Brian Chen: Solving a combinatorial quandary

Why do certain proteins in the body bind with some substances, but not with others?

The answer could be the difference between a drug working or not. The answer, however, is elusive by virtue of the sheer scope of mutations that make proteins vary between each other, and between individuals.

Fine-tuning catalysts at the nanoscale

It’s nice when you aim for a goal, and in the process of achieving it, nail another unexpected but significant target.

“We were just trying to generate a catalyst that would more efficiently make the product we desired,” says Christopher Kiely, the Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. “Using less precious metal in the final catalyst material was a fortunate and unanticipated outcome.”

Mapping energy transport mechanism of chalcogenide perovskite for solar energy use

For solar cells to be widely used in the coming decades researchers must resolve two major challenges: increasing efficiency and lowering toxicity.

Solar energy works through a process that converts light into energy called the photovoltaic effect. Certain light sensitive materials when packaged together in a “cell” have the ability to convert energy from light into electricity.

Nader Motee: Making robots more perceptive

Robots are complex machines with lots of components. Each of these components has a precise purpose, and when each component acts as expected, it creates a seamless system that can accomplish intricate tasks.

Eugenio Schuster: Pursuing a global energy goal

It’s hard to believe, but there is actually one initiative that currently unites the world. It’s the quest to build a fusion reactor. The European Union, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, and the United States have all committed funding and scientific resources to build ITER (Latin for “The Way”), the largest fusion reactor in history.

Arindam Banerjee: Designing a more efficient tidal turbine

Imagine a single tidal turbine capable of powering a community of 50 to 70 homes all year long.

That’s the potential of turbines being developed by Verdant Power, which builds marine energy systems that harness power generated from currents. Turbines whose design is currently being refined by researchers at Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.