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UC San Diego Part of DOE's First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center

2/15/19

UC San Diego Part of DOE's First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center

UC San Diego is a collaborator in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) first lithium-ion battery recycling research and development (R&D) initiative, called the ReCell Center, which was launched today. Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego and faculty member of the university’s Sustainable Power and Energy Center, is working on a recycling process to restore used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries so they can be used to build new batteries.
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How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

2/12/19

How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

By examining how mammary cells respond in a stiffness-changing hydrogel, researchers discovered that several pathways work together to signal breast cells to turn cancerous. The work could inspire new approaches to treating patients and inhibiting tumor growth.
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A bioengineered factory for T-cells

2/11/19

A bioengineered factory for T-cells

Researchers have developed an injectable sponge-like gel that enhances the production of T-cells after a bone marrow transplant, increasing the quantity and diversity of these key components of the immune system. This bioengineered device can be injected under the skin at the same time of the transplant to help revive the immune system after bone marrow transplantation. 
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Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

2/8/19

Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

UC San Diego nanoengineering researchers have developed oral vaccines powered by micromotors that target the mucus layer of the intestine. 
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X-rays reveal why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

2/7/19

X-rays reveal why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

New findings about perovskites could pave the way to developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using high-intensity X-ray mapping, researchers explain why adding small amounts of cesium and rubidium salt improves the performance of perovskite solar cells. 
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Lifesaving App

2/7/19

Lifesaving App

Undergraduate students on the Cruz Roja Global Ties team designed and built a mobile app to make ambulance dispatch in Tijuana easier, faster and more efficient. 
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