Biography

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Guihua Yu, FRSC

Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 
Core Faculty Member of Texas Materials Institute, UT Energy Institute, Center for Electrochemistry 
The University of Texas at Austin
Office: ETC 9.178
Labs: ETC 9.166 & 9.172
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Education

B.Sc., Chemistry (summa cum laude), University of Science and Technology of China, 2003
Ph.D., Chemistry, Harvard University, 2009
Postdoc., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2017
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2017
  • TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 2017
  • SMALL Young Innovator Award, 2017
  • Invited Panelist for DOE Strategic Workshop ‘Basic Research Needs for Next Generation Electrical Energy Storage’, 2017
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2016
  • Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship (Royal Society of Chemistry), 2016
  • Advisory Board of Chem, a flagship Chemistry journal published by Cell Press; Chemistry of Materials, a prominent Chemistry/Materials journal by American Chemical Society; Batteries & Supercaps, a new energy technology journal by Wiley-VCH; Science China Chemistry, by Science China Press; Energy & Environmental Materials, a new journal by Wiley-VCH.
  • Emerging Young Investigator for Up-and-Coming Perspective by Chemistry of Materials (American Chemical Society), 2016
  • Featured Invited Speaker by C&EN and 'Rockstar of Chemistry' at ACS National Meeting (Denver), 2015
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 2015
  • Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering Nominee from UTexas, 2015
  • ACS-PRF Young Investigator Award by American Chemical Society, 2015
  • ECS-Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Finalist, 2015
  • US Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (US FOE-NAE), 2015
  • ‘Austin Under 40’ Award Finalist in Science/Technology category, 2015
  • MIT Technology Review ‘35 Top Innovators Under 35’ worldwide (TR-35), 2014 
  • UTexas Diversity Mentoring Fellowship, 2014
  • Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Energy Research, Science China - Materials by Science China Press (the most influential scientific press in China), Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Applied Nanoscience (Springer)
  • Emerging Young Investigator by Journal of Materials Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry), 2014
  • Robert H. Welch Foundation Grant award, 2014
  • Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Award, 2013
  • First Place in Engineering at ‘Texas Energy Research Challenge Competition’, 2013
  • IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (one of five winners worldwide for best thesis research), 2010

Biography

Prof. Guihua Yu is currently with Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Harvard University (with Professor Charles M. Lieber) in 2009, after graduating from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Chemistry with the highest honor in 2003. Dr. Yu did his postdoc research at Stanford University (2009-2012) with Professors Zhenan Bao, Yi Cui, and Eric Shaqfeh.

Prof. Yu's research focuses on rational design and synthesis of functional nanoscale materials, fundamental understanding of their chemical and physical properties, and development of large-scale assembly and integration strategies to enable their technologically important applications in energy, electronics, environment and life sciences. He has published over 90 papers in a number of prominent scientific journals (~ 14,500 total citations) including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, PNAS, Chemical Society Reviews, Accounts of Chemical Research, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Chem, Joule, ACS Nano, Nano Today, Nano Energy, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Chem. Mater., Small, etc, and many of his works have been featured in popular science and technology media, such as Nature News, Science News, ABC News, Fox News, Forbes, Discover, Science Daily, R&D Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Ars Technica, etc.

Prof. Yu is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Chemical Society (ACS), Materials Research Society (MRS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). He has lead or co-lead over 10 scientific symposia in ACS, MRS, ECS and TMS, and currently serve as advisory/editorial board member of Chem (Cell Press), Chemistry of Materials (ACS), Nature Scientific Reports (NPG), Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Batteries & Supercaps (Wiley-VCH), Energy & Environmental Materials (Wiley-VCH), Frontiers in Energy Research, Science China-Materials (Science China Press), Science China-Chemistry, Applied Nanoscience (Springer), Energies (MDPI). And he has delivered over 90 invited academic seminars/lectures at international/national conferences and major universities. In addition, Dr. Yu has been frequently invited to review for many premier scientific journals including:

Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Nature Reviews Materials, Nature Communications, Science Advances (AAAS), PNAS, Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Acc. Chem. Res., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nano Lett., Adv. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Sci., Chem, Joule, ACS Nano, Nano Today, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Nano Energy, Chem. Mater., Small, etc.