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Seth Bank Named 2023 Optica Fellow

Nov. 8, 2022
Dr. Seth Bank has been elected to the 2023 class of OpticaFellows "for pioneering work on the growth of optoelectronic materials by molecular beam epitaxy." Bank becomes the 7th current Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty member to be named an Optica Fellow.
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UT Austin Ranks Among World’s Best for Producing Entrepreneurs

Nov. 3, 2022
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the leading universities for producing future entrepreneurs, ranking No. 9 in the world for undergraduates and No. 18 for graduate students. The rankings by PitchBook Data, a research and technology organization that tracks venture capital, private equity and merger and acquisition transactions, underscore the university’s commitment to producing entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.
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Emanuel Tutuc Receives James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials

Oct. 20, 2022
Emanuel Tutuc of the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials by the American Physical Society (APS).
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‘Smart Plastic’ Material is Step Forward Toward Soft, Flexible Robotics and Electronics

Oct. 13, 2022
A new plastic-like material developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin can be manipulated to be soft and stretchy or hard and rigid with only the application of a catalyst and visible light.
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Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Established

Sept. 30, 2022
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering named after Alumnus Sanjay Chandra and his family.
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Computers That Think More Like Human Brains

Aug. 10, 2022
Computers that operate more like human brains are becoming more of a reality. However, there are still a lot of unresolved issues that remain. One of the most crucial unanswered questions revolves around what types of materials will be best suited to unlock the potential of this novel style of computing.
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Scientists encode 'Wizard of Oz' in a vanishingly small plastic

July 23, 2022
Researchers in the Anslyn Research Group outlined how they were able to take a 256-bit encryption key and encode it into a plastic-like material they synthesized in the lab, resulting in a new storage medium for encrypting a large data set.
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Dr. Adrianne Rosales recipient of Dean's Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor

June 22, 2022
The Cockrell School annually awards the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor to recognize teaching excellence. This award recognizes outstanding classroom teaching by an assistant professor to promote and encourage exceptional teaching in a faculty member's early career.
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Lydia Contreras Named Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity

June 15, 2022
The University of Texas at Austin has named Lydia Contreras as its new vice provost for faculty diversity, equity and inclusivity, effective immediately.
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Former REU student, now graduate student, Morgan Bergthold publishes a paper

May 17, 2022
Morgan Bergthold, REU alumna of 2018 cohort, now PhD candidate in Dr. Wasserman's research lab published a paper of her work on filtering of coherent light from a broad spectral background. Listed as a co-author is another REU alumnus, Keith Stewart.
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Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste

April 27, 2022
An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days. This research was led by Center faculty investigators Andrew Ellington and Nathaniel Lynd, along with other researchers at the university.
This graphic shows the materialin its gelled state (left) and its non-gelled state (right). When the materialis heated (right), the chemical bonds between the nanocrystals break and the gel breaks down. When the material is cooled (left), chemical bonds form between the nanocrystals and they organize themselves into a network (the gel).Molecular bonding(top)that controls gelation as a function of temperature is understood using supercomputer simulations (bottom). Credit: Kang, Valenzuela, et al./UT Austin

Versatile ‘nanocrystal gel’ could enable advances in energy, defense and telecommunications

Feb. 18, 2022
New applications in energy, defense and telecommunications could receive a boost after a team from The University of Texas at Austin created a new type of “nanocrystal gel” — a gel composed of tiny nanocrystals each 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair that are linked together into an organized network.
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NSF Hosts First-Ever MRSEC Science Slam

Jan. 28, 2022
Transformers are autonomous robots that can repeatedly morph from robot into vehicle. “While our research does not look into developing reconfigurable robots, it encompasses the concept of creating transformable materials,” says Stephanie Valenzuela, graduate research assistant at the University of Texas, Austin. As part of the UT Austin MRSEC program, researchers are creating reconfigurable optical gels that can transform materials using external triggers like heat or light, and in the process, paving the way for the advancement of smart materials. “the Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials at the University of Texas at Austin has innovative research, is extremely collaborate, and has a cohesive community,” says Valenzuela. “I have always taken a lot of pride and had a strong feeling of community at UT Austin’s MRSEC, and it was great to learn that this is something that is embodied with all of the MRSECs across the nation!”
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RET Alumna Published on TeachEngineering.org

Jan. 13, 2022
RET Alumna, Melissa Saldana published her lesson on "Fun with Leaf Chromatography!"

UT Austin, Texas State University Land NSF Grant for New Materials Center

July 23, 2021
The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials (CDCM), a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), is partnering with Texas State University to establish the Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly. The new center is being developed through an NSF Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grant.

2021 - 2022 Publications


IRG 1

Primary MRSEC support acknowledged:

  1. Lee, DH; Valenzuela, SA; Dominguez, MN; Otsuka, M; Milliron, DJ, Anslyn, EV. A Self-Degradable Hydrogel Sensor for a Nerve Agent Tabun Surrogate Through a Self-Propagating Cascade. Cell Reports Physical Science, 2021, 2,100552. DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2021.100552.

Partial MRSEC support acknowledged:

  1. Fang, J; Wang, M; Yao, K; Zhang, T; Krasnok, A; Jiang, T; Choi, J; Kahn, E; Korgel, BA; Terrones, M; Li, X; Alù, A; Zheng, Y. Directional Modulation of Exciton Emission Using Single

    Dielectric Nanospheres. Adv. Mater. 2021, 2007236. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202007236.

IRG 2

Primary MRSEC support acknowledged:

  1. Ma, X.; Zhang, F.; Chu, Z; Hao, Ji; Chen, X; Quan, J; Huang, Z; Wang, X; Li, X; Yan, Y; Zhu, K; Lai, K. Superior Photo-Carrier Diffusion Dynamics in Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites Revealed by Spatiotemporal Conductivity Imaging. Nat Commun 12, 2021, 5009. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25311-1.
  2. Otitoaleke, A; Chakraborty, I; Hugo, C; Akinwande, D; Incorvia, JAC. Synthesis and characterization of Cr2C MXenes. J Mat Res 36, 2021, 1980–1989. DOI: 10.1557/s43578-021-00258-7.
  3. Karki, S; Rogers, R; Jadaun, P; Marshall, DS; Incorvia, JAC. Large Magnetoresistance in Scandium Nitride Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Using First Principles. Adv. Theory Simul. 2021, 2100309. DOI: 10.1002/adts.202100309.

Partial MRSEC support acknowledged:

  1. Lee, D; Liu, Q; Zheng, L; Ma, X; Li, H; Li, M; Lai, K. Direct Visualization of Gigahertz Acoustic Wave Propagation in Suspended Phononic Circuits. Phys. Rev. Applied 2021, 16, 034047.  DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.16.034047.
  2. Choi, J; Florian, M; Steinhoff, A; Erben, D; Tran, K; Kim, DS; Sun, LY; Quan, JM; Claassen, R; Majumder, S; Hollingsworth, JA; Taniguchi, T; Watanabe, K; Ueno, K; Singh, A; Moody, G; Jahnke, F; Li, XQ. Twist Angle-Dependent Interlayer Exciton Lifetimes in van der Waals Heterostructures. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2021, 126(4), 47401-. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.047401. *

Seeds/Initiatives

Partial MRSEC support acknowledged:

  1. Lu, P; Chung, K-Y; Stafford, A; Kiker, M; Kafle, K; Page, ZA. Boron Dipyrromethene (BODIPY) in Polymer. Polym. Chem. 2021, 12, 327. DOI: 10.1039/D0PY01513J.

  2. Prasad, N; Burg, GW; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Register, L F; Tutuc, E. Quantum Lifetime Spectroscopy and Magnetotunneling in Double Bilayer Graphene Heterostructures. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2021, 127, 117701. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.117701.

Shared Facilities

The publication listed immediately below acknowledge both use of CDCM MRSEC shared facilities and CDCM MRSEC research support. This publication is also listed under the IRG2 publication listings above and indicated there by an asteric.

  1. Choi, J; Florian, M; Steinhoff, A; Erben, D; Tran, K; Kim, DS; Sun, LY; Quan, JM; Claassen, R; Majumder, S; Hollingsworth, JA; Taniguchi, T; Watanabe, K; Ueno, K; Singh, A; Moody, G; Jahnke, F; Li, XQ. Twist Angle-Dependent Interlayer Exciton Lifetimes in van der Waals Heterostructures. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2021, 126(4), 47401-. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.047401.