Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program — National Research Council

  • Jeffrey Rimer: Advancing Treatment for Kidney Stones and Winning Awards
    Jeffrey Rimer: Advancing Treatment for Kidney Stones and Winning Awards

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  • UH Engineer Peter Vekilov Pioneers New Field of Crystal Study
    UH Engineer Peter Vekilov Pioneers New Field of Crystal Study

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  • Working with Catalysts Grad Students Become Award Winners
    Working with Catalysts Grad Students Become Award Winners

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  • Finding New Cures for an Old Disease
    Finding New Cures for an Old Disease

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  • A Giant in the Field of Catalysis, UH’s Lars Grabow Elected to Helm Two Journals
    A Giant in the Field of Catalysis, UH’s Lars Grabow Elected to Helm Two Journals

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  • UH Engineer Improving the Odds of Immunotherapy
    UH Engineer Improving the Odds of Immunotherapy

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  • Why This Grad Student Who Studies Batteries Is Charged Up
    Why This Grad Student Who Studies Batteries Is Charged Up

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  • From the Mind of Grad Student Ryan Poling-Skutvik: Lightweight Material Strong as Metal
    From the Mind of Grad Student Ryan Poling-Skutvik: Lightweight Material Strong as Metal

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  • Cullen College Ranked Among Top 25 Schools to Earn a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering
    Cullen College Ranked Among Top 25 Schools to Earn a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering

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  • (Re) Engineering the Chemical World
  • Named Best Engineering School of 2017 by U.S. News & World Report
    Named Best Engineering School of 2017 by U.S. News & World Report

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Research News

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.

NSF Asks UH Engineer to Grow Better Crystals

In 2015 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu for her discovery of a novel malaria treatment rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Tu isolated the drug artemisinin from an herb used to treat malaria in China for more than 2,000 years.

Groundbreaking Malaria Study by UH Engineers Opens the Door to New, More Effective Drug Therapies
Stanko Brankovic, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, intends to make nuclear energy safer

Research underway in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory to make “heavy water” less expensively could soon make nuclear energy safer, eliminating real-life disasters like those that have occurred at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power plants.

UH Professors May Create Safe, Affordable Nuclear Energy, Changing National Conversation

Faculty Awards

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.

Expert in Crystallization and Advancing Cures for Kidney Stones, UH Engineer Wins Awards
2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala

The 2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala was held at the Bayou City Event Center on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The annual event, hosted by the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA), celebrates the professional achievements and contributions of college alumni and faculty.

Photos and Videos: 2017 EAA Gala
Hanadi Rifai

Each spring the University of Houston shines a spotlight on the faculty’s best and brightest, honoring them with teaching and research awards. Read more about the Cullen College of Engineering professors who earned the distinction below!

UH Honors Cullen College Professors for Excellence in Teaching and Research

Student News

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).

The Research Experience For Undergrads Inspires Students
Wendy Lang, Sashank Kasiraju and Wei Qin in the lab where award-winning work takes place

Three Cullen College chemical engineering Ph.D. students have returned from Denver, Co. where they were special guests at the 25th North American Meeting (NAM25) of the North American Catalysis Society. Sashank Kasiraju, who studies under the direction of Assistant Professor Lars Grabow, Wendy Lang, who studies under Mike Harold, chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Wei Qin, mentored by Jeff Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M.

Work With Catalysts Changes Grad Students Into Award Winners
Winners all around at the UH-MRS symposium!

The University of Houston-Materials Research Society Chapter (UH-MRS) hosted its first student symposium in the main lobby of engineering building 1. At the symposium students presented their work to an esteemed crowd of professional members across various engineering and science disciplines at UH. The 40 presenters came from different departments including chemistry, physics; and chemical, mechanical, materials and electrical engineering.

UH-MRS winners are:

UH Materials Research Society Student Chapter Hosts Campus Symposium

Recent Faculty Publications

Mok WWK*, Orman MA*, Brynildsen MP,

Impacts of Global Regulators on Persistence Metabolism, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 59(5):2713-2719. *Contributed equally

, 2015

Neal R. Amundson Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering

Neal R. AmundsonIn honor of an engineer, an educator, a colleague and a friend, the UH Cullen College of Engineering would like to establish an endowed chair named after the late Dr. Neal R. Amundson. Find out more

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