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Dennis Prather

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Engineering faculty published in peer-reviewed journals

Last year, the University of Delaware was listed among the world’s top research universities in a report released by National Taiwan University on the production and impact of scientific papers. UD ranked 141st in engineering among the world’s top 300 universities.

Researchers from the College of Engineering continue to blaze a trail of innovation in emerging technologies, with four faculty members recently publishing articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals.

Dennis Prather, professor, and Michael Hochberg, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have co-authored a commentary titled “Myths and Rumours of Silicon Photonics” in an April issue of Nature Photonics dispelling common misconceptions about silicon photonics. Nature Photonics is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and news related to emerging optical technologies.

Hochberg’s work in developing shared production systems for manufacturing silicon photonics was previously featured in a Nature article titled “Photonic Chips Made Easier.”

Similarly, Thomas H. Epps, III, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Xinqiao Jia, associate professor of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, recently co-authored articles in Soft Matter, a global journal that features interdisciplinary research at the intersection of physics, biology, chemical engineering, materials science and chemistry. 

Epps’ article, titled "A Simple Approach to Characterizing Block Copolymer Assemblies: Graphene Oxide Supports for High Contrast Multi-Technique Imaging," details his research group’s novel approach to capturing high quality images of block copolymer assemblies without using chemical fixing/staining techniques typically necessary in this type of research. First published Jan. 12, the article was featured on the cover of Soft Matter, was highlighted in the journal Materials Today in February and was identified by Soft Matter as a “hot article” in April.

Jia’s article, co-authored with UD research assistant Xian Xu, was also designated a “hot article” in April. Titled “Hyaluronic Acid-Based Hydrogels: from a Natural Polysaccharide to Complex Networks,” the paper highlights the Jia group’s recent efforts in converting naturally occurring polysaccharide to drug releasing hydrogel particles and macroscopic networks, promising materials for tissue repair and regeneration.

Article by Karen B. Roberts

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