Rice University scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil’s fertility.
Three grants announced this spring by Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability will allow Rice faculty and students to research ways to enhance agricultural productivity, improve water and air quality and make Houston more environmentally sustainable and resilient.
Rice will mark Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 22 to celebrate efforts in making the university greener today and for coming generations of Owls. A significant step in the latter was achieved this past year when Rice adopted a plan to guide the university’s sustainability efforts and set the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2038.
Zygourakis, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, professor of bioengineering and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will be recognized "for seminal contributions and visionary leadership in the application of engineering principles toward the elucidation of cell and tissue dynamics.”
The federal government wants domestic biofuel producers to think big in the coming decade. Kyriacos Zygourakis, a professor at Rice University, wants them to think small…
Schools see the importance of a greener vision
Kyriacos Zygourakis, the A.J. Hartsook Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted in an article on renewable energy programs in the U.S.
“These grants are intended to help faculty members develop adventurous projects that might enhance the university and that might lead to larger endeavors, research breakthroughs, external funding opportunities or unusually creative works,” said Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives.
Backyard gardeners who make their own charcoal soil additives, or biochar, should take care to heat their charcoal to at least 450 degrees Celsius to ensure that water and nutrients get to their plants, according to a new study by Rice University scientists.
Fortified foods, pediatric heart valves that grow with a patient and the effects of biochar on microbes are among the winners of awards presented by Rice University’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB).
Alumnus Gang Cheng ’05 and Kyriacos Zygourakis, the A.J. Hartsook Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor in bioengineering, won the Best Fundamental Paper Award at the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Biodiesel is seen as a renewable alternative to diesel fuel made from petroleum. As production of biodiesel has risen in recent years, Rice University researchers are looking at ways to make it more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.
Hurricane Ike left more than 5.6 million cubic yards of fallen trees, broken branches and dead greenery in Houston, and Mayor Bill White last week awarded a $10,000 grand prize to a team of Rice University students, faculty and staff who found a way for the city to simultaneously get rid of the debris, reduce greenhouse gases and turn a potential profit.
We’ve all seen the commercial where T. Boone Pickens warns that we ”cannot drill ourselves out of this energy crisis.” At the same time, the proponents of ”drill here and now” are pressuring Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling in the moratoria areas of our outer continental shelf (OCS). And an increasing majority of Americans, according to recent polls, believe the price of gasoline will go down if we start drilling in areas that are currently off-limits. Who is right? Let’s look at the facts and decide.
Rice scientists will explore new ways to produce fuel economically and reduce the impact on the environment, thanks to grants from the Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS).
Corn ethanol and biodiesel can meet only a small fraction of what the U.S. needs for transportation fuels, Rice's Kyriacos Zygourakis told an international gathering of energy analysts.
Rice University Biodiesel Initiative (RUBI) is to blame if the exhaust from a Rice lawn mower brings on a sudden craving for french fries.
In an effort to stay ahead of industry trends and provide students with the skills they need to succeed, the Department of Chemical Engineering has developed a new strategic plan that puts equal emphasis on molecular biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics as fundamental sciences of the discipline…