A biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.
One of the Largest Facilities For Growing Algae for Biofuels Opens at The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with AlgEternal Technologies and Georg Fischer Piping Systems, has officially opened one of the largest of-its-kind algae growth demonstration facilities for biofuels in the country.
Earth Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 22. Faculty experts from The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on topics ranging from the building of sustainable communities to plant ecology and environmental policies.
Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil
Al Bard has a dream. It's an area the size of New Mexico blanketed in panels of iron oxide — rust — that have been doped with just the right mix of other elements. When the panels are hit by hot southwestern sunlight, they help split water into its constituent atoms, hydrogen and oxygen. The… » Continue Reading
Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels’ Potential
A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study just published in PLoS Biology. It may also be the key to breaking through a frustrating bottleneck in 21st century biofuel production.
Hybrid plants, like corn, grow bigger and better than their parents because many of their genes for photosynthesis and starch metabolism are more active during the day, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin in a new study published in the journal Nature.
A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation's transportation fuel if production can be scaled up.
Oil Recovery Expert and Ecology Spokesperson Tad Patzek of UC-Berkeley Named Chair of Nation’s Top Petroleum Engineering Department
Tad Patzek, professor of geoengineering at the University of California-Berkeley, will become chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin effective Sept. 1.