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Paul BarbaraPaul F. Barbara, 1953-2010

Colleagues and friends wish to establish an endowment to honor the memory and many academic accomplishments of Dr. Paul F. Barbara, founding director of UT-Austin’s Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology. The Paul F. Barbara Endowment for Student Excellence in Nanoscience is to be awarded to Ph.D. students enrolled in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Learn more and pledge your contribution here.

UT Austin's Nanoscience Building Named After President Emeritus Faulkner

The University of Texas at Austin’s nanoscience building has been named the Larry R. Faulkner Nano Science and Technology Building by the UT System Board of Regents in recognition of former President Faulkner’s leadership in bringing the university’s nanotechnology program to national prominence. more...

Dr. Xiaoyang Zhu in the News!

UT's Xiaoyang Zhu leads a team that aims to make solar energy a viable alternative to fossill fuels.

Dr. Xaioyang Zhu

UT research team seeks to turn more sunlight into electricity. more...

Article in the July 31, 2010
Austin American Statesman - story by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Hot Papers!

Characterizing Single Carbon Nanotubes

by staff published: January 18, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas – The importance of carbon nanotubes to contemporary materials science is difficult to overstate; since their original discovery in 1991, they have inspired countless research efforts, and been used in a great many applications. However, characterization of individual nanotubes has been difficult; current experimental values of key nanotube properties vary by an order of magnitude. more...

Engineers develop method to disperse chemically modified graphene in organic solvents - March 31, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas – A method for creating dispersed and chemically modified graphene sheets in a wide variety of organic solvents has been developed by a University of Texas at Austin engineering team led by Professor Rod Ruoff, opening the door to use graphene in a host of important materials and applications such as conductive films, polymer composites, ultracapacitors, batteries, paints, inks and plastic electronics. more...

Dr. Graeme Henkelman of Chemistry is “Speeding Up Nano-Discovery”

Lately, there’s been a lot of excitement about nanotechnology,” Graeme Henkelman, professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, said, with characteristic earnestness. “People have realized that as you make things small, particularly on the nanoscale, there are some properties that come out that are completely different than the bulk materials.”more...

Prof. Ruoff's 4 nanostructure papers in Carbon, Nano Letters, and Chemistry of Materials.

These papers are about the chemical analysis of graphene oxide films after heat and chemical treatments by X-ray photoelectron and Micro-Raman spectroscopy, achieving tunable electrical Conductivity of individual graphene oxide sheets Reduced at "low" temperatures, the creation of aqueous suspensions of chemically modified garphene sheets and their characterization, and in collaboration with Professors Michael Trenary and Allan Nichols, and graduate student Panchatapa Jash, all of the University of Illinois-Chicago, on the synthesis and Characterization of single-crystal strontium hexaboride nanowires.

Team takes first atomic-scale compositional images of fuel-cell nanoparticles

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a step toward developing better fuel cells for electric cars and more, The University of Texas at Austin, together with MIT and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have taken the first images of individual atoms on and near the surface of nanoparticles key to the eco-friendly energy conversion devices.

New Graphene-Based Material Clarifies Graphite Oxide Chemistry - September 25, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — A new "graphene-based" material that helps solve the structure of graphite oxide and could lead to other potential discoveries of the one-atom thick substance called graphene, which has applications in nanoelectronics, energy storage and production, and transportation such as airplanes and cars, has been created by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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In 2010, construction of the new Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) will continue at the corner of Speedway and 24th Street. We will provide construction updates as we receive them.

Please note that construction will limit access to the NST building - ESB Construction Site Map- Fencing and Pedestrian Access/Walkways


Learn more here

Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


Kimberly Homan
Winner of the "Best Presentation Award" for her presentation on "Silver Nanoplates Photoacoustic Contrast Agents for Pancreatic Cancer"

Graduate Portfolio Student Presentation
Presenters for Fall 2010


Click here to find out more about the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nano Portfolio Program
Student Profiles

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*MS&E Guest Speaker*

Professor Gregory Rohrer, Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

"Developing titania/ferroelectric heterostructures for solar photolysis"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

-EFRC Guest Speaker-

Dr. Anna Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh

"Forming ordered, defect-free structures from photo-sensitive binary and ternary blends"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

*MS&E Seminar Speaker*

Dr. Steve Granick
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois

"Fun and Profit with Biopolymers and Colloids"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

-EFRC Guest Speaker-

Dr. Peter Green
Professor of Engineering and Director, DOE EFRC: Center of Solar and Thermal Engergy Conversion
University of Michigan

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

-EFRC Guest Speaker-

Dr. David Cahen
Faculty of Chemistry
Weizmann Instutute of Science, Israel

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

Dr. Mark Newton
Department of Physics
University of Warwick

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

Dr. Stacey Bent
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Stanford University

"Engineering Interfaces for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104

-Student Hosted Speaker-

Dr. Hatice Altug
Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering
Boston University

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Noon - 1:00 pm
FNT Building, 1.104



Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Paulo Ferreira Co-Authors New Nanoscience Book


Book explores the impact of nano-technologies in the development of alternative energies, health, environment, transportation and architecture.

Peter Rossky Rossky receives the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award

Peter Rossky, professor of chemistry, is the recipient of the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the ACS.
The creation of large-area graphene using copper may enable the manufacture of new graphene-based devices that meet the scaling requirements of the semiconductor industry, leading to faster computers and electronics, according to a team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Donald Paul, chemical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has been recognized by the publisher Elsevier as the "Most Cited Author" and "Most Prolific Author" for both the 1971-2008 and 2000-2008 periods for its journal Polymer.
AUSTIN, Texas—The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) today announced that Allen Bard, the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, will receive its 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Eight engineering assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation, an honor which recognizes promising young faculty and supports their research with five years of funding. The Cockrell School of Engineering’s winners include: Adela Ben-Yakar of Mechanical Engineering; Christine Julien of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mary Jo Kirisits of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Alexis Kwasinski of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Laura J. Suggs of Biomedical Engineering; Emanuel Tutuc of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Haris Vikalo of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Xiaojing (John) Zhang of Biomedical Engineering.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Rod Ruoff has been chosen as a recipient of the "Lee Hsun Lecture Award" by the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences located in Shenyang,China. Ruoff was given this award "in recognition of past accomplishments in the research field of materials science and technology." He will give a lecture sometime in 2009 or 2010 at the IMR in Shenyang.

Peter Rossky Chemist Honored by ACS


Peter Rossky, professor of chemistry, is the first recipient of the American Chemical Society Physical Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry.


March 5, 2010

The Center for Nano and Molecular Science will be participating in the Explore UT Event again this coming March 2011. This annual open-house is where families form all over Texas are invited to visit People from all ages and backgrounds will tour our facility and learned about the amazing world of nanotechnology.

Click here for details and photos from the 2009's Explore UT event...


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