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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

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.

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.

October 27, 2014

Last year when Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest, a startup that makes smart thermostats, the press joked that the internet giant would soon be posting advertisements on people's home thermostats. But by May, Nest announced that it had used its devices to shave peak-demand energy use by a whopping 55% in its first test program.

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