On July 20, Assistant Professor Tim Shedd’s new liquid-spray system for cooling computers and other high performance electronics appeared in the electronic newsletter NASA Tech Briefs INSIDER. Published for more than three decades by NASA and Associated Business Publications, the newsletter has a current circulation of over 200,000.
The “Emerging Technologies” section of the July issue of R&D Magazine featured Assistant Professor Scott Sanders’ new laser system. The laser builds on the supercontinuum generation phenomenon, which converts single-color lasers into a multicolored beam using a special kind of optical fiber, to rapidly deliver a pulsed rainbow of colors.
News of a partnership between Professor Tim
Osswald, and the businesses Cascade Asset Management of Madison and Pro Ex Extrusion of Oshkosh appeared in the August 11 edition of the Wisconsin State Journal. The partners are working to determine if plastics in computers can be made into valuable, high-end products.
Osswald, head of the Polymer Engineering Center, and graduate student Mike Dattner are studying the characteristics of a certain plastic that Cascade retrieves from computers. The company currently gets about 4 cents per pound for the plastic by shipping it to China, the story said, where the material is made into filler for luggage.
Putting computer plastic to more sophisticated uses could bring greater revenues to companies like Cascade, which recycles computers, and Pro Ex,
which makes resin from recycled plastic.
The team’s efforts are funded by a two-year, $60,000 grant from the UW System Solid Waste Research Program.