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

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    Nanocrystals can be designed with specific catalytic functionality.

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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.


Jan 2018

"New Smart Windows Darken in the Sun—and Generate Electricity at the Same Time", Jia's work published in Nature Materials has been reported by Science News.

This work has also been reported in Huffington Post: "This Tech Could Turn Every Window In Your House Into A Source Of Green Electricity";

In Berkeley News: "Chemists Create Tinted Windows that also Generate Electricity";

And in ABC7 News: "UC Berkeley glass will one day make windows into solar panels".


Dec 2017

Nigel has been named as 2018 Enrico Fermi Fellow at Argonne. Congratulations!

"Cyborg Bacteria: Catching Light", Kelsey's work reported by Harvard Science Review.

"A New Direction towards Carbon Management", an interview of Dohyung by Chemical Today Magazine.


Nov 2017

Dohyung won the Gareth Thomas graduate student award. Congratulations!


Oct 2017

Chong is named SN 10 for 2017 - ten early- and mid-career scientists who stand out to mentors and peers as people who will make a difference - presented by Science News. Congratulations!


Sept 2017

Dohyung's paper in PNAS is reported by LBNL News Center: "Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion -- Berkeley Lab scientists discover critical role of nanoparticle transformation".

This work has also been reported in C&EN: "Copper nanoparticles could help recycle CO2 into fuel -- New catalyst converts carbon dioxide to two- and three-carbon compounds".

Copper Catalyst

Mike's work on syngas electrosynthesis in JACS is reported by LBNL News Center: "Scientists Fine-Tune System to Create ‘Syngas’ from CO2".


Aug 2017

Kelsey's work presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Washington has been reported by BBC News: "Cyborg bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight".

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This work has also been reported by Berkeley News: "Cyborg bacteria turn sunlight into useful chemicals" and also released by ACS: "Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds".

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Woochul's work on "ultralow thermal conductivity in all-inorganic halide perovskites" has been highlighted in LBNL News Center, titled "A Semiconductor That Can Beat the Heat".

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity – a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications.


Jun 2017

Letian, Minliang and Chris' work has been highlighted in LBNL online News Center, titled New Class of ‘Soft’ Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays.  "Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that a class of semiconductor called halide perovskites is capable of emitting multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers."


Woochul will join University of Hawaii at Manoa as an assistant professor. Congratulations!

May 2017

Peidong gave a talk on Cal Future Forum sharing the solutions for a sustainable future where he gave the audience a glimpse into the potential of artificial photosynthesis, a way to create renewable energy that doesn’t cause a net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The technology, he said, can transform carbon dioxide and water into chemical fuels using sunlight.

Congratulations to Dandan (Ph.D), Fan (Ph.D), Cindy (B.S.), Nigel (Ph.D) and Yude (Ph.D) on graduating!


Dr. Letian Dou will join the department of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University as an assistant professor. Congratulations!

April 2017

Nigel and Yude have won the MRS Graduate Student Awards, congratulations!


New Scientists reported our photosynthetic cyborg cell research as a cover story. Make like a leaf: How copying photosynthesis can change society


Chong Liu (Ph. D. Chemistry 2015) joins Department of Chemistry, UCLA, as an assistant professor. Congratulations!

March 2017

Rong Fan (Ph. D. Chemistry 2006) has received tenure at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yale University! Congratulations!

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NASA Selects First-Ever Space Technology Research Institute. As part of the Berkeley CUBES program, we will continue to develop our artificial photosynthesis program to produce chemical fuels, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals from CO2, H2O,  N2 and sunlight!


Dr. Jongwoo Lim joins Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University as an assistant professor. Congratulations!

Dandan and Yude won the Chinese Oversea Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!


January 2017

Our lab has won a UC Berkeley Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award in the "Large Chemical Sciences Lab" category! Congratulations!

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Lab Safety Awards 2017


December 2016

Dr. Yi Yu joins Shanghai Tech University as an assistant professor! Congratulations!

November 2016

highlycited2016Peidong retains his status as a Thomson Reuters "Highly Cited Researcher" for the year of 2016. In addition, he has been shortlisted as a Finalist for the 2016 World Technology Awards!



Our work on artificial photosynthesis is featured, among other groups, in C&EN's recent cover story, Will the Artificial Leaf Sprout to Combat Climate Change?



Zhiqiang and Nigel's recent paper is featured by Nature Energy, in Electrocatalysis: Understanding Platinum Migration. Excerpt: "This work is an elegant illustration of the degree of control that synthetic chemists can now achieve when making the next generation of electrocatalytic nanocrystals."


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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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Positions Available

(1) All prospective new graduate students interested in our group are welcome to attend group meetings (schedule and location).

Research topics include electrochemical and photochemical CO2/N2 fixation, and halide perovskites (summary of research interests).

Our open house will be held on Wednesday August 16, from 1-4PM in the 3rd floor lobby of Hildebrand Hall.

(2) Several postdoc positions are available in the following research directions:

- Photosynthetic biohybrid system
- Electrochemical CO2/N2/O2 reduction
- Nanophotonics
- Nanoelectronics
- TEM characterization

Candidates with interdisciplinary training at the materials and biology interface are encouraged to apply. Applicants, please contact Prof. Peidong Yang directly by email at p_yang@berkeley.edu.