NEWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Jobs created by technology commercialized from the Barron Research Group*
* Not including employment of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
|"This fall, a company founded by scientists from Rice University in Houston will conduct a field test of a tracer made with what chemistry and materials science professor Andrew Barron believes is the key ingredient to success: nano rust.". by Tay Wiles, The Goat Blog from High Country News, August 22, 2013|
|Barron Group member Dr. Alvin Orbaek receives the ACS GREATER HOUSTON YOUNGER CHEMIST AWARD, 10/1/2013: To provide recognition to ACS-GHS members 35 years of age or younger for meritorious contributions to the welfare and distinction of the Section, as demonstrated by contributions to education, research, Sectional service or community service. Click here for more information|
|"Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying glass to trace a fingerprint to its source. Andrew Barron favors miniscule rust particles, millions of gallons of water and a magnet.", Finding New Tools for Tracing Fracking Impacts, by Laura Legere, May 29, 2013, Claims Journal.com|
Governor Cuomo Announces New Jobs and Investment At Eastman Business Park.
|"Researchers at Rice University and Duke University are both developing new tracer technologies.", from the article "West Virginia eco-groups want tracers in fracking fluids", By Bob Downing. Akron Beacon Journal, Published: May 17, 2013|
|"Researcher Andrew Barron, of Rice University in Houston, said he is developing technology to make harmless tracers that could discern whether fracking is polluting aquifers, given concerns about the chemicals mixed with fracking water.", from an article in the San Angelo Standard Times, By Matthew Waller, Posted February 13, 2013|
|"Scientists Close to Testing Tracers for Drilling Fluid"
By Dave Fehling, StateImpact Texas, KUT News
|"Tracing the Culprit if Fracking Pollutes Water Supplies",
"What's impossible at the moment is if you've got multiple companies in an area and it's thought there is contamination, there is no way to tell which company caused the contamination," said Andrew Barron at Rice University in Houston., Dave Fehling, NPR Radio, January 22, 2012
"Technology draws bead on hydraulic fracturing"
|Celtic Alliance for Nanohealth Venture Foru, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wednesday 26th September 2012, "The event was delivered by the four CAN project partners; Swansea University, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Dublin and in partnership with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship."|
|Chris Coker, president of Oxane Materials, talks about his company's product Tuesday during the Emerging Technology Forum, "Coker's company, Oxane Materials, spun out of a lab at Rice University ...", Houston Chronicle - Chron.com, Monday, October 8, 2012|
|Historic Sportscar Racing driver profile of Andrew Barron, Sports Car Illustrated|
'Absolute Black' Solar Panels Absorb Almost All Sunlight, ABC News, March 29, 2012
|Barron lab intern repeats win at Houston science fair,
Nanotube synthesis project qualifies 12th-grader for nationals, Rice News, March 27, 2012
|Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman adopts Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Rule
"Texas adopts comprehensive rules on disclosing fracking of oil, gas wells" - Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University, is mentioned in articles about the adoption of the Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Rule by the Texas Railroad Commission, West University Examiner, Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Shell Unleaded Racing Fuel as showcased on the television show Wheels In Motion. Filmed on-location at PRI in Orlando and featuring Professor Andrew Barron. Discover all the cutting-edge elements of horsepower and performance.
|Second annual SA/GSA Research Mixer a success - Event draws students, faculty and administration, by Amy Hodges, Rice News staff, September 29, 2011, Rice graduate students share information on graduate studies and their research projects.|
|Rice University Professor, Natcore Co-Founder Recognized for Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew R. Barron, a scientific co-founder of Natcore Technology Inc. has been named a finalist for a prestigious World Technology Award presented by the World Technology Network in association with Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review. Marketwatch.com, September 22, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX)|
|"Nanotechnology research efforts at Houston-based Rice University have contributed to the development of a fracking proppant that will optimize production from unconventional oil and gas wells.", Karen Boman, Rigzone.com, July 29, 2011|
|'Armchair' nanotubes may be key to a more efficient power grid, DigitalTrends.com, July 15, 2011
Researchers at Rice University are creating nanotubes with extremely efficient conductive properties that could be key in cutting down electricity loss in transmission lines.
|'Armchair' nanotubes could improve power grid's efficiency, The Engineer.co.uk, July 19, 2011
US researchers have found a way to produce carbon nanotubes for creating an electrical cable with negligible energy losses over long distances.
|'Amplified' nanotubes another step on the long path to a nanotech electrical grid, NextBigFuture.com, July 14, 2011
Rice University scientists have achieved a pivotal breakthrough in the development of a cable that will make an efficient electric grid of the future possible.
|Barron Group's visiting summer student Neerja Aggarwal shines in this article from the Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, July, 2011, article!|
|Find another article here on Neerja's Rice experience in the Rice News' Dateline Rice.|
|E&P Nanonet - The Exploration and Production Industry Nanotechnology Network - EPNanoNet June 2011 Summit, Houston, Texas, can be found here: http://www.epnanonet.com/document-library/cat_view/44-meetings-a-webinars|
|Webcast Event: Panel Session 1 - Connexions in Higher Ed: Sidney Burrus, Andrew Barron, Tom Caswell, Jim Berry, Janet Tareilo, & Ted Creighton, courtesy of Rice Educational Technologies|
|Rice Discovery Greatly Improves Common Disinfectant, Nanotimes, 11_01, January, 2011
a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li
|Natcore Increases Film-Growth Rate By Order of Magnitude
Rate of LPD growth multiplied 10 times, while new passivation discovery promises important new applications, Houston Business Journal, September 15, 2010
|Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Face More Obstacles in U.S.,By Keith Bradsher, New York Times,
September 8, 2010
Natcore Technology finds oppportuninty in China (PDF)
| On Clean Energy, China Skirts Rules, By Keith Bradsher,
New York Times, September 8, 2010
"Barely a player in the solar industry five years ago, China is on track to produce more than half the world’s solar panels this year."
|Natcore Technology to Return to China to Present New Technology -Two Natcore Co-Founders, John Calhoun and Andrew R. Barron, will be keynote speakers at the Binzhou International Sustainable and Economic Development Conference, to take place in Binzhou from August 23 to 27, Houston Business Journal, Red Bank, N.J., Aug. 18, 2010|
|Natcore Technology Gets White House Invite After China Deal CEO of New Jersey Solar Start-Up Invited to Join White House Advisory Panel After Inking China Deal, ABC News, By Ki Mae Heussner, June 29, 2010|
|"Clean Energy: Why Is China Ahead of the U.S.? Solar Start-Up in New Jersey Said China Gave Them a Deal They Couldn't Refuse", by Ki Mae Heussner, ABC News, June 16, 2010. See why Natcore Technology is signing a deal with China that will commercialize their technology overseas.|
|Natcore gets patent on thin film technology for cheaper solar, By Abby Gruen/The Star-Ledger, May 10, 2010, via NJ.com. The thin-film growth technology, developed at Rice University, is used to apply thin coatings to components.|
|N.J. photovoltaic innovator, Natcore Technology, buys Vanguard Solar, By Abby Gruen/The Star-Ledger, May 20, 2010, via NJ.com. The acquisition by the Red Bank-based solar company completes the consolidation of three related startups, formed originally by researchers associated with Rice University and NASA.|
|Canaccord, a well-known brokerage/investment banking firm in Canada, mentioned Natcore Technology (NXT.V), including mention of Natcore's program at Rice University, in their widely read Morning Coffee research meeting, April 16, 2010. Go to page 7 to view the item.|
|"Energy industry expertise reigns supreme in the south central United States" - Houston-based Oxane Materials, Inc. and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship are featured in this article in Site Selection Magazine, March, 2010,|
|Members of the Barron Group discuss nanotechnology in "Buckyball" Celebrates 25th Birthday, While Nanotechnology Flourishes, KUHF Radio, Houston, TX, 2010|
|Natcore Technology, Inc. (NXT.V) Expands Into Chinese Solar Market with New Technology, International Business Times, February 22, 2010|
|Rice University Research Breakthrough at Heart of International Business Deal - New Jersey Solar Pioneer Signs Deal With Chinese Consortium to Take Its Solar Technology From Lab to Power Grid. Press Release, February 22, 2010|
|"Ionic foot baths have Achilles' heel", Chris Woolston, Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2010|
|Oxane Materials, Inc. is creating new jobs! , The City Wire, Fort Smith, AR, December 28, 2009|
|"Breakthroughs in Solar Panel Technology", with Mario Gomez of KHOU-TV, Houston, TX, November 16, 2009
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|"Rice University-born Company to Ease Solar Panel Manufacturing", InterNano, by Mike Williams, Rice University, September 23, 2009|
|"The first publicly traded company to spring from Rice University technology is now taking stock in some of the best brains at Rice." More about Natcore Solar from the Rice News, 9/17/2009|
|From NanotechWeb: "Scaling up graphene production using organic dispersion", NanotechWeb.org, August 14, 2009
Producing high yields of graphene remains a challenge but researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, propose a new way to do just this.
Barron part of trans-Atlantic group seeking molecular key to stop HIV (pdf)
|The Simmons Family Foundation backs Texas Medical Center teams' work on hearing loss, cancer, tuberculosis - Barron Group collaboration with the Yang Group at Baylor College of Medicine results in a grant to collaborate on research for treatment of neuroblastoma. Check here for more information.|
|Rice Alliance and Oxane Materials garner attention in this Houston Chronicle article, 12/28/2008|
|Funding for Oxane Materials OxFrac Ceramic-Proppant - in this article from the Oil and Gas Investor, 12/11/2008|
|"Can you put the brakes on high gas prices by literally putting on the brakes?" - on Houston's KTRK-TV, Channel 13, July 8, 2008|
|Article: "Building the future one nanoparticle at at time" - by Barron Group graduate student Huma Jafry in The Ismali|
Editors' Choice: Volume 320, Number 5874, Issue of 18 April 2008 - CHEMISTRY: Epoxide Exfoliants
|Article: "Reframing the Concept of Nanotechnology" (pdf) - Product applications and technology transfer issues - American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 11|
|Newcyte, Inc. - The NewCyte founding team is comprised of leading scientists, successful business executives and experienced technology project managers, with over a century of combined science and management experience. Nanotech is behind new solar innovations from Georgia Tech, being commecialized by a company called NewCyte., Article: "3D solar cells boost efficiency, reduce size" - Cleantech.com|
|"Miracle Material Gets New Life" - "It was touted as the miracle material of the 1980s" - from the Harvard University Gazette|
|"Buckyballs Ferry Drugs into Cancer Cells Safely" - Scientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have developed...from nanotechwire.com , and this from EurekaAlert.com "Buckyballs used as 'passkey' into cancer cells"|
|"Rice Chemists Create, Grow Nanotube Seeds" - Study Proves Validity of Smalley's SWNT Amplification Concept - Nanotechnology Now article|
|"Nano drug delivery part of scientists' vision" - read more here on the results of ongoing collaboration, in this article from ChemLin , and this artcle from the Nanotechnology Group. The initial funding for this research was provided by the Keck Foundation through the Keck Futures Initiative|
|November 8, 2007: Presentation: An Academic Perspecitve of Collaboration, Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering, Glasgow, Scotland|
|November 6-7, 2007: Presentatiion: Academic and/or Company Research? ... or How should Universities take the lead with Energy Research?
Windsor Energy Meeting in Houston, TX: Building Bridges Between The Public and Private Sector - Conference Photo
|Barron Group graduate student Alvin Orbaek's summer job - the Space Hotel! More from Irish TV.|
|Cloning Carbon- nature nanotechnology | VOL 2 | JANUARY 2007 article|
|Buckyballs used as 'passkey' into cancer cells - Rice News 1/25/07|
|Professor Andrew Barron named the Associate Dean for Industry and Technology Transfer in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Rice News - Houston Business Journal article|
|Recent Publication: Journal of Materials Chemistry Hot Articles|
|"LPD silica coating of individual single walled carbon nanotubes"
Elizabeth A. Whitsitt, Valerie C. Moore, Richard E. Smalley and Andrew R. Barron, J. Mater. Chem., 2005, 15(44), 4678
|MSCI 615 Students Enter the 2005 One Lap of America|
Andrew R. Barron, Charles W. Duncan, Jr. - Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science
Professor Barron is the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. - Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University. Research in the Barron Group is currently aimed at the development of rational molecular design approach to materials synthesis, with an emphasis on the leap from synthesis to application of nano-based materials. Since 2002, the focus of research within the Barron Research Group has involved the functionalization of fullerenes and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Areas being investigated include: biological applications and interactions, catalysis and materials applications. Functionalization of fullerenes as amino acids allows for their inclusion into polypeptides for the development of new approaches to the treatment of flagrant diseases. The development of a catalytic approach for the amplification of SWNTs may be likened to the polymerase chain reaction for DNA and is aimed at the fabrication of specific nanotube structures for energy applications.
Professor Barron created the first educational programs at Rice to span the Schools of Science, Engineering and Management, and is a co-director of the Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship. He is also actively involved with educational programs in collaboration with the Rice section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Current Course Information
NSCI610/ENGI610 - MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Fall 2013 - TBA
Miscellaneous Course Information: Past Course - NSCI610/ENGI610 - MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Fall, 2012 Past Course - MSCI 616 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING: MATERIALS AND DYNAMICS - Fall, 2012 Past Course - CHEM 475 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry - Spring, 2012 Past Course - CHEM 575 - Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry - Spring, 2009
Past Course - MSCI 616 - Automotive Engineering: Materials and Dynamics - Spring, 2009
Discussion of the engineering and materials technology that is involved in modern automotive design. Topics include: chassis design and construction; composite design and fabrication; aerodynamics and ground effects; suspension dynamics; performance technology. External expert speakers will provide a real-world perspective. Course will only be offered with sufficient demand. Check with the instructor.
Past Course - MSCI 617 and MSCI 616 Automotive Engineering: Practicum - Fall, 2007 and Spring, 2008 Past Course - CHEM 360 Inorganic Chemistry - Spring, 2007
Past Course: MSCI 615 - Automotive Engineering, Materials and Dynamics - Spring 2005
MSCI615: One Lap of America Project Cars
Past Course: CHEM 495 Transition Metal Chemistry - Fall, 2007
Current Group Members
American Chemical Society Project SEED Program
Summer II, 2011 David Rivera North Shore Senior High School - 2011 Summer, 2011 Carmin Munoz Mirabeau B. Lamar High School - 2011 Summer II, 2010 Ryan Hamerly Hightower High School - 2010 Summer II, 2010 Erika Rivera North Shore Senior High School - 2010 Summer, 2009 Mallam Phillips Eisenhower High School - Chemistry Instructor Summer, 2009 Arafat (Lilian) Bodunrin Hightower High School - Student Summer, 2009 Ryan Hamerly Hightower High School - Student
Past Group Members
New Mexico, 1999
New Orleans, 2000
Welch Foundation Luncheon, 2002
New Orleans, 2003
Barron Group receives 2005 Laboratory Safety Award!
New Orleans, 2010
Dell Butcher Hall - Rice University Campus
Home to the Barron Group laboratories - 4th Floor
Research in the Barron Group focuses on the chemistry and materials science of aluminum and its related elements in the periodic table. Our initiatives encompass problems across the fields of traditional inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, nanoscale science and technology, and materials science. A feature of the research in the Barron Group is the continuum from synthesis to application, especially the development of new materials and catalysts from an understanding of structure/bonding/reactivity correlation.
For an overview and highlights from the Barron Group over the last decade click here. Current projects include: Lewis acidic compounds as catalysts, activators of main group metals and solid state sensors; the applications of nanoparticles in ceramic and organic composites; the control of ceramic and cement processing; the ambient, aqueous, growth of ceramic materials.
The Barron Group has interactions with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (of which Prof. Barron holds a joint appointment), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Jones School of Management.
Students and post-docs obtain an interdisciplinary experience, providing them a wide range of experience with tools that are available to research scientists. Group members have their own projects (rather than being just one of an army working on a single problem!), however, each Group member's research has significant overlap with others in the group.
Several programs are available to provide Graduate students with additional skills for use in academia, industry or business. The possibility for industrial internships is provided to Graduate Students at the end of the second year. To help prepare our graduate students for careers in entrepreneurial organizations (which these days includes academia!) Prof. Barron offers, in collaboration with the Jones School of Management, a course in entrepreneurial management for science and engineering.
For current research and prior results click here
Community Outreach - making science accessible to area students
September 7-11, 1997: 214th ACS National Meeting
June of 1998 - to Florence for CIMTEC '98 - the World Ceramics Congress and Forum on New Materials. A. R. Barron, Rhonda Callender,and Chris Jones were in attendance. And along the way, group members visited Oxford! This turned into the to Barron Group European Tour!! England Photos.Italy Photos are here.
August 21 -26, 1999: New Orleans for the ACS Meetings. Abstracts are posted here.
August 20-24, 2000: Washington, DC, for the 220th ACS National Meeting. Abstracts are posted here.
April 1-5, 2001: The 221st ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Abstracts are posted here.
October 17-20, 2001: The 57th Southwest Regional Meeting of the ACS in San Antonio, Texas. Abstracts are posted here.
February 8, 2002: The Welch Foundation Luncheon honoring Professor Barron. Photos are posted here.
November 3 - 6, 2002: The 58th ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, Austin, Texas. Abstracts are posted here.
August 22-26, 2004: The 228th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Abstracts are posted here.
March 26 - 30, 2006: The 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Abstracts are posted here.
September 10 - 14, 2006: American Chemical Society Meeting & Exposition - San Francisco, CA. Abstracts are posted here.
August 19-23, 2007: American Chemical Society 234th National Meeting & Exposition - Boston, MA. Abstracts are posted here.
October 1-4, 2008: The 64th Regional ACS Meeting - Little Rock, AR. Abstracts are posted here.
March 22-26, 2009: The Spring 2009 National Meeting & Exposition - Salt Lake City, UT. Abstracts are posted here.
March 21-25, 2010: The Spring 2010 National Meeting & Exposition - San Franciso, CA.
November 30 - December 4, 2010: ACS Regional Meeting - 66th SWRM/62nd SERMACS - New Orleans, LA. Abstracts are posted here.
September 8 - September 12, 2013: ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Indianapolis, IN. Abstracts are posted here.
Conference and Meeting Abstracts
ACS Spring 2010 National Meeting & Exposition - San Franciso, CA - March 21-25, 2010
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Rice University
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice University
Weiss School of Natural Sciences at Rice University
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University
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