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November 30, 2017

The University of California announced today (Nov. 30) that a $22 million investment from the State of California to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship across the UC system has supported more than 500 new startups and existing companies, helped launch at least 47 new products and enabled companies to attract $3.7 million in additional investments.

 

November 28, 2017

Continuing the evolution of biodegradable bioplastics, Megan Valentine and her research group created a plastic with the same properties as mussels by mimicking the chemistry the mussels use.

November 15, 2017

In a paper that appears in the journal Nature, Chris Palmstrøm, a UCSB professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials, and colleagues describe a method by which “hashtag”– shaped nanowires may be coaxed to generate Majorana quasiparticles. These quasiparticles are exotic states that if realized, can be used to encode information with very little risk of decoherence — one of quantum computing’s biggest challenges — and thus, little need for quantum error correction.

November 05, 2017

In a study that appears in the journal Nature, physicist Andrea Young, his graduate student Sasha Zibrov and their colleagues have taken a leap toward finding conclusive evidence for non-Abelian anyons. Using graphene, an atomically thin material derived from graphite (a form of carbon), they developed an extremely low-defect, highly tunable device in which non-Abelian anyons should be much more accessible.

September 18, 2017

Drum roll, please... Milo Sensors has been awarded a $223,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism!

The SBIR Grant was awarded based on the peer-reviewed evaluation of criteria such as scientific merit, significance in the field, innovation, team, and research approach.

SoCal Micro & Nanofluidics Symposium
August 21, 2017

The 4th annual SoCal Micro & Nanofluidics Symposium will be held at the University of California Santa Barbara this Thursday and Friday, August 24-25, 2017. The symposium brings together students and faculty from across the University of California system.

August 09, 2017

UCSB Assistant Professor Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz and Marco Carminati, a microelectronics and sensors expert from the Politecnico di Milano, developed Conduino, an affordable and high-resolution multichannel water conductivity sensor using micro USB connectors.  The researchers' cost-saving alternative to an expensive conductivity probe improves on design, offers teaching and learning opportunities. 

June 06, 2017

As reported May 26, 2017 in Nature Microbiology, a team led by researchers at UCSB led by Professor Michelle O'Malley has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes capable of degrading plant biomass. This study identifies the proteins critical to fungal cellulosome assembly, characterizing the complex as evolutionarily chimeric — an independently evolved fungal complex co-opted catalytic activities from bacteria coexisting within the gut.

June 02, 2017

CNSI Director Craig Hawker was awarded the Charles G. Overberger International Prize by the American Chemical Society for Excellence in Polymer Research.  This biennial award recognizes and encourages accomplishments of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science. 

CNSI People's Choice Award - Collatera
May 31, 2017

The California NanoSystems Institute is proud to again sponsor UCSB's Technology Management Program 2017 New Venture Competition through two awards, CNSI People's Choice Award and Elings CNSI Award.  CNSI People's Choice Award was won by Collatera, whose aim is to avoid diabetes-related amputation at all costs with the prevention and early treatment of diabetic ulcers, by using their proprietary light activated small molecule, NL-1.  The winner of the Elings CNSI Award, Delta Leaf Labs, intends to develop THC free-cannabis strains to medically treat many mental and physical illnesses and cr