Texas Engineering Executive Education

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston received his PhD in 1981 in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois and joined UT after a year at Sandia National Laboratories. His awards include the Allan P. Colburn Award and Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology from AIChE, and he was named by AICHE in a list of "One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era." He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Am. Inst. of Medical and Biological Engineers. He directed UTs activities in the NSF Science and Technology Center: Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes through 2009. He conducts fundamental research combining materials chemistry, colloid and interface science and polymer science to guide the development of applications in a wide range of fields including drug delivery, biomedical imaging/therapy, microelectronics, energy storage and subsurface energy production. He has discovered/co-discovered various nanomaterials including water/CO2 microemulsions, silicon nanowires, and therapeutic protein nanoclusters. He has made significant contributions in a new field of nanotechnology for subsurface green energy production which includes CO2 sequestration, improved oil recovery, magnetic nanomaterials for electromagnetic imaging of reservoirs, and greener fracturing with low water utilization.

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