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Crystals

Johns Hopkins engineers develop tool to quickly calculate crystal properties

April 15, 2016

Look closely enough and you’ll find crystals in a number of technologies and devices, including batteries, medical implants, and semiconductors. Understanding the properties of crystalline materials is vital to continued advancement, but often the amount of time and money needed to analyze these properties can have a negative impact on new developments.

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Mechanism of FGFR3 activation (Source: Nature Communications)

A New Twist on Receptor Signaling

January 4, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a direct, significant correlation between structure and activation for FGF receptors in response to FGF ligands. Their findings have been reported in the January 2016 issue of Nature Communications.

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An n-type pyromellitic diimide polymer composite with in situ microstructure growth of the common element compound SnCl2 reaches the highest purely n-type polymer composite power factor yet reported.

Enhancing Polymer Thermoelectric Efficiency

May 29, 2015

Johns Hopkins University engineers have demonstrated a record increase in efficiency for an n-type polymer semiconductor through the combination of a new polymer electron-transporting semiconductor and a solid additive.

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Andrew Wong, left, a materials science and engineering doctoral student, developed the metastasis research device with his faculty adviser, Peter Searson.
IMAGE: WILL KIRK / HOMEWOODPHOTO.JHU.EDU

Viewing Cancer on the Move

October 31, 2014

Johns Hopkins engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body, causing more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths

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