Maria Chistiakova, a chemical engineering Ph.D. student in the Armani Lab, is developing new tools to study the interactions between gases and surfaces. One potential application could be the development of a selective filter for carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. In her work, she demonstrated that carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide have very different adhesion to carbon nanotubes. While this behavior had been previously shown under vacuum, her device was able to detect this behavior under normal—or real-world—conditions. The ability to perform this measurement under everyday conditions could have wide-ranging implications.
Find out more about Assistant Professor Megan McCain, recognized as a global innovator in this year’s MIT TR35. Her work is about personalized medicine and “organs on chips.”
“(With organs-on-chip) you can fail fast and fail cheap,” said McCain. “If something’s going to interact poorly in the human heart, you want to be able catch it early.”
Find out more about Assistant Professor Maryam Shanechi, recognized as a global innovator in this year’s MIT TR35. Her work is about brain-machine interfaces!
“I realized that I could use the same engineering principles to decode a brain signal instead of a wireless signal, to understand the brain and treat its disorders, and to directly impact the lives of millions of patients. That’s what motivates me and gets me really excited.”
"Most roofs, historically, have been dark. They absorb sunlight, then transfer heat into the building and into the atmosphere. A very simple solution to that is to design roofs to reflect sunlight rather than absorb it."
After losing her vision for 30 years, Lisa Kulik finds hope in the Argus II, the world’s first commercially available device to restore sight to the blind, co-invented and co-developed over a period of 25 years by Professor Mark Humayun, a USC ophthalmologist and biomedical engineer. You can read all about it in this fall’s USC Viterbi Magazine! #viterbimag #uscviterbi #engineering