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Distilling Fuels from the Sun

Distilling Fuels from the Sun

In this video chemist Allen Bard talks about his efforts to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil.

Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid

Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid

Chemist Allen Bard has been awarded a grant to improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.
The 'Gold' Standard

The 'Gold' Standard

Chemistry professor and undergraduates research platinum-based fuel cells with advanced computing technologies through the Freshman Research Initiative.

Chemist Peter Rossky Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Chemist Peter Rossky Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Rossky, the Marvin K. Collie-Welch Regents Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, chosen in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research.

Self-powered, Blood-activated Sensor Detects Pancreatitis Quickly and Cheaply

Self-powered, Blood-activated Sensor Detects Pancreatitis Quickly and Cheaply

Turning Reynold’s Wrap, JELL-O and milk into a way to look for organ failure.

Designer Chemical Weapons, Aerotoxic Syndrome, and the Future of Personalized Medicine

We’re entering the age of personalized medicine, but also, possibly, designer chemical weapons, which would work only on particular genetic populations.

Fueled by the Sun: Green Gold

Researchers across the college aim to harvest biofuels from plants and algae. Part 2 of the series, Fueled by the Sun.

Fear: The Bioterrorist's Best Friend

Biochemist Andy Ellington muses on how our (exaggerated) fear of bioterrorism might be far more dangerous than any virus a terrorist could actually engineer and spread.

The Nanoparticle Kid

In the lab of computational chemist Graeme Henkelman, senior chemistry major Matt Welborn combines experimental X-ray diffraction data and electronic structure theory to quantify the disorder at the surface of 140-atom platinum nanoparticles. Knowing about the disorder at the surface, Wellborn says, is critical for understanding reactions that occu...

Students Selected to Present Posters on Capitol Hill

Jae Seo Pi (left) and Vincent Au (far right) are heading to D.C. to present their research and represent the College of Natural Sciences. College of Natural Sciences sophomores Vincent Au and Jae Seo Pi have been selected to present their research in Washington, DC at “Posters on the Hill.” This event, which is sponsored by the national organizat...Vincent Au and Jae Seo Pi

The Texas Shaman

Dr. Dionicio Siegel, Texas Shaman Congrats to Dio Siegel for winning a 2011 Dreyfus Special Grant in Chemical Sciences. His proposal was titled “Texas Shamans, a Study of Chemistry and Conservation of Native Texas Plants” and the 2-year award also comes with matching funds from UT Austin. I wrote about Siegel and his shamanic tendencies twice in ...

Fueled by the Sun: Mimicking Plants

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil.

Muscle Movies

Chemist Ron Elber explains how he and his colleagues use the powerful computing resources of the Texas Advanced Computing Center to build time-accurate 3-D models that illustrate how muscles convert chemical energy into mechanical push and pull.

Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way To New High-Powered Organic Batteries

Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way To New High-Powered Organic Batteries

The development of new organic batteries—lightweight energy storage devices that work without the need for toxic heavy metals—has a brighter future now that chemists have discovered a new way to pass electrons back and forth between two molecules.

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Conventional solar cell efficiency could be increased from the current limit of 30 percent to more than 60 percent, suggests new research on quantum dots led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu.