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Rochester researcher recognized with national award for outstanding vision research

Sun, 16 Aug 2020

National vision research organization recognizes David Williams for his research, the organization's third consecutive honoree with University of Rochester ties.


Project creates more powerful, versatile ultrafast laser pulse

Fri, 24 Jul 2020

Institute of Optics research sets record for shortest pulse for newly developed technology, work that has important applications in engineering and biomedicine.


Engineers help volunteer group provide protective gear for caregivers

Wed, 15 Jul 2020

A University engineering team uses 3-D printers and laser cutters to make face shields as part of a community-wide effort to supply much-needed safety equipment.


Lasers etch an efficient way to address global water crisis

Mon, 13 Jul 2020

Researchers in the lab of optics professor Chunlei Guo use lasers, sunlight, and aluminum panels to develop the most efficient means yet of purifying contaminated water.


Two Rochester scientists earn national recognition for excellence in engineering

Sat, 04 Apr 2020

Faculty members Benjamin Miller and Marvin Doyley have been inducted as fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


Rochester scientists receive NSF CAREER awards

Tue, 11 Feb 2020

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, to several University of Rochester researchers this year.


Lasers etch a ‘perfect’ solar energy absorber

Tue, 04 Feb 2020

The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metal structures has now demonstrated how the same technology could be used to create highly efficient solar power generators.


Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm

Thu, 09 Jan 2020

Amid growing alarm over the plastic that pollutes our environment, biomedical and optics researchers are devising ways to quickly detect microplastics in drinking water to better understand their potential impacts on human health.


Donna Strickland appointed to Order of Canada

Mon, 30 Dec 2019

University of Rochester alumna Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD), who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been appointed to the Order of Canada for her “extraordinary contributions to the nation.”


Superhydrophobic metal that won’t sink

Wed, 06 Nov 2019

Inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, Rochester researchers have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged.