Our faculty have led the development of several interdisciplinary research centers including:
Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)
NEWT is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution nanosystems-engineering research center (headquartered at Rice University) the goal of which is to facilitate access to clean water almost anywhere in the world by developing efficient modular water treatment systems that are easy to deploy, and that can tap unconventional sources to provide humanitarian water or emergency response. NEWT also develops systems to treat and reuse challenging industrial wastewaters in remote locations, such as oil and gas fields to help energy production be more sustainable and more cost-efficient in its use of water.
Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster Center (SSPEED)
The Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center was established in 2007 as a university-based research and education organization. Led by Rice University, the SSPEED Center organizes universities, researchers, emergency managers and private and public entities to better address severe storm prediction and its impact on the Gulf Coast area. Their mission is to educate the Gulf Coast region by increasing public awareness of the risks associated with severe storms and hurricanes. They also inform the public about structural and non-structural mitigation strategies at all scales for the region.
Brine Chemistry Consortium
The overall objective of the Brine Chemistry Consortium is to perform research, testing, education and technology transfer on brine chemistry, primarily related to oil and gas production. Most brine chemistry problems and approaches in the oil and gas industry are generic and normally treated as essentially non-proprietary in nature. The consortium shares research resources directed toward solving many of the different types of problems associated with brine production and disposal. Companies are invited to participate.
China Nankai University Partnership for Sustainable Development
This partnership between Nankai University and Rice University seeks to identify and solve energy and environmental problems important to today's needs and to future developments in China and the United States. Projects have been identified in multiple disciplines including science, engineering and technology. The collaboration addresses these principal themes: Reducing the environmental impacts of energy production; water treatment; and policy and institutional barriers related to technology development and application.