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William Marsh Rice University, commonly known as Rice University, is a private research university in Houston, Texas. The university is situated on a 300-acre (121 ha) campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Opened in 1912 after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice, Rice is now a research university with an undergraduate focus. Its emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and 6:1 student-faculty ratio, and it has been nationally recognized as a leading university for undergraduate teaching. The university has a very high level of research activity, with $140.2 million in sponsored research funding in 2016. Rice is noted for its applied science programs in the fields of artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis, signal processing, space science, and nanotechnology. It was ranked first in the world in materials science research by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2010. Rice is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university is organized into eleven residential colleges and eight schools of academic study, including the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, School of Architecture, Shepherd School of Music and the School of Humanities. Undergraduates select from more than fifty majors and two dozen minors, and have a high level of flexibility in pursuing multiple degree programs. Additional graduate programs are offered through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Rice students are bound by the strict Honor Code, which is enforced by a student-run Honor Council.

Rice lab’s catalyst could be key for hydrogen economy

“Inexpensive catalyst uses energy from light to turn ammonia into hydrogen fuel Rice University researchers have engineered a key light-activated nanomaterial for the hydrogen economy. Using only inexpensive raw materials, a team from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics, Syzygy Plasmonics …

Bacterial sensors send a jolt of electricity when triggered

“Rice labs’ Nature paper introduces groundbreaking bioelectronic devices When you hit your finger with a hammer, you feel the pain immediately. And you react immediately. But what if the pain comes 20 minutes after the hit? By then, the injury …

Physicists use ‘electron correlations’ to control topological materials

“Strong electron interactions allow topological state to be switched on and off For the first time, U.S. and European physicists have found a way to switch the topological state of a quantum material on and off. Because they are …

Fluidic circuits add analog options for controlling soft robots

“Rice undergrad’s programmable, air-driven circuits blend digital, analog components In a study published online this week, robotics researchers, engineers and materials scientists from Rice University and Harvard University showed it is possible to make programmable, nonelectronic circuits that control …

Solvent study solves solar cell durability puzzle

“Rice University engineers say they’ve solved a long-standing conundrum in making stable, efficient solar panels out of halide perovskites. It took finding the right solvent design to apply a 2D top layer of desired composition and thickness without destroying …

Interwoven: Charge and magnetism intertwine in kagome material

“New physics discovered where crystal patterns match weave of traditional baskets. Physicists have discovered a material in which atoms are arranged in a way that so frustrates the movement of electrons that they engage in a collective dance where their …

Optical rule was made to be broken

“Rice engineers’ formula IDs materials for virtual reality, 3D displays If you’re going to break a rule with style, make sure everybody sees it. That’s the goal of engineers at Rice University who hope to improve screens for …

SU(N) matter is about 3 billion times colder than deep space

“Universe’s coldest fermions open portal to high-symmetry quantum realm Japanese and U.S. physicists have used atoms about 3 billion times colder than interstellar space to open a portal to an unexplored realm of quantum magnetism. “Unless an alien …

Powering an ‘arm’ with air could be mighty handy

“Walking feeds pressure to pneumatic robots that could help those with disabilities Everybody could use a third arm sometimes, but for some it would be particularly helpful. Mechanical engineers at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have …

2D boundaries could create electricity

“Rice lab leads effort to generate thickness-independent piezoelectricity in atom-thick materials There’s still plenty of room at the bottom to generate piezoelectricity. Engineers at Rice University and their colleagues are showing the way. A new study describes the discovery …