Texas Materials Institute and the MS&E Graduate Program are proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Ye Shi, received an MRS Graduate Student Gold Award for the best materials science graduate research at the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, held April 17-21 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ye was one of eight students to receive the Gold Award, and the only graduate student from UT Austin this year. As the top honor for graduate students in the materials research community, the award is intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.
Ye won this award for his research work on designing nanostructured functional gels for smart electronics and electrochemical energy devices. Working with his supervisor, Professor Guihua Yu, and a team of other researchers in the Yu Research Group, Ye synthesized nanostructured functional gels with high tunability in terms of their micro-/nano-structure, physical and chemical properties by controlling the synthesis at a molecular level. Multifunctional hybrid gels were further developed through a“host-guest” chemistry and demonstrated their applications in smart electronics. Ye and his colleagues also explored novel applications of these nanostructured functional gels in smart electronics and electrochemical energy storage devices.
As a graduate student in the MS&E program, he has published his research in several prominent scientific journals including Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Nano Today, Angewandte Chemie and Advanced Functional Materials, and his research works have been featured in many science/technology media outlets.
We would like to congratulate Ye on all of his hard work and continuous drive to excel. To learn more about his research within Dr. Guihua Yu’s group, please see their website here.