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This year the UT Research Foundation is awarding $120,000 to eight inventors. Two professors are recipients of the maturation awards. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, received support for developing bioluminescent zebrafish as a tool for high-throughput drug screening. Ziling (Ben) Xue, professor in chemistry, received an award for a novel chemical sensor with high sensitivity toward biodiesel contaminant in jet fuel and diesel.  The sensor is fast, inexpensive, and can be used in portable device for contaminant detection.

Each team receives $15,000 to further develop their technology.

To read more about all this year’s recipients, visit