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Scientific Advances Can Make it Easier to Recycle Plastics
Researchers Say Emerging Technologies Could Greatly Reduce Plastic Waste Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every...
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.

Researchers Developing Home Test Kit for Lupus Nephritis Flares
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...
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.

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...
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.

Biomanufacturing the Next Generation of Cancer-Killing Immune Cells
Navin Varadarajan receives National Science Foundation award to boost effectiveness of immunotherapy Back in the days when all medicines were made...
Irfan Bandey

Navin Varadarajan receives National Science Foundation award to boost effectiveness of immunotherapy

Back in the days when all medicines were made out of chemicals found in nature, manufacturing drugs was somewhat of a breeze.

Take aspirin, for example. The chemical makeup of aspirin is simple; When you look at the drug under a microscope its molecules will all look exactly the same. Aspirin is as easy to characterize as it is to manufacture.

Department of Defense Awards UH Engineer for Career in Advancing Immunotherapy
For UH chemical engineer Navin Varadarajan, it isn’t enough to conduct laboratory research, publish papers, earn grants and win awards for his work...
Navin Varadarajan

For UH chemical engineer Navin Varadarajan, it isn’t enough to conduct laboratory research, publish papers, earn grants and win awards for his work in immunotherapy, which utilizes the body’s own immune cells to attack tumors.

Engineering Professors Discover Fundamental Effect in Monolayer Catalysts
Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the...
Stanko Brankovic

Two professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have discovered that size is critical to the performance of the monolayers of catalysts, the fundamental substance that speeds up reactions in all industries from petrochemical to manufacturing.

Removing the Roadblocks to a More Efficient Car Engine
UH-Led Team is Developing Next-Generation Catalytic Technology to Cut Emissions Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion...
Michael Harold, chairman of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will lead a $2.1 million project to find new catalytic materials for a more efficient engine.

UH-Led Team is Developing Next-Generation Catalytic Technology to Cut Emissions

Almost 160 years after the invention of the internal combustion engine, a new type of engine – operating at low-temperature, allowing it to consume less fuel – offers promise for the transportation industry as it plans for the future.

NSF Asks UH Engineer to Grow Better Crystals
The National Science Foundation has awarded $510,000 to Peter Vekilov, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and...
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.

Groundbreaking Malaria Study by UH Engineers Opens the Door to New, More Effective Drug Therapies
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...

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.

UH Professors May Create Safe, Affordable Nuclear Energy, Changing National Conversation
Research underway in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory to make “heavy water” less expensively could soon make nuclear energy safer,...
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.

Researchers Propose New Treatment to Prevent Kidney Stones
Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human...

Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones. This finding could lead to the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years.

UH Engineer Leads New Effort to Improve Clean-up After Oil Spills
A researcher at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative...

A researcher at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to determine how the use of dispersants to break up an oil spill affects the natural cleaning role played by bacteria.

Professor Investigates Polymeric Micelles for Drug Delivery with NSF Award
Finding improved methods for drug delivery is a hot topic among researchers all over the world. One method in particular, which utilizes polymeric...

Finding improved methods for drug delivery is a hot topic among researchers all over the world. One method in particular, which utilizes polymeric micelles to carry and deliver drug molecules to their intended targets inside of the body, has had very promising results in recent years.

Chemical Engineers' Paper Named Best of AIChE South Texas Section
Last year, a professor and student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering published an...

Last year, a professor and student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering published an article in Science outlining a surprising discovery about gold’s unexpected catalytic properties.

Engineers Earn $1.5 Million to Pursue Novel Nanopatterning Technology
This month, four UH Cullen College of Engineering professors earned a four-year grant amounting to almost $1.5 million from the National Science...

This month, four UH Cullen College of Engineering professors earned a four-year grant amounting to almost $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to pursue their nanopatterning discovery that could lead to next-generation transistors for integrated circuitry, among other advanced nanodevices.

Kavli Frontiers in Science Invites UH Engineer to National and International Symposia
Since its inception in 1989, an invitation to the Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposia has symbolized a young scientist’s vast accomplishments in his...
Megan Robertson

Since its inception in 1989, an invitation to the Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposia has symbolized a young scientist’s vast accomplishments in his or her field. Each year, 80 to 100 of the world’s most outstanding scientists under the age of 45 are invited to the symposia, which are sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and the U.S.

Novel Genetic Tool Advances Synthetic Biology, Metabolic Engineering
Patrick Cirino, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UH Cullen College of Engineering, earned a three-year, $300,000...

Patrick Cirino, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UH Cullen College of Engineering, earned a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to continue developing and implementing genetic tools that advance synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.

UH Professor Publishes Paper on Polymer Interpenetration
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, co-authored a paper on tuning...

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, co-authored a paper on tuning polymer interpenetration that published in the

UH Professor Among Experts to Publish Review of Nonclassical Crystallization
The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored a 2013 workshop in Berkley, California, that brought together 15 of the nation’s top crystallization...

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored a 2013 workshop in Berkley, California, that brought together 15 of the nation’s top crystallization researchers to discuss the rapidly emerging but still obscure area of nonclassical crystallization.

Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Program Receives ABET Accreditation
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering has been accredited by the Engineering...

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. All of the Cullen College’s undergraduate programs are ABET accredited.

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