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
TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 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 over 70 papers in the top-tier scientific journals (~10,500 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 member of the 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 9 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). In addition, Dr. Yu contributes significant reviewing service to a number of premier scientific journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Reviews series, Nature Commun., 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, and he has delivered over 70 invited academic seminars/lectures at international/national conferences and major universities.
Multifunctional Nanostructured Conductive Polymers
Nanostructured conductive polymers synergize the advantageous features of conventional polymers and organic conductors, as well as nanostructured materials. We are trailblazing new synthetic methods and modification strategies for nanostructured conductive polymers with improved electrical/electrochemical properties as well as mechanical flexibility property, and exploring their potential in various technological applications, including: 1. Electrode and binder materials for next-generation energy storage devices owing to their large surface area, continuous conductive network and hierarchical porosity; 2. Scalable, low-cost and versatile biosensor platform for the sensitive and rapid detection of human metabolites owing to high permeability to biosubstrates and rapid electron transfer; 3. Hybrid functional hydrogels with stimuli responsive properties and self-healing abilities; 4. Multifunctional superhydrophobic coatings for environmental applications.
Rational Design & Synthesis of Hybrid Nanomaterial Systems for Energy Storage
Energy storage devices and systems play an important role in realizing the renewable energy future of the mankind. They are critically important for portable electronics, hybrid and electric vehicles, and for longer term, smart grid. We are working on the development of low-cost, high-performance nanostructured materials which are environmentally friendly and compatible with large-scale processing for energy storage systems including lithium batteries and electrochemical capacitors, as well as fundamental studies of charge separation and energy transfer within these energy storage device systems. Currently, we are actively exploring the following:
A. 3-D Nanostructured Conductive Polymers Based Supercapacitor Electrodes
B. Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Nanostructures for High Energy Li-ion Batteries
C. Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Devices
D. Fundamental Electrochemistry at the Nanoscale (Tuning charge transfer at electrode/electrolyte interface; core-shell nanostructures for optimized charge transport during electrochemical process)
Materials/Chemistry for Redox Flow Batteries
The synergy between the redox flow batteries and other battery chemistries offers the opportunity towards highly modular electrical energy storage systems. As an emerging battery technology based on lithium chemistry, the Li-redox flow batteries inherit and step further towards the smart features of other battery technologies. Our research effort focuses on the design rationale, fundamentals and characterization of Li-redox flow batteries from a chemistry and material perspective, with particular emphasis on the development of redox-active organic compounds as high-energy liquid electrodes.
2D Energy Materials
Two-dimensional (2D) energy materials exhibit distinctly different characteristics from their bulk counterparts, providing a number of exciting opportunities for fundamental studies and technological applications. We are focusing on rational design and synthesis of new inorganic solids with unique 2D structures to understand their fundamental charge transport/storage characteristics and to enable their promising applications in various energy technologies.
Novel Nanostructured Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion
Harvesting energy from the waste (for instance, waste heat, waste water) is of tremendous scientific and technological interest and can improve the overall efficiency of energy conversion processes. We are focused on two important energy conversion technologies including thermoelectrics and microbial fuel cells, which can convert waste heat and chemical energy to electricity, respectively. Our research aims to develop highly efficient energy conversion devices by engineering new materials with chemically tunable nanostructures to control and optimize carrier transport, reaction kinetics and thermodynamics in materials. This research will in turn offer the guidelines of material and structure design for new-generation, low-cost and high-performance clean energy conversion devices.
A. Designing Nanoscale Heterostructures for Thermoelectrics
B. Nanostructures-based Microbial Fuel Cells
Self-assembly of Nanostructures for Energy & Bioelectronics
Controlled organization of nanomaterials into hierarchically designed structures is a primary focus that scientists have been striving to address for bringing nanoscale science and technology into next level of fully integrated systems. We are particularly interested in exploring the diversity and high selectivity in biological interactions, such as DNA base-pairing and protein-protein interactions, to assemble low-dimensional structures into higher-dimensional ordered arrays and other designed architectures in a controllable and reversible fashion for a range of technological applications in energy and life sciences.
A. Self-assembled Nanoelectronic System for Functional Interface with Biological Systems
B. Highly Integrated, Multifunctional Energy Systems
J. Zhang, Y. Shi, Y. Ding, L. Peng, W. Zhang, G. Yu*, "A Conductive Molecular Framework Derived Li2S/N,P-Codoped Carbon Cathode", Adv. Energy Mater. Accepted (2017).
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 ", Adv. Mater. Accepted (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 to Improve Electrochemical Performance of Cathode Materials in Li-Ion Batteries", Nano Lett. Article ASAP (2017).
Y. Ding, Y. Zhao, Y. Li, J. Goodenough, G. Yu*, "A High-Performance All-Metallocene-Based, Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Battery", Energy Environ. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C6EE02057G (2017).
Y. Shi, J. Zhang, L. Pan, Y. Shi, G. Yu*, "Energy Gels: A Bio-Inspired Material Platform for Advanced Energy Applications", Nano Today, 11, 738 (2016).
J. Zhang, Y. Shi, Y. Ding, W. Zhang, G. Yu*, "In Situ Reactive Synthesis of Polypyrrole-MnO2 Coaxial Nanotubes as Sulfur Hosts for High-Performance Li–Sulfur Battery", Nano Lett. 16, 7276 (2016).
Y. Ding, Y. Li*, G. Yu*, “Exploring Bio-Inspired Organic Redox Flow Batteries”, Chem, 1, 790 (2016).
L. Peng, Y. Zhu, H. Li, G. Yu*, "Chemically Integrated Two-Dimensional Hybrid Materials for Flexible Energy Storage Devices", Small, 12, 6183 (2016).
H. Li†, L. Peng†, Y. Zhu, X. Zhang, G. Yu*, "Achieving High Energy–High Power Density in a Flexible Quasi-Solid-State Sodium Ion Capacitor", Nano Lett. 16, 5938 (2016).
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 Environ. Sci. 9, 3399 (Featured Cover, 2016).
Y. Shi, H. Ha, A. Al-Sudani, C.J. Ellison, G. Yu*, "Thermoplastic Elastomer Enabled Smart Electrolyte for Thermoresponsive Self-Protection of Electrochemical Storage Devices", Adv. Mater. 28, 7921 (VIP Paper & Featured Cover, 2016).
H. Li, Y. Zhu, S. Dong, L. Shen, Z. Chen, X. Zhang, G. Yu*, "Self-Assembled Nb2O5 Nanosheets for High Energy-High Power Sodium Ion Capacitors", Chem. Mater. 28, 5753 (2016).
Y. Zhu, L. Peng, W. Zhu, D. Akinwande, G. Yu*, "Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Two-Dimensional Colloidal Cu2Se Nanoplates and Their Layer-Dependent Conductivity", Chem. Mater., 28, 4307 (2016).
Y. Wang†, Y. Ding†, L. Pan, Y. Shi, Z. Yue, Y. Shi, G. Yu*, "Understanding the Size-Dependent Sodium Storage Properties of Na2C6O6-Based Organic Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries", Nano Lett., 16, 3329 (2016).
L. Peng†, Y. Zhu†, D. Chen, R. Ruoff and G. Yu*, "Two-Dimensional Materials for Beyond-Lithium-Ion Batteries", Adv. Energy Mater., 6, (2016).
Y. Ding and G. Yu*, "A Bio-Inspired, Heavy-Metal-Free, Dual-Electrolyte Liquid Battery towards Sustainable Energy Storage", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 4772 (2016).
Y. Shi and G. Yu*, "Designing Hierarchically Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Gels for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion", Chem. Mater., 28, 2466 (2016).
Y. Zhu†, L. Peng†, D. Chen and G. Yu*, "Intercalation Pseudocapacitance in Ultrathin VOPO4 Nanosheets: Toward High-Rate Alkali-Ion-Based Electrochemical Energy Storage", Nano Lett., 16, 742 (2016).
Y. Zhao, Y. Ding, Y. Li, L. Peng, H. R. Byon, J. B. Goodenough and G. Yu*, "A Chemistry and Material Perspective on Lithium Redox Flow Batteries Towards High-density Electrical Energy Storage", Chem. Soc. Rev., 44, 7968 (2015)
Y. Wang†, Y. Shi†, L. Pan, Y. Ding, Y. Zhao, Y. Li, Y. Shi and G. Yu*, "Dopant-Enabled Supramolecular Approach for Controlled Synthesis of Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Hydrogels", Nano Lett., 15, 7736 (2015).
Y. Shi†, L. Peng†, Y. Ding, Y. Zhao and G. Yu*, "Nanostructured Conductive Polymers for Advanced Energy Storage", Chem. Soc. Rev., 44, 6684 (2015).
L. Luo, P. Zhao, H. Yang, B. Liu, J. Zhang, Y. Cui, G. Yu*, S. Zhang* and C. Wang*, "Surface Coating Constraint Induced Self-Discharging of Silicon Nanoparticles as Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries", Nano Lett., 15, 7016 (2015)
Y. Shi, M. Wang, C. Ma, Y. Wang, X. Li and G. Yu*, "A Conductive Self-Healing Hybrid Gel Enabled by Metal–Ligand Supramolecule and Nanostructured Conductive Polymer", Nano Lett., 15, 6276 (2015)
L. Peng†, Y. Zhu†, U. Khakoo, D. Chen and G. Yu*, "Self-assembled LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 Nanosheet Cathodes with Tunable Rate Capability", Nano Energy, 17, 36 (2015)
Y. Shi†, L. Peng† and G. Yu*, "Nanostructured Conducting Polymer Hydrogels for Energy Storage Applications", Nanoscale, 7, 12796 (2015).
C. Ma†, Y. Shi†, D. A. Pena, L. Peng and G. Yu*, "Thermally Responsive Hydrogel Blends: A General Drug Carrier Model for Controlled Drug Release", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 7376 (2015).
Y. Ding, Y. Zhao and G. Yu*, "A Membrane-Free Ferrocene-Based High-Rate Semiliquid Battery", Nano Lett., 15, 4108 (2015).
L. Li†, Y. Shi†, L. Pan, Y. Shi and G. Yu*, "Rational design and applications of conducting polymer hydrogels as electrochemical biosensors", J. Mater. Chem. B, 3, 2920 (2015).
P. Xiong†, L. Peng†, D. Chen, Y. Zhao, X. Wang and G. Yu*, "Two-dimensional nanosheets based Li-ion full batteries with high rate capability and flexibility", Nano Energy, 12, 816 (2015).
L. Li†, Y. Wang†, L. Pan, Y. Shi, W. Cheng, Y. Shi and G. Yu*, "A nanostructured conductive hydrogels-based biosensor platform for human metabolite detection", Nano Lett., 15, 1146 (2015).
F. Bonaccorso*, L. Colombo, G. Yu, M. Stoller, V. Tozzini, A. C. Ferrari, R. S. Ruoff and V. Pellegrini, "Graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems for energy conversion and storage", Science, 347, 41 (2015).
Y. Shi, C. Ma, L. Peng and G. Yu*, "Conductive ‘Smart’ Hybrid Hydrogels with PNIPAM and Nanostructured Conductive Polymers", Adv. Funct. Mater., 25, 1219 (2015).