Professor Taner Akkin in lab with students
Awards-Grants, Research

University of Minnesota receives $16M to uncover 'wiring diagram' of the brain


University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Professor Taner Akkin is part of a research team that has received a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the groundbreaking project of unraveling the mysteries of the brain's ‘wiring diagram.’

University of Minnesota campus
Awards-Grants, Energy-Environment, Research

Two U of M-affiliated projects named as finalists in NSF Regional Innovation Engine Competition


University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering researchers are part of two proposed sustainability projects chosen as finalists for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines competition.

Light shining through optical materials
Digital Technology, Nanotechnology, Research

Research brief: UMN-led team achieves near-perfect light absorption in atomic-scale material


A University of Minnesota Twin Cities-led team has, for the first time, engineered an atomically thin material that can absorb nearly 100 percent of light at room temperature, a discovery that could improve a wide range of applications from optical communications to stealth technology.

Test vehicles
Infrastructure/Transportation, Research

Connecting smart vehicles with traffic signals could reduce fuel use


Civil engineering assistant professor Michael Levin is part of a University of Minnesota team levering MnDOT data to study the impact of connected vehicles (CVs) on fuel consumption.

Stock computer chip
Digital Technology, Nanotechnology, Research

New material could hold key to reducing energy consumption in computers and electronics


A University of Minnesota Twin Cities team has, for the first time, synthesized a thin film of a unique topological semimetal material that has the potential to generate more computing power and memory storage while using significantly less energy.

Statues at Nehmrut
Energy-Environment, Research

Researchers unearth the mysteries of how Turkey’s East Anatolian fault formed


An international team led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has, for the first time, accurately determined the age of the East Anatolian fault, allowing geologists to learn more about its seismic history and tendency to produce earthquakes.

Researcher working in the lab with rat kidney
Medical-Health Technology, Research

Researchers perform first successful transplant of functional cryopreserved rat kidney


In a groundbreaking new study, engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have proven the life-saving potential of long-term organ preservation at ultra-low temperatures by successfully transplanting a rewarmed kidney in a rat and restoring full kidney function. 

CSE Assistant Professor Nadja Strobbe

Armed with data from the world’s largest particle accelerator, CSE physics professor is on a mission to discover


University of Minnesota Assistant Professor Nadja Strobbe studies high-energy particle physics, and she and her team of students and researchers are on a quest to solve some of the Universe’s most mind-boggling mysteries.

Illustration of an axion decaying into two muons

University of Minnesota theoretical physicists help expand the search for new particle


A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities physicists has discovered a new way to search for axions, hypothetical particles that could help solve some of nature’s most puzzling mysteries.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Ph.D. students Yingying Zhang and Chi Zhang conduct measurements using a home-built system involving ultrafast laser pulses to study the lanthanum strontium cobaltite devices

Researchers tune thermal conductivity of materials ‘on the fly’ for more energy-efficient devices


A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers discovered a new method for tuning the thermal conductivity of materials, achieving a record-high range of tunability that will open a door to developing more energy-efficient and durable electronic devices.