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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.

​​​​​​​Computational sleuthing confirms first 3D quantum spin liquid

“Computational detective work by U.S. and German physicists has confirmed cerium zirconium pyrochlore is a 3D quantum spin liquid. Despite the name, quantum spin liquids are solid materials in which quantum entanglement and the geometric arrangement of atoms frustrate …

Rice ‘metalens’ could disrupt vacuum UV market

“Solid-state nanophotonic technology could potentially replace cabinets of equipment. Rice University photonics researchers have created a potentially disruptive technology for the ultraviolet optics market. By precisely etching hundreds of tiny triangles on the surface of a microscopic film of zinc …

Lithium’s narrow paths limit batteries

“Rice study suggests stress among misaligned particles in typical cathodes limits flow If you could shrink enough for a fantastic voyage across a lithium battery electrode, you’d see the level of charge at every scale is highly uneven. This …

Treated plastic waste good at grabbing carbon dioxide

“Rice University lab turns hard-to-process trash into carbon-capture master Here’s another thing to do with that mountain of used plastic: make it soak up excess carbon dioxide. What seems like a win-win for a pair of pressing environmental problems …

Graphene gets enhanced by flashing

“Rice process customizes one-, two- or three-element doping for applications. Flashing graphene into existence from waste was merely a good start. Now Rice University researchers are customizing it. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has modified its flash Joule …

Don’t underestimate undulating graphene

“Lay some graphene down on a wavy surface, and you’ll get a guide to one possible future of two-dimensional electronics. Rice University scientists put forth the idea that growing atom-thick graphene on a gently textured surface creates peaks and …

Models for molecules show unexpected physics

“Rice engineers show spinning magnetic particles surprisingly follow thermodynamic laws Small spheres suspended in a liquid move enough like molecules that the physics for one can be used to mimic the physics of the other. That’s why the discovery …

Strong magnets put new twist on phonons

“Phonons are collective atomic vibrations, or quasiparticles, that act as the main heat carriers in a crystal lattice. Under certain circumstances, their properties can be modified by electric fields or light. But until now, nobody noticed they can respond to …

Rare earth elements await in waste

“Rare earth elements are hard to get and hard to recycle, but a flash of intuition led Rice University scientists toward a possible solution. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour reports it has successfully extracted valuable rare earth elements …

Machine learning fine-tunes flash graphene

“Rice University scientists are using machine-learning techniques to streamline the process of synthesizing graphene from waste through flash Joule heating. The process discovered two years ago by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour has expanded beyond making graphene from …