Donald R Paul
Dr. Paul teaches and researches in the area of polymers, commonly known as plastics. His expertise involves use of polymer as membranes for separation of chemicals, as barriers to keep molecules from diffusing into or out of a container, to regulate the rate of exchange of gases for storing produce, and to control the rate of delivery of drugs to the body. In addition, he works in the area of formulating and characterizing blends or alloys of different polymers that have potentially useful property profiles. Dr. Paul is the editor of the journal "Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research," published by the American Chemical Society. He is also the Director of the Texas Materials Institute which is a newly formed educational/research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. It grants graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and provides the instrumentation/infrastructure for materials research across campus. Dr. Paul is a member of numerous professional societies, and in 1988 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.