Principal Investigator


Prof. Guihua Yu, FRSC

Mike Walker Faculty Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering  
Texas Materials Institute, UT Energy Institute  
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

  • Associate Editor of ACS Materials Letters (a new flagship materials science journal by ACS), 2019
  • IUPAC Periodic Table of Young Chemists (International Year of Periodic Table), 2019
  • DOE Early Career Award, 2018
  • Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science, 2018
  • ACS ENFL Emerging Researcher Award, 2018
  • Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship, 2018
  • Caltech's Resnick Young Investigator, 2018
  • HaiTian Distinguished Lectureship, Dalian University of Technology (China), 2018
  • 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
  • DongWu Energy Forum Lectureship, Soochow University (China), 2017
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2016
  • Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship (Royal Society of Chemistry), 2016
  • Advisory/Editorial Board Member of Chem (flagship Chemistry journal by Cell Press); ACS Central Science, Chemistry of Materials (American Chemical Society); Batteries & Supercaps (energy technology journal by Wiley-VCH); Science China Chemistry (Science China Press); Energy & Environmental Materials (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
  • 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


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 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 in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University (2009-2012).

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, environment and healthcare. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in many prominent scientific journals (~22,200 total citations, H-index ~70) including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS, Chemical Society Reviews, Accounts of Chemical Research, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Chem, Joule, ACS Nano, Nano Today, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., 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, National Geographic, Science Daily, R&D Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Ars Technica, C&EN, Gizmag, IEEE Spectrum, MRS Bulletin, etc.

Yu is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 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 15 scientific symposia in ACS, MRS, ECS and TMS, and currently serve as an advisory/editorial board member of Chem (Cell Press), Chemical Society Reviews (RSC), ACS Central Science (ACS), Chemistry of Materials (ACS), Nature Scientific Reports (NPG), Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Science China-Materials, Science China-Chemistry (Science China Press), Batteries & Supercaps (Wiley-VCH), Energy & Environmental Materials (Wiley-VCH), Frontiers in Energy Research, PLOS ONE, Applied Nanoscience (Springer), Energies (MDPI). Yu has delivered over 120 plenary/keynote/invited academic seminars/lectures at international and national conferences and major universities. In addition, Yu has served as frequent reviewer for many premier scientific journals:

Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Electronics, Nature Reviews Materials, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS, Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Acc. Chem. Res., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nano Lett., ACS Central Science, Adv. Mater., Chem, Joule, Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Sci., ACS Nano, ACS Energy Lett., Materials Science and Engineering: R, Progress in Polymer Sci., Nano Today, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Mater. Today, Nano Energy, etc.