New sources of energy for transporting our goods, lighting our homes, powering our businesses, and moving people from place to place.
Protecting the environment and expanding access to clean air and water resources. In a coming era of scarcity, how can engineering and science transform our ways of living to make them truly sustainable?
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The new approach moves energy efficiently and could reduce energy losses converting light into electricity.
A peel-off patterning technique could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Producing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass.
A charge-neutral information carrier could cut energy waste from computing, now that it can potentially be transported within chips.
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The researchers compare them to fat deposits in living creatures.
Understanding how to design better catalysts could enable sustainable energy tech and make everyday chemicals more environmentally friendly.
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Work for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will develop a policy roadmap to safe, low cost water services.
Virtual copies of nuclear reactors could enable smarter maintenance for current reactors and more automation for advanced reactors.
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Two U-M led projects are funded by the Department of Defense.
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Communities will have varied tolerances for the acreage occupied by renewables. A new study quantifies the land needed for different options.
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The Department of Energy will support research into better heat exchangers as well as improved predictions for neutron physics and radiation damage.
Now that it’s understood, researchers are on their way to preventing this type of degradation in nuclear power plants.
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Rather than just slowing down a charged particle moving through a plasma, friction can also push from the side in a strong magnetic field.
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University of Michigan researchers are developing better plasma technology that can destroy PFAS compounds
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A coating of polyurethane keeps plasma problems in check during magnetic compression.
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Researchers have shown that a technique often used to identify chemicals at a distance could help sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as far as a couple miles away.
Highlights include Newsweek and The Conversation.
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In The Conversation, NAME Chair Jing Sun explains some of the fuels and technology that could improve shipping sustainability in the future.
Concrete and construction aggregates could be carbon negative and dollar positive while sustainable aviation fuel and methanol could also turn a profit.
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The University of Michigan will lead a suite of projects involving multiple institutions to boost understanding of solid-state EV power cells.
System developed at the University of Michigan saves time and money in the race to create better batteries for the electric vehicle revolution
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Improved heat-trapping materials for solar thermal energy could help the U.S. meet its goal of cutting solar energy costs in half by 2030.
As battery makers race to keep up with demand, a quick and inexpensive step can save money and time in development.
University of Michigan leads a collaboration of academic, municipal and private institutions to advance a renewable methane ecosystem.
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Researchers estimate that there was an 80% carbon footprint reduction when using renewable hydrocarbon biofuels instead of traditional petroleum-sourced fuels
The new approach could enable farmers to produce ammonia on-site, and also reduce CO2 emissions from fertilizer production.
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Highlights include the Los Angeles Times.
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Highlights include Vox and the New York Times.
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University of Michigan researchers lay out hurdles for tech that could double EV range.
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Highlights include NPR, Popular Science and The Conversation.
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Highlights include The Conversation, MLive and the Washington Post.
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The global move to advanced materials and electric powertrains requires a re-evaluation of how we recycle vehicles.
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Predictive modeling could help power companies get more consistent output from renewables.
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A game-theory approach identifies which policy could support autonomous vehicles’ market penetration—and environmental benefits
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Society for Risk Analysis recognizes Michigan researchers for work predicting storm damage.
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The upside is that simple fixes will have a big impact
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Rising temperatures, increased CO2 will drive trees, grasses, weeds to produce more pollen.
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In a perspective piece for Washington Post, Richard Rood says response to climate change requires an adaption mindset in addition to mitigation efforts.
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In The Conversation, Chris Ruf explains how CYGNSS can find the source ocean microplastics and aid in future clean up.
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Study sheds light on the future of the massive Thwaites Glacier.
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Ocean wind tracker is finding new uses for inland studies.
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By zeroing in on different high-latitude regions around the globe, researchers reveal what global averages mask.
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The gift represents a cross-discipline approach to sustainability and equity.
Highlight include The Detroit News.
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How would Enbridge shut down the controversial pipeline and construct a replacement tunnel?
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In The Conversation, experts break down what’s needed to make CO2 in concrete work on a wide scale to curb global emissions.
Systems featuring a ‘membrane-aerated biofilm reactor’ can also remove more nitrogen from treatment plant discharges.
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New study is the first in-depth analysis of the environmental performance and benefits of large-scale urine recycling relative to conventional wastewater treatment and fertilizer production.
The nanofibers recycled from Kevlar vests are harnessed in a biomimetic design to help solve a battery’s longevity problem.
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By reflecting nearly all the light they can’t turn into electricity, they help pave the way for storing renewable energy as heat.
‘The trends we see in the making and consuming of single-use goods, particularly plastic, could have lasting negative effects on the circular economy.’
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Highlights include Wired and Popular Science.
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By putting a twist on new “2D” semiconductors, researchers have demonstrated their potential for using single photons to transmit information.
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Johanna Mathieu is one of four principal investigators on a project to improve home energy efficiency and to lower monthly utility bills.
Part of the team that brought us the world’s smallest computer in 2015 brings the future of computing technology into the present.
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The researcher-entrepreneur who helped bring OLED displays to the masses envisions a future of efficient lighting and next-gen solar power.
A catalyst on a solar panel can make methane, the main component of natural gas, with carbon dioxide, water and sunlight.
A Q&A with Rachel Goldman
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In an approach that won’t disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry.
Cold-weather-friendly formula foils snow/ice accumulation in Alaska test.
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The project could pave the way for compact quantum computing and communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization and air purification.
High-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection.
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“Our discovery is a real game-changer. I’ve never seen such stability.”
An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI
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Plasma science has the potential to speed advances in medicine, energy, electronics and more—including helping us deal with pandemics.
Transparent solar panels on windows could take a bite out of a building’s electricity needs.
PhD student Trevor Odelberg is looking to enable long range, highly reliable, and low-power cellular IoT devices that one day can run entirely on harvested energy, reducing battery waste and empowering devices to last for decades.
PhD students Sijia Geng, Bahareh Hadidian, and Nasimeh Heydaribeni will participate in the intensive workshop that brings together outstanding women and gender minorities interested in pursuing academic careers in EECS.
A five-nanometer-thick layer of silver and copper outperforms conventional indium tin oxide without adding cost.
The rapid growth of renewable energy led to an international task force to study its impact on the stability of worldwide power systems.
Ramyar’s research focuses on how power and energy can be transformed, extracted from clean power generation, and stored effectively and sustainably.
Stuhlmacher is working to optimize the interaction between the power distribution network and the drinking water distribution network to improve the sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency of both systems.
Using retired electric vehicle batteries, the project plans to enable widespread and equitable access to sustainable power and energy through sustainable energy storage.
PhD student Anna Stuhlmacher researches how the water distribution network can better provide services to the power network, which can allow for greater integration of renewable energy sources into the grid, reduce costs, and improve system resiliency.
In partnership with Detroit-based community organizations, Prof. Johanna Mathieu co-leads a team of researchers working to reduce disparities in household energy insecurity for low and moderate income households.
Electrical Engineering undergrad Madeline Evans is a key researcher on a project that uses NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System to monitor microplastic pollution that harms marine ecosystems.
Roberts works to improve remote sensing of soil moisture, which is important for environmental conservation, natural resource management, and agriculture.
Research led by Prof. Stephen Rand, Director of the Center for Dynamic Magneto-optics (DYNAMO), has important potential for energy conversion, ultrafast switching, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics.
In S1E1, Prof. Zetian Mi talks unlocking quantum properties to close the loop on carbon emissions.
In a project funded by National Geographic, ECE researchers are teaming up with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to advance our understanding of monarch butterfly migration with the most ambitious iteration of the Michigan Micro Mote yet.
Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani and Dr. Yutao Qin received an “Outstanding Paper Award” for their fully electronic micro gas chromatography system.
Guo is working to boost the visibility of autonomous cars for improved safety, and Mi is building a prototype solar hydrogen production system that could out-compete electric cars.
The College of Engineering honors ECE PhD candidate Tianlin Wang for his excellent research in remote sensing as well as his leadership and service to the community.
A professor of electrical engineering and computer science is awarded one of engineering’s top honors.
The ARC works to solve a broad set of issues pertaining to the modeling and simulation of ground vehicle systems.
Prof. Ahmadi will investigate promising new materials needed for an increasingly electrified world
Prof. Stephen Forrest, who serves as co-chair of the commission, attended the forum to address concerns and give updates on the plan of action.
An update on the work done by U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest.
Finally, proof that organic photovoltaics can be as reliable as inorganic, with real-life desert testing
Predicting future disasters is an important goal of those participating in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
The research impacts development of high-efficiency, micro LEDs, used in a variety of applications.
The symposium brings together 82 young engineers from different technical areas from around the country.
Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management.
Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.
From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better.
A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.
Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M’s commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all.
Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting.
Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy.
Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid.
Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources.
The award recognizes Mathieu’s outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy.