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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…

Research lab
January 20, 2023

New nanoparticles deliver therapy brain-wide, edit Alzheimer’s gene in mice

Gene therapies have the potential to treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, but they face a common barrier — the blood-brain barrier. Now, researchers at the University of…

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…

Hyunseok Oh
January 6, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Hyunseok Oh is making metal more recyclable

After several years of studying materials science as an undergraduate at Seoul National University in South Korea, Hyunseok Oh had a philosophical crisis. He began questioning the purpose of engineering…

Jeremy Coulson
January 6, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Jeremy Coulson is making smart systems smarter

Autonomous systems are becoming more and more impressive, from smart homes that learn a family’s routine to delivery robots that can safely cross an intersection on their own. However, the…

Daniel Rhodes working in the lab
January 5, 2023

Revolutionary layered material could control its own conductivity

In a breakthrough that could expand the capabilities of next-generation electronics, a University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering team has discovered a new bilayer 2D crystalline material that is both superconducting and…

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…

Christy Remucal working in the lab
January 3, 2023

Northeastern Wisconsin PFAS plume moves into Green Bay via groundwater

A new study has found that a plume of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from an industrial source has made its way into Green Bay, Lake Michigan, through the movement…

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….

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…