Current Members

Prof. Peidong Yang

Peidong Yang received a B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1993 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1997. He did postdoctoral research at University of California, Santa Barbara before joining the faculty in the department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. He is currently professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering; and a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy. He was recently elected as MRS Fellow, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is the director for California Research Alliance by BASF, and the director for the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute. He is one of the founding members for DOE Energy Innovation Hub: Joint Center for Artificial Photosysnthesis (JCAP) and served as its north director for the first two years.  Yang is an associate editor for Journal of the American Chemical Society and also serves on editorial advisory board for number of journals including Acct. Chem. Res. and Nano. Lett. He was the founder of the Nanoscience subdivision within American Chemical Society. He has co-founded two startups Nanosys Inc. and Alphabet Energy Inc. He is the recipient of MacArthur Fellowship, E. O. Lawrence Award, ACS Nanoscience Award, MRS Medal, Baekeland Medal, Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, MRS Young Investigator Award, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and Alan T. Waterman Award. According to ISI (Thomas Reuters), Yang is ranked as No. 1 in materials science and No. 10 in chemistry for the past 10 years based on average citation per paper. His main research interest is in the area of one dimensional semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in nanophotonics and energy conversion.

Office: Hildebrand 239
Tel: (510) 643-1545
Fax: (510) 642-7301

Group Office: Hildebrand Hall 315
Tel: (510) 642-2867

CVD Office: Hildebrand Hall 301B
Tel: (510) 642-4461

Wet lab: Hildebrand Hall 309
Tel: (510) 643-6866


Lissette Garcia

Administrative Assistant.
Tel: (510) 643-1679.

Crystal Garcia

Administrative Assistant.
Tel: (510) 643-1679.

Graduate Students

Sunmoon Yu (2016)

Samsung Scholarship
Education: M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST,
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University.

Research Interests: Catalysis.

Mengyu Gao (2016)

Ning Fellow
Education: B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
Research Interests: I work on nanoscaled halide perovskites, specifically using electrons or photons as probes to understand their structures and properties.

Ye Zhang (2016)

SIP Fellow
Education:B.S. Material Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China.
Research Interests: Halide perovskites — To understand their structural dynamics and symmetry-dictated properties reflected in their optical and electromechanical responses.

Zhenni Lin (2016)

Education: B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Research Interests: Perovskite phase transformation kinetics.

Shouping Chen (2016)

Education: B.E. Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University.
Research Interests: Pt-based nanoframes for catalysis.

Stefano Cestellos-Blanco (2016)

Philomathia Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Science
Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University,
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of California.
Email: Google Scholar. Twitter.
Research Interests: My research combines biological ‘living’ catalysts with nanomaterials for light-driven CO2 and N2 reduction.

Sheena Louisia (2016)

Education: B.S. Chemistry, McGill University.
Research Interests: CO2 reduction using copper nanocatalysts.

Chubai Chen (2017)

SIP Fellow
Education: B.S. Material Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China.
Research Interests: Rational tandem catalysts design for CO2 electrochemical reduction.

Chung-Kuan Andy Lin (2017)

Research Interests: Perovskites.

Jianbo Jin (2018)

USTC-UCB-SIP Fellowship
Education: B.S. Chemistry, SCGY, USTC.
Email: Google Scholar.
Research Interests: New structure and new composition perovskites and perovskite-derivatives.

Maria Folgueras (2018)

Education: B.S.E. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
M.Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Email: LinkedIn. Twitter.
Research Interests: I focus on the study of novel lead-free emissive perovskite materials and the characterization of their intrinsic material properties at many dimensionalities. I serve as one of our lab safety officers, and I love to run, hike, and explore the Bay Area.

Inwhan Roh (2018)

Education: B.S. Chemistry/Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles.
Research Interests: Exploring structural evolution of copper nanoparticles for CO2 reduction in gas diffusion environments.

Ji Min Kim (2018)

Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholarship
Education: B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University.
Research Interests: Electrochemical/photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction using electroactive microbes as biocatalysts.

Wesley Chuang (2019)

Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University.
M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley.
Research Interests: Tandem catalyst design for CO2 electro reduction.

Jia-An Lin (2019)

Taiwan-Berkeley Fellowship
Education: B.S. Chemistry, National Taiwan University.
Email: Google Scholar.
Research Interests: Ultrathin 1D/2D perovskites.

Cheng Zhu (2019)

Education: B.E. Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University.
Research Interests: Molecular assembling and stabilization of the metal halide octahedrons.

Nick Watanabe (2021)

Education: B.S. Chemistry, Lehigh University.
Research Interests: Exploring light-driven biohybrid systems for CO2 reduction.

Alexander Oddo (2021)

Education: B.S. Chemistry (Honors Scholar) and M.S. Chemistry, both from the University of Connecticut in 2020.
Research Interests: perovskites & photophysics

Han Le (2021)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Education: B.A. Chemistry and Mathematics, Franklin & Marshall College
Research Interests: Phase Transitions of Perovskites

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Mufan Li (2018)

Education: Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles.
Email: Google Scholar.
Research Interests: Rational design of nanocatalysts for electrochemical nitrogen fixation.

Pengcheng Chen (2019)

Kavli ENSI Heising-Simons Junior Fellowship.
Education: PhD, MSE, Northwestern University.
Research Interests: Developing multicomponent nanocatalysts for electrocatalysis.

Undergraduate Students

Alexandra Du

Research Interests:

Joshua Lee

Research Interests: Electrochemical CO2 reduction