Meeting the Challenge
Using Phonons for Quantum Computing
Professor Pierre Deymier is building a quantum computer that uses sound instead of quantum particles, potentially paving the way for more powerful computers and advances in artificial intelligence and cryptography.Phonon-based computing has the power to change the world as we know it.
Delivering Novel Sunscreen to the World
Professor Douglas Loy and graduate student Stephanie Tolbert formulated an inexpensive sunscreen containing solid, microscopic particles of ultraviolet-absorbing plastics. With the help of Tech Launch Arizona, the product has been licensed to the world’s leading aloe vera supplier.In addition to being nonhazardous, we made the sunscreens last longer so they wouldn’t have to be reapplied as frequently.
Employing Sound Waves to Destroy Toxic Chemicals
Using sound waves to break down toxic materials to carbon dioxide and water, associate research professor Manish Keswani and his team are helping the U.S. Air Force dispose of stockpiles of dangerous firefighting chemicals.Sonolysis relies on the process of cavitation for its success.
Making Shotcrete from Mine Tailings
Associate professor Krishna Muralidharan worked with mining engineering researchers to create a form of shotcrete from mine tailings for insulating underground metal mines and for possible use in buildings above ground.This is basic science, with potentially widespread practical applications.
Advancing Organic Bioelectronics
Assistant professor Erin Ratcliff’s experiments with organic polymers are boosting prospects for wearable and implantable bioelectronics that blur the boundaries between human and machine.Any time you come up with a fundamental framework for experimentation, it pushes a field forward.