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Professor Yongjie Hu has received the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Hu, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been chosen to receive the highly prestigious ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator award for his proposed research focused on improving interfacial heat transfer for thermal management.

Each year the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund holds a highly selective competition to award seed funding to top researchers with a track-record of producing innovative fundamental research. Established in 1954, its goal has been to support “advanced scientific education, and the careers of scientists, to aid in significantly increasing the world’s energy options.”

Hu has also recently received the Young Investigator Award from the US Air Force. Hu’s research program at the university is focused on understanding and engineering nanoscale transport phenomena and nanomaterials for wide applications including energy, thermal management, batteries, and electronics. His group, the H-Lab, is also working on developing sensors and metamaterials based on novel 2D nanomaterials.