21 MarMaterial Science and Engineering Graduate SeminarNanostructured Hydrogels as a Bioinspired Material Platform for Sustainable Energy and Environment
Nanostructured Hydrogels as a Bioinspired Material Platform for Sustainable Energy and Environment
  • Prof. Guihua Yu
  • Professor of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering,The University of Texas at Austin
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Auditorium (Room 0215) between building 2 & 3
2019-03-21T12:002019-03-21T13:00Asia/RiyadhNanostructured Hydrogels as a Bioinspired Material Platform for Sustainable Energy and EnvironmentMSE Graduate Seminar - Spring 2019Auditorium (Room 0215) between building 2 & 3Mazen E. Mero

ABSTRACT: Nanostructured materials have become critically important in many areas of technology, ranging from renewable energy, electronics, photonics, to biology and medicine, because of their unusual physical/chemical properties due to confined dimensions of such materials. This talk will present a novel class of polymeric materials we developed recently: nanostructured functional hydrogels that are hierarchically porous, and structurally tunable in terms of size, shape, composition, porosity, and chemical interfaces. Bottom-up synthetic strategies to rationally design and modify their molecular architectures enable nanostructured hydrogels as a bioinspired material platform to address critical challenges in renewable energy and environmental technologies, beyond their traditional biomedical applications.

These functional gels as organic building blocks offer an array of advantageous features such as intrinsic nanostructured conducting framework, exceptional electrochemical activity to store and transport ions, and synthetically tunable polymer-water interactions. Several recent advances on these nanostructured hydrogels-enabled advanced energy and environmental applications will be showcased including high-energy lithium batteries and supercapacitors, electrocatalysts, solar vapor generation and water desalination, and atmospheric water harvesting.

BIOGRAPHY: Guihua Yu is a tenured professor of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.S. degree with the highest honor in chemistry from USTC, and earned Ph.D. from Harvard University, followed by postdoc at Stanford University. His research has focused on rational synthesis and self-assembly of functional organic and hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials, and fundamental understanding of their chemical/physical properties for advanced energy and environmental technologies. Yu has published over 130 scientific papers in prominent journals with total citations ~21,000 times and H-index ~67 (Highly Cited Researcher 2018). Yu has received a number of notable awards/honors, including DOE Early Career Award, ACS ENFL Emerging Researcher Award, Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship, Caltech’s Resnick Young Investigator, Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, TMS Society Early Career Faculty Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship, MIT Technology Review ‘35 Top Innovators Under 35’, IUPAC Prize for Young ChemistsYu currently serves as Associate Editor of ACS Materials Letters (a new flagship materials science journal by ACS), and is in Advisory/Editorial Board of Chem (Cell Press), Chem. Soc. Rev. (RSC), ACS Central Science, Chemistry of Materials (ACS); Nature Scientific Reports, Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Science China Chemistry, Science China Materials, Batteries & Supercaps (Wiley), etc.


  • Mazen E. Mero