Rice chemist to testify about hydraulic fracturing Oct. 5

David Ruth
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druth@rice.edu

Andrew Barron, Rice University’s Charles W. Duncan, Jr. – Welch Chair of Chemistry and professor of materials science, will give expert testimony before the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) about the newly proposed hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rule at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

The rule will implement House Bill 3328, enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature (regular session, 2011), and proposes to require operators to disclose the makeup of hydraulic fracturing fluid, including water. The proposed rule would enhance the transparency of the decades-long technique.

Who: Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. – Welch Chair of Chemistry and

professor of materials science at Rice University

What: Expert testimony on hydraulic fracturing before the Railroad Commission of Texas

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5

Where: RRC headquarters in Austin, 1701 North Congress, Room 1-111

Barron is the author of more than 380 scientific publications, five books and 20 patents. He has graduated more than 30 Ph.D. students. His current research focuses on the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy and health research. His research group has projects involving down-hole sensors, carbon dioxide mitigation and cancer treatment.

Barron’s research group is the core to a number of Rice startup companies, including businesses that range from oil and gas production (Oxane Materials Inc.) to solar power systems (Natcore Technology Inc.) to water purification (Molecular Filtration Inc) and storage (Surface Matters Inc).

Barron is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Hümboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, the Corday Morgan Medal and Prize, the Meldola Medal and Prize and the first Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award. In 2009 Barron was appointed as the first Prince of Wales Visiting Innovator. In 2011 he won the Houston Technology Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology.

Barron’s testimony will be available via webcast at www.texasadmin.com/txrail.shtml.

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