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Matt Gebbie and Ryan Cashen in the lab
January 26, 2023

Applying just the right chemistry to power new rechargeable batteries

Over the last 30 years, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries have gotten smaller and more powerful, making them key components in smartphones, laptops, earbuds, electric cars and just about every portable electronic…

Rose Cersonsky
January 4, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Rose Cersonsky is taking machine learning to the nanoscale

Over the last decade, machine learning has revolutionized how we model materials at the atomic scale: With the help of powerful algorithms, researchers can quickly model new materials or simulate…

Hayley Boigenzahn
December 14, 2022

Drying process could be key step in the development of life

One-hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin speculated that life likely originated in a warm little pond. There, chemical reactions and the odd lightning strike led to chains of amino acids…

October 31, 2022

UW-Madison a partner in $15 million effort to commercialize more university advances

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among 14 Midwest universities to join the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) network—a program designed to move more discoveries from research laboratories into the…

plastic waste recycling iStock image
October 21, 2022

“Recyclopedia” will bring researchers up to speed on plastic waste recycling

A paper in the journal Green Chemistry led by postdoctoral researcher Houqian Li and George Huber, the Richard L. Antoine Professor in chemical and biological engineering at the University of…

Marcel Schreier working in the lab with student Alex Zielinski
October 18, 2022

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Marcel Schreier wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

Marcel Schreier, the Richard H. Soit Assistant Professor in chemical and biological engineering and affiliate faculty in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who develops electrocatalytic pathways to transform chemicals…

Matt Gebbie with students in his lab
October 17, 2022

In CBE, diversity, equity and inclusion is a community effort that’s paying off

At the beginning of each group meeting, the members of Conway Assistant Professor Matt Gebbie’s lab pause for a short researcher highlight to discuss a notable underrepresented or minority researcher…

Whitney Loo
September 12, 2022

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…

Zombie covid virus
August 17, 2022

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…

Carlos Pérez De Jesús
July 27, 2022

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…