McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
Energy & Environment
As traditional energy sources diminish, we live in a time where tackling energy and environmental problems requires both finding new sources of energy and increasing the efficiency of our current sources, all while understanding and minimizing the effect on our environment. Finding answers to both problems require insights from every discipline. There are no silver bullets – the challenges we face are intrinsically difficult and require broad vision and a balanced approach.
At McCormick, we have created partnerships and collaborations to help engineer innovative solutions to energy and environmental problems. Our faculty and students have created new designs and more efficient materials for solar panels, more effective storage options for electricity and hydrogen, more environmentally friendly concrete for infrastructure, and more sustainable alternatives to chemical processes.
McCormick faculty and students connect with other researchers across the University and around the world to lead major projects in energy and environmental studies.
Insights Into Deadly Coral Bleaching Could Help Preserve Reefs
Clever Battery Completes Stretchable Electronics Package
Evolution Inspires More Efficient Solar Cell Design
Reducing Cash Bite of Wind Power
Drawing Connections Between Food Webs
New Northwestern-Argonne Institute Builds on Current Collaboration
Carbon Nanotubes May Make Solar Cells Affordable, Flexible
McCormick Students Study Water Quality in Chile
Energy & Environment Headlines
Julian Minuzzo, BS/MS Student in Materials Science, Wins Gotaas Award
In the winning paper, Minuzzo described a low-cost self-assembly process for making solar cells.
Smithsonian Secretary on Sustainability: ‘Take the Long View’
Wayne Clough discussed “Sustainability: Taking the Long View” May 3 at McCormick’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Annual Lecture.
Northwestern University Transportation Center Hosts ‘Smarter Cities/Smarter Mobility’
Transportation leaders and academics discussed the opportunities presented by real-time sensing, processing, and communication and how they could bring about smarter cities and improved mobility.