University of Delaware researchers switched the innovation engine into full throttle in 2017, producing discoveries and inventions, winning major grants, inking new partnerships and preparing graduate and undergraduate students for a future of exploration. Here, we spotlight just a few of the year’s big moments.
UD, ARGONNE SIGN PACT
A new partnership between the University of Delaware and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will enhance the ability of these powerhouses to work together on any number of areas, with the focus on materials science to start.
Researchers met at UD in October to discuss opportunities ranging from potential materials for use in quantum computation, to novel catalysts for converting greenhouse gases into commodity chemicals. Joint projects begin this year.
Argonne National Laboratory Director Paul Kearns (left) and UD President Dennis Assanis shake hands on a new partnership.
Powerful Partners in Veteran Care
Designated a “military friendly” school, UD has collaborated on research with the Department of Defense and military for years. A new agreement signed in June 2017 with the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center aims to enhance veteran care.
“Working with the VA, we will advance innovative medical research, improve patient care and prepare the next generation of health experts to care for our veterans,” UD President Dennis Assanis said.
“To have the prowess of this University side by side with us—faculty and staff providers at VA putting our veterans first—not only here and now but also looking at research opportunities to improve what we do, is extremely exciting,” said Wilmington VA Director Vincent Kane.
U.S. veteran Brandon Bristor, graduate student in urban affairs and public policy, honors the fallen.
632,000sq. ft. of new office, lab and collaboration space is under construction at UD’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, including STAR Tower (shown here), the Biopharmaceutical Innovation Building and Chemours Discovery Hub, creating approximately 1,300 construction jobs. The new Newark Regional Transportation Center will drive further development.
New Business Incubator
Delaware Innovation Space Inc.—a new incubator for growing science-based business—has been established through a partnership of UD, the state and DuPont. Located at DuPont’s Experimental Station in Wilmington, it offers entrepreneurs lab and office space.
Learn more at research.udel.edu
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