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Dr. Yu earned his 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. With three years' postdoctoral research at Stanford University (2009-2012), Dr. Yu joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2012 as an assistant professor.
He has been named a '2016 Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator' lectureship recipient, a '2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow' and a '2016 Emerging Investigator' by the American Chemical Society (Chemistry of Materials). In 2015, he received 3M's 'Non-Tenured Faculty Award' and the American Chemical Society's 'ACS-PRF Young Investigator Award.' He was recognized as one of the the '2014 Top 35 Innovators Under age 35' by MIT Technology Review and among the '2014 Emerging Investigators' by the Journal of Materials Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry). Additionally, Dr. Yu was awarded the '2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award,' the '2010 Prize for Young Chemists' by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for best Ph.D. research, the '2007 MRS Graduate Student Award' by Materials Research Society, the '2005 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award' by Harvard University, and the '2003 Presidential Guo-Moruo Scholarship' by USTC as the top undergraduate in Chemistry.
Dr. Yu's research has been focused on rational design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials, 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 science, electronics, and nanobiotechnology. He has published over 60 papers in leading scientific journals including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Chemical Society Reviews, PNAS, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, etc, and many of his works have been featured in top science and technology media, such as Nature News, Science News, ABC, FOX News, Forbes, Discover, R&D Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, etc. Currently, his main research interests include:
- Nanostructures-enabled energy storage and conversion devices: next-generation lithium batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, thermoelectric devices, microbial fuel cells
- Self-assembled nanostructures and materials for advanced energy, electronics and sensor technologies
- Hybrid inorganic-organic nanomaterial systems for functional interface with biological systems
The nature of research program in Dr. Yu's group is highly interdisciplinary, and it explores the basic principles in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering to enable both fundamental understanding of novel materials with designed nano-architectures, and development of their technological applications. Truly motivated graduate and undergraduate students are warmly welcome!
Most Recent Publications
- Y. Zhao, Y. Ding, J. Song, L. Peng, J. Goodenough, G. Yu*, "Reversible Br2/Br? Redox Couple in Aqueous Phase as High-performance Catholyte for Alkali-Ion Batteries," Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 7, (2014), pp. 1990
- Y. Zhao, L. Peng, B. Liu, G. Yu*, "Single-crystalline LiFePO4 Nanosheets for High-rate Li-ion Batteries," Nano Letters, Vol. 14, (2014), pp. 2849
- L. Pan, A. Chortos, G. Yu, Y. Wang, S. Isaacson, R. Allen, Y. Shi, R. Dauskardt, Z. Bao,, "An ultra-sensitive resistive pressure sensor based on hollow-sphere microstructure induced elasticity in conducting polymer film," Nature Communications, Vol. 5, (2014), pp. 3002
- Y. Zhao, B. Liu, L. Pan, G. Yu*, "3D Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Hydrogels for High-performance Electrochemical Devices," Energy And Environmental Science, Invited Perspective, Vol. 6, (2013), pp. 2856
- L. Peng, X. Peng, B. Liu, C. Wu, Y. Xie, G. Yu*, "Ultrathin 2D MnO2/graphene hybrid nanostructures for high-performance, flexible planar supercapacitors.," Nano Letters, Vol. 13, (2013), pp. 2151
- G. Yu, X. Xie, L. Pan, Z. Bao, Y. Cui, "Hybrid Nanostructured Materials for High-Performance Electrochemical Capacitors.," Nano Energy, Invited Review, Vol. 2, (2013), pp. 213
- G. Yu*, H. Wu*, L. Pan, N. Liu, M. T. McDowell, Z. Bao, Y. Cui, "Stable Li-ion Battery Anodes by In-situ Polymerization of Conducting Hydrogel to Conformally Coat Silicon Nanoparticles," Nature Communications, Vol. 4, (2013), pp. 1943
- D. Zhai, B. Liu, Y. Shi, L. Pan, Y. Wang, R. Zhang, G. Yu*, "Highly sensitive glucose sensor based on Pt nanoparticle/polyaniline hydrogel heterostructures.," ACS Nano, Vol. 7, (2013), pp. 3540
- B. Liu, P. Soares, C. Checkles, Y. Zhao, G. Yu*, "Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Ternary Nanostructures for High-Performance Li-Ion Battery Anodes," Nano Letters, Vol. 13, (2013), pp. 3414
- C. Wu, X. Lu, L. Peng, Kun Xu, X. Peng, J. Huang, G. Yu,* Y. Xie*, "Two-dimensional vanadyl phosphate ultrathin nanosheets for high energy density and flexible pseudocapacitors," Nature Communications, Vol. 4, (2013), pp. 2431