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May 02, 2017

Duke Electric Vehicle Takes First Place at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2017

High-efficiency car built by students posted electric equivalent of nearly 10,000 mpg

April 04, 2016

Duke’s Materials Science Sparks a Brighter Energy Future

Energy provides humanity with immeasurable benefits and promise, allowing people all over the world to maintain or improve their standard of living and build healthier and happier communities. Yet the production and use of energy also introduces a number of emerging threats, including climate [...]

November 30, 2015

Interdisciplinary Teams Take a Hands-on Approach to Energy Innovations

Bacteria that eat methane and turn themselves into cattle feed. A solar-powered pressure cooker that sterilizes medical equipment in rural clinics. A fleet of FedEx trucks powered by natural gas that would have been burned off through flare stacks and wasted. Duke students working with Emily M. [...]

October 22, 2015

Olivier Delaire: Designing Thermoelectric Materials One Atom at a Time

Olivier Delaire, a scientist probing the atomic phenomena underlying the physical characteristics of materials, will join Duke University’s faculty in January 2016. After seven years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Tennessee-based research campus of the U.S. Department of Energy, [...]

October 21, 2015

Kunshan Workshop Explores Water Impacts Of Unconventional Energy Production In China

Researchers, policymakers, environmental managers and other stakeholders gathered at Duke Kunshan University for a two-day workshop last week to explore the potential impacts of increased unconventional energy exploration on China’s water supply, including Marc Deshusses, professor of civil and [...]

August 27, 2015

Improving Energy Storage With a Cue From Nature

Materials melt faster when the lines of heat spread through the cold material like the branches of a tree -- and the melting rate can be steadily increased by allowing the tree architecture to freely evolve over time, researchers have discovered. The finding could help improve phase change energy [...]

August 24, 2015

Lighting Up Plants’ Metabolisms for a Better Energy Future

Researchers from disparate corners of Duke University are joining forces to peer into the most basic processes of life to discover what makes plants be all that they can be for our nation's energy future. With the support of a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), [...]

August 12, 2015

Sharrin Manor: My Bass Connections Pathway

I’m from southern California and I came to Duke for the amazing resources and opportunities available to undergraduates. Energy is one of the biggest problems facing our world in the next 20 years. Big data is a tool we can take advantage of to get insight into how we’re using energy, and how we [...]

August 11, 2015

Seven Years at the Helm

Pratt’s at a pinnacle as Tom Katsouleas steps down as dean It’s not every dean who knows how to surf. But the ability to catch the good waves while avoiding wipeouts seems to have translated from the beach to the engineering quad for Tom Katsouleas, who has led the Pratt School of Engineering for [...]

June 02, 2015

Duke's First Energy Minors Demonstrate Burgeoning Professional Demand

Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell [...]

May 13, 2015

Isa Ferrall: Making Solar Energy Economical

I have used the amazing opportunity of being a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar to immerse myself in the clean/renewable/sustainable energy field and have pursued research to push the field even farther forward. I worked in Dr. Jeff Glass’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films [...]

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