OCT Our work on 'hydrogel tablet to purify water' is featured in UT News! Daily TexanPhys.Org, ScienceDaily, The Economist, AxiosKXAN, New AtlasUT Research, UT EngineeringME News, TMI News, EI News, KnowRidgeFlipBoard, Florida News, NewsBreak, RemoNews, YouTube, Canada News, CPYNews, ScienMag, American Online, News Founded, NewsRobin, Tech Explorist, NewsBeezer, News18, SencyNews, Australia Online, Public-Republic, XNewsNet, AzoMaterials, StudyFinds, Mashable, OlharDigit, USA News, News24-France, DailyAdvent, Smart Water, Scientific Frontline, National Wizz, NewZealand Online, News-Medical, AlwafaNews, IMP News, Reddit, EurasiaReview, ENN, Water News, TechNews, Nanowerk, WION, Knowledia, India Now, World Industrial, NewsPost, DailyBest, The Week (India), Futurity, India Education, WaterWorld, Science Cafe, HackPosts, Upcoming Engineer, ResearchNews, Nach Welt, ZME Science, FunTiTech, MCU Times, CNbeta, NewsBust, Fry Electronics, 6Park News, KNews (UK), ScienceTimes (Korea)Correio Brazil, Inovacao BrazilRinnovabili (Italy), Trends der Zukunft (Germany)CW39 Houston, SEEbiz, News247, MyZakerCalifornia18, 163.comGeekWeek, Tom's Hardware, NewsTral, OSEL, Clare People, FuturoProssimo, CanalTech (Brazil),, NanotechSolutionsEngineering360, TeluguStop, Ruetir, MiddleEast-in-24, IndiansGulf, Better Parent, Glory News, Eco Inventos, ALterima, PSN, Wonderful Engineering, DailyGeek, SpotMedia, NewsVOT, DailyClipper,

SEP "Materials Innovation for Healthcare and Sustainability" Webinar by ACS Materials Letters, celebrates two years' journal publication on transformative materials research

AUG Our research group is highlighted by the Welch Foundation! Thanks for continuous generous support from Welch.

JUL Our work on 'Hydrogels for Solar Vapor Generation' is one of Most Cited 2018-2019 Articles in Nature Nanotech! Our work on 'Ni-Co-A Holey Nanosheets for Hydrogen Evolution' is one of 'Most Cited 2018-2019 Articles' in JACS!

JUL Our work 'Inter-site Effect Single-Atom Catalysts for Oxygen Electroreduction' is published in Nature Catalysis, and featured by UT News, UT ResearchME NewsTMI NewsNature Chemistry community, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, WorldNews, NewsLocker, FuelCellsworks, SciTechDaily, Industry Update, SINA, cnBEta, NewsBreak, NanoTech Now, TopNews, NewEnergy,

JUL Our work 'Electrocatalytic Urea Synthesis with Nitrate and Carbon Dioxide' is featured by UT News, ScienceDailyME News, TMI NewsNewsBreak, EurekAlert!, Phys.OrgNature Sustainability, US DOE4state.News, MirageNews, ScienMag, BBC-edition, Azom, FlipBoard, Seed Daily, CleanTech, India Education, Florida News, Farms, MyDroll, iNews, NewFood Mag, HortiDaily, NewsNation, StatNano, AZOLifeScience, SciTech, INF news,

JUL Futurist recently features our Self-Watering Soil work as 'The Breakthrough in Agriculture in The Past Century'

JUL Congrats to Nancy, Xingyi, and Zhiwei for thesis defenses in past summer and spring. We have three new outstanding doctors now this year! 

JUN Dr. Yu is selected as one of 2021 honorees for the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientist! UT News, NewsWise, EurekAlert, NYASWorld Journal, NewsCentral, TMI,

JUN Our SMAG-enabled water harvesting technology was named 'Top 7 Innovations for Water Access' by Borgen Project

MAY Our Perspective 'Conductive Polymer Hydrogels based Sensor Technologies' was featured as one of Most Popular Materials/Chemistry Papers by Royal Society of Chemistry.

MAY Dr. Yu was awarded the IAAM Medal Award 2021 for significant contributions in nanoscience & nanotechnology.

APR C&EN recently features our hydrogel works on both SMAG and Self-Watering Soil! Also featured by Interesting EngineeringWonderful Engineering.

APR Congrats to Zhiwei Fang for being selected for MRS Outstanding Graduate Student Award! See MRS, UT ME News.

APR Dr. Yu was featured in Wall Street Journal on 'lithium-ion battery and How Lithium Became a Hot Commodity'. See WSJ, Daily Telegraph, The Chronicle,, YouTubeThe Australian, Flipboard, Yahoo!, Herald Sun,

APR Our work 'Organic Eutectic Electrolytes for Flow Batteries' was featured by Materials Views.

APR Dr. Yu gave an invited COE Distinguished Lecture at NMSU Engineering. Thanks for the invite!

MAR Dr. Yu was awarded the prestigious TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award for outstanding mid-career scientists with sustained excellence and achievements in materials science! UT NewsME News, TMI News.

MAR Our work 'Super Moisture Absorbent Gels' was featured by Alcalde, the official publication of Texas Exes!

MAR Our work 'Self-Watering Soil' was featured as The Most Talked-About Chemistry Papers in 2020 by ACS!

MAR Congrats to our former undergrad researcher Daniel Liao for being awarded NSF GRFP!

MAR Our work 'Polyeutectic Electrolytes' was featured as EES HOT Article!

MAR Congrats to Nancy Guo for winning the MSE Graduate Student Poster Award.

FEB Our work on 'solar-powered moisture harvester' selected as one of highlight stories 'Texas Impact'

FEB Congrats to Xuelin Guo for winning the prestigious UT-GS Continuing Fellowship!

FEB Dr. Yu gave an award lecture on 'energy hydrogels' for 2021 TAMEST O'Donnell Award in Engineering

JAN Dr. Yu was selected for the prestigious TAMEST 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award! UT News, UT-ENGRUT-ME, TMI NewsTAMESTYoutube, EurekAlertScienMag, Daily Advent, News Locker, BioEngineer, AzoNano, StatNano.

JAN Our Self-Watering Soils research in ACS Mater Lett is featured in Science News! TechCodex.

JAN Our electrocatalytic NRR nanoreactor paper in Angew. Chem. was featured in Chemistry Views.

JAN Our work 'Super Moisture Absorbent Gels for Sustainable Agriculture' has recently been featured by Greenhouse CanadaThe Western ProducerEcoInventosWorld Industrial ReporteriGrowLeapsMag, Good Men Project,



DEC Our work on Liquid-Metal based Sodium Batteries is featured as DEC cover in ACS Central Science!

DEC Congrats to Youhong for winning the prestigious MRS Outstanding Graduate Students Award! TMI News.

NOV We are awarded a DARPA project for developing atmospheric water extraction technologies, with partner teams of MIT and Caltech! See UT News, UT Research Showcase, ME News, TMI News.

NOV Our work 'Self-Watering Soil' is featured by BNN Bloomberg, as in Dr. Yu' interview of 'self-watering soil for the future of farming'.

NOV Our work 'Self-watering Soil' is selected as one of Top Five Coolest Things On Earth by GE News!

NOV The Daily Texan features our 'Self-Watering Soil' work! UT Energy Institute features our work in November Bulletin.

NOV Congrats to Jiwoong and Leyuan, both have successfully defended their thesis. Dr. Bae and Dr. Zhang!

NOV Dr. Yu is ranked as Top Highly Cited Researchers by Web of Science again in 2020. See TMI News.

NOV Our work on BiNi nano-alloys for electrocatalytic NRR was accepted in Angew. Chem. as VIP paper.

NOV Our recent work on Filler's dimensionality effect for scalable battery systems was featured in American Institute of Physics (AIP), Phys.OrgNewsWise, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, Rocket NewsDE24, FlipBoard, 15min News, WUWT, BioEngineer, PV Magazine, Press Reader, Space Daily,, FocusTechnica, ScienMag, Online EV, TradeTicker, Finanz Nachrichten, ID TechEx, Moore News, Read01, OfWeek, EE World, SciTech Daily, List.Solar,, Amazing Researchs, News Delay, California NewsTimes, Alkhaleej Today,,, WirtSchaftsblatt, ESdeLatino, Chem Europe, NewsBeezer, BlogDady,, China Auto, Gasgoo, SINA, NewsOTime, MyZaker, Shangshiny, WCENN, 111yg, Recode, Geek News, UpsApp, HengNan,,, EcoNews, IDC311,, Graphene Council, UGOLINI,, StatNano, Energy Journal,

NOV Recent work 'Super Moisture Absorbent Gels for Sustainable Agriculture' is featured by BloombergWorld Economic Forum, Daily TexanUT News, Texas EngineeringABC News, KXAN AustinEurekalert!, ScienceDaily, EcoTropical, BrightSurf, ManiacGeek, Engineers Ireland, TechnologyTimes, BioEngineer, AustraliaOnline, OneNews, LivDose, ScienMag, MirageNews, Press Aggregate, NewsBreak,, Futurity, E&T, AZO Life Sciences, Seed Daily,, Eurasia Review, Science Blog, SpaceForce, KnowLedia, FlipBoard, Better Parent, CRWE World, Zenith News, WorldPro News, Daily Ripple, ClimateChange, Gadget Stack, SeedQuest, Europapress,, AmazingResearchs, BotanicalCart, Notimerica, Innovation Toronto, Newsdelay, Infobae, FantasyMundo, VN Explorer, SciTechDaily, Laboratory Equipment,, Food News&Views,, Word Disk, New Atlas, RevistaPlaneta,,, Modern Farmer,, punjab times, TMI News, Science Bulletin, TerraDaily, The Scotfree, World Industry, GistTree,, Blueberries,, NCYT, PortalFruticola, Anthropocene, Revolution Green, weirdnews, Cambio16,,,, HortiDaily, Focus Technica, Newsvoice,, Indian Bureau, Tempo, Seed World,, The Nation, NatureSpeaks,,, InfoBae, Cannabis-Mag,, Planeta, Clarin, Successful Green, OGN Daily, UNTV News, The Counter, Optimist Daily, Fyberus, SmallTech, NewsVoice, Reddit, WorldToday, Scientic Ecology, LabNews, AlgeriaNext, Spider'sWeb, Irrigacao, Al Jazeera, NyTeknik, Water Online, Science Bulletin, EcoInventos, TDI Colombia, Nuadox, The Texas,,,, ResearchNews, Knowledge Area,, Wis Farmer,, Interesting Engineering, 306doc,, VnExpress, OnPasture,,, eTeknoFuture Farming, TillageMag, Warp News, NZ Food, Smart Brief, SmartWater,, Granthshara, NewsLocker, KTAB News, CW39, HortiBiz, Groundwater Canana, Impact Lab, Environmental Tech,, Quota Media, Voleng, MD Tech, Warp Institute, Successful Green, On Pasture, Potatoes NewsEarthWiseTencent (China), Technology Times Pakistan, The Packer, Farm Journal, Greenhouse Canada, The Western Producer, EcoInventos, World Industrial Reporter, iGrow, LeapsMag, Global Food Summit, The GardenChemistry&Industry (C&I)!

OCT Our work on electrocatalytic NRR nanoreactor was accepted in Angew. Chem. as a VIP paper.

OCT Dr. Yu was invited to comment on recent exciting work published by MIT team on dual-stage water harvesting: MIT NewsScienceBlog, Technology.

SEP Our recent work in JACS on 'Aqueous Al-Ion Batteryis featured by Science Magazine.

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

SEP 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, DesignNewsChemEuropeAZOMTechReview (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, TopNews.

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



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


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UT discovery could help get clean water to millions around the world - KXAN.

Hydrogel Tablet Can Purify a Liter of River Water in an Hour - UT News.

Breathing New Life Into Fuel Cells - UT News.

New Method Makes Vital Fertilizer Element in a More Sustainable Way - UT News.

Dr. Yu is selected as 2021 Blavatnik National Awards Honoree for Young Scientist!

Dr. Yu was selected for TAMEST 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award!

The world needs water. These materials take it from the air - C&EN.

Zhiwei won MRS Outstanding Graduate Student Award - UT News.

How self-watering soil can drive the future of farming - BNN Bloomberg Video.

This new soil can water plants all by itself - World Economic Forum.

Nancy and Leyuan both won MRS Graduate Student Award - TMI & ME News.


Self-Watering Soil Could Transform Farming - UT News.

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 for 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 ranked Top 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).