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Purdue researchers Dave Cappalleri and Georges Adam work in microrobotics.

Dave Cappelleri, professor of mechanical engineering (left), and postdoctoral researcher Georges Adam are breaking new ground in microrobotics with the Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)

Purdue’s thriving culture of innovation dates back to its earliest days

As a land-grant institution, Purdue University was created in part to conduct research that improves the lives of people in Indiana and beyond. Whether feeding the hungry, healing the sick or introducing the next great technological innovation, Boilermaker researchers remain persistent in their pursuit of new knowledge that will change the world.

Top 10 Most Innovative School in the U.S. Six Years Running U.S. News & World Report, 2024
$613M Secured in Research Funding
#4 In the U.S. for Patents, Top 10 for 3 Years Running, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2022

Briony Horgan grew up in Portland, Oregon, where, enjoying the mountains and volcanoes that surrounded the region, she developed a love of geology. A long-standing interest in space made Horgan realize she wasn’t confined to study rocks simply on Earth.

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In an effort to curb global warming, Purdue University engineers have created the whitest paint yet. Coating buildings with this paint may one day cool them off enough to reduce the need for air conditioning, the researchers say.

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Imaging agent illuminates
lung cancer tumors

Surgery, especially surgery to remove cancerous tumors, relies on a range of tools and techniques, as well as on the skill of the surgeon. Now, new imaging agent Cytalux will make surgery to remove lung cancer tumors a little more exact.

The Podcast Ep 85: Purdue Research Series | A Look Into Semiconductors With Mark Lundstrom

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re featuring the first guest in our Purdue Research Series, Mark Lundstrom, Purdue University’s chief semiconductor officer.

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Podcast Ep. 91: Purdue Research Series | A Look Into Bioarchaeology and the Ancient Nile River Valley With Michele Buzon

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts. This marks the final episode in our 2023 Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical solutions …

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Boilermakers know that Purdue is home of the World’s Largest Drum. But have you heard about the world’s smallest drum?

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Seeing STARS: Purdue trains next generation of semiconductor engineers

Programs like Purdue’s STARS initiative are essential as partners from education, government and industry collaborate to resolve U.S. semiconductor concerns.

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