.

UH Engineering State-Space Estimation Course Projects Presented At Two IEEE Conferences
Dilranjan Wickramasuriya and Hamid Fekri Azgomi, doctoral students of Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UH Cullen...
Hamid Fekri Azgomi, an electrical engineering doctoral student the UH Cullen College of Engineering, presented at the 53rd IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers.

Dilranjan Wickramasuriya and Hamid Fekri Azgomi, doctoral students of Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, made several presentations at two different IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) conferences in November.

Houston Researchers Work to Create Swarms of Tiny Robots to Attack and Remove Blood Clots
In America pulmonary embolism (PE) causes between 200,000 and 300, 000 deaths annually, according to information from the National Institutes of...
UH professor Aaron Becker (red shirt) and Julien Leclerc (next to him, gray UH shirt), a UH Cullen College research associate visit with Houston-area teachers and an undergraduate REU participant in the Robotic Swarm Control Laboratory.

In America pulmonary embolism (PE) causes between 200,000 and 300, 000 deaths annually, according to information from the National Institutes of Health. PE is the third highest occurring cardiovascular disease after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and stroke.

Cullen College Researchers A Big Part of EMBC 2019
Featured UH Research Marries Health Care and Engineering   Rose Faghih, assistant professor, and several other UH Cullen College of Engineering...
UH Cullen College Professor Rose Faghih with her students at the 2019 EMBC in Germany.

Featured UH Research Marries Health Care and Engineering

 

Rose Faghih, assistant professor, and several other UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty and students were an integral part of the 2019 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference held in Berlin, Germany. The theme was “Biomedical engineering ranging from wellness to intensive care.”

UH Engineers Test Biodegradable Self-Guided Reconnaissance Devices
Researchers share video of their Advanced Naval Technology Exercise   Discretion is an integral part of covert reconnaissance missions. With that...
UH ECE student Jarrett Lonsford works on the electronics for a sensing drift node in Dr. Aaron Becker's lab on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

Researchers share video of their Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

 

Discretion is an integral part of covert reconnaissance missions. With that in mind, a team of UH Cullen College of Engineering researchers are working on $1 million project to create self-guided biodegradable containers of sensors to map coastlines and the bottom of the ocean. 

UH Engineer Leads Team Creating Point-of-Care Test for Prostate Cancer
Improving Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Patients   A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Pennsylvania are...
Unlike the pregnancy test, which uses the color change in the test line as a readout, the new tool will use ultrasensitive sensing of magnetic nanoparticles to detect trace amounts of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a patient’s blood.

Improving Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Patients

 

A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Pennsylvania are working to bring a new biosensor for detecting the recurrence of prostate cancer to the doctor’s office.

UH Engineer Offers Proposals to Improve Nation’s Electric Grid
Xingpeng Li Submitted Two Winning Proposals to DOE Competition   Balancing electricity supply and demand is challenging, and the prospect of...
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Xingpeng Li Submitted Two Winning Proposals to DOE Competition

 

Balancing electricity supply and demand is challenging, and the prospect of blackouts carries a substantial economic risk. An engineer with the University of Houston is working on solutions.

Brain Stimulation for PTSD Patients
Sweat Response Can Make Stimulators Responsive  
The tiny bursts of sweat released in response to psychologically arousing stimuli can be measured using wearable technology.

Sweat Response Can Make Stimulators Responsive

 

Researchers Explain Visible Light from 2D Lead Halide Perovskites
Work Resolves Mystery and Offers New Path for Light-Emitting and Other Devices  
Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, led an international group of researchers investigating how a two-dimensional perovskite composed of cesium, lead and bromine was able to emit a strong green light.

Work Resolves Mystery and Offers New Path for Light-Emitting and Other Devices

 

Researchers Report High Performance Solid-State Sodium-Ion Battery
ORGANIC CATHODE OFFERS MORE RELIABLE CONTACT WITH ELECTROLYTE, A KEY TO STABILITY   Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are far safer than...

ORGANIC CATHODE OFFERS MORE RELIABLE CONTACT WITH ELECTROLYTE, A KEY TO STABILITY

 

Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are far safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performance has been too weak to offset the safety advantages. Researchers Friday reported developing an organic cathode that dramatically improves both stability and energy density.

Imaging Technology Will Offer New Clues to Embryonic Development
Better Understanding Could Lead to New Prevention and Treatment for Birth Defects   Soon after conception, an embryo’s circulatory system connects...
Researchers from the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine are developing a new technology to allow simultaneous imaging of both embryonic structural development and the molecular underpinnings that occur in the developing circulatory system.

Better Understanding Could Lead to New Prevention and Treatment for Birth Defects

 

Soon after conception, an embryo’s circulatory system connects to that of its mother. Complications that occur at this critical time can result in miscarriage or birth defects with long-term chronic conditions. Unfortunately, limitations in imaging technologies prevent researchers from fully understanding the cellular-level events leading up to this crucial point.

Researchers Report New Light-Activated Micro Pump
Pump Works Without Moving Parts, Electrical Contacts   Even the smallest mechanical pumps have limitations, from the complex microfabrication...
Researchers have announced the discovery of a laser-driven photoacoustic microfluidic pump, capable of moving fluids in any direction without moving parts or electrical contacts.

Pump Works Without Moving Parts, Electrical Contacts

 

Even the smallest mechanical pumps have limitations, from the complex microfabrication techniques required to make them to the fact that there are limits on how small they can be. Researchers have announced a potential solution – a laser-driven photoacoustic microfluidic pump, capable of moving fluids in any direction without moving parts or electrical contacts.

Lean Electrolyte Design is a Game-Changer for Magnesium Batteries
Chloride-Free Electrolyte and Organic Cathode Boosted Energy Density, Stability   Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota...
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Chloride-Free Electrolyte and Organic Cathode Boosted Energy Density, Stability

 

Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of America have discovered a promising new version of high-energy magnesium batteries, with potential applications ranging from electric vehicles to battery storage for renewable energy systems.

‘Smart’ Robotic System Could Offer Home-Based Rehabilitation
Industry Partnership Supports Faster Track to Commercialize Accessible Healthcare   Researchers in Houston and elsewhere have shown that robotic...
While early prototypes of robotic rehabilitation systems controlled by the user's own brain required the use of skullcaps embedded with sensors, researchers are developing a simpler version that can be used at home.

Industry Partnership Supports Faster Track to Commercialize Accessible Healthcare

 

Researchers in Houston and elsewhere have shown that robotic systems controlled by the user’s own brain activity can help patients recovering from stroke and other disabling injuries. But the demonstrations have taken place in highly controlled settings, and none of the systems have been approved for use in clinics or patient’s homes.

Researchers Create Smartphone System to Test for Lead in Water
Unlike Most Commercially Available Tests, It Can Detect Levels Below EPA Standards   The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water drew...
UH researchers built a self-contained smartphone microscope that can operate in both fluorescence and dark-field imaging modes and paired it with an inexpensive Lumina 640 smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera.

Unlike Most Commercially Available Tests, It Can Detect Levels Below EPA Standards

 

The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water drew renewed attention to the health risks posed by the metal. Now researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer that can detect lead in tap water at levels commonly accepted as dangerous.

Wearable Technology to Track Brain, Predict Illness
University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded...
With a $175,000 award from the National Science Foundation, UH electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih will examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices can transform how mental-stress-related diseases are diagnosed and treated.

University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness

University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation to examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices, like fitbits or Apple watches, can be used to peer into the brain. She thinks they can.

UH Engineer Part of Team Awarded $7.5 Million MURI Grant to Analyze Social Behavior and Predict Outcomes
It’s no secret that data is everywhere today – endless streams of information are constantly being collected through our smartphones and mobile...
Zhu Han, a UH engineering professor, is working on a $7.5 million DoD grant project using game theory to analyze and influence social behavior.

It’s no secret that data is everywhere today – endless streams of information are constantly being collected through our smartphones and mobile devices, by sensors placed on bridges and in buildings and even through our smart thermostats and refrigerators.

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