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Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu recently received the 2017 Small Young Innovator Award from the International Small Sciences Symposium hosted in Hong Kong. 

The Small Sciences Symposium is a biennial conference in which some of the best scientists in the world convene to present and discuss novel findings and emerging research. This year’s symposium was centered around the field of flexible and wearable electronics, bioelectronics and photonics.  

The award recognizes “outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in the development and fundamental understanding of nanoscience and nanotechnology by a young scientist or engineer under age 40.” The award recipient must also show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Along with the numerous awards Yu has received throughout his career, this award is a testament to the significance and innovation of his work. Yu’s extensive research is focused on the design and synthesis of functional nano-architected materials and their applications in energy science, electronics and environmental technology.  

The citation for Yu’s award is “For important contributions to nanoscale materials design for energy science and technology.” Earlier this year, Yu received the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Early Career Faculty Award, and was honored as a 2017 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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