Department of Energy

Professor gets $1 million for a research grant

Tue, Nov 15, 2016 - 9:38pm

Haifeng Zhang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, earned a $1 million Department of Energy grant.

With the grant, he will study ultrasound through-wall data transmission to monitor nuclear energy. This way, he could see what’s going on inside of nuclear canisters. Right now, there isn’t a way to do so.

Zhang is working with other professors and labs on the national project and started work this month.

The grant will span three years of research.

Professor earns grant to study plant lipids

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 - 10:06pm

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is funding UNT professor Kent Chapman’s research on how plants store lipids in their cells. Chapman is a regents professor of biology science.

The $650,000 grant will fund Chapman’s latest research, “Elucidating the Cellular Machinery for Lipid Storage in Plants,” which looks at how to make oils in plant tissues. In turn, this oil could be used in fuels and chemicals.

The grant funding will help pay for his and his team’s research, labs and supplies.