• The Advanced Science Research Center’s Photonics Initiative Wins $3.2M Grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    August 14, 2018

    The four-year program will support efforts to model and develop next-gen equipment to mold light and other electromagnetic waves. NEW YORK, August 14, 2018 – Andrea Alù, director of the Photonics Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and Einstein Professor of Physics […]

  • Wetter Soil Is Leading to Reduced Methane Gas Absorption

    August 6, 2018

    The trend could accelerate an increase in atmospheric methane levels and intensify global warming. NEW YORK, August 6, 2018 – Trees, plants and soil play a vital role in absorbing and preventing many of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming from entering the earth’s atmosphere. But a new paper from researchers at the Advanced […]

  • Scientists Uncover the Role of a Protein in the Survival and Generation of the Myelin-Forming Cells in the Brain

    July 19, 2018

    The discovery is a major step toward understanding the mechanisms of myelin production and the potential for treating certain central nervous system diseases NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 — The nervous system is a complex organ that relies on a variety of biological players to ensure daily function of the human body. Myelin—a membrane produced by […]

  • Researchers Discover a Way to Peer Inside Proteins to See How They Are Wired

    July 10, 2018

    The technique could help scientists develop methods for switching on or off specific proteins associated with diabetes and other diseases. NEW YORK, July 10, 2018 – The proteins in our bodies are sophisticated structures that perform specific jobs to keep us functioning and healthy. In many cases, these tiny machines are switched on or off […]

  • Nature Chemistry Cover Features Breakthrough ASRC Nanomaterials Research

    June 26, 2018

    Our bodies are busy places. Neurons fire constantly. Cells glean energy from food, and our immune systems ward off intruders. Each reaction or change is triggered by a biochemical signal. When this intricate communication system breaks down, so can crucial functions — from immunity to mobility. Materials chemists are now working to create synthetic materials […]

  • ASRC Photonics Initiative Director Named a Finalist for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

    May 30, 2018

    Andrea Alù, director of the ASRC Photonics Initiative, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Alù is one of 31 U.S. researchers who will compete for the world’s largest unrestricted prizes for early career scientists. Each year, three Blavatnik National Laureates in the categories of life sciences, […]

  • ASRC Researcher Receives U.S. Navy Award to Advance Evaporation Energy Harvesting

    May 23, 2018

    Xi Chen, an assistant professor with the Nanoscience Initiative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), was awarded a $558,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to explore and develop water-responsive materials for evaporation-energy harvesting techniques that were pioneered by his team at the ASRC and The City College of New York […]

  • High-Sensitivity Microsensors on the Horizon With Design Breakthrough by Researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY

    May 14, 2018

    NEW YORK, May 14, 2018 — Wireless microsensors have enabled new ways to monitor our environment by allowing users to measure spaces previously off limits to research, such as toxic areas, vehicle components, or remote areas in the human body. Researchers, however, have been stymied by limited improvements in the quality of data and sensitivity […]

  • Scientists Create Nanomaterials that Reconfigure in Response to Biochemical Signals

    April 30, 2018

    A newly published paper in Nature Chemistry details how a research team lead by scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative are developing self-assembling electronic nanomaterials that can respond to biochemical signals for potential therapeutic use. NEW YORK, April 30, 2018  — Biological cells have the complex and miraculous ability to reconfigure and […]

  • Myelin Research Comes to the Fore

    April 18, 2018

    Neurons have long taken center stage in neuroscience research. Lately, though, the study of myelin — the specialized membrane that sheaths the axons of some neurons and which makes up nearly 50 percent of brain volume — has been catching up. Recent developments have shown the importance of myelin in healthy behavior and learning and […]