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.

Chemistry Professor Elected Senator in Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society

Jeff Kovac, professor of chemistry, has been elected as a senator in the nation’s oldest academic honor society. He was one of thirteen senators elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society this month. The society was founded December 5, 1776. Senators serve as directors who set the course for the society’s future and guide the society on policy matters that are carried out by the national office.