Guihua Yu, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School's Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is among the youngest ever to be honored with this distinction.
The Royal Society of Chemistry, founded in 1841, is the United Kingdom’s professional body for chemical scientists and the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. The Royal Society of Chemistry partners with industry and academia, promotes collaboration and innovation, advises governments on policy and promotes the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science. The FRSC designation is given to a group of elected Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to chemical science. The names of newly elected Fellows are published each year in The Times (London).
Achieving Fellow status in the chemical profession denotes to the wider community a high level of accomplishment as a professional chemist. Eligibility for Fellow status applies to applicants who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences, or to the advancement of the chemical sciences as a profession, or have been distinguished in the management of a chemical services organization. The Royal Society of Chemistry awards only a handful of distinguished professionals every year with this title.
Yu is a renowned innovator whose research has been focused on rational design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials, fundamental understanding of their chemical and physical properties, and development of large-scale assembly and integration strategies to enable their important applications in electronics, energy, and environmental technologies. He has published more than 75 papers in prominent scientific journals with more than 11,000 citations, including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Chemical Society Reviews, PNAS, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, and Nano Today.
Yu is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Early Career Faculty Award (2017), the Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2016), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2016), and the American Chemical Society (Chemistry of Materials) Emerging Investigator Award (2016). In 2015, he received 3M's Non-Tenured Faculty Award and the American Chemical Society's ACS-PRF Young Investigator Award. Additionally, Yu was recognized as one of 2014’s top ‘Innovators Under 35' by MIT Technology Review and among the 2014 Emerging Investigators by the Journal of Materials Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry), and the 2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award.