Recent Research

In recent studies, George S. Abela, professor at Michigan State University, and his colleagues demonstrated that early in the disease commonly known as “hardening of the arteries,” or atherosclerosis, dangerous cholesterol crystals are formed.
  • 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.

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