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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.

Diesel Center Researchers Earn $1M EPA Grant to Retrofit HISD School Buses
Using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston...

Using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston will retrofit Houston Independent School District school buses with a system that attempts to diminish the negative impact their diesel emissions can have on the environment. UH researchers will supervise the installation of Nett Technologies’ BlueMAX Selective Catalytic Reduction System on buses.

Amundson Tribute Set for March 14
Engineers from across the United States and Mexico are set to come to the University of Houston later this month for an event honoring the late Neal...

Engineers from across the United States and Mexico are set to come to the University of Houston later this month for an event honoring the late Neal Amundson.

UT's Peppas to Speak at Friday's Payatakes Lecture
The UH Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will host a talk by one of the world’s leading experts on biomaterials drug delivery and...
Peppas

The UH Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will host a talk by one of the world’s leading experts on biomaterials drug delivery and pharmaceutical bioengineering, Nicholas Peppas, on Friday, March 4.

"Father of Chemical Engineering" Neal Amundson Passes Away
Neal Amundson, Cullen Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, passed away yesterday at the age of...

Neal Amundson, Cullen Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

"We are deeply saddened at the great loss of Neal Amundson to our UH community and to chemical engineering education and research," said Dean Joseph Tedesco. "His impact to UH and the profession have been, and will continue to be, extremely profound."

Team Hopes to Cut Years Off Development Time of New Antibiotics
Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston professors are working toward a method to cut the development time...

Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston professors are working toward a method to cut the development time of new antibiotics. While current practices typically last for more than a decade, a computerized modeling system being developed at UH will speed up this process.

Cullen College Professor’s Work on Cover of Science
Research from a Cullen College of Engineering professor has made the cover of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.
Rimer

Research from a Cullen College of Engineering professor has made the cover of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

Researcher Uncovers ‘Walking’ Bacteria
Discovery featured in October 8 issue of Science Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference. Take something as seemingly minor as the...
Conrad

Discovery featured in October 8 issue of Science

Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference.

Take something as seemingly minor as the way bacteria move. Research from UH Cullen College of Engineering Assistant Professor Jacinta Conrad has uncovered a new method of bacteria motility that could have implications for everything from food production to military transport.

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