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UT Austin researcher Xiaoqin Elaine Li awarded for innovations in quantum materials

Xiaoqin Elaine Li, Ph.D., of The University of Texas at Austin is the recipient of the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). Dr. Li ‘s research focuses on the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale in quantum materials. Her innovative work has helped create and control materials that can emit one photon at a time. The creation and manipulation of these materials could open the door to major advances in energy, communications and computing. “Dr. Li’s research makes a number of things potentially possible, one being completely secure communications,” says Jack L. Ritchie, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Physics of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. “She is doing the kind of foundational research that could lead to new types of improved solar cells and perhaps ultimately build new types of computers.” Dr. Li is an associate professor in the Department of Physics of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about Dr. Li and her discoveries. “The TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards showcase the best and brightest among Texas researchers,” says TAMEST President Gordon England. “Their work is helping to advance science and open new pathways to discovery. We’re proud to recognize Dr. Xiaoqin Elaine Li for her achievements.” Interview opportunities with Dr. Li are available. Please contact: Christine Sinatra, College of Natural Scienceschristine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu Research HighlightsDr…. [Read full story]