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University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

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Removing the Roadblocks to a More Efficient Car Engine

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.

Work With Catalysts Changes Grad Students Into Award Winners

Wendy Lang, Sashank Kasiraju and Wei Qin in the lab where award-winning work takes place

Three Cullen College chemical engineering Ph.D. students have returned from Denver, Co. where they were special guests at the 25th North American Meeting (NAM25) of the North American Catalysis Society. Sashank Kasiraju, who studies under the direction of Assistant Professor Lars Grabow, Wendy Lang, who studies under Mike Harold, chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Wei Qin, mentored by Jeff Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M.

UH Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Degree Among Best in Nation

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering means you are among the most talented chemical engineers in the U.S. – the UH program is ranked as one of the top 25 places in the U.S. to pursue the discipline. According to College Choice, UH is No. 23 out of the 25 Best Chemical Engineering Degrees for 2016-2017 and the 11th best state university department in the U.S.

NSF, DOE Partner to Support UH Diesel Emissions Research

Much of this diesel emissions reduction research will be conducted at the Texas Center for Clean Engines, Emissions and Fuels, a UH-based center dedicated to developing and testing advanced power-train, renewable or alternative fuels and emission control systems for local, state and federal governments as well as the energy, engine and emission control industries.

One of the ironies of automobile research: as diesel engines become more fuel efficient, reducing their emissions becomes more challenging.

Better efficiency means that more of the energy in diesel fuel is being used to move the vehicle and less is escaping out the tailpipe in the form of heat. While this is undoubtedly good, it presents a challenge for emissions reduction.

Engineering Takes Top Honors At Faculty Awards Ceremony

The Cullen College of Engineering shined at last night’s University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet, with college professors taking home five research and scholarship awards, the career teaching award and the university’s highest faculty honor, the Esther Farfel Award.

UH Energy Research Park Featured in Houston Chronicle

UH Energy Research Park Featured in Houston Chronicle

Highlighting collaborations between academia and industry, the Houston Chronicle recently published an article on the University of Houston’s Energy Research Park. Cullen College of Engineering research and programs figured heavily in the piece, including sections on the growing Petroleum Engineering Program, which is based at the ERP; the superconductor research and industry collaborations of M.D.

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.

Diesel Center Hosts Fuel Economy Roundtable

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.

"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."

Diesel Center Researchers Earn EPA Grant to Retrofit School Buses

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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.

Professor Receives International Award for Chemical Reaction Engineering

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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.

A Bright Green Future: Researchers Work to Turn Algae Into Crude Oil

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Inside the University of Houston Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center, space is typically reserved for finding ways to clean harmful pollutants from diesel vehicle exhaust through retrofit systems attached to tailpipes.

But recently, diesel center researchers have taken on a new project intended to expand the center’s clean air focus. They are examining glass beakers filled with samples of a slimy green substance most find growing in ponds, swamps and even dirty swimming pools.

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