Inserting your institution’s logo into your work
isn’t especially common, but it definitely happens, says UB
chemist Jason Benedict. Before a recent scientific
conference, he used ultraviolet light to scrawl the letters
“U” and “B” on a color-changing crystal he
When you’ve made something cool, says Benedict, “you
want to write something on it.” Scribbling your name seems a
little self-promoting, he adds, but if you use your institution,
fellow scientists at a conference might remember that—and
Under ultraviolet light, this crystal blushes, going from
colorless to red. Crystals like these could one day form the basis
of sponges whose color, pore size and electronic properties shift
on demand—qualities useful for sopping up spilled oil,
greenhouse gases and other chemicals.
Students of Albert Titus, chair of biomedical engineering,
used a technique called electron beam lithography to draw a version
of the UB seal smaller than the width of a human hair.
Students made this UB seal by using an intense beam of electrons
like a pencil to draw on film. Called electron-beam lithography,
the technique is ideal for fabricating microscopic structures. The
seal is about 11.5 micrometers across. The finest human hair
measures 17 micrometers across.
UB engineer Jonathan Lovell created super-tiny balloons,
then used a laser to pop them open in the shape of the interlocking
Tiny capsules called nanoballoons “fire,” releasing
whatever’s inside of them when they’re hit by light.
Here, a laser pops a bunch of them open, UB-style. In mice, these
nanoballoons have been used to transport anti-cancer drugs to
tumors and then release the drugs on demand.