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Prof. Guihua Yu of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and materials science program in the Cockrell School of Engineering has been selected to receive the prestigious Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Award. His research project will expand fundamental knowledge of how nanoscale synthesis and self-assembly can encode properties and functionality into materials and will have direct implications for advanced energy science and technologies.

Yu is among 84 scientists selected by the DOE from across the United States to receive significant funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers in the nation from both universities and national labs.

“Supporting talented researchers early in their career is key to building and maintaining a skilled and effective scientific workforce for the nation. By investing in the next generation of scientific researchers, we are supporting lifelong discovery science to fuel the nation’s innovation system,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry “We are proud of the accomplishments these young scientists have already made, and look forward to following their achievements in years to come.”

Under the program, university-based researchers will receive grants for at least $150,000 per year for five years and will cover salary and research expenses.

Along with the numerous awards Yu has received throughout his career, this award is a testament to the significance and innovation of his work. Since joining The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 2012, Yu has established a world-class research program in materials science and nanoscience. His research group has published numerous high-impact papers in various prestigious journals. Yu was also recently selected for the prestigious 2018 Nano Letters Young Investigator Award and 2018 ‘Energy & Fuels Division’ Emerging Researcher Award by American Chemical Society.

-ME Staff and DOE

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