Three undergraduates examine droplets of plastic eating algae in a lab.

Faculty Research

Faculty members in Illinois Tech's College of Science have always been at the leading edge of research, providing opportunities for students to discover new methods to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. Whether it's investigating a new drug to treat sleep apnea, building a faster and more secure internet, or improving energy technology, Illinois Tech faculty can unravel mystery through research.

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Certain Direction in an Uncertain World

Lulu Kang, associate professor of applied mathematics, is currently one of three principal investigators on a $117,888 grant from the National Science Foundation to study and improve four different systems—organ transplantation, semiconductor wafer production, thermal spray coating, and crystal growth processes. These systems are defined as quantitative-qualitative systems since the data collected are of both types.

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NIH Awards BioCAT $6.3 Million for Biomedical Research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6.3 million to continue to operate Illinois Tech’s Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) facility for biomedical research at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Led by Thomas Irving, professor of biology and physics, BioCAT is one of the foremost facilities in the world for basic, applied, or translational research using synchrotron radiation that may be relevant to medical advances.

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Organic Chemistry Researcher Wins NSF CAREER Award

Jean-Luc Ayitou, assistant professor of chemistry, is a 2018 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award winner. His research is in developing new molecular systems that can help to improve the efficiency of current photovoltaic devices.

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Researchers Aim to Treat Sleep Apnea with Drug, Not Machines

IIT Research Institute Director and President David McCormick is developing a drug to treat sleep apnea, a condition affecting 30 million Americans. The idea is that individuals with sleep apnea take a pill about 15 minutes before bed and get about six to seven good hours of sleep where they have very few, if any, apneas.

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Internet 2.0: Illinois Tech to Co-Lead Next-Generation Internet Project

Anita Nikolich, a cybersecurity research fellow with Illinois Tech’s Department of Computer Science, was named a co-director of the $20 million FABRIC project. The project’s goal is to enable scientists to explore what a new internet could look like and to determine the internet architecture of the future.

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Building Software for Tomorrow's Big Challenges

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Xian-He Sun developed Hermes, a software system for high-performance input/output systems.

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