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Hydrogen Storage Techniques in Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hydrogen is becoming increasingly an important fuel for transportation applications. The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell vehicles has been problematic to date due to low energy density of contemporary technologies. Therefore, research to compare state-of-the-art technologies and determine which, if any, meet targets released by the U.S. Department of Energy is the objective of […]

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Utilizing Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Conjugated to Biocompatible Gold Nanorods to Enhance Synchronous Beating and Functional Characteristics Similar to in vivo Cardiac Tissue

Myocardial infarction (MI), also known as heart attack, is one of the main causes of death in the United States. Cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-CM) are a potential strategy for repairing damage from MI. Electrically conductive nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide and siNWs, have been promising with improving adhesion and functional […]

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Force Measurement of Basilisk Lizard Running on Water

The goal of this research is to characterize the force interactions of a basilisk lizard exhibiting its unique ability to run across a body of water. A rigid testing structure is being fabricated from carbon fiber and aluminum, with six-axis force sensors attached at three statically determined points. The structure will be immersed in water, […]

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Investigation of Underlying Mechanisms for the Modulation of Multi-dimensional Ankle Stiffness

Characterization of multivariable ankle stiffness is important for better understanding how the ankle supports lower-extremity functions. The purpose of this research project is to further investigate the underlying mechanisms for the modulation of multi-dimensional ankle stiffness; specifically, the relationship between ankle stiffness and the independent variables: ankle center of pressure and ankle modulating muscle activation. […]

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Lizard Inspired Tube Inspection Robot

The environmental conditions within the boiler tube can be highly aggressive, which can alter the micro-structure of tubing. Ultrasonic sensors have the capability to scan through these tubes and detect these defects at early stages. In this work a Lizard Inspired Robot with ultrasonic sensors embedded in its fingers is being developed for boiler tube […]

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Sex Differences in Voluntary Control Dynamics of the Knee and Ankle

Ever since Title IX in 1972, females have been known to have an increasingly higher rate of musculoskeletal injuries occurring while playing sports than in males. This study focuses on quantifying the voluntary neuromuscular control of the knee for each gender during a range of set frequencies. If dynamic knee stability and motor control is […]

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Pore Wetting in Membrane Distillation

Membrane distillation (MD) provides a way to extract water from reverse osmosis (RO) brine with high water recovery and is a potential solution for brine management. However, pore wetting of membranes is a major hurdle that prevents its reliable implementation. The objective of the study is to identify a pre-treatment that can prevent wetting in MD treatment of wastewater […]

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Characterization of Flexible Heat Sinks

The heat transfer rate through the thermal boundary layer increases when the hot surface is induced with vibrations. In this project, flexible heatsinks will be developed and characterized. The performance of an inflexible copper pin fin heat sink will be considered as the baseline, current industry standard for performance. The goal of this study is […]

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Applying Developmental Biology Principles to Probe the Mechanisms of Selective Cell Vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease Using Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) affects over 5 million individuals in the US. The idea behind selective cell vulnerability in AD and various amyloid-dependent have been postulated. However, such mechanistic studies do not consider all the aspects of the human disease. This research leverages the ability for the generation of neural cell types of various regional identities […]

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Non-invasive Cellular Detection Using the Photoacoustic Effect

The photoacoustic effect occurs when a target absorbs a specific wavelength of light, resulting in thermal expansion and the production of subsequent pressure waves. This phenomenon can be used in a variety of biomedical applications with minimal impact on tissue samples. The objective of this work is to measure the photoacoustic effect from multiple cell […]

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