University of Minnesota study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution

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Wetlands are five times more efficient at reducing harmful nitrate compared to land-based conservation practices MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/29/2018) — A study by University of Minnesota researchers provides new insights to demonstrate that multiple wetlands or ‘wetland complexes’ within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate in rivers and streams. […]

Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams

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Sulfate from human activity can transform into toxic sulfide and increase other harmful elements including mercury in fish    MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/24/2018) — By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic […]

Engines lab receives $1.4M grant to improve delivery vehicle energy efficiency

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Donation and state funding were critical to securing federal funding and industry partnerships MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/11/2017) — The University of Minnesota Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory announced that it has been awarded $1.4 million in funding from the NEXTCAR Program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy […]

U of M startup CoreBiome provides services to accelerate microbiome discovery across industries

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Patent-pending technology could improve human health, agriculture and environment MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/23/2017) — The University of Minnesota Venture Center, part of the Office for Technology Commercialization, today announced the launch of CoreBiome Inc., a startup company based on University technology that provides analysis of microbial communities for human health, agricultural, environmental […]

Researchers revolutionize vital conservation tool with use of gold nanotechnology and lasers

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Cryopreservation study results have sweeping implications for wildlife conservation and human health MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/13/2017) — For more than 60 years, researchers have tried to successfully cryopreserve (or freeze) the embryo of zebrafish, a species that is an important medical model for human health. In a new study, researchers at the […]

U of M startup enVerde LLC to commercialize new waste-to-energy gasification technology

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/24/2017) – The Minneapolis-based clean tech startup company enVerde has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas (syngas). The waste-to-energy technology, which allows organic wastes to be instantly gasified rather than combusted or incinerated, was developed […]

Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

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Discovery could transform industries MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/24/2017) — Synthetic rubber and plastics—used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products—are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists from three […]

Scientists need your help in first-ever census of Weddell seals

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New effort builds upon last summer’s successful pilot project MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/13/2017) — Scientists are asking for the public’s help to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better understand the effects of climate […]

CSE faculty to lead sustainable energy research

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Investing in the future of energy MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/12/2017) — After an extensive internal and external review of multiple research proposals, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE) announced that College of Science and Engineering Professors R. Lee Penn (Chemistry) and Eray S. Aydil (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) will […]

Researchers develop groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes

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Discovery could greatly improve energy-efficiency of separation and purification processes in the chemical and petrochemical industries MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/15/17) — A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the […]