Chemists at UW-Madison and Johnson Controls look for ways to assess and improve indoor air quality

Chemists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are working to better understand how air quality fluctuations outside of a building affect the composition of air inside. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and Johnson Controls, which works in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and smart building technology. Changes in indoor air pollution can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and can also adversely affect pregnancies, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Three companies share how UW–Madison students fit their talent needs

In the last year, nearly 8,500 companies have sought out students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison for their talent needs. This includes Chicago-based Morningstar Inc, contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc. and global medical technology and life sciences company GE Healthcare. Whether looking for students earlier in their college career to fill internships or recent graduates for full-time positions, these companies report that UW provides a goldmine to meet their workforce needs.

Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

Companies often grapple with creating more sustainable and environmentally friendly products while also staying profitable. A team of researchers at UW-Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have responded. In new research published in Energy and Environmental Science, they describe an efficient and economically feasible process for producing HMF — 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, a versatile plant-derived chemical considered crucial for building a renewable economy.