There's a global race to reduce the amount of harmful gases in our atmosphere to slow down the pace of climate change, and one way to do that is through carbon capture and sequestration — sucking carbon out of the air and burying it. At this point, however, we're capturing only a fraction of the carbon needed to make any kind of dent in climate change.

As much as a third of the world’s population does not have access to clean drinking water, according to some estimates, and half of the population could live in water-stressed areas by 2025. Finding a solution to this problem could save and improve lives for millions of people, and it is a high priority among scientists and engineers around the globe.

Dr. Jim Chelikowsky has been awarded The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) John Bardeen Award for 2021. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions and are leaders in the field of electronic materials.

Bloomberg Businessweek published a cover story recently that highlights Texas Materials Institute and Materials Science and Engineering program Director, Arumugam Manthiram, for his work with batteries. The article dives into developments on cleaner batteries and highlights Manthiram’s research and journey. You can see the full article on the Bloomberg Businessweek website here

Arumugam Manthiram, Director of Texas Materials Institute and Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin, is receiving the 2021 Battery Division Technology Award from The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Among the most tantalizing of these green energy technologies is fuel cells. They use hydrogen as fuel to cleanly produce electricity and could power everything from long-haul trucks to major industrial processes.

However, fuel cells are held back by sluggish kinetics in a part of the core chemical reaction that limits efficiency. But, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have discovered new dynamics that could supercharge this reaction using iron-based single-atom catalysts.

Dr. Tanya Hutter, faculty for the Materials Science and Engineering Program, has been selected as a winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – 2021 Ambassador Fund for her program Women Ahead of Their Time.

Urea is a critical element found in everything from fertilizers to skin care products. Large-scale production of urea, which is naturally a product of human urine, is a massive undertaking, making up about 2% of global energy use and emissions today.

TMI is proud to announce that Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student, Colin Yee, has received first prize for his presentation at the NSMMS (National Space and Missile Materials Symposium) and CRASTE (Commerical and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange) 2021 Symposia. 

The University of Texas at Austin is among the biggest “rising stars” in the world, and top in the U.S., in the field of materials science. UT Austin was ranked fourth in the world on the materials rising stars list compiled by Nature Index, which tracks research output by universities around the world.