SEP Our recent work in JACS on 'Aqueous Al-Ion Batteryis selected as one of Featured Covers in Sept.

SEP Our recent work in Nature Mater on 'In Situ Magnetometry Probing Transition Metal Oxides' is highlighted by Nature Energy, Science Bulletin.

SEP Recent work on 'In Situ Magnetometry Probing Transition Metal Oxides' is featured by UT News, ScienceDaily, TechXplore, EurekAlert!, SciTechDaily, UT Engineering, TMI NewsPhys.OrgScienceMag, ChemEuropeAZOMTechReview (Italy), EnergyAsiaAustralian News, SlashGear, BioEngineer, KnowRidgeFlipBoard, eScience NewsPV MagKnowledia, Newsbeezer, SINASOHU, NewsNowTechRoom, List Solar, News Break, SmallTechNews, Zaker, YoutubeGreatNews, FocusTechnica, Texas Electric, Texas EnergyXOER, CRWE World, NorthAustin NewsElecFans, 365NewsPerthNews, VaajuConnecticutNews, CleanTechnicaCHEMIE.deNewEnergyByte ClicksKimDeyir, Quimica.Es15minuteNews, FijiNewsNewZealand NewsMirageNews, DCYT, NoypiGeeks, RedditLabEquipment, ScienceXGasGoo, Fayhoo, PCOnline,, EEworld, WhoTrades, EastMoney, MetroWorldNews, cnBeta, OFweek, Investment Watch, ECW,,, cnPower, WhoTrades, LotGainProAngrez, BESTmag(UK), HiMAX, New Energy&Fuel.

AUG Our recent review in ChemReviews 'Hydrogels for Energy-Water Nexus' is selected as one of Featured Covers in AUG

AUG Our work 'Azobenzene-Based Nonaqueous Redox Flow Battery' is featured by UT Engineering, ME News, TMI News

JULY Our latest ChemRev article summarizes many important works on 'Hydrogels for Energy-Water Nexus', and is Most Read Articles in Chem. Rev.

JULY Congrats to Leyuan for winning the prestigious MRS Outstanding Graduate Students Award Silver! ME News

JULY Chemistry World features our recent work on hydrogels for Atmospheric Water Harvesting.

JULY Our work 'New Room-Temperature Liquid-Metal Battery' is featured in global media: UT News, TMI NewsTechXplore, ScienceNews, Business Insider, SciTechDailyAdvanced Science News, FUTURA TECH, AZOM, NEW ATLAS, ScienceDaily, SCIENMAG, ChemEuropeThe ENGINEERDesignNews, Interesting EngineeringTech Funnel, Phys.Org, MaterialsViewsUSA Science NewsEurekAlert, Energy DailyYahoo!, SteeMIT, ElectronicDesign, SmallTech, ShortPedia, OrdoNews, Enerzine, EENews,, SpaceDailyTechnologie Media, EnergyStorage.Org, DigiTimesList.SolarRToZ.Org, RTFlash, ClimateCrocks, Engineering, Read01!

JULY Advanced Energy Materials publishes special issue in Honor of Nobel Laureate John Goodenoughwith our invited review included too. 

JULY Congrats to Yue for winning the prestigious Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship!

JUN Our invited AWH review is the Most Read article in ACS Mater. Lett.!

MAY Our invited review on solar evaporation materials is featured as Cover in Nat. Rev. Mater.!

MAY Our invited AWH review is selected as ACS Editors' Choice article in ACS Mater. Lett.!

APR Angewandte Chemie features both Dr. Yu's Author Profile and IUPAC Award News.

MAR Our latest invited review on 'Materials for Solar Water Technologies' is now online in Nat. Rev. Mater. !

MAR Angewandte Chemie features Dr. Yu's IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science.

MAR Congrats to Youhong Guo for winning a 2020 ME Graduate Student Poster Award!

MAR Congrats to Leyuan Zhang for winning a 2020 MSE Research Poster Contest Award!

FEB Congrats to Leyuan Zhang for being selected to very competitive MRS Graduate Students Award Finalist!

FEB Our work on 'Evaporation‐Induced Vertical Alignment for Directional Ion Transport' is featured in Materials Views.

FEB Our paper 'DFT Study Single vs Double Atom Catalyst for NRR'  is highlighted in Advanced Science News.

FEB Congrats to Xingyi Zhou for winning the prestigious UT-GS Continuing Fellowship!

FEB Dr. Yu was recently profiled in Angewandte Chemie as a prolific senior author.

FEB Dr. Yu led a research team with CSE and LBJ faculty to win a competitive award from UT Energy Institute on developing solar water purification technology.

JAN Longhorns Network profiles Dr. Yu and our group's research on hydrogels-enabled water technologies

JAN Our SMAG paper published in Adv. Mater. was featured in the editorial piece of ‘Advanced Materials in the New Decade’.




DEC Our group’s works on Hydrogel-enabled solar water purification and water harvesting have been profiled in Longhorns Network TV!!

DEC Prof. Yu is honored with Polymer International-IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science! IUPAC News. SEE UTexasTMI, ME News.

DEC Two of our collaborative works with John Goodenough on liquid metal battery and redox flow battery are featured in "Celebrating 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry" themed collection. 

DEC Dr. Yu guest-edited with Jessica Wang a special issue on "Conjugated Polymers" for J. Polym. Sci. B. Thanks to all great contributing authors! 

DEC Congrats to Xingyi for winning the Multifunctional Materials (MFM) Poster Award at 2019 MRS in Boston!

NOV Dr. Yu is named Highly Cited Researcher 2019 by Web of Science (Clarivate).

NOV Our review on 'Hydrogels for Solar Water Purification' is Most Read Article in Acc. Chem. Res!

NOV Our recent paper on 'Rh-Ir Alloy Nanoparticles for Acidic OER Reaction' is Most Read Article in ACS Nano!

NOV Our work 'Rh-Ir Alloy Nanoparticles for Acidic OER Reaction' is featured in ChemistryViews.

NOV Our work '3D Hydrogel-Graphene Architectured Anode' is featured in CAST website.

OCT Warmest congrats to Prof Lieber for winning 2019 Welch Award in Chemistry for his pioneering contributions to nanoscience and nanotechnology!

OCT Warmest congrats to Prof Goodenough for winning 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Advanced Science News featured reactions of scientific community with Prof Yu also sharing the reflections.

OCT MRS Bulletin features our work on hydratable polymers for solar water purification.

SEP UT has made a new video on our Solar Hydrogel Water Harvester work. See UT News.

AUG Congrats to our summer student, Renad Abualjamal, for her story featured in Texas Global!

AUG Our 'Solar-Powered Moisture Harvester' work is featured in The University Network (TUN).

JULY Our 'Water Absorbing Hydrogel' is featured in XinhuaNET!

JULY Our paper 'Light-Absorbing Sponge-Like Hydrogels for Solar Water Desalination' featured as Cover in ACS Nano.

JUN Science News features our 'Hydrogel Solar Still' work as "New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need"! 

MAY Our paper on 'Carbon Nitride for N2 Fixation' is Most Accessed Article in Angewandte Chem.

MAY Our review on 'Holey 2D materials for energy storage' is Most Read Article in Adv. Energy Mater.

APR Dr. Yu gave two invited talks at MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix about our group's energy hydrogels, multifunctional gels!

MAR Our 'Solar-Powered Moisture Harvester' work is widely featured in global media: ScienceDaily, PopularMechanics, The Statesman, The ENGINEER, Business Standard, R&D Magazine, Nature World News, Technology.Org, EurekAlert!, Yahoo!, Materials World, USA Today, Newswise, Interesting Engineering, ScienceNews, Physics News, The Week, Indian Times, Indian Express, The Nation, Spectrum News, Advanced Science,, Shilfa, Innovation Toronto, Reddit, Long Room, KNOWRIDGE, E&T, Phys.Org, IEEE, Market Reports, Water World, NewsBeezer, TechGraph, FocusTechnica, Engineering360, DesignFax, ImpactLab, Grand Challenges, HomePlanetEarth, Manufacturing.Net, Lab News, ECN!

MAR Our work 'Super Moisture‐Absorbent Gels for Water Harvesting' is featured in UT NEWS.

MAR Dr. Yu gave three invited talks at ACS Meeting Orlando on our group works on energy hydrogels, flow batteries, and 2D energy materials!

MAR Dr. Yu gave an invited MSE department seminar at KAUST. A wonderful visit to Jeddah and beautiful campus!

MAR Congrats to Zhiwei Fang for winning the prestigious UT-GS Continuing Fellowship!

MAR Dr. Yu was featured in ACS Axial as "Meet New Associate Editors for ACS Materials Lett."

FEB Congrats to Youhong Guo for winning first place in Longhorn Student Poster Contest by UT Energy Institute!

FEB Dr.Yu was invited to organize a Focus Issue on "Nanoscale Electrocatalysts" by Nanotechnology (IOP).

JAN Dr. Yu was invited to serve Associate Editor for a new flagship materials science journal by ACS: ACS Materials Letters!

JAN Dr. Yu was invited to the advisory board of the flagship RSC journal: Chemical Society Reviews!

JAN Dr. Yu was selected by IUPAC to represent Element V for ‘Periodic Table of Young Chemists’ to celebrate International Year (150th) of Periodic Table. TMI News



DEC Chem (CellPress) features our organic flow batteries work as their December Cover article!

NOV Dr. Yu is named Highly Cited Researcher 2018 by Web of Science (Clarivate). 

OCT US NAE's Frontiers of Engineering features our group’s recent work hydrogel-based food sensor.

OCT Dr. Yu was invited to Editorial Advisory Board of the prestigious journal ACS Central Science Look forward to more service to scientific community!

SEP The Dreyfus Foundation features our group’s research via YouTube video.

SEP  Dr. Yu gave an invited talk at 4th International Conference on Energy and Bio Materials, and for his Alma mater USTC's 60th Anniversary.

SEP Dr. Yu was selected as Caltech's Resnick Young Invesitgator for an invited talk at Resnick Sustainability Institute.

AUG Dr. Yu gave two invited talks in ACS Fall Meeting in Boston, delivered official Nano Letters Lectureship, and received 2018 ACS ENFL Division Emerging Researcher Award

AUG Our solar-water hydrogel work in Nature Nanotech is featured in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)!

JUL Our solar-water hydrogel work in Nature Nanotech is selected in Nature's Green Chemistry collection

JUL Dr. Yu gave a Keynote speech in 2018 CNESE conference, and invited seminars in USTC,  Hefei Univ. of Tech., Fudan Univ., and Tongji

JUN Dr. Yu was selected for 2018 DOE Early Career Award! Thanks for this prestigious honor. ME News and TMI News

JUN Dr. Yu gave a series of invited seminars/lectureships in China, Tsinghua Univ.,  ICCASDalian Univ. of Tech.Nanjing Univ., and  Xi'an Jiaotong

JUN Our “Wireless Food Sensor” in Nano Lett. is featured worldwide!


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Decades-Old Mystery of Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Solved - UT News

Widely Available Organic Material Could Give Batteries a Boost for Storing Renewable Energy - UT News

New Room-Temperature Liquid-Metal Battery Could Be the Path to Powering the Future - UT News

Hydrogels-enabled solar water purification and water harvesting - Longhorns Network TV.

Turning Air into Drinking Water - UT News.

New Solar Technology could Produce Clean Drinking Water for Millions in Need - Science News.

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Solar-Powered Moisture Harvester Collects and Cleans Water from Air - UTexas News.UTNews AWH

IUPAC selects Dr. Yu to represent Element V as ‘Periodic Table of Young Chemists’.IUPAC Yu

Dr. Yu was named Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science!

Dr. Yu was selected for 2018 Nano Letters Young Investigator Award!

Yu ACS 3278 NL LEA Winner

Engineers develop method of using sun to clean drinking water - The Daily Texan.

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Tech developed at UT-Austin help purify water during natural disasters - Houston Chronicle.

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Prof. Yu received 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award!

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Ye Shi and Yu Ding won MRS Graduate Student Awards: Gold and Silver!

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Prof. Yu was honored as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)!


Dr. Yu was selected as one of 2016 Sloan Research Fellows! 


Future humanoid robots may end up using UTexas creation to self-heal - Fox News.


UT research leads to revolutionary ‘self-healing’ gel for electronics - Austin Statesman.

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MIT Tech Review named Dr. Yu one of the world’s Top Innovators Under Age 35 (TR 35).