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Jeff Sakamoto, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, holds a new ceramic for solid lithium ion batteries. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.
Michigan State engineers are working to create the next generation of batteries for electric vehicles, with a goal of eliminating “range anxiety” as well as sticker shock, by making a battery that stores four or five times more energy. The engineers are trying to determine if a solid material, known as superionic conductors, might be better than today's batteries: Just as fast, but safer, cheaper to manufacture, less sensitive to degradation at higher temperatures.
  • MSU researchers test a new thermoelectric material developed in the Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.
    MSU researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material - based on natural minerals known as tetrahedrites - that takes the heat generated from a car engine and converts it to electricity.
  • Less than one year after Michigan State University added a commercial-sized anaerobic digester to its campus sustainability arsenal, the magic of bioengineering has transformed thousands of tons of organic waste from MSU and the greater Lansing area into biogas that has generated more than 1.7 million kWh of electricity.
  • Krista Greenwood, a former student who now works for Dow Chemical, pulls cell stocks out of liquid nitrogen as part of an experiment in John LaPres’ lab. Photo: Kurt Stepnitz, MSU CABS.
    The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Integrative Toxicology is directing a $14.1 million initiative to better understand how environmental contaminants called dioxins affect human health and to find new ways of removing them from the environment.

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