Advisory Committee

Yi Cui

Director of Precourt Institute for Energy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Stanford University


Dr. Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Ph.D in 2002 at Harvard University. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted with tenure. His research interest is on nanotechnology for sustainability including energy and environment. He has published >510 research papers and has an H-index of 209 (Google). In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. He is an elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society, Electrochemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is an Executive Editor of Nano Letters. He is the Director of Precourt Institute for Energy, a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium, a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium and Co-Director of Stanford StorageX Initiative. His selected awards include: DoE Lawrence Award (2020), MRS Medal (2020), ECS Battery Technology Award (2019), Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience (2019), Nano Today Award (2019), Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004). He has founded four companies to commercialize the energy and environment technologies from his lab: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc., EEnotech Inc. and EnerVenue Inc.

Research Interests

When the size of materials is reduced to the nanoscale dimension, physical and chemical properties can change dramatically. In addition, nanostructures also afford new exciting opportunities of low-cost processing. We are interested in a broad range of nanoscale properties including electronic, photonic, electrochemical, mechanical, catalytic and interfacial properties. Understanding these properties has important technological implications in energy conversion and storage, electronics, biotechnology and environmental technology. We study fundamentals of nanomaterials including nanowires, colloidal nanocrystals and patterned nanostructures, develop low-cost processings and address critical issues in real-world applications.

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