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A multifunctional sensing sticker
June 19, 2024

Printed sensors in soil could help farmers improve crop yields and save money

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed low-cost sensors that allow for real-time, continuous monitoring of nitrate in soil types that are common in Wisconsin. These printed electrochemical sensors could enable…

UW Crest with engineering background
June 17, 2024

Focus on new faculty: Mahima Gupta is designing power converters for the electric revolution

Power converters are an essential component of many electrical systems, from a smartphone or electric car to the electric grid. These devices flip current from AC to DC or DC…

PhD student Kevin Stindt and Associate Professor Megan McClean
June 17, 2024

Transfer tech: A new method for manipulating fungi in microbiomes

By targeting the bacteria in microbiomes, scientists can improve human gut health, bolster the hardiness of agricultural crops, and treat wastewater. Bacteria aren’t the only members of microbiomes, though. Fungi…

UW Crest with engineering background
June 14, 2024

Researchers distill the facts of a chemical separation process (and upend a decades-old theory)

Since it was developed a few decades ago, the chemical separation process of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN), has drawn attention for its potential to revolutionize vital industries, including those in…

Christy Remucal
June 5, 2024

Finding PFAS: New Center of Excellence will amplify ability to detect and identify ‘forever chemicals’

Federal support is helping the University of Wisconsin-Madison broaden its ability to study potentially harmful “forever chemicals” that are infiltrating our soil and water. Christy Remucal, a professor of civil…

Benedikt Geiger and PhD student Michael Gerard with HSX
June 5, 2024

How modifying magnetic fields can tame turbulence in fusion devices

In magnetic confinement fusion devices, an unruly plasma is a big obstacle to harnessing fusion as a clean energy source. This turbulence in the plasma, which isn’t fully understood, causes…

Line Roald
May 29, 2024

Roald is part of a major NSF-funded project to decarbonize computing

Line Roald, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a new branch of computer…

WiscWind team members demonstrate their wind turbine during 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition
May 21, 2024

Offshore wind: UW–Madison undergrads win national award with design for floating wind turbines on Lake Michigan

Winds on the Great Lakes could provide more than enough clean energy to meet the needs of the eight bordering states, yet logistical, social, and environmental challenges have stymied development…

Image from Bloom game
May 14, 2024

Zavala helps develop educational video game tackling algae blooms

The latest video game from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Field Day Lab and Victor Zavala, the Baldovin-DaPra Professor in chemical and biological engineering, teaches high school students how to harness…

Megan McClean and Zack Harmer
May 1, 2024

Machine learning illuminates experimental design for synthetic biology

When Zack Harmer’s advisor and lab leader, Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Megan McClean, suggested he explore a potential collaboration with Chemical Engineering Professor Victor Zavala’s computational group, the University of…