Localized Tidal Energy in Independent Systems

This project investigates the design and implementation strategies for small scale renewable energy infrastructure in tidal water environments. Designers of marine architecture and infrastructure are often faced with two challenges- In urban environments it is often impossible to find space for large scale energy infrastructure, in remote environments it is often impossible to tap into … See More

Novel Parallel Approach for Protein Coordinate Conversion

We present the first parallel algorithm for converting representations of molecular structures from internal coordinates (e.g. bond lengths, angles) to familiar Cartesian form. This result is important for computationally expensive applications ranging from protein structure analysis to protein design, because the two representations have complementary uses in modeling. The need for parallelism arises because large … See More

Endothelial Glycocalyx Conditions affect Cellular Uptake of Gold Nanoparticles

Cardiovascular diseases are facilitated by endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction and coincide with EC glycocalyx coat shedding. These diseases may be deterred by targeting medications to affected vascular regions using circulating nanoparticle drug carriers.  The objective of the present study was to observe how EC-targeted delivery of 10nm polyethylene glycol-coated gold nanoparticles (PEG-AuNP).  Rat fat pad … See More

A 10-Gb/s Serial-Link Receiver Design for USB 3.1 with a Continuous-Time Linear Equalizer and 1-Tap DFE

This paper presents a wire-line receiver design of CMOS I/O at 10-Gb/s data rate for USB 3.1 standard. A power efficient continuous time linear equalizer (CTLE) and 1-tap look-ahead decision feedback equalizer (DFE) are designed and implemented in a 45nm CMOS technology. The DFE employs a sampler including a current injection section that makes no use of summer as a separated … See More

Aminopolymer Impregnated MCM-36 and the Effect of Pore Structure on CO2 Capture

Porous solid adsorbents are currently being studied for their potential use as an effective way to capture carbon dioxide. These absorbents are known to have high surface areas and low heats of adsorption, making them ideal for capturing carbon dioxide. The perfect adsorbent would possess high amine loading abilities and high adsorption capacity. A 2-dimensional … See More

Developing Plant Tissue Cultures for the Production of Pharmaceuticals

As long as humans have been getting ill, they have been using plants as medicine. Today, plants can be used as production platforms for a range of pharmaceuticals. The plant Catharanthus roseus, or the Madagascar periwinkle, produces the anti-cancer drugs vincristine and vinblastine which cost from $4 – $20 million dollars per kilogram. The overall … See More

Low-Cost Robotic Actuator

Many mobile robots require compact drive systems (actuator/transmission/joint) that deliver high torques through stiff mechanical ports. Conventional drive systems are made from off-the-shelf actuators and transmissions, which are coupled together to power the robot’s joints. This approach has several benefits such as short development time because of the available mechanical components, however, lacks a system-level … See More

Green Synthesis of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles from Calcination of a Cobalt Metal Organic Framework

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are 3-dimensional microporous materials consisting of coordination bonds between transition metal cations and organic linkers. MOFs exhibit many unique characteristics such as well-defined crystallinity, high surface area, large pore volume, and high porosity. Because of their unique structures and compositions, MOFs can potentially be applied to a wide variety of purposes … See More

Physiological Closed-Loop Control For Smart Medical Systems

Recent advances in medical sensing devices have enabled the accurate measurement of physiological signals; however, the long-standing patient-clinician-device paradigm still remains largely unaffected and/or in its infancy stage. The cause for this is quite simple; that is, most modern medical devices are not capable of performing self-regulation of applied therapeutic actions. By designing self-regulating, self-adapted … See More

Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles as a Regenerative CO2 Sorbent

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), constructed by the assembly of metal-containing units with appropriate organic linking groups, are a class of crystalline porous materials.  In recent years, MOFs have captured widespread research interest due to their intriguing structural topologies and potential applications as functional materials in wide fields such as gas storage, separation, catalysis, drug delivery, … See More