Asthma Attack: Vest-based Sensors Monitor Environmental Exposure to Help Understand Causes

January 22, 2008 — Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a sensor system that continuously monitors the air around persons prone to asthma attacks. Worn in the pockets of a vest, the new system could help researchers understand the causes of asthma attacks.

GTVC: Mapping Tool Allows Emergency Management Personnel to Visually Track Resources

January 16, 2008 — A collaborative mapping tool developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is helping emergency management officials better coordinate event and incident planning – and real-time response.

Making Smarter Materials: Shape-memory Polymers Designed for Biomedical Applications

January 3, 2008 — Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing unique polymers, which change shape upon heating, to open blocked arteries, probe neurons in the brain and engineer a tougher spine.

Explosives on a Chip: Unique Porous Copper Structures Enable New Generation of Military Micro-detonators

December 18, 2007 — Tiny copper structures with pores at both the nanometer and micron size scales could play a key role in the next generation of detonators used to improve the reliability, reduce the size and lower the cost of certain military munitions.

Improving Fuel Cell Durability: Research into Better Fuel Cell Materials and Designs Starts with Studying Failures

November 28, 2007 — Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies believe that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability. Center director Tom Fuller has been trying to solve what he deems the top three durability problems since he joined GTRI from United Technologies three years ago.

Organic Transistors: Researchers Produce High Performance Field-Effect Transistors with Thin Films of Carbon 60

November 26, 2007 — Using room-temperature processing, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have fabricated high-performance field effect transistors with thin films of Carbon 60, also known as fullerene. The ability to produce devices with such performance with an organic semiconductor represents another step toward practical applications for large area, low-cost electronic circuits on flexible organic substrates.

Climate Conflict: Study Shows Climate Change May Trigger Wars and Population Decline

November 21, 2007 — A new study shows that long-term climate change may ultimately lead to wars and population decline. The study, published November 19, 2007 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), revealed that as temperatures decreased centuries ago during a period called the Little Ice Age, the number of wars increased, famine occurred and the population declined.

Clean Room Classic: Vacuum Evaporator Purchased 50 Years Ago Still Going Strong

November 20, 2007 — A 1957 classic — a vacuum evaporator — is still in use in a Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) clean room. The evaporator deposits thin films necessary for microfabrication processes.

Environmentally-Friendly Carpet: New Sustainability Standard Encourages Use of Improved Processes and Materials

November 7, 2007 — A new standard for assessing the environmental-friendliness of carpet has been announced at the 2007 Greenbuild International Conference in Chicago. The new sustainability standard addresses chemicals and materials used in manufacturing carpet, the energy used in production, the use of recycled or bio-based content, methods of disposal and/or reuse and the overall environmental performance of manufacturers.

Car Without a Driver: Georgia Tech’s Urban Challenge Run Ends at National Qualifying Event

November 6, 2007 — In collaboration with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Georgia Tech built an autonomous vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Urban Challenge.