Research

Chemical Engineering Research – Areas of Specialization

  • Alternative fuels
  • Biofuels
  • Sensors
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Surface science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Phase equilibria
  • Oilfield processing of petroleum
  • Oilfield-related environmental problems
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Zeolites
  • Biological treatment of hazardous waste
  • Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons
  • Microbial enhancement of oil recovery
  • Reaction engineering
  • Multiphase reactors
  • Multiphase flow
  • Stochastic modeling
  • Risk analysis
  • Life cycle analysis for biofuels
  • Retrofitting energy infrastructure
  • Health Care Modeling
  • Directed evolution
  • Biocatalysis
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Natural product biosynthesis
Buffalo at the Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass Prairie Research Station

Chemical Engineering students and students from other disciplines now have a research facility at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Chemical Engineering students and students from other disciplines now have a research facility at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The $1.4 million research station in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a joint venture between The University of Tulsa and the Oklahoma chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The preserve provides a 38,000 acre habitat for bison, and living research laboratory for numerous universities like the University of Tulsa.

"We now have, within a very special ecosystem, a building equipped to make research much more feasible and manageable," said Kerry Sublette, a TU chemical engineering professor who has conducted research in the Tallgrass Preserve since 1996. Sublette was the Principal Investigator on the grant which provided the funds for the construction of this 7,000 square foot building.

The new Tallgrass Prairie Research Station houses two furnished classrooms, two stocked laboratories, a specimen and collection room, two offices and a conference room that also houses a library. Students have many opportunities to observe the ecosystem while living at the facility.