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With over 10,000 square feet of lab space and state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment, TMI is a world-class hub for materials research.

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Materials Science

Our Materials Science and Engineering program is one of the best in the nation, and our graduates go on to be leaders in their fields.

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Seminar Series

TMI hosts prestigious speakers throughout the year to promote research collaboration and learning across material science and engineering at UT.

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Goodenough Materials Innovation Lectures

In honor of Nobel Laureate Goodenough, this lecture series aims to bring leading experimentalists and theorists engaged in the broad field of materials to illustrate the past and present of materials research, and thereby create a vision for future innovation in this space.

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5 Questions with Yuebing Zheng, Author of New Book on Nanophotonics

How light interacts with matter is one of the most basic, yet important branches of science. A growing area in this field is nanophotonics, which studies these interactions at the smallest of scales where material building blocks begin to exhibit dynamic properties.

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Milk Reaction Inspires New Way to Make Highly Conductive Gel Films

A common chemical reaction that most people have seen first-hand is the inspiration for a new way to make a flexible gel film that could lead to innovations in sensors, batteries, robotics and more.

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2D Artificial Neurons Mimic Complex Brain Abilities for Next-Gen AI Computing

Research published in Nature Nanotechnology shows the creation of atomically thin artificial neurons by stacking two-dimensional (2D) materials to expand the functionality of electronic memristors by making them responsive to both optical and electrical signals for the operation of winner-take-all neural networks with separate feedforward and feedback paths within the network. 

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Professor Deji Akinwande Elected as 2023 MRS Fellow

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Deji Akinwande, has been elected for the 2023 Class of MRS Fellows by the Materials Research Society (MRS).

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James Chelikowsky Wins Feynman Prize

James R. Chelikowsky, Director of the Center for Computational Materials at the Oden Institute, has received the 2022 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory. 

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