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Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

plateletsCase Western Reserve University researchers have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood.
Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches.
Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions.

Chemical engineering students take research from class project to peer-reviewed publication

Light bulb symbolizing bright ideaMost class projects end with a final grade. But a team of chemical engineering students took their capstone project a step further.
Undergraduate students Karun Kumar Rao, Molly Ferguson, Kyle Murphy and Jean Zhao spent the spring semester working on a project for Sherwin Williams: developing a method to characterize the degree of coalescence of resin films.

Engineering PhD student honored with two prestigious awards

Mustafa UnalThe Coblentz Society recently honored Mustafa Unal, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with two awards.
He received both the Coblentz Student Award and William G. Fateley Student Award. The Coblentz Student Award is given annually to four outstanding students around the world who have shown excellence in vibrational spectroscopy research. Then, from the pool of winners of the Coblentz Student Award, the recipient of the William G. Fateley Student Award is selected by mutual agreement of the Student Affairs Committee of the Coblentz Society and the Fateley donor group.

Unraveling how a brain works, block by high-tech block

High-tech blocks used to test cognitionPsychologists have long used building blocks to assess cognitive skills. But researchers at Case Western Reserve University are embedding the blocks with technology that may provide a clearer view of problems a child or adult may suffer due to developmental disabilities, brain trauma or dementia.
In testing college-age adults, blocks with sensors inside detected hyperactivity and revealed the problem-solving strategies used by each subject. The sensors also detected performance accuracy and the time each user took to complete given tasks.

Dry adhesive holds in extreme cold, strengthens in extreme heat

Dry adhesiveResearchers from Case Western Reserve University, Dayton Air Force Research Laboratory and China have developed a new dry adhesive that bonds in extreme temperatures—a quality that could make the product ideal for space exploration and beyond.
The gecko-inspired adhesive loses no traction in temperatures as cold as liquid nitrogen or as hot as molten silver, and actually gets stickier as heat increases, the researchers report.