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Researchers develop way to inexpensively create nanodiamonds in lab setting

(Clockwise) Microplasma dissociates ethanol vapor, carbon particles are collected and dispersed in solution, electron microscope image reveals nanosized diamond particles.

Instead of having to use tons of crushing force and volcanic heat to forge diamonds, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a way to cheaply make nanodiamonds on a lab bench at atmospheric pressure and near room temperature.

The nanodiamonds are formed directly from a gas and require no surface to grow on.
 
The discovery holds promise for many uses in technology and industry, such as coating plastics with ultrafine diamond powder and making flexible electronics, implants, drug-delivery devices and more products that take advantage of diamond’s exceptional properties.

University launches academic collaboration with Brazilian education agency

A 2012 trip to Brazil to explore opportunities for a single dual doctoral program has evolved into a far-reaching commitment between the South American country and Case Western Reserve.
 
The partnership calls for qualified Brazilian students to take graduate courses and earn advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines—including engineering, medicine and dental medicine—at this campus, while university faculty and students will be able to pursue research collaborations and other academic projects in Brazil.
 

CWRU researchers establish sleep center

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to establish a national sleep research center with the help of a $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
 
GQ Zhang, division chief of medical informatics and professor of computer science at Case Western Reserve, will serve as the chief architect and principal investigator of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute National Sleep Research Resource Center. He is collaborating with Susan Redline, associate clinical director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and principal investigator of the NSSR grant.
 

Engineering students launch Kickstarter bid for smart shower device

Students from the Case School of Engineering and a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate have developed a device to help people shower smarter—and they’ve launched a Kickstarter fund to raise the money to get it to market.

The team is making headlines with its smart meter—called Sprav—which attaches to the pipe behind showerheads and measures water and energy consumption.
 

CWRU team wins National Cancer Institute grant

Biomedical engineering researchers from the Case School of Engineering have teamed up with the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Case Comprehensive Cancer center to study early tumor detection with the help of a $1.9-million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Provocative Questions funding program.

“We know that the best way to fight cancer is to find tumors when they are small and have not yet left their primary location,” said principal investigator Susann Brady-Kalnay, professor of molecular biology and microbiology. “Our unique approach uses molecular imaging agents that recognize tumors using conventional magnetic resonance (MR) scanners. We envision that this technological advance will allow us to detect very early stage tumors using conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines that currently exist at most major hospitals.”