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Purdue research hub to transform freeze-drying process used to make lifesaving drugs, preserve food

January 18, 2018

A consortium of Purdue University researchers, industry members from pharmaceutical and food processing sectors, as well as equipment makers and others, are working together at the Advanced Lyophilization Technology Hub, or LyoHub, at Purdue to modernize a process that has not changed fundamentally in 70 years even though it has a worldwide annual market of about $16 billion. The freeze-drying process, formally known as lyophilization, is used to make everything from lifesaving drugs and biotech products to foods.

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New C-BRIC center will tackle brain-inspired computing

January 17, 2018

Purdue University will lead a new national center to develop brain-inspired computing for intelligent autonomous systems such as drones and personal robots capable of operating without human intervention. The Center for Brain-inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence, or C-BRIC, is a five-year project

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A popular tool for drug discovery just got 10 times faster

January 17, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University just made high throughput screening, a process often used in drug discovery, 10 times faster than previous methods.

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Study reveals secrets of ‘fluid-like’ heat flow in solid semiconductor at nanoscale; findings important for design of new devices

January 17, 2018

Purdue University researchers have visualized temperature changes produced by ultra-small heat sources, gold strips formed on top of the semiconductor indium gallium arsenide. The work has potential implications for the design of high-speed transistors and lasers. This image (a) depicts the device structure and experimental setup, an optical image (b) of the fabricated device and (c) an experimental thermal image.

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Study: Hormone keys plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both

January 16, 2018

Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening opportunities to develop plants that exhibit both characteristics.

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Fast-moving electrons create current in organic solar cells

January 12, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University have identified the mechanism that allows organic solar cells to create a charge, solving a longstanding puzzle in physics.

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Study uncovers distinctions in major crop genome evolutions

January 10, 2018

Damon Lisch, associate professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and Jianxin Ma, professor in the Department of Agronomy, studied tthe ways in which genomes duplicate - creating multiple copies of genes - and how those genomes change over time.

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Babies stir up clouds of bio-gunk when they crawl

January 10, 2018

When babies crawl, their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of dirt, skin cells, bacteria, pollen, and fungal spores, a new study has found. The infants inhale a dose of bio bits in their lungs that is four times (per kilogram of body mass) what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor. As alarming as that sounds, lead researcher Brandon Boor of Purdue University is quick to add that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Inkjet-printed thermite deposits energetic materials safely

January 8, 2018

Researchers have developed a method to deposit tiny amounts of energetic materials (explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics) using the same technology as an inkjet printer.

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Study suggests new targets for improving soybean oil content

January 3, 2018

Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to impact the plant’s seeds, but a Purdue University study shows that genes affecting other plant parts deserve more attention.

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