Research Profiles

UNT researchers create new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber

Researchers at the University of North Texas have created a new carbon fiber from plants that can replace common petroleum and coal-based products in wide range of goods including parts for cars, aircraft, electronics and sports equipment. The patent-pending carbon fiber also is stronger and lighter than similar products on the market. The new carbon fiber is made from C-lignin, a linear polymer...

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Drone research at UNT improves communication after disasters

UNT electrical engineering professors Yan Wan and Shengli Fu
Days after returning from a White House presentation of their use of drones to create Internet hotspots and restore communication after a disaster, two University of North Texas faculty members are headed to the US Ignite Application Summit for a live demonstration of the project June 24 – 27 in Silicon Valley, California. Shengli Fu, electrical engineering associate professor and interim...

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Scholarships, hours of research lead to UNT student's grad school fellowships

Clifford Morrison
UNT senior biochemistry and chemistry major Clifford Morrison was one of the academic stars at his small high school in the East Texas town of Hughes Springs. His high school counselor, a UNT alumna, encouraged him to apply to UNT. But Morrison didn't know how he could afford to go. "I have a single mom who is unable to work, and she was unemployed for two out of the four years I was in high...

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First Ecology for Environmental Science graduates

Paul Hunninghaus and Michelle Thomas
Studying aquatic insects in the Appalachian Mountains, releasing threatened quail populations into sustainable environments, and sampling mosquitos for West Nile virus are all experiences students in UNT's Bachelor of Science in Ecology for Environmental Science degree program didn't expect to have before they graduated. UNT was the first university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to offer an...

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UNT freshmen sequence bacteria DNA in intensive laboratory course

UNT Associate Professor Lee Hughes and Angela Burr, a biology student
Every year more than 30 UNT freshman biology students enroll in an intensive, year-long laboratory course to study bacteriophage genomics. The program is an undertaking of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education Alliance, and is known as Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, or PHAGES. UNT was the first university in Texas to offer the program to students, and...

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