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  • Cultured Collection

    Gift of extensive plant cell library will augment research on natural products

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a more than $1 million donation of a unique plant cell library and related equipment from the Monsanto Company. The library contains tissues and cells from 3,500 plant species and is considered to... 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 relying on those properties to emerge naturally. Now... 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 initiative will serve as a resource on renewable and... 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 efficiency, reliability and grid-penetration remain,... 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 Amherst materials scientist and chemical engineer... More