Research has been the driving force at Rice Engineering for more than 100 years. At the epicenter of the world’s oil and gas industry, Rice University engineers are designing and implementing solutions to the world’s growing energy challenges. Our research is rooted in unconventional collaborations across disciplines, resulting in pioneering work toward a clean energy future.


Research Focus Areas

Energy Generation

Long-term Energy Storage

Development of Efficient Processes and Materials Platforms


Research Talks

Each spring and fall, faculty members from the George R. Brown School of Engineering highlight their work during 10-15 minute research talks. Below, you can watch videos of the presentations from our fall 2022 event, which focused on climate change and energy transition. Learn more about our Engineering Research Talks.

Haotian Wang

"Electrifying Chemical Engineering" - Haotian Wang

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Sibani Lisa Biswal

"Pushing the Limits of Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries" - Sibani Lisa Biswal

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Daniel Cohan

"Confronting Climate Change" - Daniel Cohan

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Research Centers


A New Home for Dynamic Research

The O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science, supported by a lead gift from the estate of Ralph S. O’Connor, will address a host of pressing needs spanning energy, the environment, new materials and more. The $152 million, 266,000-square-foot facility will open in fall 2023.