Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) Department of Chemistry

Peiyuan Yu received his B.Sc. from Nanyang Technological University in 2012. He completed his Ph.D. at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017 under the guidance of Professor Kendall N. Houk. His graduate research focused on the computational studies on the reactivity, selectivity and molecular dynamics of cycloaddition reactions. From 2017 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he performed theoretical, computational and experimental research in the field of thermochemical energy storage. He joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in September 2019.

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From 2019/09             PI/Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China

2017/03–2019/05      Postdoc Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA

                                        (Advisors: Dr. Ravi Prasher and Dr. Anubhav Jain)



2012/09–2017/03       Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

                                         (Advisor: Prof. Kendall N. Houk)

2010/09–2011/02       Exchange Student, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany

2008/08–2012/05      B.Sc. in Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

                                         (Advisors: Prof. Guofu Zhong and Prof. Teck-Peng Loh)




2017               Saul and Sylvia Winstein Dissertation Award, UCLA

2010               Gold Award for Undergraduate Research Showcase, NTU

2009              President Research Scholar, NTU


Our research group is focused on the theoretical and computational study of organic reaction mechanisms. Based on the fundamental principles of theoretical chemistry and physical organic chemistry, we use and develop computational tools to unravel how reactions happen and proceed at the molecular level.


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