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 2012 as an assistant professor of Materials Science.
Dr. Yu has received a number of awards and honors for outstanding young investigators, including '2017 TMS Society Early Career Faculty Award’, '2016 Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship’, 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 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 75 papers in the prominent scientific journals including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Chemical Society Reviews, PNAS, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nano Today, etc. His publications have received total citation of over 10,800 times, and have a H-index of 38. 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:
- Nano-Architectured functional materials for energy storage and conversion devices: next-generation lithium batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, thermoelectric devices, microbial fuel cells
- Self-assembled nanostructures and bio-inspired 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
- H. Li, Y. Ding, H. Ha, Y. Shi, L. Peng, X. Zhang, C.J. Ellison, G. Yu*, "An All-Component-Stretchable Sodium Ion Full Battery ", Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, (2017).
- J. Zhang, Y. Shi, Y. Ding, L. Peng, W. Zhang, G. Yu*, "A Conductive Molecular Framework Derived Li2S/N,P-Codoped Carbon Cathode for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries", Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 29, (2017).
- Y. Shi, X. Zhou, J. Zhang, A.M. Bruck, A.C. Bond, A.C. Marschilok, K.J. Takeuchi, E.S. Takeuchi, G. Yu*, "Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Gels as A General Framework to Improve Electrochemical Performance of Cathode Materials in Li-Ion Batteries ", Nano Letters, Vol. 17, (2017).
- Y. Ding, Y. Zhao, Y. Li, J. Goodenough, G. Yu*, "A High-Performance All-Metallocene-Based, Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Battery", Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 10, (2017), pp. 490. (Featured Cover)
- Y. Shi, J. Zhang, A.M. Bruck, Y. Zhang, J. Li, E. Stach, K.J. Takeuchi, A.C. Marschilok, E.S. Takeuchi, G. Yu*, "A Tunable 3D Nanostructured Conductive Gel Framework Electrode for High-Performance Lithium Ion Batteries", Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, (2017).
- Y. Shi, J. Zhang, L. Pan, Y. Shi, G. Yu*, “Energy Gels: A Bio-Inspired Material Platform for Advanced Energy Applications”, Nano Today, Invited Review, Vol. 11, (2016), pp. 738.
- H. Li, L. Peng, Y. Zhu, D. Chen, X. Zhang, G. Yu*, "An Advanced High-Energy Sodium Ion Full Battery Based on Nanostructured Na2Ti3O7/VOPO4 Layered Materials", Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 9, (2016), pp. 3399. (Featured Cover)
- Y. Shi, H. Ha, A. Al-Sudani, C.J. Ellison, G. Yu*, "Thermoplastic Elastomer Enabled Smart Electrolyte for Thermoresponsive Self-Protection of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices", Advanced Materials, Vol. 28, (2016), pp. 7921. (Featured Cover)
- Y. Ding, G. Yu*, "A Bio-inspired, Heavy-metal-free, Dual-electrolyte Liquid Battery towards Sustainable Energy Storage", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Vol. 55, (2016), pp. 4772. (Featured Cover)
- Y. Wang, Y. Ding, L. Pan, Y. Shi, Y. Zhuang, Y. Shi, G. Yu*, "Understanding the Size-Dependent Sodium Storage Properties of Na2C6O6-Based Organic Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries", Nano Letters, Vol. 16, (2016), pp. 3329.