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Linxiao Zhu, ME Research Fellow, unveils a device that enables cooling via heat transfer. Photo: Joseph Xu

Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers

Harnessing heat flow at the nanoscale while suppressing thermal radiation from the LED enables a new approach to light-based cooling.|Short Read

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that won’t disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry.|Medium Read
Johanna Mathieu

Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources.|Medium Read
Ahmet Emre works in a lab

Cartilage could be key to safe ‘structural batteries’

The new prototype cells can run for more than 100 cycles at 90 percent capacity and withstand hard impacts and even stabbing.|Medium Read
Johanna Mathieu

Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy.|Short Read

WEMU interviews Asst. Prof. Kort on methane pipeline leakage

Methane pipeline leakage could have a potentially much larger effect on global warming than carbon dioxide. |Short Read
A transparent aerogel could reduce the energy loss in absorbers for solar thermal power plants by 67 percent. Credit: Lenert Lab, Michigan Engineering

$1.6M for solar cell windows and high-temperature solar power

New sustainability research garners support from Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. |Medium Read
The summer sun rises on North Campus of the University of Michigan

Urgent climate action: How engineers are heeding IPCC’s call

Efforts are underway to reduce CO2, develop sustainable energy, and adapt to a warmer future.|Medium Read
Live micro algae that is being introduced as a source of vegetable oils that can be used in the manufacturing of biodiesel fuel to replace the existing traditional agricultural sources of oil. Andre Boehman, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Photo: Evan Dougherty

From ponds to power: $2M to perfect algae as a diesel fuel

University of Michigan becomes one of the few institutes in the world working on the problem end-to-end.|Medium Read
Blue batteries stacked on top of each other for storage

U-M faculty to pursue battery breakthroughs as part of nationwide initiative

Two Michigan Engineering professors are involved in ambitious research to develop next-generation batteries. |Short Read
An electron microscope image

Heat transfer surprise could lead to thermal transistors

Mechanical engineers find another way to break Planck's law at the nanoscale.|Medium Read
Fall on North Campus. Photo: Joseph Xu

Anna Stefanopoulou to serve as director of Energy Institute

Anna Stefanopoulou's five year appointment as the director of the Energy Institute begins September 1. |Medium Read