August 28, 2017

A Low-Cost Method for Solar-Thermal Conversion That’s Simpler and Greener

Researchers have developed a new method for fabricating a highly efficient selective solar absorber that can harness and convert sunlight to heat for use in energy-related applications, from heating water and generating steam to residential heating.
June 7, 2017

Oyster Shells Inspire New Method to Make Superstrong, Flexible Polymers

Columbia Engineering researchers have demonstrated a new technique that takes its inspiration from the nacre of oyster shells — a composite material that has extraordinary mechanical properties, including great strength and resilience.
April 17, 2017

Columbia Engineers Invent Method to Control Light Propagation in Waveguides

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu, has invented a method to control light propagating in confined pathways, or waveguides, with high efficiency by using nano-antennas.
October 13, 2016

A Jack of All Trades: An Interview with Kam Leong

Kam Leong, a versatile biomedical engineer originally trained in chemical engineering, has developed an impressive array of innovative nanotechnologies that have opened up new opportunities in biomedical research and drug delivery.
September 26, 2016

Bringing High-Performance Materials into Sharper Focus

Nanoscientists have a new tool that promises to put long-lasting batteries and super-efficient solar panels within closer reach. Atomic Electron Tomography lets scientists precisely map the coordinates of individual atoms within a nanoparticle, or tiny cluster of a few hundred atoms.