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Researchers Use Nanotechnology to Fight Breast Cancer

nwelding • Date: October 9, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are conducting innovative research aimed at improvements in early detection by molecular imaging.

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Unprecedented Thermal Rectification from Polyethylene Nanofiber Could Ultimately Lead to Phononic Computing

polymer nanofiber-based thermal diode highlighted in journal Small

The unparalleled development of information technologies originates from the inventions of several critical electronic devices which can manipulate electron flow, exemplified by the solid-state electronic diode. While electronics dominate today’s information technologies, their counterparts – phononics, which also have the potential to transmit and process signals, have not yet been realized in applications. Instead of controlling electron flow, phononic devices control thermal energy (heat) flow, which is much more abundant than electrical energy. A new study from Prof. Luo's group has identified a high performance thermal diode based on polymer nanofiber, which may ultimately lead to the realization of phononic computers.

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The Transformation of Cancer Imaging: From Shades of Gray to Living Color

Photo courtesy of MARS Bioimaging.

Promising a transformation in biomedical imaging, a new technology called spectral [color] computed tomography is at work on the University of Notre Dame’s campus, where researchers are giving the phrase “in living color” a new meaning.

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College Names Two New Assistant Deans

nwelding • Date: September 21, 2015

Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey Dean of Engineering, has announced the appointment of Kenneth T. Christensen, the College of Engineering Collegiate Professor of Fluid Mechanics, and Ronald Metoyer, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as assistant deans of the College of Engineering.

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New Approach to Mammograms Could Improve Reliability

A new mammography technique detects microcalcifications in both normal mice (left) and those with dense mammary tissue (right). Courtesy of the American Chemical Society.

A recent article in the journal ASC Nano describes a process using targeted gold nanoparticles: "Detecting breast cancer in women with dense mammary tissues could become more reliable with a new mammogram procedure that researchers have now tested in pre-clinical studies of mice."

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