Physicist Chu returns to University of Houston

HOUSTON Chu since 2001 served as president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Chu, when his appointment was announced in November 2000, said he planned to lead the Hong Kong institution for a few years, then return to UH.

Chu brings with him a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to further his search for new superconducting materials.

Chu in 1987 discovered a compound that allows electricity to flow without resistance at a temperature higher than the boiling point of nitrogen -- high-temperature superconductivity.

Texas voters this month approved establishing a $500 million fund to help universities expand their research programs.

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