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Video: ChBE Professor Featured on Fox Business
Michael Economides, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, was featured on Fox Business on March 6 to discuss the...

Michael Economides, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, was featured on Fox Business on March 6 to discuss the future of Venezuela and oil production. Watch the full video at: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2207372533001/.

Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti Appointed Leader of UH Energy Initiatives
University of Houston President Renu Khator has named Dow Chair Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti as a special assistant to the president/chancellor...
Krishnamoorti

University of Houston President Renu Khator has named Dow Chair Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti as a special assistant to the president/chancellor for UH Energy, a collection of the university’s preeminent energy research and education programs. Krishnamoorti will lead UH’s efforts to develop a strategic plan for UH Energy involving education and training, research and the expansion of UH’s Energy Research Park.

Faculty Member wins Second Major Cancer Research Grant Since September
A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won his second major cancer research grant in four months, giving him a...
Varadarajan

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won his second major cancer research grant in four months, giving him a total of nearly $3.4 million to help develop cutting-edge treatments for the disease.

Researchers Put Infection Mechanism to Good Use through Protein Engineering
Graduate students and faculty members with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have found a way to turn bacteria’s infection...
Journal of Biological Chemistry

Graduate students and faculty members with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have found a way to turn bacteria’s infection process into something that can actually benefit humans.

Professor Wins $2.1M R01 Award for Cancer Research
A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant worth approximately $2.1 million to study the best ways to...
Varadarajan

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant worth approximately $2.1 million to study the best ways to modify human immune cells to fight against cancer.

Catalysis Research Could Drive Down Biofuel Costs
While the benefits of biofuels are clear, the economics of their production hinder their widespread use. A professor with the University of Houston...
Grabow

While the benefits of biofuels are clear, the economics of their production hinder their widespread use. A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, however, has won a grant to conduct research that could make biofuels competitive with oil based fuels like gasoline and diesel.

Colloid Finding Could Lead to New Adhesives, Drilling Fluids
Colloid suspensions, liquids with microscopic particles dispersed throughout, play a big part in everyday life, with ink, milk, blood and paint all...
Conrad

Colloid suspensions, liquids with microscopic particles dispersed throughout, play a big part in everyday life, with ink, milk, blood and paint all falling into this category.

Researchers Win $2.5 million Grant to Develop Offshore Cementing and Drilling Materials
Offshore oil production is an exercise in extremes. Widely varying temperatures, very high pressures and extremely corrosive seawater – all are...
Vipulanandan

Offshore oil production is an exercise in extremes. Widely varying temperatures, very high pressures and extremely corrosive seawater – all are challenges that producers must tackle when drilling and installing wells in ultra-deep water offshore.

Add to this list the basic inaccessibility of the wells themselves. With the top of these wells often sitting thousands of feet under water, monitoring their overall health is another major challenge.

Science Paper has Ramifications for Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Storage
Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals, has published an article co-authored by a professor with the University of Houston Cullen...
Grabow

Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals, has published an article co-authored by a professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering that uncovers how hydrogen moves along an iron oxide surface when in the presence of water. The findings could have implications for everything from hydrogen storage to catalysis to fuel cell-powered vehicles.

ChBE Celebrates 60 Years
The UH Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering celebrated its 60th anniversary with alumni, friends of the department, faculty and...
Pia Greenberg '86 and May Shek '02

The UH Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering celebrated its 60th anniversary with alumni, friends of the department, faculty and staff members, and students on May 5. The department reached this milestone after decades of growth and expansion, eliciting tremendous regional and global impact.

Junior Faculty Make Strong Showing in State-Run Grant Program
The state of Texas received more than 270 proposals for its Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program. In the end, only 12 grants were awarded,...
Rimer

The state of Texas received more than 270 proposals for its Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program. In the end, only 12 grants were awarded, two of which went to researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

PNAS Article Outlines Efforts to Speed Study of HIV Immune Response
A researcher with the UH Cullen College of Engineering has published an article in one of the nation’s foremost scientific journals outlining...
Varadarajan

A researcher with the UH Cullen College of Engineering has published an article in one of the nation’s foremost scientific journals outlining successful efforts to rapidly identify and characterize immune system cells that fight HIV.

Diesel Center Hosts Fuel Economy Roundtable
When analyzed from the oil well to wheels on the ground, diesel is the single most efficient liquid transportation fuel. Combine that with rising...
Prof. Michael Harold speaks at the Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center's Industry Roundtable on Feb. 21, 2012. (Photo by Nine Nguyen)

When analyzed from the oil well to wheels on the ground, diesel is the single most efficient liquid transportation fuel. Combine that with rising petroleum prices and concerns about peak oil production, and it is clear that there is a real and growing need to improve efficiency and reduce emissions from diesel-powered vehicles.

Retired Exxon Mobil Executive to Give Neal R. Amundson Lecture
Lee R. Raymond, who had a distinguished career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, will give the Neal R. Amundson Lecture on Friday (Feb. 24) at the...

Lee R. Raymond, who had a distinguished career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, will give the Neal R. Amundson Lecture on Friday (Feb. 24) at the University of Houston. Read more...

Charles Kirkpatrick, Cullen College's Second Dean, Passes
Charles V. Kirkpatrick, who as dean from 1965-1975 led the UH Cullen College of Engineering through a period of tremendous growth, passed away in...
Charles V. Kirkpatrick

Charles V. Kirkpatrick, who as dean from 1965-1975 led the UH Cullen College of Engineering through a period of tremendous growth, passed away in December at the age of 95.

Faculty Developing New “Platform” to Fight Malaria
Malaria has been one of the world’s biggest killers for as long as records have been kept (and almost certainly longer). According to the World...
Rimer

Malaria has been one of the world’s biggest killers for as long as records have been kept (and almost certainly longer). According to the World Health Organization, in 2008 alone the disease claimed approximately 881,000 lives, making it responsible for approximately 1.5% of all deaths worldwide. That year it was responsible for more than 5.2% of all deaths in low-income countries and a startling 20% of childhood deaths in Africa.

Professor’s Bacteria “Slingshot” Finding Published in PNAS
One of the Cullen College of Engineering’s newest professors has co-authored an article appearing in one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific...
Conrad

One of the Cullen College of Engineering’s newest professors has co-authored an article appearing in one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific journals.

Plasma Reaction Paper Featured on Journal Cover
The Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology featured an article by Cullen College Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Vince...
Donnelly

The Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology featured an article by Cullen College Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Vince Donnelly on the cover of its January/February 2011 issue.

Researcher Wins NIH Grant to Test Vaccines for Chikungunya Virus
A UH Cullen College of Engineering professor has received a grant to develop a new method of testing potential vaccines, and will use this approach...
Varadarajan

A UH Cullen College of Engineering professor has received a grant to develop a new method of testing potential vaccines, and will use this approach to fight a virus identified as an emerging bioterrorism threat.

Diesel Center Researching Marine Vehicle Emissions
The Cullen College's Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center was founded, in part, to develop technologies that reduce emissions from diesel...
Muncrief

The Cullen College's Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center was founded, in part, to develop technologies that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles. Researchers at the center have worked to cut pollution from everything from school buses to garbage trucks to heavy construction equipment. Thanks to a recent $163,000 grant, it can now add one more vehicle to that list: commercial fishing boats.

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