Guihua Yu, an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized with a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. This distinguished awards program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.
Yu's research focuses on rational design and synthesis of functional nanoscale materials, fundamental understanding of their chemical and physical properties, and development of large-scale assembly and integration strategies to enable their technologically important applications in energy, electronics, environment and life sciences.
As a teacher, he is engaging and encouraging. One student’s feedback says it best: “Yu’s class is challenging but very exciting, thought provoking and well taught.”
In addition to his engineering appointment, Yu is a core faculty member of the Texas Materials Institute, UT Energy Institute and the Center for Electrochemistry. His group has pioneered a new class of materials: nanostructured electronic gels that are synthetically tunable in size, shape, hierarchy and porosity.
“Yu is a truly exceptional materials scientist who has made significant contributions in his field“ said Dan Jaffe, vice-president for research at UT.
His work appears in more than 50 high impact journal articles as well global science media. In January 2017, Science News noted his research in ‘Better batteries charge forward.’
Yu shines equally in the classroom, teaching both a core undergraduate course, Introduction to Materials Science, and core graduate course, Phase Transformations, earning stellar evaluations from his students. He mentors students and serves on numerous university committees, in addition to participating in several outreach and educational programs, such as ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,’ and GLUE, ‘Graduates linked to Undergraduates in Engineering.’
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences.