Principal Investigator



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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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
  • TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow 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, 2016
  • ‘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 Invetigator Fellowship Finalist, 2015
  • US Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (US FOE-NAE), 2015
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Nominee from UTexas, 2015
  • ‘Austin Under 40’ Award Finalist in Science/Technology category, 2015
  • MIT Technology Review ‘35 Top Innovators Under 35’ (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), 2014
  • ‘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


Dr. Guihua Yu is currently an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yu received his 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.

Dr. 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 ~80 papers in many prominent scientific journals (~12,000 total citations) including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, PNAS, Chemical Society Reviews, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Chem, 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 major 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.

Dr. 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 and ECS, and currently serve as advisory/editorial board member of Chem (Cell Press), Nature Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Energy Research, Science China-Materials (Science China Press), Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Applied Nanoscience (Springer). And he has delivered over 80 invited academic seminars/lectures at international/national conferences and major universities. In addition, Dr. Yu contributes significant reviewing service to a number of 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., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nano Lett., Adv. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Sci., Chem, ACS Nano, Nano Today, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Nano Energy, Chem. Mater., Small, etc.