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Researcher Payam Hosseini working in lab
7/01/2022

Building on a solid process, Wang pours resources into making carbon-negative cement

Year in and year out, cement production is one of the biggest contributors to humanity’s carbon emissions. Making portland cement, the most frequently used cement around the world and a…

Bonita Goh and Yafei Wang working in the lab
5/26/2022

Making new metals with machine learning means molten salt can’t corrode

For clean energy sources like solar or nuclear, molten salt is somewhat of a wonder material. In concentrated solar power plants, for example, the sun’s heat can be stored in…

Maitreyee Sanjiv Marathe with the e-Little Free Library
5/23/2022

Solar Little Free Libraries provide power to people who need it most

For many people who are homeless or members of underserved populations, cell phones are a lifeline; a phone may be their only way to keep in touch with distant friends…

UW Crest with engineering background
5/10/2022

Analyzing an ‘Erie’ algae similarity with Kenya’s Kisumu Bay

When spring comes around, freeing Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, from its annual deep freeze, Paul Block and his students study the season’s climate conditions to predict what summer has…

WEMPEC students doing research
5/09/2022

Journal dedicates issue to WEMPEC’s 40-year influence on electric machines and power electronics

The April 2022 issue of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC)….

Carolyn Schaefer, a PhD student in engineering physics, works on the Pegasus-III fusion experiment
4/26/2022

Progress on the path to fusion

New technologies and an influx of private investment are sparking developments in a field that seeks to realize a longstanding energy dream. The lithium in your laptop battery could be…

From left, Seunghyeon Jung, a biological systems engineering PhD student, discusses an idea with Rob Anex, professor of biological systems engineering, Bu Wang, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Keerthana Sreenivasan, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, in a lab at the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW–Madison.
4/22/2022

UW–Madison’s ultra-efficient carbon capture tech among top-60 in global XPRIZE challenge

For a planet increasingly ravaged by the effects of climate change, removing carbon from the atmosphere could be part of a desperately needed turn in the right direction. Innovators worldwide…

UW Crest with engineering background
4/21/2022

What happens when microbes hitch a ride on microplastics in lakes

As the climate changes, dangerous algal blooms become more common in our lakes, threatening not only humans, but entire freshwater ecosystems. Nimish Pujara, an assistant professor of civil and environmental…

CBE plastic recycling class video still image
4/04/2022

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…

UW Crest with engineering background
3/29/2022

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…