Bilayer Graphene Structure Could Lead to Better Transistors

Imagine trying to fill up a glass of water, and the more you pour in, the emptier the glass gets. It sounds far-fetched, but if you try this same experiment with electrons instead of water, it’s actually quite possible.

For scientists, the counter-intuitive behavior of electrons prompted an important question: Is there a level in a sea of electrons, and can one measure it?

The answer is yes, according to a team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Led by graduate student Kayoung Lee and associate professor Emanuel Tutuc, both in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the researchers developed a novel device structure that can measure the level of electrons in graphene bilayers. Discovered in 2004, graphene is a super strong, single-atom-thick carbon material, with properties that make it a promising material for electronics.

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Texas Engineering Ranked Fifth in the World

The engineering program at The University of Texas of Austin is the 5th best engineering program in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. ARWU ranked UT Austin the 39th best university in the world and 28th best in the U.S.

The rankings, released Aug. 15, are the third this year to recognize UT Austin as one of the top universities in the world.

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UT Austin Engineering Professor Makes Top Innovators Under 35 List

MIT Technology Review has named Cockrell School of Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu to its prestigious list of the world’s top 35 Innovators Under the age of 35. Yu was chosen for his work developing materials that could drive advancements in energy storage, health monitoring and environmental cleanup.

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Georgiou Named Top 20 Translational Researcher

Nature Biotechnology ranked George Georgiou, a professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, one of the world’s top 20 translational researchers in 2013.

Georgiou, a renowned biomedical engineer and molecular biologist, is a leading authority in the discovery, development and manufacturing of protein therapeutics. Nature Biotechnology recognized Georgiou for his output of U.S. and European patents issued and papers of translational interest published.

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Engineering Faculty Members Receive Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Two faculty members from the Cockrell School of Engineering will receive the 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, the highest teaching honor bestowed by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. It is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education.

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