A Rice University group‚Äôs innovative surfactant theory removes limitations of a 100-year-old model for interfacial behavior in enhanced oil recovery.
Ramon Gonzalez, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and of bioengineering, and founding director of the Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative at Rice University, has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.
LCE‚Äôs, as they are known, are stimuli-responsive networks of polymers that combine the elasticity of elastomers with the self-organization of liquid crystals. Morgan Barnes, a second-year graduate student in materials science and nanoengineering at Rice, foresees a time when they might be used in the manufacture of biomedical devices.
Jorge Wu Mok ‚Äúplays‚ÄĚ with conjugated polymers and designs stretchable, malleable photovoltaics for the conversion of solar energy into electricity.
During the competition, 10 graduate students, six from the school of engineering, had just three minutes and a single slide to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.
A method developed by the Rice lab of chemist Matteo Pasquali allows researchers to make short lengths of strong, conductive fibers from small samples of bulk nanotubes in about an hour.