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  • Paving the Way for Non-Electric Batteries

    "Christmas light" polymer chain provides new way to store energy

    Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the... More

  • New England for Off Shore?

    Public support for wind farms is stronger than perceived

    Support for wind power off the coast of New England may be stronger than you think. An investigation of public estimates of support for offshore wind energy by UMass Amherst researchers shows that... More

  • Fueled by Fungus

    Brown rot fungus shows promise for biomass conversion

    Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and... More

  • Light Me Up!

    Technology for off-the-shelf power generating clothes is here

    A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but UMass Amherst materials scientist Trisha Andrew could make one today. She and... More