Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Paper Proposes New Methodology to Synthesize Catalysts

Rimer

Zeolites play an important role in the chemical and petroleum industries. These crystalline materials are used as catalysts that set in motion and/or improve chemical processes that create thousands of commercial and consumer products.

Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti Appointed Leader of UH Energy Initiatives

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.

ChBE PhD Candidate Wins Three AIChE Awards

Alexandra Lupulescu, winner of the 2012 AIChE CRE Division Poster Competition.

Alexandra Lupulescu, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was selected as the winner of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Poster Competition held during the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, for her poster titled “Employing Molecular Modifiers to Tailor the Crystal Morphology of Zeolite Catalysts.”

UH Chem-E Car Team Places Fifth at National Competition

Members of the UH Chem-E Car Team

The University of Houston Chem-E Car team competed at the 2012 AIChE National Competition recently, taking fifth place, the highest that UH has achieved at the national level.

Students representing UH were An Dinh (team lead), Edward McDowell, Joshua Dillon, Rishabh Mahajan, Sheli Wilson, Stephen Havard, and Tanya Rogers.

Professor Wins $2.1M R01 Award for Cancer Research

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

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.

NAE Member Lee Honored by Petroleum Association

Lee

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has been honored by an international petroleum engineering association for his service to the group and to the industry as a whole.

ChBE Machinist Wins UH Staff Excellence Award

Costales

John Costales, lab supervisor machinist in the University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was honored last month as a recipient of the university’s Staff Excellence Award.

Researchers Win $2.5 million Grant to Develop Offshore Cementing and Drilling Materials

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

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

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.

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