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Research
A blue textured sheet with balls and DNA string above it. 
 
 
Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, Illinois News Bureau

Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling of graphene was found to make it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA through creation of electrical “hot spots,” researchers at Holonyak Lab found. Read more

 
 
 
An artist's rendering of a semiconductor. 
 
 
Ryann Monahan, ECE

A Holonyak Lab research team is putting compound semiconductor research in the fast lane, setting the stage for significant strides in an industry that has wide-reaching impact on modern technologies. Read more

 
 
 
Experimental visualization of individual nanowires and their and fabrication imperfections. 
 
 
Illinois ECE

New research led by Holonyak Lab faculty is advancing the field of optical microscopy, giving it a critical new tool to solve challenging problems across many fields of science and engineering. Read more

 
 
 
Dye showing different types of human tissue. 
 
 
Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, Illinois News Bureau

By adding infrared capability to the standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era. Read more

 
 
 
Wenjuan Zhu 
 
 
Allie Arp, CSL

Many industries call for electronics that can operate reliably at extremely high temperatures. Holonyak Lab's Wenjuan Zhu hopes to develop gate dielectrics that can withstand temperatures above 500°C (932°F). Read more

 
 
 
The structure of a quantum dot. 
 
 
Susan McKenna, Bioengineering

A Holonyak Lab research team has developed a new form of quantum dots with short-wave infrared emission for imaging of single molecules in cells and tissues. Read more

 
 
 
Shaloo Rakheja 
 
 
Jenny Applequist, CSL

When new materials are discovered, how do people figure out what they’re good for, and how to use them most effectively? Holonyak Lab faculty member Shaloo Rakheja is pursuing a rich portfolio of efforts to model the physics and functionality of nanoscale devices that leverage new materials. Read more

 
 
 
Brian Cunningham 
 
 
Allie Arp, CSL

Over the last decade, the Holonyak Lab and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) have partnered together to use computational bioinformatics, biosensing instruments, and biochemistry to develop new ways to diagnose cancer. Read more

 
 
 
COVID-19 research
 Holonyak Lab building
 
 
Allie Arp, CSL

Three Holonyak Lab faculty members have received NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program grants, all of which aim to shorten the amount of time it takes to process a COVID-19 test. Read more

 
 
 
 Part of the ventilator.
 

A team led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health has produced a prototype emergency ventilator to help address the expected surge in the need for respiratory care associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 
 
 
 Cell phone cartridge
 

Holonyak Lab researchers are leading a project that could test for viral and bacterial pathogens in 30 minutes with a smartphone accessory. It was covered by the News Bureau and the Illinois Newsroom.

 
 
 
 Brian Li
 

As part of an ECE 443 final research project, Holonyak Lab graduate student Brian D. Li proposed an effective and sustainable system for disinfecting and reusing N95 masks in Haiti. Read more

 
 
 
 An image of the earth.
 
 
Joseph Park, ECE

Every spring, the ECE 443 LEDs and Solar Cells course asks students to apply what they have learned all semester to the development of a final project that addresses a grand societal challenge. This semester, the final exam was replaced with a final project to find photonic engineering solutions to real-life challenges, including the fight against COVID-19. Read more

 
 
 
Awards and Recognition

Here are some of the highlights of the many awards and honors that Holonyak Lab faculty and students have received since the last newsletter.

 
 
 
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