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Guihua Yu

Associate Professor

Lyondell Chemical Company Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering

Phone: (512) 232-5276
Office: ETC 9.178

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 Fall 2012 as an assistant professor of Materials Science.

Dr. Yu has received a significant number of international and national awards and honors for outstanding research achievements, including the '2020 Polymer International - IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science,' '2019 Fellow of Institute of Physics,' '2019 IUPAC Periodic Table of Young Chemists worldwide’, ‘2018 DOE Early Career Award,' '2018 Nano Letters Young Investigator Award’, ‘2018 ACS ENFL Division Emerging Researcher Award’, ‘2018 Caltech's Resnick Young Investigator', '2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow’, '2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award', '2017 SMALL Young Innovator Award', '2017 TMS Society Early Career Faculty Award’, '2016 Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship’, '2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship' and '2016 Emerging Investigator' by American Chemical Society (Chemistry of Materials). In 2015, he received ‘3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award' and American Chemical Society's 'ACS-PRF Young Investigator Award.' He was recognized as one of the '2014 Top Innovators Under age 35' by MIT Technology Review and among '2014 Emerging Investigators' by Journal of Materials Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry). Additionally, Dr. Yu was awarded '2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award,' '2010 Prize for Young Chemists' by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for best Ph.D. research, '2007 MRS Graduate Student Award' by Materials Research Society, '2005 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award' by Harvard University, and '2003 Presidential Guo-Moruo Scholarship' by USTC as the top undergraduate.

Dr. Yu's research has been broadly centered 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, environment, and life science. He has published over 180 papers in many prominent scientific journals including Science, Nature, Nature Reviews Materials, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS, Chemical Reviews, Chemical Society Reviews, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Chem, Joule, ACS Nano, Materials Today, Nano Today, etc. His publications have received total citation of over 30,300 times, with a H-index of 88. He has been ranked the global Top 1% Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science by Web of Science in recent years. His research works have been featured in over 200 major science and technology media worldwide, such as Nature News, Science News, ABC News, Fox News, Forbes, Discover, National Geographic, Daily Mail (UK), The Times (UK), Sueddeutsche Zeitung(Germany), Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany), USA Today, XINHUA (China), SINA (China), The Indian Express (India), Times of India, Irish Times, Science Daily, R&D Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Ars Technica, Reddit, Yahoo!, C&EN, Gizmag, IEEE Spectrum, Chemistry World, Materials World, MRS Bulletin, Chemistry Views, Materials Views, Daily Texan, The Austin Statesman, Houston Chronicle. 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

  1. F. Zhao, X. Zhou, Y. Shi, X. Qian, M. Alexandre, X. Zhao, S. Mendez, R. Yang, L. Qu, G. Yu, "Highly Efficient Solar Vapour Generation via Hierarchically Nanostructured Gels", Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 13, (2018), pp. 489.
  2. Y. Zhou, S. Zhang, Y. Ding, L. Zhang, C. Zhang, Y. Zhao, G. Yu, "Efficient Solar Energy Harvesting and Storage through a Robust Photocatalyst Driving Fast Redox Reactions", Advanced Materials, Vol. 30, (2018), pp. 1802294.
  3. Z. Fang, L. Peng, Y. Qian, X. Zhang, Y. Xie, J. Cha, G. Yu, "Dual Tuning of Ni-Co-A Nanosheets by Anion Substitution and Holey Engineering for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution", Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 140, (2018), pp. 5241.
  4. H. Shi, Z. Fang, X. Zhang, F. Li, Y. Tang, Y. Zhou, P. Wu, G. Yu, " Double-Network Nanostructured Hydrogel-Derived Ultrafine Sn–Fe Alloy in 3D Carbon Framework for Enhanced Lithium Storage", Nano Letters, Vol. 18, (2018), pp. 3193.
  5. C. Lv, C. Yan, G. Chen, Y. Ding, J. Sun, G. Yu, "An Amorphous Noble-Metal-Free Electrocatalyst That Enables N2 Fixation under Ambient Conditions", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Vol. 57, (2018), pp. 6073. (Featured Cover)
  6. L. Li, L. Pan, Z. Ma, K. Yan, W. Cheng, Y. Shi, G. Yu, “All Inkjet-Printed Amperometric Multiplexed Biosensors Based on Nanostructured Conductive Hydrogel Electrodes”, Nano Letters, Vol. 18, (2018). (Featured Cover)
  7. L. Zhang, Y. Ding, C. Zhang, Y. Zhou, X. Zhou, Z. Liu, G. Yu, "Enabling Graphene-Oxide-Based Membranes for Large-Scale Energy Storage by Controlling Hydrophilic Microstructure", Chem, Vol. 4, (2018), pp. 1035.
  8. Y. Zhu, L. Peng, Z. Fang, C. Yan, X. Zhang, G. Yu, "Structural Engineering of 2D Materials for Energy Storage and Catalysis ", Advanced Materials, Vol. 30, (2018), pp. 1706374. (Invited Review)
  9. P. Wu, A. Zhang, L. Peng, F. Zhao, Y. Tang, Y. Zhou, G. Yu, "Cyanogel-Enabled Homogeneous Sb–Ni–C Ternary Framework Electrodes for Enhanced Sodium Storage", ACS Nano, Vol. 12, (2018), pp. 759.
  10. Y. Ding, C. Zhang, L. Zhang, Y. Zhou, G. Yu, "Molecular Engineering of Organic Electroactive Materials for Redox Flow Batteries", Chemical Society Reviews, Vol. 47, (2018), pp. 69. (Invited Review)
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