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Prof. Erik Henriksen

Two Dimensional: Not a negative thing

April 12, 2019

When one looks at the world around us, we usually see three dimensions of space. That is, things have length, breadth and width. In the world of mathematics, we may have abstractions of fewer dimension, like a point, line or surface, but it is...


Opioid epidemic, drug abuse and overdose concept with scattered prescription opioids spilling from orange bottle with copy space. Hydrocodone is the generic name for a range of opiate painkillers

Engineering treatments for the opioid epidemic

March 25, 2019

A biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is developing a therapeutic option that would prevent the opiates from crossing the blood-brain barrier, preventing the high abusers seek.




Prof. Erik Henriksen

Studying the small to understand the big

February 8, 2019

Physicists in Arts & Sciences are unraveling the nature of elusive “two-dimensional” materials with an eye toward harnessing them for society’s benefit.


Prof. Biswas

Biswas elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 8, 2019

Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the field of...



Using atomic-resolution electron microscopy, Arashdeep Singh Thind, a graduate student in Rohan Mishra's lab, studied grain boundaries in crystals (see arrows).

When a defect might be beneficial

January 14, 2019

In the quest to design more efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), a team of engineers has analyzed different types of defects in the semiconductor material that enables such devices to determine if and how they affect performance.



Kenneth Kelton studies materials science, in particular the transition of glass.

Materials through the ages

September 28, 2018

The development of materials has always gone hand-in-hand with advances in technology. Metals and glasses have been the dominant materials over the ages; plastics and semiconductors have taken on significant roles in the relatively recent past. Over...