Michigan Tech News


A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) image of 3D honeycomb-structured graphene. The novel material can replace platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells with virtually no loss of generating capacity. Hui Wang image

3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum?

August 20, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

A unique form of carbon could lower the cost of dye-sensitized solar cells

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Brian Page conducts Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship research with his autonomous underwater glider.

SURFing for the Summer

August 14, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Summer is a time for hard work and scientific exploration for students in Michigan Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

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A streetcar travels a snowy Shelden Ave. in downtown Houghton. <br><br> Photos reprinted with permission from Copper Country Streetcars by William J. Sproule. Book available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665

Professor Takes a Journey on Streetcars Past

August 9, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Bill Sproule, a professor in civil and environmental engineering, has written an historical book about local streetcars.

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physical therapy patient

Getting Physical Therapy Patients Moving

July 30, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Researcher Philart Jeon and his graduate students are studying why physical therapy patients don't exercise on their own, and they may have some solutions.

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Some of the 20 things Joshua Pearce's group made for pennies on the dollar using 3D printers.

Make It Yourself and Save—a Lot—with 3D Printers

July 29, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

The numbers are in: most people can make much more for lots less using 3D printing.

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Above, the in nanobattery setup inside AC-STEM. Below, atomic resolution imaging of the front line of lithium ions entering a SnO2 nanowire. The images show the parallel Li-ion channels and the formation of dislocations at the tip of the channels.

Scientists Spy on Lithium Ions

July 5, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has developed a device to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions—and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.

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Victor Busov, left; Yordan Yordanov, center; and Hairong Wei, right, examine their experimental poplar trees.

Getting to the Root of the Matter

July 2, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Plant researchers figure out the genetics of poplar root growth under low nitrogen conditions.

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sapmi region

Mining in Northern Climes: Whose Decision is it?

June 24, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Reindeer herders and others might be negatively affected by a proposed open pit mine in northern Skandinavia.

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Electrons flash across a series of gold quantum dots on boron nitride nanotubes. Michigan Tech scientists made the quantum-tunneling device, which acts like a transistor at room temperature, without using semiconducting materials. Yoke Khin Yap graphic

Beyond Silicon: Transistors without Semiconductors

June 20, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech researchers have built a super-small transistor with nanotubes and quantum dots—without a speck of silicon or any other semiconductor.  

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Fish Oil Lowers Stress Response

June 11, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech researchers have determined that fish oil protects the heart in stressful situations.

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