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  • Biological Debate

    New technique supports UMass Amherst view that electric charges propogate along microbial nanowires

    The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been... More

  • Bio-Inspired

    Blades of grass inspire advances in organic solar cells

    Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts... More

  • Revolutionizing Nanotech

    Eco-friendly ‘pre-fab nanoparticles’ could revolutionize nano manufacturing

    A team of materials chemists, polymer scientists, device physicists and others at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report a breakthrough technique for controlling molecular assembly of... More

  • Core Power

    Detecting neutrinos, UMass physicists look into the heart of the sun

    Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis at the University of... More

  • New Materials, Origami Style

    Scientists use paper-folding ideas to create reprogrammable materials

    A challenge increasingly important to physicists and materials scientists in recent years has been how to design controllable new materials that exhibit desired physical properties rather than... More

  • Energy Extension

    New initiative leverages campus expertise for clean energy implementation

    A six million dollar grant announced by Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan supports a new Energy Extension Initiative on the UMass Amherst campus. The... More

  • Blade Runner

    Engineering the next generation of turbines for wind energy

    As wind energy technology has seen a dramatic reduction in cost over the past decade and is now competitive with nuclear and fossil fuels for electric power generation in many regions, issues of... More

  • "Greener" Materials Science

    Engineering natural polymers into biomaterials and water treatment technologies

    In the exploding biomedical and environmental fields there is a growing need for innovative and “greener” materials that can heal wounds faster or remove toxic chemicals from drinking water. UMass... More