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Donna Whitney doing research in the field

Energy-Environment

CSE professor involved in national recommendations on the future of Earth science

Posted May 19, 2020

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Professor Donna Whitney was part of a committee appointed by the National Academies that has published a new report outlining the future of Earth sciences over the next decade.

Polyurethane recycling process

Research, Energy-Environment

New recycling method could make polyurethane materials sustainable

Posted April 30, 2020

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are part of a national team that has found a better way to recycle a versatile plastic material, called polyurethanes, that could prevent the material from becoming waste.

Hands holding glass globe

Energy-Environment

Ecolab Foundation commits $5 million to University for sustainability research and education

Posted December 6, 2018

Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler today jointly announced a $5 million gift from the Ecolab Foundation to the University-wide Driven campaign in support of environmental sustainability research and education.

Aerial stock image of water, agriculture and city

Energy-Environment

University of Minnesota to develop techniques for monitoring global change

Posted September 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a three-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance machine learning techniques to better monitor global agricultural and environmental change.

Hexane molecule image

Energy-Environment, Nanotechnology

Researchers discover how caged molecules ‘rattle and sing’

Posted September 10, 2018

A team of energy researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered that molecular motion can be predicted with high accuracy when confining molecules in small nanocages. The discovery could improve production of fuels and chemicals.

Comparison images of Antarctica elevation maps before and after REMA

Energy-Environment

Researchers release the most accurate map of Antarctica terrain

Posted September 4, 2018

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University have released the most accurate high-resolution terrain map of Antarctica ever created.

Map of Energy Frontier Research Centers funded by Department of Energy

Energy-Environment

University of Minnesota-based center awarded $12 million to continue energy materials research

Posted July 27, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced that it has received a $12 million grant over four years from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue leading the discovery of a new class of materials used in energy research.

Energy-Environment

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

Posted January 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.

Energy-Environment

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

Posted January 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 levels of sulfide and increases other harmful elements.

Professor and student working on an engine

Energy-Environment

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

Posted September 11, 2017

The Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory announced that it has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to research ways to boost energy efficiencies in cloud-connected delivery vehicles.