With generous donations from his widow, Annelies Thomas, and faculty at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, the Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award was established. It will be given yearly to two top UC San Diego and UC Berkeley Materials graduate students. The 2015 recipients are Steven Naleway (UCSD) and Maarten de Jong (UC Berkeley).
Nanoengineers at the UC San Diego have developed a 3D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood.
Dr. Adah Almutairi's group recently created a polymer that can break down into small molecules in response to low power near infrared light.
Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested in the treatment of several human diseases can be toxic.