Researchers in UT Austin’s Materials Science Engineering Program have made a breakthrough in graphene growth that could spur dramatic improvements in the performance of flexible electronics, solar cells, batteries, transistors, aircraft wings and other applications of large-area graphene film, a strong, ultra-thin, all-carbon material that has exceptional electrical properties. For more, read an article on the Cockrell School of Engineering website.
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UT Austin chemical engineering professor Benny Freeman has spearheaded leading-edge research on a new method for recycling fresh water used in hydraulic fracturing of shale to produce natural gas and oil. The process, which features a two-step membrane filtration system that removes oils, chemicals, salts and minerals, could reduce the amount of fresh water used in fracking by up to 50 percent. Read the entire article published in Reporting Texas and the Austin American-Statesman.
By Gary Rasp
While investment opportunities remain viable for established sources of energy such as oil and natural gas, the next ‘big thing’ could arise from the convergence of maturing technologies that yield products and services with end-use consumers in mind, suggested experts at a recent conference hosted by the McCombs School of Business.
Nuclear engineers at The University of Texas at Austin received an infusion of funds recently from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that will enable them to continue pioneering research in two distinct but related fields of study.
In related news, Dr. Jim Dyer, Co-Director of the McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center, and Dr. Paul Bommer, senior lecturer in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Petroleum Engineering Department, participated in a report commissioned by BSEE and the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council to evaluate the best available and safest technologies for offshore oil and gas operations.
- UT Austin partnering with federal agency, Texas A&M and University of Houston to form Ocean Safety Institute
- Editorial: UT Energy Poll illustrates need for energy literacy, and chemical engineers can help
- Op-Ed: It’s time to bring women into the energy conversation
- UT Austin to Host 2014 International Greenhouse Gas Technologies Conference
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