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Research for the Common Good

By the Numbers

No. 1

in the nation for materials engineering R&D

No. 3

in the nation for industrial and manufacturing R&D

$221 million

in annual sponsored research last year

No. 1

in Ohio for engineering R&D

No. 1

Catholic university for engineering R&D

No. 3

Catholic university for R&D in all categories

STEM Catalyst Initiative

  • Solving the Regeneration Puzzle
  • Flexible Solar Cells and Biosensors
  • Translating Big Data to VR Visualization
  • Solving the Regeneration Puzzle

    Dr. Pothitos Pitychoutis is studying limb regeneration in axolotls, a type of salamander. Axolotls have the unique ability to regrow entire amputated limbs. The Axolotl limb and the human limb are anatomically similar, and their development is governed by analogous mechanisms. The goal is to better understand the role of the nervous system in regeneration, which could lead to therapeutic approaches for humans.

    Flexible Solar Cells and Biosensors

    University of Dayton researchers are testing the viability of flexible solar cells and biosensors using a new method for producing electronic devices on a flexible surface. The solar cells could be used in wearable solar technology. The molecular sensors could be used to monitor human performance, detect explosives and prevent foodborne illnesses.

    Translating Big Data to VR Visualization

    Research at the University of Dayton aims to help engineers visualize geotechnical subsurface data. Understanding the subsurface conditions is an important step in designing buildings, bridges and other critical infrastructures. Using data from multiple sources, the researchers will create models using state-of-the-art machine learning and stochastic simulation techniques. The data can then be integrated into a virtual reality visualization.