Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

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Point of View: Three Pitt Scholars Discuss the Future of Bitcoin

Bitcoin — the world’s first digital currency to operate independent of any centralized institution — had a wild 2018 and enters an equally tumultuous 2019, experts predict. How will it fare? Pitt researchers weigh in.
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Pitt-led Study Models Technology to Make Carbon Dioxide Capture More Efficient

Pitt’s Chris Wilmer and a team of researchers developed a computer model that shows how tiny spongelike structures could reduce emissions from coal-generated power plants.
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Longtime Pitt Mentor, Engineer Works on the Future With Soft Robotics

Inspired by the inner workings of a mechanical pencil in grade school, Anna Balazs went on to launch a career that blurs the boundaries between the living and nonliving in engineering and biology.
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From Sci-Fi to Real Life: Newly Discovered Substance Changes the Behavior of Water

A research team at the University of Pittsburgh has discovered a liquid polymer that raises water’s freezing point from 32 degrees Fahrenheit to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, much like the deadly ice-nine does in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic sci-fi novel “Cat’s Cradle.”