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Daniel Rhodes
February 19, 2024

With NSF CAREER award, Dan Rhodes is searching for superconductivity in an unusual place

Superconductors are already changing the world—for example, they’re powering MRI machines and high-speed maglev trains. New types of superconductors promise even more advances in energy, transportation, computing and many other…

UW Crest with engineering background
January 29, 2024

With collaboration, college and Midwest Tribes will accelerate community-led clean energy solutions

A new partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association will help individual communities identify and implement clean energy projects that align…

Hyunseok Oh
January 22, 2024

With NSF CAREER award, Hyunseok Oh will search for metal alloys that can withstand the cold

Future technologies are going to be fast, energy efficient … and cold. Very cold. Liquid hydrogen, a potential game-changing fuel, needs to be stored at -423 degrees Fahrenheit; the most…

UW Crest with engineering background
January 19, 2024

UW–Madison to transform STEM graduate education with Wisconsin Sloan Center for Systemic Change

With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will establish a new hub called the Wisconsin Sloan Center for Systemic Change, or WiSC2, to transform graduate…

Josh Baston
January 16, 2024

Inspired by backyard blacksmithing, undergrad metallurgical researcher launches a future in aerospace materials

A decade or so ago, after becoming intrigued with watching people make knives from scratch on YouTube, Josh Baston decided to give it a go himself. As a middle school…

illustration of halide perovskites
January 3, 2024

Predictive modeling yields promising ‘spin’ on semiconductors for quantum technologies

Since their development, semiconductors have operated on the principles of electronics, using positive and negative charges to flip millions or billions of tiny transistor switches to record and process information….

Chang Beom-Eom and Mark Rzchowski in the lab
December 5, 2023

A new spin on an old superconductor means that it can be an ideal spintronic material, too

Back in the 1980s, researchers discovered that a bismuthate oxide material was a rare type of superconductor that could operate at higher temperatures. Now, a team of engineers and physicists…

Evan Willing and Tyler Dabney working in cold spray lab
December 5, 2023

“Wonder” material gulps down hydrogen, spits it out, and protects fusion reactor walls

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have used cold spray coating technology to produce a revolutionary workhorse material that can withstand the harsh conditions in a fusion reactor. The advance, detailed in…

UW Crest with engineering background
November 15, 2023

How machine learning can accelerate the design of next-gen nuclear reactor materials

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed machine learning models that can predict changes in the mechanical behavior of materials…

UW Crest with engineering background
November 3, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Sebastian Kube is using automation to accelerate materials discovery

Much like baking a cake, when making an alloy the recipe matters: Adding just a few percent of a metallic element to the mixture, or “baking” the alloy at different…