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  • 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

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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.

  • 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.

  • Graduate Student Researchers Design Promising New Energy Storage Device

    While the sun and wind provide great alternative energies, the supplies can be highly variable when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, and there is no way to efficiently store the energy. Also consider the Achilles' heel of electric vehicles: it can take hours to recharge them.

    To solve these problems, researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin are developing energy storage devices called pseudocapacitors that can charge and discharge much faster than commercial batteries.

  • Tiny Device Recreates Fly's Super-Hearing Power

    A team of researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism.

    The new device could be used to build the next generation of hypersensitive hearing aids with intelligent microphones that adaptively focus only on those conversations or sounds that are of interest to the wearer.