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Focus on new faculty: Whitney Loo wants polymers to be part of a sustainable future

Polymers are all around us—for most people, literally. Clothing, electronics, food packaging, cars and even medical devices are made from the long-chain molecules, which include things like plastic, nylon and…

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How zombie attacks could help fight the COVID-19 virus

In a July 2022 opinion piece in Scientific American, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in chemical and biological engineering John Yin discusses the potential for using zombie viral particles to reduce…

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Graduate student Carlos Pérez De Jesús feels at home in CBE

When Carlos Pérez De Jesús first traveled from Puerto Rico to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program in 2014, he was excited to attend…

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New CBE class gets students excited about the future of plastics recycling

Like many people, Dell Zimmerman, a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assumed plastic recycling was an efficient, mature technology. Then he signed up…

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A closer look: Machine learning collaborations are helping to improve medical imaging

Data science and machine learning are becoming almost ubiquitous in many facets of our daily lives. Our healthcare is no exception—and among the areas where these algorithms are poised to…

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Not so precious: New discovery could replace expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells

Manos Mavrikakis, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is part of a research team that has discovered a new way of catalyzing an essential…

On July 16, 2012, one of several signs posted along Lake Mendota near the Memorial Union Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison warn against swimming during the presence of toxic blue-green algae in the water.

Pioneering process increases environmental sustainability of manure fertilizers

On paper, Wisconsin dairy farms look like the model of sustainable agriculture. Cows are fed hay and silage and graze in pastures. They produce manure which is collected and spread…

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Focus on new faculty: Siddarth Krishna continues CBE’s cutting-edge catalysis research

For many people, finding their life’s passion is a years-long endeavor involving trial and error and lots of dead ends. For Siddarth Krishna, who started in January 2022 as an…

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Two College of Engineering teams chosen as WARF Innovation Award winners

A team that created a device for detecting explosives and a cross-disciplinary team working at the frontiers of medicine and nanotechnology have taken top honors in the 2021 WARF Innovation…

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Two UW–Madison seniors were finalists this year for the Rhodes Scholarship

University of Wisconsin–Madison seniors Qianyun (Lexi) Luo and Hawra Aljawad reached the final stage of competition this year for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate…