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David vs. Goliath: Nanoparticles could be the best bet to battle superbugs

Monday January 22, 2018

Superbugs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are increasingly common as they mutate to bypass the large volume of antibiotics taken by people and administered to livestock. Thompson Mefford, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Clemson, is working with colleagues to use energy, not drugs, to kill bacteria. Nanoparticles can be designed to target specific cells […]


Clemson faculty members receive grants for technology development

Wednesday October 25, 2017

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) has announced eight researchers will receive fiscal year 2018 Technology Maturation Fund grants to support the last critical step in development needed to move new technologies to the marketplace.


Researchers get $1 million to study materials involved in nuclear energy

Wednesday September 27, 2017

The enduring importance of nuclear energy in South Carolina is underscored by two new grants that together total more than $1 million and bring Clemson University’s five-year tally to $3.9 million under a federal program that supports university research in the field.


New program will grow advanced materials education, research, economy statewide

Tuesday September 19, 2017

South Carolina’s position as a national leader in advanced materials just got a giant boost. A team of researchers from 10 universities across the state has received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to establish a new initiative: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina, or MADE in SC.


Marek Urban wins same award as seven Nobel laureates

Thursday June 01, 2017

A Clemson University professor is receiving an award that has also gone to seven Nobel Prize winners since 1973 and recognizes his cutting-edge work in polymers. Marek Urban, the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor, received the Chemical Pioneers Award from the American Institute of Chemists. The institute credits Urban with adding antibiotics to […]


Laser weapons could go from big screen to battlefield with engineers’ help

Tuesday May 30, 2017

The rebels and the empire used laser cannons to shoot it out on the big screen in “Star Wars,” but the weapons could soon move to the real battlefield with the help of two Clemson University engineers who are receiving a combined $3.2 million from the Department of Defense.


Ballato receives $1.8 million for laser research

Thursday May 25, 2017

John Ballato of Clemson University said that making an optical fiber-based laser is equivalent to funneling a million laser pointers into an optical fiber the thickness of a hair. “As the intensity of the light gets brighter in that fiber, the glass begins to say ‘uncle,’” Ballato said. “It’s not a surprise the materials are […]

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