From Greenhouse Gas to 3-D Surface-Microporous Graphene

Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide.

A material scientist at Michigan Tech invented a novel approach to take carbon dioxide and turn it into 3-D graphene with micropores across its surface. The process is the focus of a new study published in the American Chemical Society's Applied Materials & Interfaces (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07381).

The conversion of carbon dioxide to useful materials usually requires high energy input due to its ultrahigh stability. However, materials science professor Yun Hang Hu (MSE) and his research team created a heat-releasing reaction between carbon dioxide and sodium to synthesize 3-D surface-microporous graphene.

“3-D surface-microporous graphene is a brand-new material,” Hu says, explaining the material's surface is pockmarked with micropores and folds into larger mesopores, which both increase the surface area available for adsorption of electrolyte ions. “It would be an excellent electrode material for energy storage devices.” Read the full story.

Scheduled Maintenance for Panopto Huskycast Video Platform

On Saturday (Aug. 12), the Panopto Huskycast platform will be upgraded to version 5.5. This upgrade will require system downtime between 8 to 11 p.m. During this time you will not be able to access recordings and any attempt to upload from Panopto recorder clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Contact IT User Services or call 7-1111) with questions.

Volunteers needed at the Parade of Nations

Volunteers are needed for the Parade of Nations on Saturday, Sept. 16. Tasks include: parade line up, tossing candy, directing parade traffic, transporting flags and supplies to storage, clean up during and after the Multi Cultural Festival.

If you're interested in volunteering, register to volunteer here. If you have any questions contact Vienna Chapin.

Revised Dining Hall meals

Wadsworth Hall Dining will be closed beginning today (Aug. 7) through Friday, Aug. 18.

During this time, breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be served in DHH Dining Hall.

Meals will resume in Wadsworth Hall beginning Saturday, Aug. 19.

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Review Withholding

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to consider checking their tax withholding, keeping in mind factors that could affect potential refunds or taxes they may owe in 2018. Reviewing the amount of taxes withheld can help taxpayers avoid having too much or too little federal income tax taken from their paychecks. 

The IRS offers several online resources to help taxpayers bring taxes paid closer to what is owed. They are available anytime on They include:

Employees can view and change their Federal W-4 Tax Exemptions in Banweb (located on the Employee tab under Tax Forms).

Email Payroll Services or call 7-2130 with questions.

APS Labs Core Staff Retreat

Advanced Power Systems Laboratories core staff will be unavailable August 7th and 8th due to a center retreat.

Volleyball Picked Third in GLIAC North

The Michigan Tech volleyball team and sixth-year head coach Matt Jennings are looking to capitalize on their strengths this season featuring 13 home matches. The Huskies are poised to be competitive for their third consecutive winning season, finishing 10th in the Midwest Region and and will return with a group of 13 experienced team members.

Tech's top returners, seniors Elle Heinonen, Stephanie Deitrich and Lauren Emmert will supply the leadership for the Huskies. Heinonen, this season's captain, will return as the team's libero. She led the team in digs (454) and digs per set (3.78) and finished third in the GLIAC in total digs during conference play (286) averaging 4.4 digs per set. 

Halie Hart will join Heinonen to set the tone for the defense. Emmert will remain an offensive powerhouse. The middle blocker secured 12th in the GLIAC in overall blocks, led the Huskies in blocks (92) and block per set (.79). Middle blocker, Dietrich, led the GLIAC in hitting percentage during conference play (.352), and is poised to contribute again this season.

Coach Jennings will rely on Mariel Leibovitz to control the pace as the team's setter. Leibovitz is a redshirt sophomore and will serve as a strong asset both offensively and in terms of running. Pin hitters Courtney Kurkie (Jr.), Mariah Sherman (Jr.) and MacAulay Petersen (So.) will all be key advantages to this talented group.

Tech kicks off its season with its first match at the Hillsdale Tournament (Aug. 31). Following the tournament, the Huskies will host seven home matches, which includes the Keweenaw Classic (Sep. 7-9). The Tech women will compete with four teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). 

Find out more about Huskies sports at

Disconnecting with Technology, The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved

Keweenaw Young Professionals present an educational series "Disconnecting with Technology, The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved."

KYP is hosting Part Three of their Professional Development Series later this month. The event, "Disconnecting with Technology: The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved," presented by Jeremiah Baumann,
 will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 in the Jutila Center, room 323 in Hancock.

People tend to blame technology for keeping them too plugged in. Our way of life has us connected and on call 24/7. However, technology itself isn't to blame. In this session, you'll learn about tips, tricks and tools that utilize technology to actually help you disconnect, relax and escape from that traditional digital burn-out.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how to identify their connected touch-points
  • Understand how technology can be utilized to help disconnect
  • Walk away feeling more in control of their digital connection

Baumann is manager of digital media and creative services, where he runs Creative Suite 155, a student-employed internal marketing department. With his MS in integrated marketing communications, Baumann enjoys teaching at multiple college campuses, is a certified Google Educator, Certified Adobe Expert, Adobe Campus Leader and Adobe Education Trainer.

He uses his technical communications background to help train and educate on different technology, marketing and media practices through his business JBaumann Consulting LLC. He is also the Vice-chair of the National Technology Knowledge Community for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

The KYP professional development subcommittee planned to provide this type of session for part three of the series. "We were thrilled to discover Jeremiah who has presented this topic before and has experience helping people understand how to use technology to their benefit and not to their detriment," says Jonathan Davey, KYP board member and member of the subcommittee. "Jeremiah is a local wealth of knowledge and we're excited to have him present for our community."

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Items Available

The Graduate School has three wooden bookcases available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. The bookcases are dark brown in color. There are currently two shelves with additional shelves and hardware available. They are 36" height x 32" wide x 10" deep.

Contact Mary Stevens or call 7-2326 if you are interested or to view.


The Mathematical Sciences Department has a mailbox/filing system available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. It is 60" wide x 41" high x 15" deep. It currently has 40 slots with room underneath, slots are adjustable in size.

Contact Jeanne Meyers or call 7-1490 if you are interested or to view.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.


Summer Hours End Sunday

Summer Hours will end on Sunday (Aug. 13). Beginning Aug. 14, the University will return to regular office hours. 

The regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.
HuskyFAN Fall Drive

HuskyFAN is having a drive to fill up our pantry for the upcoming semester. The drive will run from Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, Aug. 9.

For more information on what and how to donate see previous Tech Today article.

If you have any questions, visit the HuskyFAN website or contact Thank you for your commitment to the Michigan Tech community and for helping our Huskies.


Weight Watchers at Work

Interested in Weight Watchers at Work? We need 20 or more committed to signing up for this program in order to bring it to Michigan Tech in the fall.

Open to employees and retirees. This is a 12-week program with meetings held around lunchtime. TechFit money will be accepted for payment. $126 for the 12-week program. That's only $10.50 per week for onsite meetings and OnlinePlus. Email Shannon Brodeur, if interested.

In the News

NASA's Earth Observatory website reported on research being done by the Michigan Tech Research Institute and others on Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that is spreading in the Great Lakes. See here.

New Funding

Zhen (Leo) Liu (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $227,367 research and development grand from the National Science Foundation.

Shiyan Hu (ECE/MTTI) is Co-PI on the project "Image-Data-Driven Deep Learning in Geosystems." This is a two-year project.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, August 7, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Administrative Aide 8, Housing & Residential Life. UAW Posting  8/7/2017 - 8/11/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

IT Connect

Graduate Student Computers

Do you know any graduate students who might need a productivity machine? These are either Windows or Linux computers and are provided at no cost. Keep in mind that these are not intended for research, but are standard configurations and built on-domain.

These machines are a service provided by IT and are available in limited quantities. To request a machine, please let us know as soon as possible and we’ll notify you when it’s available.

Have questions about these productivity machines? Contact us at or call 7-1111.