Physics May Speed Up Solutions for Tough Computational Problems

Physics May Speed Up Solutions for Tough Computational Problems

A well-known computational problem seeks to find the most efficient route for a traveling salesman to visit clients in a number of cities. Seemingly simple, it’s actually surprisingly complex and much studied, with implications in fields as wide-ranging as manufacturing and air-traffic control. Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Boston University have developed […]

NASA Probe, With UCF Help, a Stepping Stone to Deep Space

When a rocket blasts off next month carrying a probe bound for a near-Earth asteroid, it will also carry humanity a step closer to deep space exploration and future Mars missions. The Sept. 8 launch of OSIRIS-REx – an historic mission guided with help from University of Central Florida scientists – will provide valuable clues […]

Next-Gen Infrared Detector Research at UCF Attracts $1.3 Million DARPA Grant

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $1.3 million grant to a team led by UCF researcher Debashis Chanda to fund the development of a next-generation infrared detector that could be used in fields as varied as night vision, meteorology and space exploration. “We are working on a novel infrared detection and imaging […]

Nanoscience Minor Uses Service Learning to Teach Undergrads About Nano-Tech

A new minor in the rapidly advancing field of nanoscience is now available for University of Central Florida undergraduates. Nanoscience is the study of materials on the nanometer scale. That’s exceedingly small – a sheet of paper is about 75,000 nanometers thick. At the nanoscale, materials can exhibit unusual properties that scientists have put to […]

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This UCF-Designed Tech is Amazing

A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading. The novel method from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles. “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research.