Tag Chemistry

High school and middle school students crystallize science

February 3, 2017

From March 1 to April 30, participating students will work to grow large and high quality crystals from safe, common materials.

Novel catalysts improve path to more sustainable plastics production

December 2, 2016

The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging.

Life in ancient oceans enabled by erosion from land

September 26, 2016

As scientists continue finding evidence for life in the ocean more than 3 billion years ago, those ancient fossils pose a paradox that raises questions about whether there was more land mass than previously thought.

Chemistry method expedites path to useful molecules for medicine

September 1, 2016

The new method gives chemists prospecting for bioactive molecules a new tool in the search for novel drugs or chemicals for agriculture.

Symmetry crucial for building key biomaterial collagen in the lab

August 25, 2016

Functional human collagen has been impossible to create in the lab. Now, a team of University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers describe what may be the key to growing functional, natural collagen fibers outside of the body: symmetry.

Mitochondrial maps reveal new connections to poorly understood diseases

August 4, 2016

Mitochondrial diseases strike about 1 in 4,000 people and there are currently no licensed therapies available beyond treatments with vitamins and supplements.

Fundamental discovery slashes energy cost of chemical reactions

June 27, 2016

"We get two for the price of one," says researcher Shannon Stahl, "and we can save half a volt ... In a fuel cell, that is significant saving of energy."

Crystal growing contest gives middle, high school students a peek inside UW–Madison chemistry department

May 27, 2016

Hundreds of middle and high school students from across Wisconsin enjoyed some hands-on chemistry experience this spring through a crystal-growing contest organized by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Chemistry Department.

Single-step hydrogen peroxide production could be cleaner, more efficient

May 24, 2016

The work opens new avenues for the direct synthesis of a chemical needed in large volumes for the laundry and paper bleaching industry.

Blowing glass in class

May 5, 2016

Few departments on campus use as much glassware as the Department of Chemistry. So it makes perfect sense to have a master glassblower within the department to help design and build innovative equipment.

Clarity of vision: Chemistry’s glass whisperer

May 5, 2016

In a lab built around tools and techniques that are more than a century old, Tracy Drier performs miracles of construction and reconstruction.

Madison-made electrolyte going big at global battery manufacturer

April 25, 2016

Silatronix, a UW–Madison spinoff, says its formulation will lead to safer lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops and tablets.