Dr. Francis D’Souza Receives 2022 UNT Research Leadership Award

Chemistry professor Dr. Francis D'Souza has been named the recipient of the 2022 UNT Research Leadership Award by the UNT Division of Research & Innovation. The award will be presented to Dr. D'Souza at the Salute to Faculty Excellence awards dinner and celebration on April 21, 2022.

According to the website, this award is given to "a full-time University faculty member whose research excellence and leadership at UNT has made substantial contribution to their respective discipline and achieved national and/or international recognition."

Next generation nuclear power

Next-generation nuclear power plants have the potential to address future energy needs and the global climate crisis. Designed to be more efficient and safer than traditional nuclear reactors, these new reactors will operate at higher temperatures and use alternate cooling methods. Proposed designs using molten salt instead of water to cool the reactor show some of the most promise.

New equipment could reshape the future of high entropy alloys

A new $250,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) will allow UNT materials scientists to delve deeper into the world of High Entropy Alloys (HEAs).

Rajarshi Banerjee, a University Regents Professor and Presidential Professor, and Rajiv Mishra, a University Distinguished Research Professor, believe a custom-built casting system will give them the ability to screen a large number of compositions of HEAs in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

Dr. D’Souza Appointed 2nd VP of the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines

Dr. Francis D'Souza of UNT Chemistry has been appointed as the 2nd Vice-President of the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP). This international society serves the interests of scientists working in any area of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles, independent of their scientific discipline, be it chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry or material science. Dr. D'Souza has been a member of the society since its inception in 2000.

UNT researchers receive $5.5 million to make advanced materials for soldier protection

A University of North Texas team of researchers with the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute received a $5.5 million grant to devise new materials for making bulletproof protection materials.

The Army Research Laboratory grant is the final part of a larger project that awarded a team in the institute up to $20 million to be spread over five years in 2017.

Researchers developing a new alloy for NASA

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Aidin Imandoust and University Distinguished Research Professor Rajiv Mishra are creating a tungsten-based alloy that could be used for protective linings in nuclear fusion reactors and other nuclear applications.

The research is part of a NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), which provides $90,000 in funding and a one-to-one match from the university. It also requires research support from NASA scientists.

Researchers collaborate on a half-million dollar NSF grant

UNT researcher and professor Bibhudutta Rout from Physics, alongside Saraju Mohanty from UNT Computer Science and Engineering and Elias Kougianos from UNT Electrical Engineering are collaborating with a team led by Babu Baniya from the Grambling State University on a half-million dollar NSF grant to advance medical security and broaden participation of historically underrepresented students in

Major NSF Grant Awarded to Drs. Kelber, Cundari, & D'Souza

A team of UNT Chemistry researchers led by three faculty members--Professors Jeffry A. Kelber, Thomas R. Cundari, and Francis D'Souza--has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research to investigate fundamental chemical interactions relevant to the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia via energy-efficient chemical routes. Because ammonia is a key ingredient in fertilizers, its production is vital to agriculture and food security.