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What are we working on in the ERTC ?

No matter what your interests are, there is something exciting for you to explore in the ERTC !  Check out our current research areas below, and dig in to what our faculty are doing across a wide variety of technical disciplines. Do you have an idea of your own ?  Chances are that it would fit in some way to what our faculty are doing in their own work too !

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Materials Science and Engineering
What causes materials to behave the way they do? Can we optimize materials to have specific properties? Why do certain materials break down in harsh conditions while others are unaffected? These are some of the key questions we work on in the area of Materials Science and Engineering !
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Inorganic Chemistry
What makes chemical reactions speed up or slow down? Is it possible to make molecules to do specific chemical tasks? How do we get energy from chemical processes? Explore what we are doing in the Chemistry area, and take your General Chemistry course to the next level where you're in control of matter !
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Information Science
How can we develop algorithms for understanding how information spreads through social media? Is there a way detect Advanced Persistent Threats to computer networks? Can we tell if a human persona on a network is real or synthetic? Let's start really exploring the power of all those zeros and ones !
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Earth Sciences
Want to get out into the field? How about working to understand the ways that ecological systems respond to the availability of water? Or maybe how water quality is affected by current agricultural practices? What controls how nutrients are transported through ecosystems? Get your hands dirty and advance our understanding of Earth's critical zone !
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Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
How does DNA become damaged, and why do such events result in the formation of cancerous tissues? What tools from materials science and the study of nanoparticles can help us understand how to create new medicines? Computer modeling of complex biological molecules provides information on these processes at the atomic level where biology, chemistry and physics meet !
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Biological Sciences
How does traumatic injury affect the brain at the cellular level? From the microscope to the building of devices to carry out controlled investigations, ERTC researchers In the biological sciences are examining these effects with the goal of informing new treatments as well as new methods of prevention.