Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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 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 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 Amundson.

"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 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 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.

UH Professor Richard Willson Named 2010 AAAS Fellow


University of Houston professor Richard C. Willson has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Willson is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and biochemical and biophysical sciences.

Professor Named Fellow of the American Physical Society


For pioneering research in the areas of crystallization and protein aggregation, Peter Vekilov, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

“This fellowship acknowledges the significance of our work, specifically the discovery of new mechanisms and phenomena in crystallization and aggregation research,” he said. “It is an honor to be named a fellow.”

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 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.

Chemical Engineering Shines in National Rankings


The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering boasts one of the nation’s top doctoral programs in chemical engineering. That’s according to the most recent evaluation of Ph.D. programs released by The National Academies’ National Research Council, widely considered the most sound and respected rankings in academia.

UH Researchers Developing Nanoscale Manufacturing Technique


Researchers at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have received a grant to develop a method for mass-producing devices less than 10 nanometers in size, addressing one of the most significant barriers to their widespread use.

Diesel Center Researchers Earn EPA Grant to Retrofit 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 will retrofit school buses with a system that attempts to diminish the negative impact their diesel emissions can have on the environment.

DOE Grant to Establish Wind Facility


Researchers to develop, test large wind turbine blades for offshore use

Efforts by the University of Houston to become a national leader in offshore wind technology received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently awarded university researchers $2.3 million to establish a testing facility.

Chemical Engineering Professor Doubles as Superhero


In cartoons and comic books they fight bad guys with the type of powers a few can only dream up in their imagination.

But superheroes that protect the planet with X-ray vision, super-human strength and telepathy are not just tucked away on the pages of comic books. One just so happens to be at the University of Houston, and he is making our world a better place through automation.

Professor Receives International Award for Chemical Reaction Engineering


The International Symposium for Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) has named University of Houston Professor Dan Luss the 2010 recipient of the Neal R. Amundson Award for Excellence in Chemical Reaction Engineering.

One of the highest honors in the field, the Amundson Award is bestowed every three years to recognize a pioneer in the field.

New Tool to Advance Research Opportunities for Area Scientists, Students


An $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will help fund the purchase of a cutting edge tool expected to boost nanofabrication research taking place on campus.

The 50 keV Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) System will be housed in the University of Houston Nanofabrication Facility, a state-of-the-art clean room enabling scientists to manipulate materials at the nanoscale in an environment virtually free from dust and other contaminants that can interfere with results.

Engineering Faculty Among Those From UH to Receive State ARP Funding

UH was one of 24 institutions that received money from the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program in April.

A competitive, peer-reviewed grant program funding science and engineering research projects by faculty members at Texas higher education institutions, more than $15 million was given out this year.

Engineering Professors Earn Honors for Teaching, Research


Each year, the university recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research and scholarship through a variety of awards given to faculty.

Presented during the 32nd Annual University of Houston Faculty Awards Ceremony April 27, five engineering professors were honored for their distinguished contributions to the university.