Department of Chemistry News

UT Patents Help Prevent Everything from Nuclear Disaster to Onion Milkshakes


UT patents have helped improve everything from rechargeable batteries to the taste of dairy products. For example, UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard Hall, Nuclear Engineering Professor Steven Skutnik, and nuclear engineering student Michael Willis developed and patented a mobile device that can successfully detect sources of nuclear radiation. Take a look at our list of some of the notable contributions of UT researchers.

Paranthaman Is Quest Scholar of the Week


Parans Paranthaman has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association is honoring Paranthaman for his contributions to the field of chemistry, including materials for superconductors, solar cells, lithium ion batteries, and processing of magnetic materials.

Longtime UT Professor to Give ‘Last Lecture’

Chemistry professor George Schweitzer has been teaching at UT for sixty-eight years. In partnership with UT Mortar Board and patterned after author and professor Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” Schweitzer will share his thoughts as if he were giving the last lecture of his career.