March 16, 2023

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Purdue’s ‘world’s whitest paint’ wins 2023 SXSW Innovation Award

The world’s whitest paint, developed by Purdue University researchers and recognized in Guinness World Records, has been named winner of the 2023 Innovation Award in the sustainability category by South by Southwest Conference & Festivals. The award “recognizes the most exciting creative developments in the connected world” and was presented to Purdue on Monday (March 13) at the 25th annual SXSW Innovation Awards Ceremony in Austin, Texas. 

Media contact: Trevor Peters,

AP Video: How the NCAA tournament impacts host cities

Purdue professor Ben Van Kammen of the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business discusses the economic impact of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on the 14 cities that host the games.

Media contact: Trevor Peters,

Americans planning frugal uses for their 2023 tax refunds

Americans likely are receiving smaller tax refunds than they have in recent years, and most people will not be going out to spend this money, according to the February 2023 Consumer Food Insights Report. Americans expect to receive a tax refund of $1,940, on average. They plan to use most of it for savings, for investment or to reduce debt.

Media contact: Maureen Manier,

‘Talking’ concrete could help prevent traffic jams and cut carbon emissions

Purdue University researcher Luna Lu has developed technology that could replace methods the construction industry has been using for more than a hundred years to test when concrete structures are ready to take on an external load. The technology could save millions of taxpayer dollars and significantly reduce traffic delays.

Media contact: Kayla Wiles,

Purdue engineers create safer solid-state lithium-ion batteries from new composite materials

High-voltage, solid-state lithium-ion batteries are the­ go-to power source for high-end technologies, but one of their most dramatic drawbacks is that they often explode when damaged. A team led by Vilas Pol, a Purdue professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, has developed a new composite material that is safer to use in those batteries than traditional solid polymer electrolyte, or SPE, technologies.

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