Research Highlights

FDA Approves Hepatitis C Treatment Co-Invented by Texas ChE Ph.D. Student

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FDA Approves Hepatitis C Treatment Co-Invented by Texas ChE Ph.D. Student

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug product Zepatier for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 infections in adult patients. Texas ChE Ph.D. student Angela Wagner of Professor Nicholas Peppas’ research group was one of the team of eight researchers to co-invent and patent Zepatier.

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Maynard Group’s Preclinical Findings Bring Whooping Cough Treatment Closer to Human Trials

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Maynard Group’s Preclinical Findings Bring Whooping Cough Treatment Closer to Human Trials

Texas ChE researchers recently published preclinical test results showing the use of antibodies in mice and baboons was successful in providing short-term immunity and an accelerated recovery from pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The findings, which were published in a paper on Dec. 2 in Science Translational Medicine, will help advance the treatment to human trials.… Read the rest »

Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

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Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans.

Flame retardants are added to foams found in mattresses, sofas, … Read the rest »

New Institute Advances Health Care Solutions

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New Institute Advances Health Care Solutions

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is launching the university’s first health care engineering institute dedicated to developing technologies and treatments that will immediately improve patient quality of life.

Led by Nicholas Peppas, a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the Department … Read the rest »

Smarter Window Materials Can Control Light and Energy

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Smarter Window Materials Can Control Light and Energy

Researchers in the Milliron Research Group at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering are one step closer to delivering smart windows with a new level of energy efficiency, engineering materials that allow windows to reveal light without transferring heat and, conversely, to block light while allowing heat transmission, as described in two new research papers.

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Peppas Named One of the Most Cited Researchers in World

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Why UT Is The Energy University

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Why UT Is The Energy University

Energy is such a constant presence in our lives, we often take it for granted. Like the clean water that runs from our taps, we just expect energy to be cheap and ever-present, whether it’s the electricity that charges our phones, the natural gas that heats our houses or the oil that makes our cars … Read the rest »

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Alper Lab have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March.

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Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

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Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

Andrew Worthen, chemical engineering Ph.D. student supervised by professor Keith P. Johnston, is conducting research “all about discovering how we can steward the planet more responsibly,” something he gets closer to every day. While Andrew’s initial nanoparticle research focused on creating more efficient and eco-friendly oil extraction methods, he is now applying his findings to … Read the rest »

Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

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Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

Associate professor Jennifer Maynard’s research group is working to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat whooping cough—a highly contagious and dangerous disease that causes an estimated 294,000 deaths annually worldwide, primarily among young, unvaccinated children. Whooping cough is on the rise in the United States, and in Texas cases have increased 79 percent in … Read the rest »