Thomas Truskett and a team of colleagues and graduate students in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering are breaking barriers to discover ways to create injectable, liquid-form therapeutic proteins that can be used for at-home treatments for diseases.
Assistant professor Hal Alper and his team of students have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.
Given that the yeast cells grow on sugars, Alper … Read the rest »
Unprecedented Measurements Provide Better Understanding of Methane Emissions During Natural Gas Production
A new study led by David Allen, professor of chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, reports on extensive measurements of methane emissions — including the first measurements for methane emissions taken directly at the well pad — during completion operations for hydraulically fractured wells. A team of researchers from UT Austin’s Cockrell School of … Read the rest »
Assistant Professor Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz and her research team have joined forces with NASA and 30 other research groups to run an intense flight and ground-based air quality measurement campaign in Houston, Texas this September.
The campaign is part of a five-year, $30 million mission to improve the ability of satellites to monitor air quality … Read the rest »
The fall is fast approaching with school about to start once again. For some ambitious science-minded Austin-area high school students, the summer was less about taking a break and more about gaining a solid research foundation for the future.
Lucia Brunel, Crystal Mountain, Mattie Mouton-Johnson, and Deepak Subramanian are about to enter their senior years … Read the rest »
By Taylor Birk, B.S. biomedical engineering ’13
Courtesy of Vector, the student engineering magazine
Editors-in-Chief: Arnold Hechanova and Lucy Xie
The engineering stars are among us – many of the best and brightest engineers in the world are right here on The University of Texas at Austin campus. As students, we often overlook the incredible … Read the rest »
Associate Professor Jennifer Maynard, the Laurence E. McMakin, Jr. Centennial Faculty Fellow, has teamed up with biotech company Synthetic Biologics, Inc. to develop a monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy for the treatment of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
Whooping cough causes an estimated 294,000 deaths annually worldwide, primarily among young, unvaccinated children. Recent reports … Read the rest »
The storage capacity of hard disk drives could increase by a factor of five thanks to processes developed by chemical engineering Professors Grant Willson and Chris Ellison and ChE senior Leon Dean.