Physics student awarded U.S. Department of Energy research program award

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Zachary Robinson’s research interests include charge and energy transport in nanocrystal films MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/14/2017) — The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science announced today that University of Minnesota physics graduate student Zachary Loren Robinson is one of only 52 graduate students from across the nation selected for DOE’s 2017 Office of Science […]

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 […]

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

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Conductivity is highest-ever for thin film oxide semiconductor material MINNEAPOLIS (05/05/2017) — A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more […]

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 […]

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 […]

Help astronomers find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays

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New citizen science project needs public’s help categorizing ring patterns on observatory camera images MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (03/03/17) — A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray […]

Trap nasty carbon dioxide, save the world, become a ‘Master of Filtering’

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By Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator and Senior Web Editor, Department of Chemistry New interactive game allows users to build and test metal-organic frameworks Your mission: Save the world from carbon dioxide gas (CO2). Your task: Build nano-materials that will successfully trap those nasty carbon dioxide molecules while allowing life-giving molecules through to […]

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

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This supernova left forensic evidence in meteorites that formed at the birth of our solar system MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/28/2016) — A research team led by University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered […]

Researchers invent ‘perfect’ soap molecule that is better for the environment and cleans in all conditions

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Discovery could have major impact on multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/26/16) — A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap […]

University of Minnesota receives major U.S. Department of Energy grant to study next generation of materials

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Research could improve important technologies such as data storage and power generation MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/18/16) — The University of Minnesota announced today that it will receive $2.6 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The grant will be used to study materials at […]