• 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.


November 2015

Organic–inorganic perovskites: Now in two dimensions

Letian's, Yi's, and Andrew's Science paper highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology.

Scientists Call for National Effort to Understand and Harness Earth’s Microbes for Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Environment

Peidong's Science proposal with the Unified Microbiome Initiative highlighted by LBNL News.

"Deciphering how microbes interact with each other, their hosts, and their environment could transform our understanding of the planet. It could also lead to new antibiotics, ways to fight obesity, drought-resistant crops, or next-gen biofuels, to name a few possibilities."

September 2015

Chemist Peidong Yang Receives MacArthur 'Genius' Award

Peidong named one of the 24 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Fellows receive $625,000 unrestricted funds to use as they wish.

A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

Letian, Andrew, and Yi's paper highlighted by LBNL News: "Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have successfully grown atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from solution. The ultrathin sheets are of high quality, large in area, and square-shaped. They also exhibited efficient photoluminescence, color-tunability, and a unique structural relaxation not found in covalent semiconductor sheets."

Fueling up: How nanoscience is creating a new type of solar power


'Synthetic Leaves': The Energy Plants of the Future?

Peidong, along with Thomas Moore and Ted Sargent, was interviewed by the Kavli Foundation and livescience on bacteria-nanowire work. "By marrying nanoscience and biology, Yang and his colleagues created a biologically inspired, but completely artificial, system that converts the sun's rays into fuel and chemicals. The system uses long, nanoscale filaments to turn sunlight into electrons, which bacteria use to convert carbon dioxide and water into butanol fuel and more complex molecules such as acetate, a chemical building block, and amorphadiene, which is used to make antimalarial drugs."

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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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