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Program Highlights

Quantum anomalous Hall effect in atomically-thin semiconductor layers

Analogous to a superconductor, the quantum anomalous Hall effect can transport electrons in a sample without dissipating any energy.

Robotic Pixel Assembly of Atomically-Thin Materials

As new methods are established to synthesize atomically-thin quantum materials, it becomes necessary to develop a technique to take those materials and assemble them into complex structures.

Bioinspired 3D-Printed Hydrogel Actuators that Perspire

The role of robots is increasing in our daily lives, requiring robots to work continuously for long periods, requiring high energy output. These machines are prone to high heat dissipation due to friction and actuation, especially in DC motors and thermally controlled actuators. A Cornell team investigated whether robots can regulate body temperature by sweating, just as humans do.

Partnerships for Commercializing New Technologies

Faculty at Cornell have combined detector-building experience with electron microscopy expertise to develop the Electron Microscope Pixel Array Detector, or EMPAD. Partnering with a leading scientific instrument manufacturer, this technology is now available as an option on new electron microscopes from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Tiny Robots with Giant Potential (TED Talk)

Take a trip down the microworld as roboticists Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin explain how they design and mass-produce microrobots the size of a single cell, powered by atomically thin legs -- and show how these machines could one day be "piloted" to battle crop diseases or study your brain at the level of individual neurons.

Breakthrough in materials for actuators paves way to electronically integrated microscopic robots

Fifty years of Moore’s Law scaling in microelectronics have brought remarkable opportunities for the rapidly-evolving field of microscopic robotics. Electronic, magnetic, and optical systems now offer an unprecedented combination of complexity, small size, and low cost, and could readily be appropriated to form the intelligent core of microscopic robots.

High-conductivity 2D holes induced by polarization discontinuity in GaN/AlN

When an electrically-insulating material is grown on top of another insulator, the interface between the two insulators can be populated by mobile electrons. This has been achieved in interfaces that have a polarization discontinuity, such as AlGaN/GaN and LaAlO3/SrTiO3.

Biomimetic design of 3D-printed cartilege

Cornell researchers employ advanced 3D printing technologies, along with bio-inspired design principles and multiscale predictive modeling to optimize the chemo-mechanical properties of bioprinted artificial cartilage.

Maximizing the spin Hall effect by tuning crystal structure

Cornell scientists have found that thin films of SrRuO3, when optimally produced, have an exceptionally high spin Hall ratio. This is directly correlated with the degree that octahedral RuO6 subunits in the crystal are tilted away from a flat in-plane orientation.

Teaching and Inspiring Students in Puerto Rico

Graduate student Omar Padilla Velez, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, gathered a team of Cornell scientists working in fields from Chemistry to Physics, to bring science to students from middle to undergraduate schools in Puerto Rico.