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National Academy of Inventors honors 3 University of Houston professors
Date:1/29/2013

edicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Texas Academy of Sciences. In 1990, he was selected the Best Researcher in the U.S. by US News and World Report.

Luss has spent more than four decades researching and teaching chemical engineering at UH's Cullen College of Engineering, where he chaired the chemical engineering department for more than 20 years. He has published more than 300 journal articles and was named to the National Academy of Engineering in 1984. His research contributions were recognized by several American Institute of Chemical Engineers awards, including the Founders Award, the Wilhelm Award, the Professional Progress Award, the Allan P. Colburn Award and eight Best Paper Awards, as well as the Amundson Award from ISCRE and the ASEE Curtis McGraw Award and the Chemical Engineering Division lectureship Award.

Luss' research group develops policies that prevent chemical reactors from "runaways," or rapid, uncontrollable temperature excursions that may lead to explosions. His recent research is concerned with the reduction of particulate particles (soot) and nitrogen oxide emissions by diesel engines. The main thrust of his research was to increase the efficiency of chemical processes. His studies of the large-scale synthesis of advanced ceramics, such as superconducting materials led to patent for production of high-temperature superconducting powders. Another patent was awarded for the development of a method of carbon combustion synthesis of oxides, which enables a more economic production of these products.


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University of Houston
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