Research

We conduct research that matters.

As a premier, research-extensive institution, our students—undergraduate and graduate—delve further into subjects they may have only dreamed about.

The nuclear engineering department’s ties with industry allow students to implement and evaluate new technologies in a real-world environment at TVA, Duke Energy Company, ElectricitĂ© de France, and many more. The department has climbed from the twelfth-ranked program in US News and World Report to the fifth-ranked in just four years, and research is one of the reasons.

In architecture and engineering, our researchers are working on innovations in zero-energy housing and other areas of ecologically sustainable design.

Using a supercomputer at UT's National Institute of Computational Sciences, a team of researchers is modeling the biophysics of red blood cells to understand their behavior in the spleen, with the aim of finding cures to diseases.

We're also looking at what impacts the lives of species around the world. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and the Center for Wildlife Health are investigating the cause of amphibian declines and extinctions.

But our collaborations are in no way limited to science.

When it comes to producing new US utility patents, the UT Research Foundation was listed among the world’s top universities in a study by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association in 2014.

At the Marco Institute, faculty and students draw upon the center’s rich library resources to advance scholarship in medieval and Renaissance history, art, literature, and music. American history specialists curate the papers of presidents Andrew Jackson and James Polk. Center for Social Justice scholars are tackling the tough questions about health care disparities and immigration.

From improving mental health and education to economics and taxation efficiencies, our work impacts people, places, and industries throughout the world.

Research News

Townsend Honored at American Nuclear Society Meeting

Several members of the College of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took home awards at the American Nuclear Society's annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, with Professor Lawrence Townsend receiving a particularly high honor.


Filling Up Could Cost Less Thanks to UT-ORNL Breakthrough

Sticker shock at the gas pump could soon be a thing of the past thanks to research being conducted by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


NIMBioS Study Finds Saving Seeds the Right Way Can Save the World’s Plants

Conservationists establish one-size-fits-all seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. But a National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis study has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.


Construction Industry Research and Policy Center in the News

The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center recently received $20,000 from Amerisure Insurance Company to further its work. The center is dedicated […]


Archaeological Project to Document Battle of Fort Sanders

Before Fort Sanders was a densely populated neighborhood and restaurant and retail hub, it was known for the bitter clash between Confederate and Union soldiers with the South unsuccessfully trying to siege Knoxville. An effort by researchers at UT Knoxville will make sure this important piece of history does not forever fade into the metropolis.


UTRF Makes Top 100 Universities List for New US Patents

The UT Research Foundation was listed among the world's top universities for producing new US utility patents. UTRF ranked eightieth, ahead of Emory, Yale, and Princeton.


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