Purdue's Doug Gotham and Dev Niyogi contribute to a new book....
January 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book focused on identifying and quantifying the major vulnerabilities to climate change in the Midwestern United States. The volume, Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability, and Adaptation (edited by S. C. Pryor), includes contributions from Purdue'sDoug Gotham and Dev Niyogi.
Key sectors discussed are agriculture, human health, water, energy and infrastructure, and the vulnerabilities that may be amplified under current climate trajectories. The book also considers the challenges and opportunities to develop local and regional strategies for addressing the risks posed by climate change in the context of developing an integrative policy for the region.
For more information, including how to order a copy: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/806679
- Jill Wable
July 21, 2016
The recent recall of hoverboards because of exploding lithium-ion batteries highlights the danger of overheating batteries. Amy Marconnet, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, can speak about the effects of excessive heating in batteries. Marconnet (pronounced mar-co-nay) founded the Marconnet Thermal and Energy Conversion Lab, where researchers are dissecting the batteries and testing materials making up electrodes and a critical component called a separator. (A video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTMA8sxZO0) Battery failures have been reported in products ranging from commercial airliners and laptops to hoverboards and cellphones. Chemical reactions in the batteries generate heat while discharging and charging. The separator is a layer of material between the positive and negative electrodes. When it fails due to high heat, the battery short-circuits and could explode.Read Full Story