Professor and Department Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
At The University of Tulsa, Dale Teeters is helping his students think small in a really big way.
Dale Teeters, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, heads TU's efforts in nanotechnology, specifically in developing batteries so small that hundreds of them can fit across the width of a human hair. At this tiny scale, the technology can greatly increase battery capacity for use in anything from cell phones and laptop computers to fuel cells that can generate electricity in remote locations.
Teeters holds a patent for a nanobattery manufacturing process, and he engages his students in furthering research in this groundbreaking technology. Teeters and a few of his graduate students were featured on the History Channel's Modern Marvels television episode about batteries.
In 2007, he helped secure more than $650,000 in state and federal funding to advance the nanotechnology research -- approximately $530,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and $120,000 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for the nanotechnology research.
The federal and state grants will fund three years of nanotechnology research at TU and will support a research team made up of two graduate students, two undergraduate students, and one post-doctoral fellow.