NEWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
|Oxane Materials, Inc. is on the move!, 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|
|"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|
|Article in the Rice Thresher: In the Eye of the Sun - purchase solar cells by the roll at your local Home Depot?|
Andrew Barron discusses his group's research into nanotubes for solar power in this special report on CNN - from CNN Edge of Discovery, 12/12/2008
|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|
|Article: "Reframing the Concept of Nanotechnology" (pdf) - Product applications and technology transfer issues - American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 11|
|"New solar energy firm launches, heats competition" - Vanguard Solar's founders include former Harvard University professor and chief of the materials science department of Rice University, Andrew Barron - see the Houston Business Journal article|
|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, Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science
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.
Prof. 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
CHEM 475 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, Spring, 2010
Miscellaneous Course Information: Past Course - NSCI 610/ENGI 610 Management for Science and Engineering - Fall, 2009 Past Course - CHEM 575 - Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry - 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 - Automotive Engineering: Lab - Fall, 2008
Recommended Pre-requisite: MSCI 616
Laboratory application of engineering skills towards the materials technology and dynamics of chassis design, composite design, and fabrication, aerodynamics, and performance technology.
Past Course - NSCI 610/ENGI 610 - Management for Science and Engineering - Fall, 2008 Past Course - MSCI 617 and MSCI 616 Automotive Engineering: Practicum - Fall, 2007 and Spring, 2008 Past Cours - NSCI 610/ENGI 610 Management for Science and Engineering - Fall, 2007 Past Course - CHEM 360 Inorganic Chemistry - Spring, 2007 Past Course - CHEM 600 Inorganic Seminar - Spring, 2007 Past Course - NSCI 610/ENGI 610/MGMT 610 - FALL, 2006:MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Management course for science and enghineering students.
MSCI615: One Lap of America Project Cars
Past Course: CHEM 495 Transition Metal Chemistry - Fall, 2003
Current Group Members
ACS Project SEED Program - Summer 2009
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!
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.
View this video on recent research in the lab!
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 Outrreach - 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.
Conference and Meeting Abstracts
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
Rice Facts - What would you like to know about Rice University?
Rice University is consistently ranked as one of America's best teaching and research universities. It is distinguished
by its size - 2,700 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity
-10 applicants for each place in the freshman class; resources - an undergraduate
student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student
among private American universities; residential college system, which builds
communities that are both close-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture,
which crosses disciplines, integrates teaching and research, and intermingles
undergraduate and graduate work.
Rice's wooded campus is located in the nation's fourth largest city , close to America's South Texas Coast.