Research Highlights

Revolutionizing Medicine With At-home Therapeutic Treatments

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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.

In his recent lecture at The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) … Read the rest »

Converting Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel

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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

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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 »

Hildebrandt Ruiz Research Group Teams Up With NASA For Air Pollution Study

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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 »

Graduate Student Sarena Horava Helps High School Students Discover Research

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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 »

Improving Water Recycling at Hydraulic Fracturing Sites

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Professor Benny Freeman and team have developed high-efficiency, durable filters to significantly reduce the amount of water and energy hydraulic fracturing requires

Alumna Dr. Laura Suggs’ Work to Combat Cancer

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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 »

Simulating the Future of Fuel

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Gyeong Hwang’s research team is designing more efficient and less expensive fuel cell systems at the Texas Advanced Computing Center

Maynard Teams Up With Synthetic Biologics To Fight Whooping Cough

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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 »

Researchers Increasing Computer Memory Fivefold

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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.

The researchers’ technique, which relies on self-organizing substances known as block copolymers, was described in a recent article in Science magazine. It’s … Read the rest »