UT System Chancellor recognizes research by UTPA's Dr. Banglin Chen
Posted: 03/22/2007
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The University of Texas System recently demonstrated its strong commitment to promoting innovative research that provides solutions to real-world problems by honoring its researchers who exemplify ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.

The nominees were recently recognized in Austin by UT System Chancellor Mark G. Yudof with the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Program. The inventors nominated through this program are outstanding examples of scientists from the UT System's nine academic universities and six heath institutions who have produced research with the potential to yield a profound positive impact on the citizens of Texas and on all of society.

Dr. Banglin Chen (right) receives recognition as UTPA's nominee for the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award from UT System Chancellor Mark G. Yudof (left) at a ceremony recently in Austin.
The University of Texas-Pan American honoree was Dr. Banglin Chen, assistant professor of chemistry, for his work on "Nanoporous metal-organic supramolecules and frameworks," a hydrogen storage technology that may one day lead to a workable fuel tank for a hydrogen-fueled automobile, among other applications.

Chen's work resulted in the first UTPA patent to have ever been licensed. This patented technology was licensed by a major multinational corporation and is expected to be commercialized.

Converting basic research to products for consumers often takes many years but can have an important impact on human lives. UTPA is committed to effectively capturing, protecting, transferring and leveraging university inventions and to fostering technology commercialization thus enhancing economic development.

For more information on technology transfer at UTPA, contact Jacquelyn Michel, director of innovation and intellectual property, at 956/381-2889 or e-mail at