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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 Puerto Rico Research Hub Receives $500K to Expand Research

The UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub (PRRH) has been awarded $500,000 in funding to expand its research capabilities to better track key social and economic trends. The funding is part of the FY2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which supports a range of domestic and foreign policy priorities. “There is no better investment than education and research to understand…

FSI Researcher Richard Blair Invited to Join National Academy of Inventors 2022 Fellows

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recently announced the induction of 169 inventors as NAI Fellows. This prestigious invitation is the highest merit for the academic inventors, whose backgrounds include science, engineering and medicine. Florida Space Institute’s Richard Blair received one of these invitations and will be inducted at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National…

New UCF-developed Battery Could Prevent Post-hurricane Electric Vehicle Fires

University of Central Florida researcher has developed technology that could prevent electric vehicle fires, like those caused by saltwater flooding from Hurricane Ian. The technology, an aqueous battery, replaces the volatile and highly flammable organic solvents found in electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries with saltwater to create a battery that is safer, faster charging, just as…

UCF Researchers Collect Critical High-water Mark Data Following Hurricane Ian

No matter the best-laid plans or the time spent preparing for a natural disaster, there is almost certain to be some element of response or recovery that is overlooked, usually by virtue of resource constraints. With that in mind, University of Central Florida School of Public AdministrationProfessor Christopher Emrich and his team of graduate and postdoctoral researchers set…

UCF Researchers Create Technology that Harvests Radio Waves for Energy

To meet the growing energy needs of the internet of things (IoT) and wireless communication systems, University of Central Florida researchers have developed a technology for converting radio frequency signals into direct current electricity. The technology can reduce the electronic industry’s reliance on batteries and broaden the expansion of the IoT and its energy needs.…

UCF Chemistry Researcher Helps Elucidate Mechanism Key to Climate Change

University of Central Florida researcher is part of a multi-national team who have confirmed a previously unproven mechanism tied to climate change. Denisia Popolan-Vaida, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Chemistry, and the research team recently published their confirmation of the “Korcek Mechanism” in the international edition of the journal Angewandte Chemie. The Korcek Mechanism involves…

UCF Receives Top Ranks for Producing Patents for 9th Consecutive Year

The University of Central Florida has ranked in the top 100 public universities for producing patents for the ninth consecutive year, according to the latest report from the National Academy of Inventors. The report ranked UCF No. 31 among public universities in the nation in 2021 and No. 60 worldwide. The annual report is conducted by the…

Top 20 UCF Today Stories of 2022

The following stories gained great interest throughout 2022. They are ranked by page views from Jan. 1 through Dec. 5. 20. UCF’s Perla Latorre-Suarez Named Among Best Aerospace Graduate Students in the World Aviation Week Network magazine’s annual 20 Twenties Award Class listing identifies students with the potential to change the aerospace industry. Latorre-Suarez — who is…

Mother’s Research Will Help English Learners

hen learning English as a second language, Boniesta Melani recalls hearing her friend say, “I have a lot on my plate,” to which Melani replied, “you shouldn’t eat too much.” While she understood the literal meaning of each word, the figurative phrase was lost in translation — an issue faced by many nonnative English speakers.…

UCF Researcher Receives NASA Award to Inspire Local High School Students in Aerospace Engineering

University of Central Florida researcher has received NASA funding to create aerospace engineering opportunities for high schoolers from underserved and underrepresented communities to encourage them to think about space. “Novel Experience Geared to NASA Engineering Design Challenges,” or NEXTGEN-EDC, seeks to ignite local high school students’ interest in STEM through engineering projects, professional development workshops…

UCF Wins Air Force Research Lab Competition

An interdisciplinary team of faculty researchers from CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, and UCF’s physics department has won the opportunity to develop a system that uses photonics to more accurately visualize space debris — an increasing problem since the start of the space age. The UCF team won the National Security Innovation Network…

UCF Researchers Develop Nano-based Technology to Fight Osteoporosis

University of Central Florida researchers have created unique technology for treating osteoporosis that uses nanobubbles to deliver treatment to targeted areas of a person’s body. The new technology was developed by Mehdi Razavi, an assistant professor in UCF’s College of Medicine and a member of the Biionix Cluster at UCF, and UCF biomedical sciences student Angela Shar at the Biomaterials and Nanomedicine…

UCF Podcast: Finding a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

eason three of Knights Do That, UCF’s official podcast, returns with its eighth guest, Christopher Clifford ’22, a UCF electrical engineering alum who is pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at Harvard-MIT. Clifford’s research is centered around find a cure for and reducing the impact of Type 1 diabetes — a cause that’s personal to him. Before attending Harvard-MIT,…

Sharing Healthy Aging Research Worldwide

A UCF population health expert will travel to Ben-Gurion University in Israel next month to share her research into healthy aging. Dr. Su-I Hou, professor and health-specialization liaison of UCF’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Public Affairs at the School of Global Health Management and Informatics, is making the trip through her Fulbright Specialist Award. Dr. Hou will…

Research Replicating Neurons Holds Potential to Shape Artificial Intelligence

Recent research replicating neurons in the brain holds potential to reshape our approach to artificial intelligence and applications like autonomous driving. The research centers on molecular-sized transistors and behavior that suggests they exchange information similar to neurons in the brain. Pegasus Professor Enrique Del Barco Ph.D., in collaboration with Professor of Molecular Modelling Damien Thompson,…

UCF Researcher Exploring Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 in Diabetics

Can a COVID-19 infection have long-term health effects on people with diabetes, including advancing their risk for heart disease? College of Medicine researcher Dr. Dinender Singla believes that the genetic makeup of patients with diabetes or those predisposed to the disease makes them more prone to post-COVID inflammatory conditions that impact the heart and brain.…

Limbitless Solutions Wins 2022.ORG Impact Award in Health and Healing Category

Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit direct support organization at the University of Central Florida that increases accessibility and empowers children and adults in the limb difference community, has won the global 2022.ORG Impact Award in the Health and Healing Nonprofit category. The selection was announced Tuesday by the Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit that operates the .ORG Family…