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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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Fire-Resistant Sodium Battery Balances Safety, Cost and Performance

A sodium battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin significantly reduces fire risks from the technology, while also relying on inexpensive, abundant materials to serve as its building blocks.

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Advancing Thermal Protection Systems with the Koo Research Group

The Koo Research Group at UT Austin collaborated with KAI on Ablation Research for over 15 years. Recently, they developed unique capabilities to advance research and development in “Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) Materials.” The paper published in the SAMPE Journal, which introduces their methodology for solving this complex problem.

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Chemistry Professor Receives Sloan Research Fellowship and Mark Young Scholar Award

A Sloan Research Fellowship, given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early-career scholars in fields ranging from computer science to physics, and Zachariah Page of the Department of Chemistry was announced as one of the newest fellows.

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Subak Sensing: Silver Nanocluster Reporters Transform Genetic Testing

Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) reporters are often used in tests to show if specific genetic material is present. In these tests, certain enzymes called nucleases cut the FRET reporters, causing them to emit light. However, making these FRET reporters involves using a dye/quencher pair and purifying them, which makes the FRET reporters expensive.

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Unlocking Collective Motion: Mimicking Nature with Active Particle Systems

In nature, we often see remarkable patterns of movement in groups of animals like fish or birds. These movements are complex and dynamic, involving various behaviors and changes over time. Scientists at UT Austin have been trying to recreate similar behaviors in artificial systems using tiny particles that move on their own.

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