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.
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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Dr. Nicholas Peppas has made the list of most cited researchers in the world.
Out of 669 ranked researchers with an h-index larger than 100, Peppas is ranked 130. He has an h-index of 131 and 71,921 citations.
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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 »
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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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 »
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 »
Light is used as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and drug delivery tool. Alumna Laura Suggs, B.S. ChE ‘93, and her team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin believe light can also be used to help answer biological questions about the effect of extracellular matrix stiffness in relation to the progression … Read the rest »
New Study Measures Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Offers Insights into Two Large Sources
David Allen‘s research team and environmental testing firm URS report that a small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of methane emissions from two major sources — liquid unloadings and pneumatic controller equipment — at natural gas production sites.
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Professor George Georgiou has received $1.7 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for the development of a therapeutic enzyme to help the body’s immune system eliminate cancer cells.
Certain cancer cells survive by keeping the immune system from recognizing and eliminating them through an immunosuppressive molecule called Kyn. … Read the rest »