UT's Peppas to Speak at Friday's Payatakes Lecture
February 28, 2011
Toby Weber

The UH Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will host a talk by one of the world’s leading experts on biomaterials drug delivery and pharmaceutical bioengineering, Nicholas Peppas, on Friday, March 4.

Peppas is the Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering; professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy; and chairman of the department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is serving as the invited speaker for the department’s Payatakes Memorial Lecture.

The lecture honors Alkiviades C. Payatakes, a professor of chemical engineering at the Cullen College from 1974 to 1980.  A native of Greece, he returned to his home country in 1981. After holding positions at the University of Patras and the Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes, he served as chairman of the board of directors and director of central administration for the Foundation for research and Technology-Hellas from 2006 until his death in 2009.

Peppas’ lecture will cover models of transport in porous media, a field to which Payatakes made great contributions. The lecture will review the evolution of these models, their impact on drug delivery systems and recent work on targeted drug delivery.

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