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Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices

Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team.

Associate director named for Penn State Center for Biodevices

The Penn State Center for Biodevices has a new associate director who will further cement its cross-disciplinary goals: Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, with courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices

Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received seed grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in advancing biodevices.

Skin and bones repaired by bioprinting during surgery

Fixing traumatic injuries to the skin and bones of the face and skull is difficult because of the many layers of different types of tissues involved, but now, researchers have repaired such defects in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery, and their work may lead to faster and better methods of healing skin and bones.

Cranial Devices Inc. wins $75,000 in virtual tech tournament

Invent Penn State’s 2021 virtual Tech Tournament showcased eight of Penn State’s most disruptive innovations and early-stage startups born out of the University's research enterprise.

Stretching the boundaries of medical tech with wearable antennas

Researchers from Penn State led two international collaborations to prototype a wireless, wearable transmitter while also improving the transmitter design process.

Center for Biodevices sponsors six 2021 capstone design projects

The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory will launch its spring 2021 project showcase on April 30, highlighting research collaborative research projects across disciplines.

University-wide COVID-19 response initiative marks a year of solutions, impact

One year ago, as physicians and administrators at Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared for the impact of COVID-19, a consortium of Penn State researchers joined together to make a positive impact.

MASC: The Power of Teamwork

In early March 2020, as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. jumped into the tens of thousands, an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers mobilized to address critical shortages of masks, ventilators, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) available to healthcare workers.
(This article appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Research/Penn State magazine.)

Engineering science and mechanics professor named 2021 Scialog Fellow

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named a 2021 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry

The Center for Biodevices in the College of Engineering at Penn State hosted its second annual FacultyXchange on Feb. 10. More than 165 researchers and clinicians attended the virtual event.

Wearable sensor monitors health, administers drugs using saliva and tears

A new kind of wearable health device would deliver real-time medical data to those with eye or mouth diseases, according to Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Engineering students draw inspiration from art to test COVID-19 biodevice

As a discipline, engineering often challenges students to fuse technical skills with creative design. During the fall semester, a Penn State College of Engineering senior capstone design group took this notion one step further through a collaboration with Bonnie Collura, professor of art and sculpture in the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Stretchable micro-supercapacitors to self-power wearable devices

A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers, led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

A virtual Materials Day maintains a spirit of engagement while social distancing

When Materials Day 2020 was in the planning stages back in 2019, none of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) faculty and staff involved in developing Penn State’s marquee materials science and engineering event had any thoughts about doing any part of it virtually — until a pandemic hit.

‘Smart Wrap’ implant may help people better control their bladders

An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers.

Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions — and then safely biodegrade

Sensors that monitor a patient’s condition during and after medical procedures can be expensive, uncomfortable and even dangerous. Now, an international team of researchers has designed a highly sensitive flexible gas sensor that can be implanted in the body — and, after it’s no longer needed, safely biodegrade into materials that are absorbed by the body.

Engineering professor receives Frontiers of Materials award

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently selected to receive the 2021 Frontiers of Materials Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

New bacterial testing method to improve health care, food safety and more

Detecting viable bacteria is important for various fields, from food safety to medical diagnosis. The existing techniques to conduct antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) — testing that, for example, allows health care providers to prescribe the correct dose of antibiotics for a particular infection — are slow, require skilled personnel or utilize bulky and expensive instruments.

Two-hour sepsis test in development at Penn State

One in three people who die in U.S. hospitals have sepsis, the body’s extreme response to infection that can lead to multiple organ failure. Diagnosis can take up to five days, but death may take only hours from the initial onset of sepsis.

Faster medical testing possible through graduate student's NSF-funded internship

To potentially make medical testing faster and more efficient, Denise Widdowson, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has earned a spot in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program.

Modeling safer, more effective cardio implant devices

A Penn State researcher has received a $459,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a computer model that could lead to safer implantable cardiovascular devices.

Novel bioresorbable, tissue-healing surgical device approved by FDA

A new surgical tendon fixation system that not only re-attaches damaged tissues but also facilitates healing as it is absorbed by the body has been granted 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, indicating that the device is “as safe and effective” as other legally marketed devices and is ready to go to market.

Gel instrumental in 3D bioprinting biological tissues

The eventual creation of replacement biological parts requires fully three-dimensional capabilities that two-dimensional and three-dimensional thin-film bioprinting cannot supply. Now, using a yield stress gel, Penn State engineers can place tiny aggregates of cells exactly where they want to build the complex shapes that will be necessary to replace bone, cartilage and other tissues.

Researchers explore at-home testing method of viral loads for HIV patients

Development of a new method to monitor the effectiveness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment at home instead of in hospitals is underway by Penn State researchers.

Inexpensive and rapid testing of drugs for resistant infections possible

A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and validated by a team of Penn State researchers.

Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin without heat

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat.

Self-powered biosensors may open up new paths to medical tracking, treatments

Wearable and implantable devices are currently used for a variety of functions, including health tracking and monitoring. However, supplying energy usually requires cumbersome batteries and downtime due to recharging.

First Outcomes Day to connect, educate researchers on biodevices

The Penn State Center for Biodevices, led by the College of Engineering, will hold its first Outcomes Day on Sept. 24.

An improved wearable, stretchable gas sensor using nanocomposites

A stretchable, wearable gas sensor for environmental sensing has been developed and tested by researchers at Penn State, Northeastern University and five universities in China.

Engineer developing out-of-this-world solutions for COVID-19 challenges

Xin Ning, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering, specializes in developing materials for use in space. He has now received a National Science Foundation grant to apply his research a little closer to home, with a stretchable sensor and foldable field hospital that could aid in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living materials webinar partners Penn State, University of Freiburg researchers

More than 100 registered participants met July 22-23 for a virtual webinar organized by the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC 2).

Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2D materials

A supersensitive dopamine detector can help in the early diagnosis of several disorders that result in too much or too little dopamine, according to a group led by Penn State and including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and universities in China and Japan.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development

Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Simple device monitors health using sweat

A device that monitors health conditions in the body using a person’s sweat has been developed by Penn State and Xiangtan University researchers, according to Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19.

Trio of female mechanical engineering professors to lead new research centers

Three professors from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been selected as the directors of newly announced research centers at the University, where they will continue to make tangible impacts in research and grow the representation of women in STEM leadership.

Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering

Novel endoscopy tool opens new doors for pancreatic cancer treatment

A significantly more effective, minimally invasive treatment for pancreatic tumors may be on the horizon, thanks to a new endoscopy tool created in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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