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wearable solar

August 10, 2016

Imagine a smartwatch that's powered by the sun rather than a lithium-ion battery. Or a contact lens that taps solar energy to adjust its focus automatically to help you see better.

These are two potential outcomes of new solar research conducted by a team in the engineering school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 09, 2016

Using a unique combination of advanced computational methods, University of Wisconsin–Madison chemical engineers have demystified some of the complex catalytic chemistry in fuel cells — an advance that brings cost-effective fuel cells closer to reality.

Air Quality

August 05, 2016

NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team this past week tapped Tracey Holloway, a professor in the University of Wisconsin—Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, to lead the multi-institutional effort to help make environmental satellite data more accessible and useful.

August 03, 2016

University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices — wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.

August 01, 2016

Flipping a switch to turn on the lights or pressing a button to start a computer and connect to the Internet — these are some of the daily functions most Americans take for granted.

That’s not the case, though, for millions of people who live in remote areas around the world with no electricity or broadband access.


July 29, 2016

A $1 million Sloan Foundation grant will support MIT's Nuclear Department of Science and Engineering-led Future of Nuclear Energy Technologies study. The goal of the study will be to conduct an objective assessment of the opportunities and challenges affecting the ability of nuclear energy technologies in meeting U.S. and global energy needs in a carbon-constrained world.


July 26, 2016

With computers’ growing performance capabilities, big data centers often face the challenge of keeping their machines from overheating while computing.

July 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded more than $35 million through its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) to support university-led nuclear energy research and development projects, including a total of about $3 million in grants for UW-Madison researchers.

July 05, 2016

Back in 2005, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Michael Corradini sent an email to then chancellor John Wiley to make a case for creating an energy institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. What the campus needed, he argued, was an energy meta-center that could help facilitate and expand the university’s clean energy research and education.


July 05, 2016

NovoMoto—an innovative startup co-founded by two University of Wisconsin–Madison engineering graduate students—won third place and $20,000 in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 Cleantech University Prize National Competition on June 23, 2016.