Research Breakthroughs

December 6, 2022
Stanko R. Brankovic, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received a $300,000 grant to continue his research into creating a new magnetic alloys with superior properties for…
Stanko R. Brankovic, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received a $300,000 grant to continue his research into creating a new magnetic alloys with superior properties for induction application.
November 3, 2022
A pair of professors from the Cullen College of Engineering are partnering with a colleague from Howard University to spur clean energy development via the use electromagnetic energy assisted hydrogen generation from fossil fuels…
Jiefu Chen.
July 21, 2022
High Carrier Mobility in Cubic Boron Arsenide Offers Promise for Next-Gen Electronics Researchers have for the first time experimentally discovered that a cubic boron arsenide crystal offers high carrier mobility for both…
Zhifeng Ren and Jiming Bao, principal investigators at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, have for the first time experimentally discovered that a cubic boron arsenide crystal offers high carrier mobility for both electrons and holes, suggesting a major advance for next-generation electronics.
June 1, 2022
Lithium-ion batteries are currently the preferred technology to power electric vehicles, but they’re too expensive for long-duration grid-scale energy storage systems, and lithium itself is becoming more challenging to access.…
Yan Yao (left) and Ye Zhang work with all-solid-state sodium batteries.
April 13, 2022
High-density Energy Storage Machine Less Expensive, More Reliable than Current Technology   Pulsed power systems accumulate and store large amounts of energy for a certain period of time to be released instantaneously later. The…
Researchers at the University of Houston plan to develop a miniaturized pulsed power system that will power mobile hand-held MRI machines.
February 24, 2022
As the world lessens its dependence on fossil fuels, industries and manufacturers are turning to lithium-ion batteries to power the machines that make modern life possible. These batteries power electric vehicles, mobile phones,…
Xiaonan Shan and his team have developed a “novel in-situ” 3D microscopy to image and study the localized electrochemical environments and understand where dendrites start forming in batteries.
November 29, 2021
** See video of scientists in the Bao lab shaping water with lasers into a familiar shape.** Jiming Bao, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston, has developed a new fluid that can be cut…
Jiming Bao, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has developed a new fluid that can be cut open by light with potential applications in adaptive optics, mass transport and microfluidics manufacturing and molding of micro and nanostructures.
November 23, 2021
In this pandemic era, have you ever wondered when the best time to go run an errand might be, maybe when your grocery store is the least crowded, so you could reduce the chance of being exposed to a contagious disease?   Well,…
Albert Cheng, professor of computer science and electrical & computer engineering at the University of Houston, presented his plans for real-time risk assessment at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conference HPC (High Performance Computing) for Urgent Decision Making.
September 13, 2021
A coveted technology, while attractive to established defense companies like Rockwell in Thousand Oaks, California, and others around the country, made its home in Sugar Land, putting millions into the greater Houston economy.…
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September 7, 2021
Researchers from the Cullen College of Engineering are exploring ways to automate the administration of medicine for patients suffering from Cushing's syndrome, with a proposal establishing architecture for that recently…
Researchers from the Cullen College of Engineering, including doctoral student Hamid Fekri Azgomi, are exploring ways to automate the administration of medicine for patients suffering from Cushing's syndrome, with a proposal establishing architecture for that recently published in Frontiers in Neuroscience.
August 24, 2021
The old adage “never let them see you sweat” doesn’t apply in the electrical and computer engineering lab of Rose Faghih, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Houston Cullen College of…
Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is reporting the first steps toward monitoring brain responses using wearable devices.
August 9, 2021
Drilling can be a challenging and expensive operation and the industry is always looking for ways to innovate and make the operation more efficient and safer. Two assistant professors in the University of Houston College of…
UH Licenses Cutting Analysis Software to Optimize Drilling Operations
June 17, 2021
Only 2 percent of vehicles are electrified to date, but that is projected to reach 30 percent by 2030. A key toward improving the commercialization of electric vehicles (EVs) is to heighten their gravimetric energy density –…
Yan Yao, Ph.D., is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.
May 13, 2021
A new paper from Rose Faghih, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Computational Medicine Laboratory, and her doctoral student Rafiul Amin describes how they have developed a…
A new paper from Rose Faghih, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Computational Medicine Laboratory, and her doctoral student Rafiul Amin describes how they have developed a novel inference engine to obtain brain information from raw electrodermal activity (EDA) recordings, eradicating previous challenges from earlier methods.
May 3, 2021
Cullen College of Engineering professor Stanko R. Brankovic, Ph.D., of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is the corresponding author for a new, multi-department perspective paper on potential advancements in…
Diagram of Dr. Brankovic's work
March 22, 2021
Though 40 million concussions are recorded annually, no effective treatment exists for them or for many other brain-related illnesses. In collaboration with Dragan Maric of the National Institutes of Health, Badri Roysam, Hugh…
Badri Roysam, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team are working with the NIH to develop open-source tools that will treat concussions and other brain injuries and diseases.
January 12, 2021
Clinical Trial Suggests Brain-Machine Interface Coupled with Robot Offers Increased Benefits for Stroke Survivors Stroke survivors who had ceased to benefit from conventional rehabilitation gained clinically significant arm…
A clinical trial found that stroke survivors gained clinically significant arm movement and control by using an external robotic device powered by the patients’ own brains.
January 11, 2021
Lithium-ion batteries are critical for modern life, from powering our laptops and cell phones to those new holiday toys. But there is a safety risk – the batteries can catch fire. Zinc-based aqueous batteries avoid the fire…
Xiaonan Shan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, said the discovery offers promise for energy storage and other applications, including electric vehicles.
November 30, 2020
New cathode, electrolyte allow high-power battery previously considered impossible Magnesium batteries have long been considered a potentially safer and less expensive alternative to lithium-ion batteries, but previous versions…
Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America have reported a breakthrough in the development of magnesium batteries, allowing them to deliver a power density comparable to that of lithium-ion batteries.
November 16, 2020
Imaging Technology Offers Advantages for Diagnostics, Other Uses Current state-of-the-art techniques have clear limitations when it comes to imaging the smallest nanoparticles, making it difficult for researchers to study viruses…
Wei-Chuan Shih, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, is the corresponding author for a paper about a new optical imaging technology for nanoscale objects, relying upon unscattered light to detect nanoparticles as small as 25 nanometers in diameter.