MS&E Student Yu Ding Wins MRS Honor

mrs-award_ding-yu2Texas Materials Institute is proud to announce that MS&E student Yu Ding has won the MRS Graduate Student Silver Award from at Fall 2016 meeting in Boston.

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is a member-driven organization involving over 16,000 scientists and technicians in the field of materials science. It includes men and women from over 90 countries around the world—from the richest of nations to developing countries. MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.

Yu Ding’s research has focused on developing sustainable energy storage technologies by integrating molecular engineering, electrochemical analysis and computational modeling. He has systematically studied quinones for liquid batteries in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes. This type of organics-based liquid batteries inherit advantageous features of modular design of flow batteries and high voltage and energy efficiency of Li-ion batteries. He combined experimental and computational study to reveal that the redox properties of quinones are strongly dependent on molecular aromaticity and electronic structures, and his work helped provide a systematic design principle to build sustainable organic batteries.

We would like to congratulate Yu on all of his hard work and continuous drive to excel. To learn more about Yu’s research within Dr. Guihua Yu’s group, please see their website here.