Research Highlights

Enzyme Safely Starves Cancer Cells in Preclinical Study

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Enzyme Safely Starves Cancer Cells in Preclinical Study

A research team led by Texas ChE Professor George Georgiou has engineered an enzyme that safely treats prostate and breast cancer in animals and also lengthens the lifespan of models that develop chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The new treatment and results from preclinical trials are described in a paper published in the Nov. 21 issue of … Read the rest »

Peppas, Horava Develop First-Ever Capsule to Treat Hemophilia

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Peppas, Horava Develop First-Ever Capsule to Treat Hemophilia

In the near future, hemophiliacs could be able to treat their disease by simply swallowing a capsule.

Thanks to a breakthrough led by researchers in the McKetta Department of Chemical  Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, treatment for hemophilia can now be administered via a biodegradable system, a capsule, giving people affected by … Read the rest »

Flu Vaccine’s Effectiveness Can Be Improved, New Findings Suggest

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Flu Vaccine’s Effectiveness Can Be Improved, New Findings Suggest

A team of engineers and scientists from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved. The findings were reported in the journal Nature Medicine on Nov. 7.

The UT Austin team … Read the rest »

Alumna Rachel Segalman Explores, Expands the Thermoelectric Power of Polymers

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Alumna Rachel Segalman Explores, Expands the Thermoelectric Power of Polymers

Originally published on UC Santa Barbara’s The Current.

Imagine charging your cellphone anywhere without having to plug in. Or barely breaking a sweat outside in the middle of summer. How about using a high-performance personal computer that cools its own components?

These ideas, and many like them, may be the realities of the not-so-distant … Read the rest »

Research on Integrating the Operation of Chemical Processes with the Power Grid Receives DOE Funding

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Research on Integrating the Operation of Chemical Processes with the Power Grid Receives DOE Funding

Research conducted in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering to optimize chemical plant operations and reduce demand on the power grid recently received $360K in funding from the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) within the United States Department of Energy.

The … Read the rest »

Regenerative Bandage Heals Diabetic Wounds Faster

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Regenerative Bandage Heals Diabetic Wounds Faster

Originally written and published by Amanda Morris for the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering.

At some point in their lives, 15 percent of people with diabetes will develop a painful and hard-to-treat foot ulcer. Twenty-four percent of those affected will require a lower-leg amputation because of it. And, in some instances, what seems … Read the rest »

UT Energy Institute Features Korgel’s Solar Cell Research

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UT Energy Institute Features Korgel’s Solar Cell Research

Originally published as an UT Energy Institute Research Spotlight By Gary Rasp.

The way McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering Professor Brian Korgel sees it, imparting knowledge to his students, while vitally important, is only one aspect of his job.

Perhaps even more valuable, Korgel says, is awakening students to the possibilities created for them through … Read the rest »

Low-Temp Production Could Mean Cheaper, Flexible Smart Windows

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Low-Temp Production Could Mean Cheaper, Flexible Smart Windows

Associate Professor Delia Milliron and a team of researchers in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering have invented a new flexible smart window material that, when incorporated into windows, sunroofs, or even curved glass surfaces, will have the ability to control both heat and light from the sun. Their article about the new material will … Read the rest »

‘Empathy Mirror’ to Foster Understanding Among People with Different Perspectives

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Texas ChE Provides Key Leadership for New Smart Manufacturing Institute

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Texas ChE Provides Key Leadership for New Smart Manufacturing Institute

Texas ChE Professor Tom Edgar’s leadership in clean energy research recently helped secure $140 million for a new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will improve the efficiency of advanced manufacturing systems and deliver dramatic energy savings nationwide.

Edgar is a co-founder and the current treasurer of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), … Read the rest »

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