Nanomaterials Design for Energy and Environment - Yi Cui Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

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Yi Cui – Professor; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Abstract: Nanotechnology has provided a novel technology platform which can address critical energy and environmental problems and enable new opportunities. In the past decade, my group has conducted research on new ideas to address problems related to energy conversion, storage and saving, and environment cleaning (air, water and soil). Here I will show exciting examples, including: 1) high energy battery materials including Si and Li metal anodes and S cathodes; 2) Nanofiber air filters for efficient PM2.5 removal and low air resistance. 3) Cooling and heating textile for personal thermal management.

Bio: Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Ph.D in 2002 at Harvard University. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted with tenure. His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment. He has founded three companies to commercialize technologies from his group: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc. and EEnovate Technology Inc. He is a Fellow of Materials Research Society, a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Electrochemical Society. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium and a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium. He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published more than 400 research papers. In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. His selected awards include: Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004).


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  • Created:03/06/2019
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  • Modified:03/06/2019