Topic: McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

March 24, 2015

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels.

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Raise the (Solar) Roof: Students Building Solar Home

Feb. 23, 2015
Raise the (Solar) Roof: Students Building Solar Home

UT students were selected to design a solar-powered home for a U.S. Department of Energy competition. "Nexushaus" will address broad sustainability and affordability issues, and it's only one of the solar projects powered by Longhorns.

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New Study Measures Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Offers Insights into Two Large Sources

Dec. 9, 2014

Researchers find a small percentage of wells accounts for the majority of emissions.

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UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into 'Sweet Crude' Biofuel

Jan. 21, 2014

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.

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Engineers Improve Recycling System in Hydraulic Fracturing to Save Water and Energy

Aug. 14, 2013

Chemical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed high-efficiency, durable filters to improve mobile water recycling systems used in hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

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