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New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions

An international team of scientists, including Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has developed what may be the first one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions.
The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells, for lightweight thermal coatings and more. The study was published in the online journal Science Advances.

CWRU leads effort to increase diversity in STEM careers

In the last decade, national attention has increasingly focused on improving the path to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers—especially for minority students significantly underrepresented in the STEM workforce and academia.
Specifically, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program is designed to overcome obstacles and increase the number of underrepresented minorities completing STEM doctoral degrees and possibly becoming university professors.
Toward that goal, the NSF has awarded a $3.73 million grant to the Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance (NOA-AGEP) for research directed by Case Western Reserve University and involving the six other alliance-member institutions. The 42-month project, to recruit and guide talented underrepresented minority students through graduate work and research, begins this month.

University celebrates opening of Richey Mixon Building—new home of think[box] innovation hub

Case Western Reserve’s major space for makers is now a reality.
Last week officials, donors and students gathered on the southwest corner of campus to dedicate the Richey Mixon Building, a former storage space since transformed into a place for brainstorming, prototyping, business planning and more.
A full 50,000 square feet when complete, think[box] began nearly three years ago as a pilot effort in a space less than one-tenth as large. Yet during that time the space drew more than 100,000 visits and launched 20 startups—which in turn have attracted $2.5 million in funding.

CWRU team wins 2015 Student Healthcare Technology Prize

A Case Western Reserve University team, led by mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student Yunus Alapan, has won the first prize and $150,000 in the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare, a national and highly selective competition seeking innovations in health care delivery organized by the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.
Their project offers caregivers a novel inexpensive point-of-care device to diagnose sickle-cell disease.

Learn more about acquiring a patent at Intellectual Property Workshop Oct. 10

The Intellectual Property Workshop series, presented by think[box], the IP Venture Clinic and LaunchPad, will continue Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in Nord Hall, Room 410.
During the workshop, titled “What Inventors Need to Know About Patents,” participants will learn how to protect their inventions and how to avoid losing them unintentionally.