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Scientific Advances Can Make it Easier to Recycle Plastics
Researchers Say Emerging Technologies Could Greatly Reduce Plastic Waste Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every...
Megan Robertson, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is coauthor of an article in the latest issue of Science, reporting that research is improving society's ability to recycle plastic waste

Researchers Say Emerging Technologies Could Greatly Reduce Plastic Waste

Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled in the United States, rising to about 30 percent in Europe.

PHOTOS: 2017 Engineering Homecoming Celebration
Students, faculty, alumni and friends of the UH Cullen College of Engineering gathered for breakfast tacos, drinks and games to celebrate the 2017...
Joseph Tedesco (right), Dean of the Cullen College, poses with his wife Sue (middle) and Nayeli Martinez, a member of the UH Society of Automotive Engineers

Students, faculty, alumni and friends of the UH Cullen College of Engineering gathered for breakfast tacos, drinks and games to celebrate the 2017 Engineering Homecoming and gear up for the UH Football game against East Carolina. 

In addition to catching up with old friends, attendees enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys provided by the Engineering Alumni Association and entered to win raffle prizes that were announced throughout the event.

Researchers Developing Home Test Kit for Lupus Nephritis Flares
The Test Kit Uses a Smartphone to Test for Kidney Inflammation With a four-year $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two...
Richard Willson (left) and Chandra Mohan are developing an at-home test kit for lupus nephritis flare ups

The Test Kit Uses a Smartphone to Test for Kidney Inflammation

With a four-year $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two University of Houston engineering professors are developing a home test kit for kidney nephritis, or inflammation, in patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Designing Microorganisms to Convert Natural Gas Liquids into Useful Products
A team of researchers led by a UH chemical and biomolecular engineer will design microorganisms that can convert natural gas liquids (NGLs) into...
Patrick Cirino is designing microorganisms to convert natural gas liquids into useful products

A team of researchers led by a UH chemical and biomolecular engineer will design microorganisms that can convert natural gas liquids (NGLs) into useful products more efficiently than current technologies.

UH, ExxonMobil Chemical Company Sign Research Agreement
Faculty and Students Will Work to Develop Product Solutions ExxonMobil Chemical Company and the University of Houston have signed a multi-year...

Faculty and Students Will Work to Develop Product Solutions

ExxonMobil Chemical Company and the University of Houston have signed a multi-year research agreement that will focus on helping the industry develop energy-efficient solutions for manufacturing petrochemical products while minimizing their environmental impact.

UH Launches Institute for Data Science
Institute Will Draw Partnerships to Focus on Energy, Health Care, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities The University of Houston has launched a new Institute...
Andrea Prosperetti

Institute Will Draw Partnerships to Focus on Energy, Health Care, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities

The University of Houston has launched a new Institute for Data Science, naming Andrea Prosperetti, Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering at the Cullen College, to lead the venture.

Biomanufacturing the Next Generation of Cancer-Killing Immune Cells
Navin Varadarajan receives National Science Foundation award to boost effectiveness of immunotherapy Back in the days when all medicines were made...
Irfan Bandey

Navin Varadarajan receives National Science Foundation award to boost effectiveness of immunotherapy

Back in the days when all medicines were made out of chemicals found in nature, manufacturing drugs was somewhat of a breeze.

Take aspirin, for example. The chemical makeup of aspirin is simple; When you look at the drug under a microscope its molecules will all look exactly the same. Aspirin is as easy to characterize as it is to manufacture.

Engineers Make a Showing at 2017 Undergraduate Research Day
Proving that high-level research isn’t just for graduate students, roughly 250 UH undergrads presented their research findings at the 2017...

Proving that high-level research isn’t just for graduate students, roughly 250 UH undergrads presented their research findings at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Day. The event attracted nearly 800 guests to the Rockwell Pavilion to hear poster presentations and oral pitches from student researchers.

PHOTOS: Ned Mohan Engineering Rockwell Lecture
For most people the word “energy” conjures images of oil and gas operations, but the science of electric power and energy systems is gaining momentum...

For most people the word “energy” conjures images of oil and gas operations, but the science of electric power and energy systems is gaining momentum as advances in hybrid-electric cars and alternative energy systems have renewed interest in the possibilities of power electronics.

Department of Defense Awards UH Engineer for Career in Advancing Immunotherapy
For UH chemical engineer Navin Varadarajan, it isn’t enough to conduct laboratory research, publish papers, earn grants and win awards for his work...
Navin Varadarajan

For UH chemical engineer Navin Varadarajan, it isn’t enough to conduct laboratory research, publish papers, earn grants and win awards for his work in immunotherapy, which utilizes the body’s own immune cells to attack tumors.

UH Chemical Engineering Grads Earn Highest Starting Salaries in the U.S.
In addition to being among the top-ranked chemical engineering programs in the country, alumni of the UH Cullen College’s department of chemical and...

In addition to being among the top-ranked chemical engineering programs in the country, alumni of the UH Cullen College’s department of chemical and biomolecular engineering have yet another reason to be proud of their alma mater: new rankings released by U.S. News and World Report find that UH chemical engineering graduates earn the highest starting salaries in the nation.

Engineering Professors Discover Fundamental Effect in Monolayer Catalysts
Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the...
Stanko Brankovic

Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the fundamental substance that speeds up reactions in all industries from petrochemical to manufacturing.

Removing the Roadblocks to a More Efficient Car Engine
UH-Led Team is Developing Next-Generation Catalytic Technology to Cut Emissions Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion...
Michael Harold, chairman of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will lead a $2.1 million project to find new catalytic materials for a more efficient engine.

UH-Led Team is Developing Next-Generation Catalytic Technology to Cut Emissions

Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion engine, a new type of engine – operating at low-temperature, allowing it to consume less fuel – offers promise for the transportation industry as it plans for the future.

Brilliance Descending on UH as 15 New Engineering Faculty Join the Cullen College
Throughout the Cullen College of Engineering 15 new faces and brilliant minds are joining the faculty in the 2017-2018 school year. The Cullen...
Cullen College

Throughout the Cullen College of Engineering 15 new faces and brilliant minds are joining the faculty in the 2017-2018 school year. The Cullen College proudly welcomes them to its ranks of excellence in academia.

 

UH Library Provides Hurricane Harvey Resource Guide
The University of Houston MD Anderson Library is providing a guide to help navigate through the resources available in the wake of Hurricane Harvey...

The University of Houston MD Anderson Library is providing a guide to help navigate through the resources available in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and its devastating aftermath.

NSF Asks UH Engineer to Grow Better Crystals
The National Science Foundation has awarded $510,000 to Peter Vekilov, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and...
Peter Vekilov, center, with Jeffrey Rimer, left, and Jeremy Palmer, right, in front of the big guns - the atomic force microscopes,

The National Science Foundation has awarded $510,000 to Peter Vekilov, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and chemistry, to conduct the first fundamental work about how the nature of solvents impact the crystallization process.

Is Houston Missing the Next Energy Wave? Houston Chronicle Features the UH Engineers Who Are On the Case
Clean energy research in the UH Cullen College of Engineering was the subject of a front page story in last Sunday's Houston Chronicle, which...
Daniel Araya, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, demonstrates how his wind tunnel can generate electricity. Photo courtesy of Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle Staff

Clean energy research in the UH Cullen College of Engineering was the subject of a front page story in last Sunday's Houston Chronicle, which explores why the city of Houston is failing to draw new tech ventures for a world shifting away from the use of fossil fuels.

Expert in Crystallization and Advancing Cures for Kidney Stones, UH Engineer Wins Awards
The scientist who made the first advancement in the treatment of kidney stones in three decades, Jeffrey Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley...
The crystal clear award winner Jeffrey Rimer

The scientist who made the first advancement in the treatment of kidney stones in three decades, Jeffrey Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Associate Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been awarded for his work two more times.

UH Engineering Announces Speakers for 2017-18 Rockwell Lecture Series
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has announced its distinguished speakers for the 2017-2018 Rockwell Lecture Series, which...

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has announced its distinguished speakers for the 2017-2018 Rockwell Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned engineers and scientists to the UH campus each year to deliver talks on high-impact topics.

The Research Experience For Undergrads Inspires Students
For ten weeks during the summer, 12 undergraduate students from across the country are getting the chance of a lifetime on the UH campus, becoming...
REU student Kimi Bourland (center) with Haleh Ardebili (left) and Student Mentor Mengying Yuan (right)

For ten weeks during the summer, 12 undergraduate students from across the country are getting the chance of a lifetime on the UH campus, becoming engineering researchers in the Cullen College’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

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