Edgar A. O'Rear
Edgar A. O'Rear holds the titles of Francis W. Winn Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering at the The University of Oklahoma, Norman, and an Affiliate Professor of research at the Department of Dental Materials at the Health Sciences Center campus. He received his degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Rice University, Tex, USA, and MIT, Mass, USA, before joining the faculty at OU in 1981. His research and teaching have taken him to the orient on a number of occasions where he worked at a Japanese National Laboratory, The Institute for Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), at Hitachi Central Laboratory (CHUKEN), and at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Professor O’Rear has published over 130 papers and patents, primarily in the areas of bioengineering, particularly transport, and surfactants. Recent papers describe a mechanism for secondary hypertension in patients with renal artery aneurysm. Other research involves enhanced thrombolysis and its mechanisms with encapsulated plasminogen activators which have potential use in the treatment of heart attack and stroke. His work in surfactants includes the design of novel molecular structures and the development of admicellar polymerization for water-repellent cotton fabric. He is a Member of AIChE, BMES, ISB, ACS, and AAAS as well as an AIMBE Fellow and a former President of the International Society of Biorheology.
Biography Updated on 12 December 2011