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‘Drawn-on-Skin’ Electronics Offer Breakthrough in Wearable Monitors

July 30, 2020
‘Drawn-on-Skin’ Electronics Offer Breakthrough in Wearable Monitors
Congratulations to Cunjiang Yu, Faheem Ershad, and colleagues!

A team of researchers led by Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, has developed a new form of electronics known as “drawn-on-skin electronics,” allowing multifunctional sensors and circuits to be drawn on the skin with an ink pen.

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A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries

July 17, 2020
A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries
Congratulations to Yan Yao, Yanliang “Leonard” Liang, Hui Dong of UH, and co-corresponding author Doron Aurbach of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel

Lithium-ion batteries are recognized for their high energy density in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but as the need for grid-scale energy storage and other applications becomes more pressing, researchers have sought less expensive and more readily available alternatives to lithium.

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Researchers Create Air Filter that Can Kill the Coronavirus

July 07, 2020
Researchers Create Air Filter that Can Kill the Coronavirus
Dr. Zhifeng Ren and Team

Researchers from the University of Houston, in collaboration with others, have designed a “catch and kill” air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it instantly.

Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, collaborated with Monzer Hourani, CEO of Medistar, a Houston-based medical real estate development firm, and other researchers to design the filter, which is described in a paper published in Materials Today Physics.

The researchers reported that virus tests at the Galveston National Laboratory found 99.8% of the novel SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was killed in a single pass through a filter made from commercially available nickel foam heated to 200 degrees Centigrade, or about 392 degrees Fahrenheit. It also killed 99.9% of the anthrax spores in testing at the national lab, which is run by the University of Texas Medical Branch.

“This filter could be useful in airports and in airplanes, in office buildings, schools and cruise ships to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ren, MD Anderson Chair Professor of Physics at UH and co-corresponding author for the paper. “Its ability to help control the spread of the virus could be very useful for society.” Medistar executives are is also proposing a desk-top model, capable of purifying the air in an office worker’s immediate surroundings, he said.

Ren said the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH) was approached by Medistar on March 31, as the pandemic was spreading throughout the United States, for help in developing the concept of a virus-trapping air filter.

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New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage

June 04, 2020
New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage
Congrats to Prof. Haleh Ardebili (TcSUH PI), Sarah Aderyani (first author), and Ali Masoudi from UH.

The increase in mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles and other technologies has driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them. Led by Haleh Ardebili, Bill D. Cook Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, researchers from UH and Texas A&M University have reported a structural supercapacitor electrode that is stronger and more versatile than conventional carbon-based electrodes.

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Scholarship Recipients Announced for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

May 28, 2020
Scholarship Recipients Announced for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
Siwei Chen, Anish Thukral, Samira Daneshmandi, Haoran Sun, Fanghao Zhang

The Scholarship Committee for the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston is pleased to announce TcSUH scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each student will receive a $1,500 award.

Scholarship recipients are selected from undergraduate or graduate students in departments aligned with the Center based on their academic and research accomplishments. While a high GPA is an important factor, the committee considers number of internal and external oral presentations, prizes and awards, number of papers, and other outstanding service or contributions. Criteria for TcSUH scholarships may be found at http://www.tcsuh.com/scholarships.php.

CORA HAWLEY SCHOLARSHIP
  • Siwei Chen, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Venkat Selvamanickam, Advisor
  • Anish Thukral, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science, Prof. Cunjiang Yu, Advisor
C. W. CHU SCHOLARSHIP
  • Samira Daneshmandi, Ph.D., Physics, Prof. Paul C. W. Chu, Advisor
  • Haoran Sun, Ph.D., Physics, Prof. Zhifeng Ren, Advisor
  • Fanghao Zhang, Ph.D., Chemistry Prof. Zhifeng Ren, Advisor

For more information, read the original news release.


TWO TcSUH PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS WIN 2020 FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

May 07, 2020
TWO TcSUH PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS WIN 2020 FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Prof. Wei-Kan Chu, Prof. Lars Grabow

UH Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short announced the 2020 Faculty Excellence Award recipients on May 7, 2020. The awards recognize exceptional faculty who conduct inspirational teaching, critical research, and mentoring and advising students, bringing national recognition to the University of Houston. The formal awards ceremony is being rescheduled for the Fall semester.

UH Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short announced the 2020 Faculty Excellence Award recipients on May 7, 2020. The awards recognize exceptional faculty who conduct inspirational teaching, critical research, and mentoring and advising students, bringing national recognition to the University of Houston. The formal awards ceremony is being rescheduled for the Fall semester.

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Professor Wei-Kan Chu, Cullen University Professor in the Department of Physics, and TcSUH principal investigator heading the Ion Beam Laboratory, was selected for a new annual award, the UH Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for 2020. The award was created to recognize a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.

Professor Chu will receive a $5000 cash award at a ceremony to be held in the Fall. The UH Graduate School will enter the campus awardee into the regional CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award competition which is open annually in the fall semester. The CSGS winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 plus travel expenses to attend the annual CSGS spring meeting where the CSGS award will be presented. The UH award eligibility criteria specified and requirements for the nomination materials are aligned with the Professor Chu will receive a $5000 cash award at a ceremony to be held in the Fall. The UH Graduate School will enter the campus awardee into the regional CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award competition which is open annually in the fall semester. The CSGS winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 plus travel expenses to attend the annual CSGS spring meeting where the CSGS award will be presented. The UH award eligibility criteria specified and requirements for the nomination materials are aligned with the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Outstanding Mentor Award.

For information on Prof. Chu, see https://www.uh.edu/nsm/physics/people/profiles/wei-kan-chu/

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Professor Lars C. Grabow, Dan Luss Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemistry, has received one of three Undergraduate Research Mentoring Awards for 2020. Professor Grabow is a principal investigator in the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the Houston of Houston, and heads the Computational Catalysis and Interface Chemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry.

The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes the mentorship efforts of University of Houston faculty at all stages of their careers. The $1500 cash award acknowledges faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors and who have demonstrated at least five years of mentorship involvement. Award winners advise and work one-on-one with students on personalized, creative, enriching projects; they are committed to providing undergraduate research experiences above and beyond the classroom.

For information on Prof. Grabow, see http://www.chee.uh.edu/faculty/grabow>Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Professor Wei-Kan Chu, Cullen University Professor in the Department of Physics, and TcSUH principal investigator heading the Ion Beam Laboratory, was selected for a new annual award, the UH Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for 2020. The award was created to recognize a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.

Professor Chu will receive a $5000 cash award at a ceremony to be held in the Fall. The UH Graduate School will enter the campus awardee into the regional CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award competition which is open annually in the fall semester. The CSGS winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 plus travel expenses to attend the annual CSGS spring meeting where the CSGS award will be presented. The UH award eligibility criteria specified and requirements for the nomination materials are aligned with the Professor Chu will receive a $5000 cash award at a ceremony to be held in the Fall. The UH Graduate School will enter the campus awardee into the regional CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award competition which is open annually in the fall semester. The CSGS winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 plus travel expenses to attend the annual CSGS spring meeting where the CSGS award will be presented. The UH award eligibility criteria specified and requirements for the nomination materials are aligned with the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Outstanding Mentor Award.

For information on Prof. Chu, see https://www.uh.edu/nsm/physics/people/profiles/wei-kan-chu/

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Professor Lars C. Grabow, Dan Luss Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemistry, has received one of three Undergraduate Research Mentoring Awards for 2020. Professor Grabow is a principal investigator in the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the Houston of Houston, and heads the Computational Catalysis and Interface Chemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry.

The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes the mentorship efforts of University of Houston faculty at all stages of their careers. The $1500 cash award acknowledges faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors and who have demonstrated at least five years of mentorship involvement. Award winners advise and work one-on-one with students on personalized, creative, enriching projects; they are committed to providing undergraduate research experiences above and beyond the classroom.

For information on Prof. Grabow, see http://www.chee.uh.edu/faculty/grabow

For more information, read the original news release.


Discovery Offers New Avenue for Next-Generation Data Storage

April 14, 2020
Discovery Offers New Avenue for Next-Generation Data Storage
Paul Chu, Liangzi Deng, Hung-Cheng Wu, and colleagues

Discovery Offers New Avenue for Next-Generation Data Storage

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Breakthroughs in Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity of Boron Arsenide Crystals

April 01, 2020
Breakthroughs in Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity of Boron Arsenide Crystals
Geethal Amila Gammage, Dr. Zhifeng Ren

During his time at the University of Houston so far, physics Ph.D. student Geethal Amila Gamage has contributed to twelve papers in academic journals, including three first-author papers. His achievements earned him the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH (TcSUH) C. W. Chu Scholarship last year for outstanding academic and research accomplishments. Any spare time he has, he spends much of it involved with the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH) as chair of the Student Seminar Committee, with responsibilities including choosing seminar speakers and chairing presentations. He served as co-chair of the organization last year and credits the committee for helping his communication skills. “People say scientific research is difficult, but for me I would say – if you make research your hobby – it will be much easier to work,” said Gamage. “You need to have good communication skills. If you try to work alone, it’s very challenging, but if you communicate with your peers, it will be easier to work.”

For more information, read the original news release.