Tag Chemistry

New technique could slash energy use in making silicon

October 13, 2017

A chemistry professor has come up with a more sustainable way to make silicon at much lower temperatures for the kind of advanced batteries used in electronics such as phones, cameras and laptop computers.

Renowned biochemical engineer Edwin N. Lightfoot passes away

October 9, 2017

Edwin Lightfoot, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at age 92.

Shakhashiri, presenter of popular chemistry shows, wins science education award

August 21, 2017

Bassam Shakhashiri may be best known for his live chemistry shows — such as the annual “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri,” now 47 years old and televised around the country.

In words and glass, collaboration unlocks birth of modern chemistry

July 19, 2017

Scientific glassblower Tracy Drier creates a kaliapparat, the focus of his historical research, inside his glass shop in the basement of the UW–Madison …

UW–Madison chemist named American Chemical Society fellow

July 11, 2017

Ned Sibert is an expert in theoretical chemistry, which, rather than using hands-on experiments, uses math and computational tools to study and make predictions about chemical systems and their properties.

Chemistry professor honored for early-career teaching and research

May 18, 2017

Randall Goldsmith, whose work enables insights on a number of issues in science, is among the 13 U.S. early-career faculty members in the chemical sciences to win a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

UW-Madison biochemist wins Shaw Scientist Award

May 17, 2017

Ophelia Venturelli's research may lead to the ability to engineer behaviors among beneficial microbes in the gut ecosystem, which could be used to enhance their resilience to invasion by pathogens or unintended impairment from antibiotics.

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.