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Research News

Read the latest news about research conducted by investigators in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Our faculty and students are continually advancing technology, creating solutions and expanding knowledge with new and innovative research.

Re-Imagining Energy: Generating Energy
11/09/2018

Penn State researchers are developing a range of innovative technologies to harvest the sustainable energy of natural processes to power our future. 


Re-Imagining Energy: Catching Carbon
11/09/2018

Penn State researchers are working on new technology to capture CO2 before it gets into the atmosphere and either sequester it or use it to create new products. 


Re-Imagining Energy: Pulling It All Together
11/09/2018

Penn State scientists, policy experts, and physical plant managers are exploring how to navigate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources so we can get the greatest value out of the green technologies that are becoming available.


Re-Imagining Energy: Storing Energy
11/09/2018

The past few years have brought a surge in battery technology. Here's a sampling of how Penn State researchers are changing the battery landscape.


Air quality research could improve public health in West Africa
11/08/2018

Research that models nearly 60 years of air quality in West Africa could lend insights into better forecasting a hazard that affects more than 350 million people in the region, according to an international team of researchers.


Inexpensive material offers solution for ocean oil spills
11/01/2018

A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on oceans and allow recovered oil to be refined normally.


Controlling future summer weather extremes still within our grasp
10/31/2018

Continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to fuel even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream.


Geography student models future fires to restore past forests
10/09/2018

The forests we walk through today are not the same as the ones that existed hundreds of years ago.  Human activities such as agriculture, development, and logging have changed them.  Fire, or really the lack of it, also changed forests, to the detriment of some species like oaks and pines.


Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules
10/04/2018

The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, according to researchers at Penn State and North Carolina State University, but now a molecular approach can improve those piezoelectric properties.


New weather model could increase tornado-warning times
10/01/2018

Penn State researchers are the first to use data obtained from recent next-generation satellites in a numerical weather-prediction model used to provide guidance for tornadic thunderstorm forecasting.