• 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.


May 2016

Congratulations to Nick, Andrew, Kelsey, Arky, and Stephanie on graduating!









header_ESSAY-GS01007473Our group's research on artificial photosynthesis is featured in an essay in Aeon: Sunshine in a Bottle.





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Peidong is elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

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Our group's bacterial-inorganic hybrid catalysts for artificial photosynthesis make the cover of UC Berkeley's Catalyst, Vol. 11 Issue 1.

Kelsey's Science paper is featured by the MRS Bulletin: Bio Focus: Hybrid semiconductor-bacterium self-photosensitization improves artificial photosynthesis

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Our group's work on artificial photosynthesis is highlighted in a PNAS News Feature: Liquid Sunlight.





Former undergraduate member Yuxi Tian is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, supporting his graduate work towards biomathematics and statistics at UCLA.

March 2016

Kelsey wins 2016 Berkeley Grad Slam Competition.kelsey grad slam front page

Grad Slam is a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase and select the best research presentations given by UC graduate students in three-minute “TED-like” talks pitched to a general audience. He will go on the the UC-wide final competition on April 22.

February 2016

Lasers Rewired: Scientists Find a New Way to Make Nanowire Lasers

Sam's PNAS paper is highlighted by LBNL News: "Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have found a simple new way to produce nanoscale wires that can serve as tiny, tunable lasers."

Copper Nanowires Make Good Transparent Conductors

Letian and Fan's ACS Nano paper is highlighted by nanotechweb.org. "Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new solution-based, cost-effective way to wrap reduced graphene oxide around the surface of ultrathin transparent conducting copper nanowires. The technique significantly improves the stability of the wires in air and reduces the amount of light scattered by the materials. Thin films made of the wires might be used in optoelectronics devices, particularly in displays and flexible electronics."

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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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