The latest news from Tulane University covers a broad spectrum of scientific and business topics. Excerpts from the New Wave below cover everything from algae and polymer manufacturing to rising sea levels and the successful Burkenroad mutual fund.
A Tulane University-based venture with a plan to turn algae into crude oil was one of the big winners at the Tulane Business Plan Competition on Friday (April 13).
ReactWell, developer of a patent-pending technology to convert biomass into synthetic crude oil using underground geothermal reactors, earned the top prize at the Domain Cos. New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge. [Read More]
Tulane University physicist Wayne Reed says he wants to revolutionize the polymer manufacturing sector, an important component of the global economy. Through his patented technology, Reed and colleagues see a $100 billion opportunity in the $1.2 trillion polymer industry, and the key to helping this industry become greener and more efficient. [Read More]
Jerrycans — 20-liter plastic containers ubiquitous in third-world countries — are a favorite for relief organizations because they’re so versatile for storing water or fuel and easily transportable. What if they could be adapted to work double-duty as a cheap disinfection device in areas with scant access to clean water? A medical student and a graduate student at Tulane University have a novel idea. [Read More]
A mutual fund based in part on the Burkenroad Reports investment research program by students at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a pair of prestigious honors.
Morningstar awarded the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund a coveted five-star overall rating, and Lipper ranked the fund as the second-best performer out of 303 funds in the small-cap core category over the last 10 years. [Read More]
The rate of sea level rise along the U.S. Gulf Coast has increased dramatically this past century compared to that of the preindustrial millennium (600-1600 A.D.). This sobering news for residents from the Florida panhandle to east Texas is just one part of the findings by Tulane University researchers in a study published March 30 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. [Read More]
[Featured photo: Wayne Reed of the Tulane Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization; Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano]