Tag Materials

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.

Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways

August 3, 2016

The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices — wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.

Making molecules comfy: Ultimate challenge for UW’s ‘Glass Guy’

March 23, 2016

"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.

Nanosheet growth technique could revolutionize nanomaterial production

January 27, 2016

Tiny sheets of the semiconductor zinc oxide could have huge implications for the future of a host of electronic and biomedical devices.

Cages offer new direction in sustainable catalyst design

July 23, 2015

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust.