Meet two undergraduate and two Ph.D. students graduating May 2022. Find out what they loved about the Texas ChE program, where they're headed next and what recommendations they have for new students. 

As a kid growing up in Mexico City in the 1980’s and 90’s, Daniel Zavala remembers many times when outdoor activities, like school recess, were canceled because the air quality was too dangerous to be outside. This had a big impact on the trajectory of Daniel’s career.

plastic waste

An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.

Thomas Edgar receives Nordic Process Control Award

Professor Thomas F. Edgar, highly reputed and with an outstanding academic career within the area of Process Control, received the Nordic Process Control Award during the 23rd Nordic Process Control Workshop at Luleå University of Technology, for his lasting contribution to the area.

“Partnerships like this that bring together researchers and leaders from across the energy field help us find and advance the highest impact solutions to our energy future,” said Brian Korgel, director of UT’s Energy Institute and professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.

New applications in energy, defense and telecommunications could receive a boost after a team at The University of Texas at Austin created a new type of “nanocrystal gel” — a gel composed of tiny nanocrystals each 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair that are linked together into an organized network.

Professor Gary Rochelle and Honeywell UOP representatives at pilot plant

Honeywell plans to commercialize carbon capture technology created by researchers from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin that holds the promise of significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions from many industrial sources.

Joan Brennecke

Joan Brennecke, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a prestigious distinction awarded to a select group of 164 academic innovators around the world for 2021.

Nicholas Peppas

Professor Nicholas Peppas is being honored with AIChE's Warren K. Lewis Award “for seminal contributions to chemical engineering education, including development of educational literature and resources for more than 45 years.”

Anyone using a cellphone, laptop or electric vehicle depends on lithium. The element is in tremendous demand. And although the supply of lithium around the world is plentiful, getting access to it and extracting it remains a challenging and inefficient process.

An interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists is developing a way to extract lithium from contaminated water. New research, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, could simplify the process of extracting lithium from aqueous brines, potentially create a much larger supply and reduce costs of the element for batteries to power electric vehicles, electronics and a wide range of other devices.