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The University of Central Florida brings innovation and solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems through research and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and avenues for progress.

UCF Researchers Create Water-repellent Nanomaterial Inspired by Nature

Ateam of researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a new nanomaterial that repels water and can stay dry even when submerged underwater. The discovery could open the door to the development of more efficient water-repellent surfaces, fuel cells and electronic sensors to detect toxins. The work is documented in the cover story of…

NSF Grant Means Big, Powerful Laser Coming to UCF

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded UCF a grant to purchase and install an almost $2 million high-peak-power, high-repetition-rate ultrafast infrared laser system — a first of its kind in the world. The money is an investment in the cutting-edge research being conducted at UCF, which is advancing knowledge and technologies in physical, chemical, and…

Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

UCF researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based disinfectant that can continuously kill viruses on a surface for up to seven days – a discovery that could be a powerful weapon against COVID-19 and other emerging pathogenic viruses. The findings, by a multidisciplinary team of the university’s virus and engineering experts and the leader of an Orlando technology firm,…

Deadlines May Be Effective in Building Support for Climate Change Action

Human-caused climate change — including increased extreme weather and climate events — is here, according to the recently released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2021 report, but the best way to communicate the concern is still debated. The panel’s previous report in 2018 was widely reported by media as setting a 12-year deadline…

UCF Cybersecurity Researcher Leads DARPA-Funded Project to Help Reduce Fraud

From fraudulent COVID-19 small business loans to security breaches that leak shoppers’ credit card data, the exploitation of the complex nature of corporate relationships continues to be a major concern. For instance, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 28,000 complaints related to COVID-19 fraud in 2020 and a record number of complaints…

School Day Structure Could Benefit Children’s Health

Having a structured environment for children, whether during school days or when stuck in quarantine as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, could benefit children’s health, according to new research from the University of Central Florida. In a study of more than 50 rural schoolchildren over the course of two weeks, researchers found that behaviors that lead…

UCF Awarded Its First Keck Foundation $1 Million Grant

One of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations – the W. M. Keck Foundation – has awarded the University of Central Florida a $1 million Science and Engineering Research grant. The money is for a project led by University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics Professors Ayman Abouraddy and Demetrios Christodoulides. The project is titled Space-time…

UCF is 1 of 7 Universities to Win Grant to Support NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

Disagreement May Be a Way to Make Online Content Spread Faster, Further

Disagreement seems to spread online posts faster and further than agreement, according to a new study from the University of Central Florida. The finding comes from an examination of posts labeled controversial on social news aggregation site Reddit. To perform the study, the researchers analyzed more than 47,000 posts about cybersecurity in a Reddit dataset…

UCF Researchers Create Global Storm Surge Database

Storm surges can be deadly coastal hazards but the current historical tide gauge data that is needed to better understand them, and perhaps predict their impacts, doesn’t go far back enough in time. That’s why University of Central Florida researchers are working to reconstruct the missing data and compile the information in a newly created…

New Lifelike Hologram Tech Expands UCF Students’ Skills in Patient Care

The University of Central Florida is incorporating new technology that produces a lifelike person in hologram form to help train future healthcare professionals. This is a historic first in healthcare education and was funded in part by a gift from Brooks Rehabilitation. The tech was created by PORTL Inc., and its use in healthcare education is being…

New Treatment to Help Wounds Heal Faster

College of Medicine researchers have discovered a new technology to accelerate wound-healing using specially designed ceramics wrapped in a rubber blanket fabricated for them by Gladiator Therapeutics. Their findings were accepted for presentation at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), scheduled in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug 23-26, 2021. The MHSRS is the USA Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting…

A Summer of Hands-on GIS Field Work for UCF Researchers

The Citizen Science Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team at UCF spent long days trekking through shoreline mud and sweating in coastal heat this past summer — and they couldn’t have been happier about it. The return to fieldwork follows a pandemic pause on critical shoreline mapping, which the team attempted to continue with limited success…

Dr. Coathup’s Research To Benefit From NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

UCF Researchers Develop New Nanomaterial to Derive Clean Fuel from the Sea

Hydrogen fuel derived from the sea could be an abundant and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but the potential power source has been limited by technical challenges, including how to practically harvest it. Researchers at the University of Central Florida have designed for the first time a nanoscale material that can efficiently split seawater into…

UCF College of Sciences Researchers Join Project to Fight Animal-borne Diseases

Two University of Central Florida College of Sciences researchers have been selected by a national philanthropic foundation as research fellows to help fight the threat of animal-borne diseases. Laurene Tetard, an associate professor in UCF’s Department of Physics, and Xiaohu Xia, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Chemistry, were selected as fellows by the Research Corporation for Science…

UCF Researcher Identifies Models For Healthy Aging

In a recent study in Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Su-I Hou, professor and founding director of UCF’s School of Global Health Management & Informatics, identified models of how older adults can best “age in community” – a more updated approach than “aging in place,” which primarily focuses on keeping older adults out of long-term care facilities and in their…