• Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photonics
  • Thermoelectrics
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    Nanowires are promising building blocks for artificial photosynthesis.

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    Nanowires enable novel solar cell geometries for improved performance.

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    The nanowire geometry is intriguing for miniaturized optics and photonics.

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    Nanowires can inhibit heat transport for next-generation thermoelectrics.


July 2015

Peidong wins 2015 ACS Nano Lectureship Award

"...[to] honor the contributions of scientists whose work has significantly impacted the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Three award recipients from around the globe will be honored in 2015, with one awardee each from the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific.....The 2015 awards will be presented at the ChinaNano 2015 meeting in Beijing, China, where each recipient will give an invited talk."

Peidong wins 2015 Nano Today Award

"...for his pioneering work on nanowire synthesis and energy applications. The award will be presented to Professor Yang during the 4th Nano Today Conference in Dubai, where he will also give a plenary lecture."

May 2015

Berkeley Lab Science Well-Represented in 2015 Lawrence Award Announcements

Peidong "named by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as recipients of the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s highest scientific honor..."

How Nanomaterials Can Help Make Fuel from Sunlight

Chong's paper highlighted by MIT Technology Review

April 2015

Artificial Photosynthesis Device Paves Way Toward Sustainable Liquid Fuel

Chong's paper highlighted by Chemical & Engineering News

Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Hailed As Major Breakthrough

Chong's paper highlighted by The Huffington Post.

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment

Chong's paper highlighted by LBNL News.


"A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels....By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, the new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide."

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Peidong Yang Group

One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures are of both fundamental and technological interest. They not only exhibit interesting electronic and optical properties intrinsically associated with their low dimensionality and the quantum confinement effect...

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