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November 18, 2014

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

November 15, 2014

It's called the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, but the state's oldest venture conference — launched in Madison 30 years ago — has taken on a decidedly Upper Midwest look.

Investors, entrepreneurs, speakers and other visitors from beyond Wisconsin's borders were among the 560 people who attended the two-day conference, which is primarily a pitch event for emerging companies. Still largely a Wisconsin show, the event's appeal to people from other states spreads the word that the Badger State economy boasts more than beer, brats and bovines.

November 14, 2014

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn’t have much patience for talk about any academic rivalries between UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. 

“We have to get past this whole discussion about competition between these two cities,” she said during a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, held Wednesday and Thursday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. 

November 07, 2014

A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.

November 07, 2014

A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.

Mike Arnold. Photo by David Nevala

November 06, 2014

When Mike Arnold thinks about solar energy, he thinks big, as in the “more than one-hundred-million-billion watts of sunlight that the Earth continuously bathes in.” But he also thinks very, very small, exploring how a one-billionth-of-a-meter thick carbon-based nanomaterial could dramatically reduce the price of producing electricity with solar cells.

Michael Corradini

November 05, 2014

CONTACT: Joshua Morby, (414) 791-9120, jmorby@m-werc.org

MADISON – The Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) board of directors appointed University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of engineering physics and Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) director Michael Corradini chairman during their October meeting. Corradini succeeds MaryAnn Wright of Johnson Controls as chair.

Chemistry post-doctoral fellow Alireza Rahimi holds vials of chemicals derived from lignin, the molecule that gives wood its strength. Rahimi and senior author Shannon Stahl, an expert in green chemistry, have created a two-step process for converting lignin into biofuel and useful molecules. Their paper in Nature, published 11/2, details a new, two-step method for decomposing lignin that avoids high pressure and temperature. Credit: David Tenenbaum, University Communications

November 03, 2014

Chemistry post-doctoral fellow Alireza Rahimi holds vials of chemicals derived from lignin, the molecule that gives wood its strength. Rahimi and senior author Shannon Stahl, an expert in green chemistry, have created a two-step process for converting lignin into biofuel and useful molecules. Their paper in Nature, published 11/2, details a new, two-step method for decomposing lignin that avoids high pressure and temperature. Credit: David Tenenbaum, University Communications

November 03, 2014

Scientists today disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in "green chemistry" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

November 01, 2014

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, and Argonne National Laboratory will explore ways to produce renewable plastic precursors and other substances from biomass with a recently announced $3.3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy.

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