Research Breakthroughs

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.

Nature Magazine Features UH Professor’s Work to Address Paralysis
About 3.5 million people in America are living with some degree of paralysis related to stroke, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Nature magazine...
Nature features University of Houston Professor Jose Contreras-Vidal, known for his work to improve prostheses using brain-machine interfaces.

About 3.5 million people in America are living with some degree of paralysis related to stroke, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Nature magazine this month published an article about scientists developing technological solutions, such as neural prostheses or devices that read brain signals and help restore movement in paralyzed patients.

New Makerspace Now Open at UH Library
A new Makerspace at the University of Houston Libraries is now open.
A new Makerspace at the UH Library is now open to all students.

A new Makerspace at the University of Houston Libraries is now open.

Tomorrow’s Batteries Today: Yan Yao Charges Up Battery Research With DOE Award
Batteries capable of powering the electric vehicles of tomorrow may be available sooner than we think, thanks to more than $5.7 million in seed...
Yan Yao Charges Up Battery Research With DOE Award

Batteries capable of powering the electric vehicles of tomorrow may be available sooner than we think, thanks to more than $5.7 million in seed funding provided through the Department of Energy’s Battery500 consortium.

Researchers Map Brain Activity to Improve Prosthetic Design
UH Engineers Report New Insights into the Brain’s Role in Walking

UH Engineers Report New Insights into the Brain’s Role in Walking

DIY: Scientists Release a How-To for Building a Smartphone Microscope
People with a Smartphone and 3-D Printer Could Perform Sophisticated Lab Work Add one more thing to the list of tasks your smartphone can perform....

People with a Smartphone and 3-D Printer Could Perform Sophisticated Lab Work

Add one more thing to the list of tasks your smartphone can perform. University of Houston researchers have released an open-source dataset offering instructions to people interested in building their own smartphone microscope.

UH Engineer Changes How We Interpret Geospatial Images
Saurabh Prasad, Cullen College assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is reporting a breakthrough in image interpretation that...
Saurabh Prasad

Saurabh Prasad, Cullen College assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is reporting a breakthrough in image interpretation that could overcome hurdles that prohibit accurate interpretation of imagery data.

Unexpected Discovery Leads to New Theory of Liquid Streaming
UH Researchers Generate a Liquid Stream with a Pulsed Laser Researchers at the University of Houston were studying the nonlinear transmission of...
Yanan Wang, a post-doctoral researcher at UH, is co-first author on a paper describing the discovery of a new principle of optofluidics

UH Researchers Generate a Liquid Stream with a Pulsed Laser

Researchers at the University of Houston were studying the nonlinear transmission of light through an aqueous suspension of gold nanoparticles when they noticed something unexpected. A pulse laser appeared to have forced the movement of a stream of liquid in a glass laboratory cuvette.

Engineering Professors Discover Fundamental Effect in Monolayer Catalysts
Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the...
Stanko Brankovic

Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the fundamental substance that speeds up reactions in all industries from petrochemical to manufacturing.

Researchers Report Breakthrough in Magnesium Batteries
Nanostructured Cathode, Understanding of New Electrolyte Lead to Greater Efficiency Magnesium batteries offer promise for safely powering modern life...
This schematic shows the structural evolution of titanium disulfide at different stages of intercalation. Interlayers are expanded or distorted as different amounts of pillaring molecules, complex cations and solvents are intercalated into the van der Waals gap of a host material at each stage.

Nanostructured Cathode, Understanding of New Electrolyte Lead to Greater Efficiency

Magnesium batteries offer promise for safely powering modern life – unlike traditional lithium ion batteries, they are not flammable or subject to exploding – but their ability to store energy has been limited.

Use of Brain-Computer Interface & Virtual Avatar Offers New Hope to Patients with Gait Disabilities
Researchers Demonstrate Non-Invasive Method Can Help People Re-Learn to Walk Researchers from the University of Houston have shown for the first time...
Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Cullen College professor of electrical and computer engineering

Researchers Demonstrate Non-Invasive Method Can Help People Re-Learn to Walk

Researchers from the University of Houston have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities.

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