Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program — National Research Council

  • Scientific Advances Can Make It Easier to Recycle Plastics
    Scientific Advances Can Make It Easier to Recycle Plastics

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  • Smartphones and Biomarkers: Test for Kidney Inflammation from the Comfort of Home
    Smartphones and Biomarkers: Test for Kidney Inflammation from the Comfort of Home

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  • Inspired by Nature: Designing Microorganisms to Convert NGLs into Useful Products
    Inspired by Nature: Designing Microorganisms to Convert NGLs into Useful Products

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  • UH, ExxonMobil Chemical Company Sign Research Agreement
    UH, ExxonMobil Chemical Company Sign Research Agreement

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  • Biomanufacturing the Next Generation of Cancer-Killing Immune Cells
    Biomanufacturing the Next Generation of Cancer-Killing Immune Cells

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  • The Final Battle: Department of Defense Awards UH Engineer for Career in Advancing Immunotherapy
    The Final Battle: Department of Defense Awards UH Engineer for Career in Advancing Immunotherapy

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  • UH Engineer Developing Next-Generation of Efficient Cars
    UH Engineer Developing Next-Generation of Efficient Cars

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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

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.

Scientific Advances Can Make it Easier to Recycle Plastics
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.

Researchers Developing Home Test Kit for Lupus Nephritis Flares
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.

Designing Microorganisms to Convert Natural Gas Liquids into Useful Products

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

Demetre J. Economou,

“Hybrid Simulation of Low Temperature Plasmas: A Brief Tutorial,” Plasma Processes and Polymers 14, 1600152

, 2017

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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