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AUSTIN – Guihua Yu, Ph.D., Partner Teacher of Products Science and Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from TAMEST (The Academy of Medication, Engineering and Science of Texas). He was selected for his advanced usage of nanotechnology and conductive polymer-hydrogels to offer services to 2 of society’s greatest difficulties: water sustainability and energy storage.
Dr. Yu’s method of taking a look at natural nanomaterials and comprehending structures to their tiniest scale has actually resulted in the development of brand-new multifunctional polymeric nanostructures and hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials with distinct physical residential or commercial properties that enhance effectiveness and function.
Development applications of his work variety from a brand-new kind of soil that can pull water from the air and disperse it to plants utilizing super-moisture-absorbent gels to translating brand-new storage systems of metal substances with approximately 3 times the grid-scale energy storage ability compared to products typical in business lithium-ion batteries.
” In 8 years at UT Austin, Dr. Yu has actually turned into one of the leading one percent most pointed out products researchers internationally,” stated Keith P. Johnston, Ph.D. (NAE), Claire and Peter Buenz Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. “His capability to take advances in the structures of products to provide greater efficiency is assisting us to see a greener energy future where smaller sized gadgets and earth-abundant products might considerably enhance batteries, and solar innovation can produce water out of thin air to bring farming abilities to locations not formerly possible.”
Dr. Yu is among 4 Texas-based researchers getting the TAMEST 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards for their specific contributions attending to the necessary function that science and innovation play in society, and whose work satisfies the greatest requirements of excellent expert efficiency, imagination and resourcefulness.
” Dr. Yu’s ingenious research study has actually utilized the power of engineering at its tiniest scale to resolve a few of the world’s biggest issues,” stated David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), 2021 TAMEST Board President. “We are honored to acknowledge Dr. Yu’s substantial contributions to his field with the 2021 O’Donnell Award in Engineering. We eagerly anticipate see what world-changing services he will establish next.”
Dr. Yu will be honored at the 2021 O’Donnell Awards virtual ceremony on Wednesday, January 13 at 4 p.m. CT and will provide a subsequent virtual talk on his groundbreaking research study on February 10, 2021, at 11 a.m. CT.
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- Research study discussion: January 27, 2021, 11 a.m. CT . Engineering: Guihua Yu, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin .
- Research study discussion: February 10, 2021, 11 a.m. CT . Science: Benjamin Tu, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center .
- Research study discussion: February 24, 2021, 11 a.m. CT . Innovation Development: Christian A. Davies, Ph.D., Shell .
- Research study discussion: March 10, 2021, 11 a.m. CT
- About the O’Donnell Awards:
The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards yearly acknowledge increasing Texas scientists who are attending to the necessary function that science and innovation play in society, and whose work satisfies the greatest requirements of excellent expert efficiency, imagination and resourcefulness.
Over $1 million has actually been granted to more than 50 receivers in the classifications of medication, engineering, science and technology development considering that the creation of the O’Donnell Awards in 2006. Fourteen O’Donnell Awards Receivers have actually gone on to be chosen to the National Academies, consisting of 3 in 2020.
TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member organizations, TAMEST is made up of the Texas-based members of the 3 National Academies (National Academy of Medication, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We unite the state’s brightest minds in medication, engineering, science and innovation to cultivate partnership, and to advance research study, development and service in Texas.
TAMEST’s distinct interdisciplinary design has actually ended up being an efficient recruitment tool for leading research study and advancement centers throughout Texas. Given that our starting, more than 225 TAMEST members have actually been inducted into the National Academies or transferred to Texas.
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