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Fueling Innovation
Read the latest stories about how the University of Illinois System is fueling innovation at home in Illinois and beyond.

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  • virtual reality gas pump

    VR to help prepare for life after prison

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison meet certain challenges, such as learning to pay at the pump for gas. More...

  • schematic drawing of boron nitride cell

    Advanced microscopy technique

    A new microscopy technique developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago allows researchers to visualize liquids at the nanoscale level — about 10 times more resolution than with traditional transmission electron microscopy — for the first time. More...

  • Aadeel Akhtar

    Prosthetic arms provide sensory feedback

    Aadeel Akhtar, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Illinois, developed a control algorithm to give prosthetic arm users reliable sensory feedback. More...

  • Miranda Mogle

    Good News Now

    While attending the University of Illinois at Springfield, Miranda Mogle came up with the concept for a new computer application called Good News Now, a news content aggregator that screens out unpleasant news stories providing consumers with only positive news. More...

  • Robert Klie, Mohammad Asadi, Amin Salehi-Khojin and Fatemeh Khalili.

    True lithium-air battery

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles. More...

  • Viktor Gruev in scuba suit

    Shrimp-inspired camera

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev led a study demonstrating underwater global positioning made possible by a bio-inspired camera that mimics the eyes of a mantis shrimp. More...

  • Innovate springfield building

    Innovate Springfield hub

    Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois at Springfield under an agreement aimed at expanding economic growth, entrepreneurship opportunities and social progress in the capital city. More...

  • A/C unit

    Hybrid air-conditioning system

    NETenergy, a clean tech startup company based on technology developed and licensed by UIC, will commercialize its unique hybrid, super-efficient air-conditioning system with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. More...

  • researchers

    Turning water into fuel

    A team of chemical and biomolecular engineering researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new material that helps split water molecules for hydrogen fuel production. More...

  • researchers on SENSEI Panama Project

    Deep Learning & Visualization

    UIC has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a state-of-the-art computing platform that will enable faculty and students to apply more sophisticated models to large-scale problems. More...

  • virtual cave

    Virtual Archaeology

    A team at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is designing Virtual Archaeology, a classroom and laboratory course that will allow students to experience an archaeology field dig without leaving campus. More...

  • White and Zhao

    Drug catalyst developed

    A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign team of researchers has developed a new manganese-based catalyst that can change the structure of druglike molecules to make new drugs, advancing the pace and efficiency of drug development. More...

  • tunnelbot rendering

    Tunnelbot on Juipiter's moon

    Researchers at the Unviersity of Illinois at Chicago, part of a NASA team of scientists, presented a nuclear-powered tunnelbot solution to drill below the icy surface of Europa, Jupiter's moon, for possible evidence of life. More...

  • Guironnet and Walsh in lab

    Control of soft-molecule synthesis

    By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials.  More...

  • 2D diagram

    Lithium-air batteries

    Lithium-air batteries, according to UIC researchers, could be even more efficient and provide more charge with the incorporation of advanced catalysts made from two-dimensional materials. More...

  • graphic

    Potential new cystic fibrosis treatment

    An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale. More...

  • physicians

    Robotic pancreas transplant offers hope

    Surgeons at UI Health have demonstrated that obese patients with Type 1 diabetes can safely receive a pancreas transplant when the surgery is performed robotically. More...

  • Engineering building

    New UIC Engineering Innovation Building

    UIC's new 57,500-square-foot building will add depth and breadth to the university’s expanding engineering footprint. It will house engineers investigating phenomena on a scale from the very large to the exceedingly small. More...

  • images of iron atoms

    Imaging of exotic quantum particles

    Researchers at UIC, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Hamburg, have imaged an exotic quantum particle that can be used as a building block for future qubits and eventually the realization of quantum computers. More...

  • Lavanya Marla

    Using AI to improve airline pricing

    Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line. More...

  • Ying Diao, Kyung Sun Park, Justin Kwok

    Printing flattens polymers, improves conductivity

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. More...

  • rendering of hydrogel carrier

    Hich-tech gel aids delivery of drugs

    Eben Alsberg, UIC, and colleagues report on a hydrogel-based carrier that can deliver small interfering RNA molucules directly to where they are needed. More...

  • research team

    New technique to de-ice surfaces in seconds

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign collaborated with Kyushu University researchers to develop a system that can de-ice surfaces in seconds. More...

  • Jack Albright and Patricia Gregg

    New volcanic eruption forecasting technique

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign geologists are part of a team that has developed new computer models to help researchers better forecast volcanic eruptions. More...

  • Simulation lab

    UIC opens three new health care simulation centers

    This fall, UIC celebrates the opening of three health care simulation centers, run individually by the university’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy. More...

  • artist rendering of biobot

    New generation of biobots developed

    Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light – bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots. More...

  • Amin Salehi-Khojin

    Fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to show that lithium-carbon dioxide batteries can be designed to operate in a fully rechargeable manner. More...

  • Sandeep Jain

    Antibody-based drops show promise for treating dry eye disease

    Researchers at UIC found that patients with dry eye disease experienced reduced signs and symptoms of the condition in response to a new eye drop treatment that targets ACPAs. More...

  • Joao Ramos and his robot, Little Hermes

    Human reflexes keep two-legged robot upright

    Urbana mechanical science and engineering professor João Ramos developed a human-operated robot which relies on human reflexes to remain upright during locomotion. More...

  • Elephants

    Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

    A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to help authorities quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally poached. More...

  • Natlie Kerr presenting research

    UIS senior breaking the wall of nutrient pollution

    A UIS senior chemistry student was named "Young Innovator of the Year" at the Illinois Falling Walls Lab competition and presented her work at the international competition. More...

  • research team at Urbana-Champaign

    Dozens of potential new antibiotics discovered with free online app

    A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign team developed a web app that can identify drug compounds that will accumulate in Gram-negative bacteria. More...

  • Springfield skyline

    Gov. Pritzker announces funding for UIS Innovation Center

    The UIS Innovation Center will receive $15 million in state funds as part of the $500 million appropriation for the Illinois Innovation Network and the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Cobalt atoms on a copper surface leading to pattern

    Manipulating atoms to make better superconductors

    A new study by UIC researchers shows that it is possible to manipulate individual atoms so that they begin working in a collective pattern that has the potential to become superconducting at higher temperatures. More...

  • NSF awards UIC $1.5M for new data science institute

    A multidisciplinary team of University of Illinois at Chicago researchers received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to form a new data science institute. More...

  • Chemistry team and projection of the computational model

    Computational human cell reveals new insight

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed the most complete computational model of a human cell to date. More...

  • New 3D inductor technology expands microchip capability

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engineers introduce a micrhochip inductor capable of tens of millitesla-level magnetic induction in a new study. More...

  • graphic depiction of graphenic blanket covering circuit

    UIC chemical engineers get 'muddy' to develop renewable fuel cell

    University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Vikas Berry and his colleagues built a fuel cell from electrogenic microbes covered in extremely thin graphene sheets.

  • National Nuclear Security Administration logo

    $8M to UIC to lead DOE materials research center

    The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded $8 million over four years to UIC to lead a multisite, interdisciplinary center focused on research, training and technique development in the study of materials in extreme conditions.

  • biobot

    Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed tiny walking “spinobots,” powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft, 3D-printed hydrogel skeleton. 

  • Antoinette Burton, leader of IPRH

    Humanities research program elevated to institute status

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been formally recognized for its leading role in fostering humanities research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an elevation to institute status.

  • Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Diwakar Shukla

    Eight projects awarded funding for AI research to mitigate COVID-19

    Eight University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign projects are among 26 to receive the first Digital Transformation Institute awards for artificial intelligence techniques to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • researchers working in the lab

    New antiplatelet drug shows promise for treating heart attack

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago have developed a new drug that prevents blood clots without causing an increased risk of bleeding, a common side effect of all antiplatelet medications currently available.

  • four campuses: UIUC, UIC, U of Chicago, and Northwestern

    UIUC, UIC part of new $15.5M mathematical institute

    NSF has awarded $15.5 million to four universities in Illinois to create an institute to bring powerful mathematical ideas to bear on key contemporary scientific and technological challenges.

  • Debra Tonetti and Gregory Thatcher, developers of the drug

    Phase 1 human trials suggest UIC-developed breast cancer drug is safe, effective

    A new type of breast cancer drug developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago can help halt progression of disease and is not toxic, according to phase 1 clinical trials. 

  • testing device prototype

    Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly.

  • ventilator prototype

    Urbana researchers develop emergency ventilator prototype

    A team led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering produced a prototype emergency ventilator in just 12 days.

  • ribbon cutting in surgical lab

    UIC opens $8.8 million Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory

    Operating robotic scissors, University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis snipped a ribbon to officially open the University of Illinois College of Medicine Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory, on Sept. 15. 

  • Urbana engineering campus

    U of I to lead two of seven new national artificial intelligence institutes

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will host two new artificial intelligence institutes funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

  • woman working in lab

    DPI and UIC leading IDPH initiative to monitor wastewater for COVID-19

    The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Discovery Partners Institute today announced a statewide system to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater, providing public health officials with early warnings of a potential outbreak on a county-by-county basis.