• Will It Slip or Will It Grip: Scientists Ask, “What Is Snail Mucus?”

    A new study breaks down the complex structure of snail mucus and identifies novel proteins. What is snail mucus? That was the question posed by researchers in a new study that examines the molecular composition of snail mucus. When analyzing the mucus of a common garden snail, they found it contained a complex collection of Read More [...]

  • ‘Crushing’ chemical innovations at the heart of newly expanded NSF center

    Scientists to reveal the atomic-level workings inside the crushing and grinding of mechanical chemistry, with the potential to scale up their advances to make chemical manufacturing more sustainable and cost-effective. [...]

  • Pulling Water Out of Dry Air

    ASRC Nanoscience Initiative professor Xi Chen has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Award—one of the agency’s most competitive grants. The five-year, $538,547 in funding will support Chen and his research team’s work to advance the field of hygroscience—an emerging area of research that seeks to harness the power of water evaporation for Read More [...]

  • Mark Hauber to Lead the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center

    New York, NY, July 20,2023 — The City University of New York Graduate Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hauber as the executive director of its Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC). Established in 2014, the CUNY ASRC is a world-class STEM research and education institution dedicated to interdisciplinary science that addresses Read More [...]

  • A Novel Method for Squeezing Molecules Together Could Significantly Reduce Chemical Manufacturing Waste and Its Negative Environmental Impacts

    Using nanotechnology, scientists have used mechanochemistry to develop a scalable, sustainable technique that would be more energy- and cost-efficient than current chemical manufacturing methods. NEW YORK, June 8, 2023 — The production of chemicals accounts for 40% of all energy currently used in manufacturing, and the process also results in toxic solvent waste that pollutes Read More [...]

  • Science Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Sfeir

    An accomplished researcher shows students the power of lasers. Professor Matthew Sfeir, a member of the Graduate Center’s Chemistry, Physics, and Nanoscience programs who is based at the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, wants his students to love lasers as much as he does. He introduces Nanoscience master’s students to lasers and other cutting-edge topics Read More [...]

  • SEED Grant Awardee Sophia Suarez vs. Synthetic Mucus

    Mucus gets a bad rap. Sure, the slippery, gelatinous goo produced by mucous membranes can be off-putting for some, but its capabilities are nothing to sneeze at. Organic mucus is a vital protective substance that allows bodies to perform essential functions, such as breathing, swallowing, and digesting. Animal mucus can provide filtrative, conductive, or adhesive Read More [...]

  • Announcing the First Eliasoph Fellowship Winners!

      Congratulations to Christopher Ryan and Yeojin Jung for being named the first Dr. Joan Eliasoph Fellows for Early Career STEM Researchers! The fellowship, whose namesake paved a distinguished radiology career over eight decades, will support early-stage research in basic science at the CUNY ASRC. The fellowship will be awarded annually to two early career scientists in the process Read More [...]

  • Giving Diverse Students a Head Start in Bioinspired Nanotechnology

      With a $3 million NSF grant, the Graduate Center will prepare diverse Ph.D. students for new workforce opportunities in biotech, clean energy, and other areas that are benefiting from bioinspired nanoscience. From photosynthesis to the collective behavior of ants, natural phenomena inspire both discovery and innovation. Now, thanks to breakthroughs in computing, engineering, molecular Read More [...]

  • Researchers Demonstrate How Biomolecule Mixtures Communicate, Interact and Adapt to Their Environment

    The research breakthrough bridges a complexity gap between chemistry and biology and provides a new methodology that uses designed mixtures to engineer adaptive properties that are normally only associated with living systems. NEW YORK, April 12, 2022 — A post-doctoral researcher with the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center (CUNY ASRC) has Read More [...]