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CBES: Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science

2018 News

Three CBES investigators land on highly cited researchers list

November 27, 2018
CBES investigators Samuel Stupp, John Rogers and Chad Mirkin were named to the Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List by Clarivate Analytics, which compiled the list by identifying researchers with multiple papers ranking in the top 1 percent of citations for their field and year. 

CBES research highlighted in EFRC newsletter

November 20, 2018
Senior investigator George Schatz was featured in the Energy Frontier Research Center's Fall 2018 newsletter discussing CBES research. The article details how the work CBES is conducting looks to natural biological processes in nature to improve current manmade systems and devices.

Stupp, Luijten publish new paper in Science

November 16, 2018
CBES investigators Samuel Stupp and Erik Luijten published a new paper in Science magazine, “Reversible Self-Assembly of Superstructured Networks." Stupp's laboratory created bio-inspired, dynamic materials for the project, and Liujten's group performed simulations which suggested chemically reversible structures in the materials can only occur within a limited range of supramolecular cohesive energies.

Danna Freedman to receive ACS Award in Pure Chemistry

September 17, 2018
Danna Freedman has earned the 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry "for the design of qubits at the molecular level, opening new opportunities in quantum computing and information processing." The CBES investigator will officially receive the award April 2, 2019, at the ACS national meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Department of Energy awards CBES $12M in renewal funding

July 10, 2018
The Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES) received $12 million in renewal funding for a four-year term through the Department of Energy's national Energy Frontier Research Centers program. CBES is one of 42 programs collectively awarded $100 million to accelerate scientific understanding in energy-relevant fields.

New paper details how to fabricate optically active structures

January 18, 2018

Northwestern University researchers, including CBES senior investigator Chad Mirkin, have developed a first-of-its-kind technique for creating entirely new classes of optical materials and devices that could lead to light bending and cloaking devices.

Using DNA as a key tool, the interdisciplinary team took gold nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes and arranged them in two and three dimensions to form optically active superlattices. Structures with specific configurations could be programmed through choice of particle type and both DNA-pattern and sequence to exhibit almost any color across the visible spectrum.