Energy & Environment

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Learning from leaves

Heather Mayes is harnessing autumn’s hidden processes to improve renewable energy and even healthcare.|Short Read
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Turning waste heat into emissions-free electricity

Energy-intensive industries have been waiting for a low-cost, low-toxicity thermoelectric generation material. It’s here.|Medium Read

Precise pulses explore light’s magnetism

A new laser will investigate an unusual magnetic effect that may lead to efficient solar energy harvesting.|Medium Read
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Floodproofing cities: $1.8M for smart stormwater project

Arming infrastructure with smart tech could limit flood damage.|Medium Read

Predicting a hurricane’s impact with big data

A research team prepares weather models that will predict a storm’s impact on the electrical infrastructure. |Short Read
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Electric field control of magnetism

The Van Vlack Lecture Series was established in honor of L. H. Van Vlack, to provide a distinguished lecture series from the outstanding leaders in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.|Short Read
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Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries

How a building's thermal energy can help the power grid accommodate more renewable energy sources.|Medium Read

Hurricane Irma: Engineering researchers involved in forecasts and more

Michigan Engineering professors offer insights into the storm and discuss the ways in which they’re tracking it.|Medium Read
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Atmospheric rivers

Michigan researchers have developed a series of animations to predict when atmospheric rivers will impact land, allowing for better preparation for extreme weather events. |Short Read

Affordable lead sensor for home, city water lines

Citizens could become water quality watchdogs and monitor lead contamination at their own taps with new electronic sensors.|Medium Read
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Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks

More efficient LED lighting and invisibility cloaking are two possible applications for a new process that adds metallic nanoparticles to semiconductors.|Medium Read

Harnessing light to drive chemical reactions

The mechanism transferring light energy from capturer to catalyst is explained, paving the way to design better reactions that use less energy and produce less waste.|Medium Read