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William A. Brookshire

Dr. William A. Brookshire

The UH ChBE department has been renamed as the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. William A. Brookshire graduated from UH in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and later co-founded S&B Engineers and Constructors. Though he passed away in 2017, his continued philanthropic impact on the educational excellence of UH faculty, students and researchers is significant. Endowments fuel the momentum of the academic mission in perpetuity, helping the Cullen College of Engineering excel as an internationally recognized hub of research activity in the fields of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Research Excellence

Biomolecular
Research in the Department interfaces Chemical Engineering with the biological sciences and emphasizes biomolecular and metabolic engineering in...
Catalysis and Reactions
Catalysis, the process of increasing the rates of reactions in addition to engineering reactions to produce biofuels and other products is an area of...
Energy and Environment
Researching the interactions between complex fluids and surfaces that confine or support them to tackle challenges such as biofouling and...
Materials and Polymers
The synthesis and processing of materials including polymeric and biopolymeric materials that have specific electrical, optical, or mechanical...
Transport and Separations
Research on the production, transformation, and transport of biochemicals, chemicals, and energy, and on exploiting the differences in chemical or...
Process and Materials Design Computing
Modeling and analysis of the interactions between transport processes and chemical reactions in various systems of engineering interest our faculty....

Research News

Dr. Peter Vekilov, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is lead author for a new paper that changes fundamental thinking on crystal formation.

A new paper from the Vekilov Research Group at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering is shedding light on how crystals form, and in the process, overturning a belief held for more than a century.

New paper from Vekilov Research Group changes fundamental thinking on crystal formation
Navin Varadarajan, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has created a nasal vaccine for COVID-19 and a company to market it in partnership with the University of Houston.

The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company developing novel vaccines to help patients defeat debilitating respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. Under terms of the agreement, AuraVax has the option to exclusively license a new intranasal COVID-19 vaccine technology developed by Dr. Navin Varadarajan, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

University of Houston Partners with AuraVax Therapeutics on COVID-19 Vaccine
Narendra Dewangan, a graduate student of Dr. Jacinta Conrad, has completed work with the Conrad Research Group on how faster swimming bacteria could be used to help with removal of pollutants.

A new paper and research from the Conrad Research Group of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering looks at how bacteria could be used to help with removal of pollutants, like in oil spills and wastewater treatment.

Faster swimming bacteria could help with spills

Student News

Rajshree Chakrabarti, a graduate student in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, was honored for “Colour of Life,” her entry for the British Association for Crystal Growth's 2020 Crystal in Art competition. The piece showcases Protoporphyrin IX.

The artistic work of a scientist at the Cullen College of Engineering has been recognized with a third place finish in the British Association for Crystal Growth's 2020 Crystal in Art competition.

Chakrabarti earns artistic honor for crystal art
Narendra Dewangan, a graduate student of Dr. Jacinta Conrad, has completed work with the Conrad Research Group on how faster swimming bacteria could be used to help with removal of pollutants.

A new paper and research from the Conrad Research Group of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering looks at how bacteria could be used to help with removal of pollutants, like in oil spills and wastewater treatment.

Faster swimming bacteria could help with spills
Shiv Bhakta, a 2017 magna cum laude UH alumnus with degrees in chemical engineering and economics, has opened an Idea Lab Kids franchise in Cypress with fellow graduate Gurjinder Toor.

Like many others, Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Shiv Bhakta had his plans for 2020 changed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he has attempted to make the best of the situation with a new, philanthropic educational endeavor that uses his passion for STEM.

UH chemical engineering grad offering ‘Idea Lab’ for kids

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The UH Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Programs

The UH Cullen College of Engineering offers MChE non-thesis, M.S. course-based and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering.