Harnessing the sun

Nickel and gold solar cells under development in Tao Xu's laboratory.
How can you beat the power of the sun? NIU chemistry and biochemistry professor Tao Xu thinks you can’t. He believes solar power will be a big player on the energy scene in the future. “Eventually, we’re going to use up the fossil fuels, which are not recyclable,” Xu says, noting that some predict known oil…

Undergrad research, community engagement events set for April 21

Mark your calendars! NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning will host the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day (URAD) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. More than 300 students presented their work at last year’s event; the 2015 edition is expected to…

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