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Computers That Think More Like Human Brains

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 NSF PREM grants to broaden participation in cutting-edge materials research

July 12, 2021
2021 NSF PREM grant awarded to TX State and CDCM MRSEC
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NSF PREM Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly (PREM CIMA)

July 1, 2021
The NSF Partnership for Research and Education and Materials (PREM) Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly (CIMA) works to strengthen the pipeline of students in materials science and STEM careers through research and education.
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Solar Power Innovator Named Director of Energy Institute

June 30, 2021
Dr. Brian Korgel named Director of the Energy Institute at he University of Texas at Austin
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Astrobiologists Aid in Fighting Coronavirus

May 14, 2020
Dr. Andrew Ellington’s RTX enzyme helps in astrobiologists aid in fighting coronavirus
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Dr. Jean Anne Incorvia Awarded IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award

April 10, 2020
Prof. Jean Anne Incorvia of Texas ECE has been awarded the IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award. The international award is given to one recipient annually who has shown "outstanding scientific or technical achievements which has been significantly beyond the average performance of a person at that career level."The IEEE Magnetics Society is the "premiere organization for professionals in magnetics research and technology.

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.