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graphic showing the research team's design for an integrated nuclear and concentrating solar power plant
January 19, 2023

Combining nuclear and solar tech could make a powerful pair

In energy policy debates, nuclear energy and renewable energy technologies are sometimes viewed as competitors. In reality, they could be better, together. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ben Lindley, an…

Grace Kreissler holds a clear 3D-printed skull in the lab
December 16, 2022

Engineers make headway in tackling traumatic brain injuries

An interdisciplinary research initiative led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison is emerging as a global leader in developing better technologies for detecting and preventing concussions and other traumatic brain injuries….

Komal Chawla working in the lab
November 17, 2022

New carbon nanotube-based foam promises superior protection against concussions

Developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, a lightweight, ultra-shock-absorbing foam material could vastly improve helmets designed to protect people from strong blows. The new material exhibits 18 times higher specific…

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…

A person walks outside wearing an exosuit and tensiometer
October 20, 2022

Wearable sensor can help unlock the potential of exosuits in real-world environments

Wearing an exosuit could help people rehab from an injury or even give them extra oomph if they’re carrying something heavy. But, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University…

microscopic image of 3D-printed 17-4 stainless steel
September 22, 2022

Researchers uncover how to 3D-print one of the strongest stainless steels

For airliners, cargo ships, nuclear power plants and other critical technologies, strength and durability are essential. This is why many contain a remarkably strong and corrosion-resistant alloy called 17-4 precipitation…

Eric Kazyak
September 6, 2022

Focus on new faculty: Eric Kazyak, investigating interfaces to enable improved batteries

For society to transition from fossil fuels to renewable, but intermittent, energy sources such as wind and solar, there is a pressing need for new energy storage technologies that can…

Allison Mahvi
September 6, 2022

Focus on new faculty: Allison Mahvi, enabling new energy storage systems

When we think of energy storage, batteries typically come to mind. But Allison Mahvi envisions something bigger: the buildings in which we live and work. “Buildings can be a good…

Ying Li
September 6, 2022

Focus on new faculty: Ying Li harnesses supercomputers and AI to design better polymers

There’s a scene in the 2010 Marvel superhero movie Iron Man 2 that had a big impact on Ying Li. In the movie, Tony Stark has blood poisoning from the…