Research Breakthroughs

UH Engineers Develop Optical Probes for Better Diagnosis and Treatment of Kidney Disease
Two UH engineering professors have developed novel optical probes with potential applications in improving diagnosis and treatment for patients with...

Two UH engineering professors have developed novel optical probes with potential applications in improving diagnosis and treatment for patients with kidney disease.

Paper on Medical MRI-powered Millirobots Attracts Conference Attention
Hydrocephalus is a nightmarish medical condition. Accumulating fluid in the skull ratchets up pressure on the brain and can cause lifelong mental...

Hydrocephalus is a nightmarish medical condition. Accumulating fluid in the skull ratchets up pressure on the brain and can cause lifelong mental disabilities. Current treatment requires physicians to cut through the skull and implant pressure-relieving shunts.

UH Researchers Create Lens to Turn Smartphone into Microscope
Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to amplify images by a...
Top row shows human skin and hair follicle. a) through c) are imaged with an Olympus IX-70 microscope at a magnification of 40, 100 and 200. d) is imaged with a Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone with a PDMS lens. Bottom row shows magnified regions.

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to amplify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens.

Engineering Alumnus Pioneers Large-area Graphene Film
Peng Peng, an electrical and computer engineering alumnus of the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, is pioneering mass...

Peng Peng, an electrical and computer engineering alumnus of the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, is pioneering mass production of large-area graphene film based on groundbreaking research that started at his alma mater.

UH Researchers Discover N-Type Polymer for Fast Organic Battery
Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece...

Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will allow ultrafast battery applications.

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand
A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand...

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.

Magnesium-ion Batteries in the Fast Lane
Yan Yao, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s electrical and computer engineering department, is developing alternatives to popular lithium-...

Yan Yao, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s electrical and computer engineering department, is developing alternatives to popular lithium-ion batteries, which are used to power much of the modern world.

Novel Neural Probe Helps to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain
In April of 2013, President Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, an...

In April of 2013, President Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, an ambitious “grand challenge” aimed at vastly increasing our understanding of the human brain.

Baby See, Baby Do? UH Research Targets Youngest Subjects
In research aimed at determining how babies and toddlers begin to understand the actions of others, a University of Houston research team is studying...

In research aimed at determining how babies and toddlers begin to understand the actions of others, a University of Houston research team is studying brain activity triggered by playtime interactions.

The study involves children from six months to 24 months old

Research Aims for Better Understanding of Microvascular Diseases
New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures...

New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures offer the promise of better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases.

Researchers Improve Power Grid Reliability During Hurricanes With NSF Award
Two professors with the UH Cullen College of Engineering were awarded nearly $250,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the...

Two professors with the UH Cullen College of Engineering were awarded nearly $250,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the resilience and reliability of the U.S. electricity grid in response to hurricanes and other major weather events.

Professor Developing New Technologies for Detecting Subsea Oil Spills With DOI Award
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has awarded electrical and computer engineering assistant...
Wei-Chuan Shih

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has awarded electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Wei-Chuan Shih with nearly $900,000 over two years to investigate new sensing techniques for detecting oil spills and hydrocarbon leaks in subsea oil and gas operations.

ECE Professor and Ph.D. Student Publish Article in Nanotechnology
When a material known as graphene was first produced inside of a lab in 2004, the science and technology community buzzed with predictions that it...
Double slit experiment. I1 and I2 are intensity profiles when only slit 1 or slit 2 is open, respectively. I12 is the intensity profile when both slits are open. I1+2 is the sum of I1 and I2, it is the intensity profile when there is no interference between two beams. Note that at the center of the screen when x = 0, I1(0) = I2(0) = Io, I12(0) = 4Io, but I1+2(0) = 2Io.

When a material known as graphene was first produced inside of a lab in 2004, the science and technology community buzzed with predictions that it would become the “next big thing” for the semiconductor industry. Graphene is essentially a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon which conducts heat and electricity with incredible efficiency, making it a homerun material for the semiconductor and electronic device manufacturing industries.

Accomplished Ph.D. Student Defends Dissertation on Raman Spectroscopy
Doctoral degrees are awarded every semester in the Cullen College of Engineering, but few to students as accomplished as Ji Qi.
Ji Qi and Wei-Chuan Shih

Doctoral degrees are awarded every semester in the Cullen College of Engineering, but few to students as accomplished as Ji Qi.

ECE Ph.D. Student Expands Research to Cover Cross-Eyed Monkeys
If you think computer engineering, Rhesus monkeys and optometry have nothing in common, think again: they have Mehmet Agaoglu.
Agaoglu with his award-winning poster from the ARVO conference.

If you think computer engineering, Rhesus monkeys and optometry have nothing in common, think again: they have Mehmet Agaoglu.

Zhu Han Leads Electric Power Analytics Consortium
CenterPoint Energy and Direct Energy have joined the University of Houston to form the Electric Power Analytics Consortium with hopes of enhancing...
Zhu Han

CenterPoint Energy and Direct Energy have joined the University of Houston to form the Electric Power Analytics Consortium with hopes of enhancing current models used to predict the number of electric outages due to storms and better serve customer

Diagnosing Diseases With Smart Phones
Smart phones are capable of giving us directions when we’re lost, sending photos and videos to our friends in mere seconds, and even helping us find...
 A close-up of nanoholes blocked by these particles.

Smart phones are capable of giving us directions when we’re lost, sending photos and videos to our friends in mere seconds, and even helping us find the best burger joint in a three-mile radius. But thanks to UH Cullen College of Engineering researchers, smart phones may soon be boasting another very important function: diagnosing diseases in real time.

ECE Chairman, Faculty, and NASA Collaborators Publish CubeSat Article in “ECE Source” Newsletter
In the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, small satellite research has taken flight in...
 NASA.

In the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, small satellite research has taken flight in recent years, providing both students and faculty within the Cullen College unprecedented access to space, space education and space research.

Water Splitting Nanoparticles Featured In Nature Nanotechnology
Sunlight and water are plentiful and cheap, especially when compared to resources like petroleum. That’s why a recent finding by Jiming Bao, his...
Bao at work in his lab.

Sunlight and water are plentiful and cheap, especially when compared to resources like petroleum. That’s why a recent finding by Jiming Bao, his group and collaborators is so important.

Engineering Freshman Makes Major Strides in Tech World
Rakshak Talwar may be a mere freshman by University of Houston standards, but he’s already well on his way to becoming a giant in the technology...
Rakshak Talwar, electrical and computer engineering major at the Cullen College of Engineering, and his Programmable Capacitors

Rakshak Talwar may be a mere freshman by University of Houston standards, but he’s already well on his way to becoming a giant in the technology world.

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