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.
The new method gives chemists prospecting for bioactive molecules a new tool in the search for novel drugs or chemicals for agriculture.
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 diseases strike about 1 in 4,000 people and there are currently no licensed therapies available beyond treatments with vitamins and supplements.
"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
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.
The work opens new avenues for the direct synthesis of a chemical needed in large volumes for the laundry and paper bleaching industry.
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.
In a lab built around tools and techniques that are more than a century old, Tracy Drier performs miracles of construction and reconstruction.
Silatronix, a UW–Madison spinoff, says its formulation will lead to safer lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops and tablets.
Nine members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's academic staff have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Academic Staff Excellence Awards.
"If you ask an ordinary person, ‘What is glass?’ they will point to a window, but glass is a much broader category of materials,” says Mark Ediger.