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Research on the Edge in the College of Science

Our faculty are pushing the boundaries of what we know in many areas, including:

  • Accelerator research
  • Big data and data analytics
  • Cancer therapeutics
  • Computational mathematics
  • Discrete applied mathematics
  • Distributed system, cloud, high-end computing
  • Improvement of bacterial strains for enhanced biodesulfurization of petroleum
  • Information retrieval, data mining
  • Materials for organic solar cells and photovoltaic devices
  • Nanomaterials for applications in chemical sensing, energy storage, and biomedical usage
  • Networks, sensors, and social networks
  • Particle physics
  • Programmed cell death in cancer cells
  • Solar energy conversion, catalysis, electronic materials, and chemical structure and bonding
  • Stochastics (including financial mathematics)
  • Superconductivity

Problem Solver

Fred Hickernell

Thirty minutes west of Illinois Institute of Technology, at Argonne National Laboratory, lurks a gargantuan machine called “Mira.” The recently inaugurated supercomputer—one of the most powerful on Earth—boasts a peak performance of 10 petaflops, meaning it can execute 10 quadrillion (1016) calculations per second. Yet, according to IIT Department of Applied Mathematics Chair and Professor Fred Hickernell, lightning speed alone is not always sufficient for today’s most demanding applications. More »

Range Warrior

Carlo Segre

Electric vehicles are dramatically changing the way people move from place to place, ushering in an era of cleaner transportation. But according to Carlo Segre, Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics at Illinois Institute of Technology, there is still one big hitch: the distance such vehicles can travel before needing to be recharged. More »