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The Chemistry of Color: Energy Researcher Develops Dye-Based Solar Cells

October 03, 2013

Madison — At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts…and color. Take, for example, Chemistry Assistant Professor Trisha Andrew: researchers in Andrew's lab are developing next-generation solar cells using chromophores, or in lay terms, dyes.

September 24, 2013

In their quest to make cellulosic biofuel a viable energy option, many researchers are looking to marginal lands - those unsuitable for growing food - as potential real estate for bioenergy crops. However, few people have asked: how do farmers feel about using their marginal lands for fuel production?

September 24, 2013

In their quest to make cellulosic biofuel a viable energy option, many researchers are looking to marginal lands - those unsuitable for growing food - as potential real estate for bioenergy crops. However, few people have asked: how do farmers feel about using their marginal lands for fuel production?

Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and UW-Madison alumnus, talks to students, faculty and the public about the future of solar energy.

September 12, 2013

On September 6, 2013 SunPower, Inc. CEO and University of Wisconsin—Madison alumnus Tom Werner visited campus to share his knowledge of solar energy and business with students, faculty and the public.

September 06, 2013

An industry executive who has spent his entire career translating inventions into products that are both profitable and beneficial to society has joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 15, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin - a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.
The presence of lignin in secondary plant cell walls can be visualized using specific dyes. On this cross section of an Arabidopsis stem, the lignin has been stained red.

August 15, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin — a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.

August 08, 2013

Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working in the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 08, 2013

DOE Bioenergy Research Center Directors, GM Executive Attend House Science and National Labs Caucus in DC

On July 22, more than 80 congressional staff members gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC for a Q&A-style briefing intended to update the House Science and National Labs Caucus on the latest progress of the Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs).

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