Research News

Prof. Robert Heath is collaborating with Prof. Todd Humphreys and graduate students on the development of a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and orientation far more precise than what is currently available on a mobile device.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, an observation that every couple of years, computer chip manufacturers manage to squeeze twice as many transistors onto a computer chip. Moore’s Law embodies the exponential increase in raw computing power that unleashed a blizzard of tech innovations.

Texas ECE undergraduate Ankit Sharma worked on a research project that looks at nanowalls as a potential material for light sensors. Ankit has worked with Prof. Deji Akinwande on a project called “The Optoelectronic Properties of CVD-grown MoS2 Nanowalls.” 

Ray T. Chen, professor in the school’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team, developed a new method and demonstrated a flexible photonic crystal cavity which can be bent to a curvature of 5 mm radius without sacrificing the performance.

Prof. Deji Akinwande has created the first transistors out of silicene, the world’s thinnest silicon material. This new “wonder material” could make computers and other electronics more efficient.