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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) advances and safeguards all research at UIC to facilitate the discoveries that help others and change the world. By investing, facilitating and ensuring the integrity of the exceptional research of UIC, we are committed to an ambitious, aspirational and collaborative commitment to the mission and vision of the University of Illinois as a major comprehensive urban research university for the 21st century.

Joanna Groden, Ph.D.  |  Vice Chancellor for Research
  • $ 509 M For the fifth consecutive year, UIC's sponsored awards have reached new highs

  • $ 418 M in research expenditures last year

  • 49 % increase in the awards portfolio over the last 5 years

  • 3,400 Research Projects in FY23

  • 1 Million square feet of research space on campus

  • # 5 ranking in sponsored research expenditures among Hispanic-Serving Institutions

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Watch a video featuring the 2023 UIC Researchers of the Year describing their mission and offering advice to young scientists.

  1. Hal Brynteson, Abbas Moradi Bilondi/Computer Science
    The Rayleigh Bénard convection, where a fluid is heated from below and cooled from above, is an important mechanism of mass and heat transfer in nature and in numerous industrial applications. One can cite geophysics, astrophysics, meteorology, heat exchangers, multilayer walls in buildings and cooling of electronic components for example. In the present work, by considering bubbles inside the fluid flow, we aim to investigate the effects of the presence of bubbles on the heat transfer rate. In this visualization, bubbles are shown in between the shifting temperatures, rendered as a volume. Fluid simulation by Abbas Moradi Bilondi and visualization by Hal Brynteson.
  2. Arani Mukhopadhyay, Anish Pal, Constantine M. Megaridis/Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    As electronic devices get smaller and faster, which requires them to perform at ever growing power inputs, they develop hot spots which are very difficult to cool. Novel wick-free vapor chambers developed in our lab (MNFTL) at UIC work as efficient heat spreaders that can effectively cool high-power electronic devices. Our vapor chambers often incorporate intricate microstructures with hierarchical roughness (as seen here, nanoneedles growing on micro-hills), that leads to manifold increase of surface area from which water can evaporate easily, thereby cooling down such devices and ensuring better device performance.
  3. Jim Young/UIC College of Engineering.
    College of Engineering students Uzair Ahmed, Umair Chowdhury, Mohammad Hussain, Jacob Sullivan, and Martin Yousif designed an immersive driving simulator cockpit useful for both laboratory research and video gaming. The project was one of almost 200 on display at Engineering Expo 2023.
  4. Photo credit: Dan Clark/USFWS
    Landscape view of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, home to the world’s largest albatross colony, with more than a million Laysan Albatross returning to breed each year. However, invasive house mice began to attack and kill nesting albatross and are consequently slated for eradication in July 2022.
  5. The image was acquired by the Research Tissue Imaging Core
    TFF1 expression in porcine lung. The staining was optimized as part of an effort to create an oncopig lung cancer model. The optimization and staining were performed by the Research Histology Core.
  6. Genome Research Core
    Loading of the SpectroCHIP Array into the MassARRAY System (Agena Bioscience) for high-throughput genotyping. This system uses matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization - time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry for the precise detection of genetic variants by analysis of their individual mass, eliminating the need for fluorescence or labeling.