The Dawn of Colorectal Cancer Therapy: The Emerging Drug Nanocomposites developed by Professor Yu-Hsiang Lee Offer Novel Treatment Strategy
The research team led by Professor Yu-Hsiang Lee in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at NCU has dedicated on cancer-related drug delivery research for years. Recently, Lee and his team successfully developed a new drug nanocarrier, which is composed of photosensitizers (Indocyanine green; ICG), immune checkpoint inhibitors (PD-L1), and perfluorocarbons (PFC) and is constructed by double layers structure; named ICG-PD-L1-coloaded PFC double-layer nanodroplets IPLPNDs, for photoimmunotherapy of colorectal cancer (CRC), and the research efforts have been published on Chemical Engineering Journal in Feb 2023.
Enormous Variations in the Ionospheric Amplitude Caused by the Moon’s Gravitational Force: A Significant Discovery by NCU’s Space Science Research Team
Professor Liu Jann-Yenq, Dr. Wu Tsung-Yu, Dr. Lin Chi-Yen, and Professor Chang Chi-Wei published the article “The Three-dimensional Plasma Structures and Flows of the Earth’s Upper Atmosphere Due to the Moon’s Gravitational Force” on the world’s top journal Scientific Reports. They fully utilized the data of radio occultation collected by the satellites FORMOSAT-3 and FORMOSAT-7 for the past 15 years, analyzing the three-dimensional structures of the global ionosphere and the lunar tide effect cast upon it by the moon’s gravitational force. Their discovery was unprecedented.
The “Fuji-Jade Summit 1” Assembled by NCU Reached a New Height of Taiwan’s Pavement Evaluation Technologies
How can we precisely measure road roughness and the resulting drivers' comfort with science? The research team led by Dr. Chen Shih-Huang, Director of the Department of Civil Engineering at NCU, collaborated with Nichireki Co., Ltd from Japan in assembling “Fuji-Jade Summit 1,” a brand new pavement surface condition survey vehicle. It is the fruit of success nurtured by Nichireki’s more than 70 years of experience and new technology and 50 years of solid academic foundations built by the Department of Civil Engineering at NCU. In addition, it was the first time that the Taiwanese successfully applied the 3D pavement surface image system to conduct an automatic pavement survey, which made a great leap in Taiwan’s technology of pavement surface condition detection.
The Most Distant BL Lacertae Object Discovered by NCU’s Astronomy Team
Professor Hwang Chorng-Yuan and Assistant Research Scholar Ekaterina Koptelova at the Graduate Institute of Astronomy discovered a BL Lacertae (BL Lac) object at a redshift of around 6.5. This newly discovered BL Lac object has currently become the most distant one among other BL Lac objects known to the world, setting a new record in the astronomy field. The research outcome was also published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, bringing new insights into the knowledge of models of active galactic nuclei and the origin and evolution of supermassive black holes.
INSPIRESat-1: Spacecraft Co-developed by Taiwanese, American, and Indian Research Teams Launches and Begins Commissioning.
INSPIRESat-1, a small satelite co-developed by Taiwanese, American, and Indian research teams, was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India on Feb. 14, 2022, Taiwan time. Flight control teams at National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan, as well as at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) in the US, and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in India successfully received signals transmitted by the spacecraft in the afternoon of that day, indicating that the satellite had powered on and was functioning normally. This is the very first time that a payload developed by a Taiwanese academic organization shared the same spacecraft with a payload sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the USA. It is also the first time that a Taiwanese research team officially collaborated with the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in India.