How light interacts with matter is one of the most basic, yet important branches of science. A growing area in this field is nanophotonics, which studies these interactions at the smallest of scales where material building blocks begin to exhibit dynamic properties.

A common chemical reaction that most people have seen first-hand is the inspiration for a new way to make a flexible gel film that could lead to innovations in sensors, batteries, robotics and more.

Research published in Nature Nanotechnology shows the creation of atomically thin artificial neurons by stacking two-dimensional (2D) materials to expand the functionality of electronic memristors by making them responsive to both optical and electrical signals for the operation of winner-take-all neural networks with separate feedforward and feedback paths within the network. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Deji Akinwande, has been elected for the 2023 Class of MRS Fellows by the Materials Research Society (MRS).

James R. Chelikowsky, Director of the Center for Computational Materials at the Oden Institute, has received the 2022 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory. 

Dr. Grundish earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering as the last student of Prof. John B. Goodenough, who was a co-recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in developing the rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

Arumugam Ram Manthiram, professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as the first recipient of the John B. Goodenough Award of The Electrochemical Society. Read the full announcement here.

Dr. Nancy Guo, a Ph.D. graduate from Materials Science and Engineering Program and Texas Materials Institute at UT Austin (now a postdoc at MIT), has been selected among 2023 Forbes list "30 under 30" in the Science category. 

Yuanyue Liu, Assistant Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Materials Institute, has received the ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry.

The exploration of our Solar System and beyond for celestial bodies (asteroids) that could endanger life on Earth has recently found a renewed interest among astro scientists.