Research Highlights

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

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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 »

Researchers Use Light to Understand Cancer Progression

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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

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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.

With natural gas production in the United States expected to continue … Read the rest »

George Georgiou Receives $1.7M Grant To Help The Immune System Eliminate Cancer Cells

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Graduate Researchers Mentor High School Students In Drug Delivery Experiments

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Five science-minded high school students were mentored by chemical engineering and biomedical engineering graduate students this summer to learn about oral drug delivery research in a university lab setting.

Sofia Kennedy a senior at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin and Kevin Lee, Frank Muehleman, Sam Norwood, and John Sullivan, all students at St. … Read the rest »

Graduate Student Researchers Design Promising New Energy Storage Device

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While the sun and wind provide great alternative energies, the supplies can be highly variable when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, and there is no way to efficiently store the energy. Also consider the Achilles’ heel of electric vehicles: it can take hours to recharge them.

To solve these problems, researchers … Read the rest »

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 »