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Lang Receives International Mid-Career Award

Maik Lang.

In recognition for his achievements in researching the effects of radiation on insulating materials, Professor and Pietro F. Pasqua Fellow Maik Lang has received a Mid-Career Award from the 21st International Conference on Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI-21).

Since its start in 1981, REI has become one of the world’s most prominent conferences in the field of insulating material radiation studies. This September, Lang joined researchers from across the globe in Fukuoka, Japan for the five-day event.

Lang has been studying how materials react to extreme conditions including intense ion irradiation, high temperatures, and tremendous pressures for the past 20 years. He was presented with his award at the conference banquet on September 6, 2023.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” Lang said, “but this is not my work alone. My research at UT over the last ten years has been a team effort involving many students, so this award really recognizes the work of my entire research group.”

Lang also gratefully acknowledged the role that department support and state-of-the-art characterization equipment, such as the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has played in his work.

“This award reflects the overall leading expertise we have here at UT in the field of radiation effects, in both the Department of Nuclear Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering,” he said.

Lang is looking forward to further developing that expertise and expanding his research group’s influence as part of projects like the Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center recently awarded to UT.


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