Assistant Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Yanhao Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. He got his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China, in 2011. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. From 2018 to 2020, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University. He joined SUSTech in January 2021. Dr. Yu's research interests center on multifunctional hybrid materials, advanced packaging materials, and soft electronics. He has published over 39 research papers in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature Energy, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, with a total citation above 3000 times. And he has won Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad and Thin Film Division Graduate Student Award, American Vacuum Society.

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1. Flexible packaging materials: developing in-situ hybrid methods, controlling arrangement and interfacial bonding of functional units, uncovering the mechanism of crystal nucleation and growth during hybridization, establishing new multifunctional hybrid systems.

2. Soft-hard hybrid materials: developing new ceramic-polymer hybrid materials, explore in-situ composite methods, fine-tune interfacial bonding, reveal related crystal nucleation and growth mechanisms, and obtain a highly integrated hybrid material system.

3. Organic-inorganic composite film materials: using atomic layer/molecular layer deposition systems to develop new organic-inorganic composite film materials, finely control interfaces and defects, and achieve customized designs for various properties such as molecular barrier and dielectric.

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Selective publications (citation>3500,H-index 26,† co-first author, * corresponding author)

  1. Y. Gong, Y. Li, J. Chen, H. Guo, C. Sun, C. Li, R. Cao, S. Jiao, L. Huang, W. Yang*, and Y. Yu*. “Semiconductive-Ferroelectric-Enhanced Photo-Electrochemistry with Collective Improvements on Light Absorption, Charge Separation, and Carrier Transportation” Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2021, 2101227
  2. Y. Yu, S. Brandt, N. J. Nicolas, and J. Aizenberg. “Colorimetric Ethanol Indicator Based on Instantaneous, Localized Wetting of a Photonic Crystal” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 12, 1, 1924-1929.
  3. Y. Yu†, C. Sun†, X. Yin, J. Li, S. Cao, C. Zhang, P. M. Voyles, X. Wang. “Metastable Intermediates in Amorphous Titanium Oxide: A Hidden Role Leading to Ultra-Stable Photoanode Protection” Nano Lett., 2018, 18, 5335-5342.
  4. Y. Yu, X. Wang. “Piezotronics in Photo-Electrochemistry”, Adv. Mater., 2018, 1800154.
  5. Y. Yu†, Z. Zhang†, Q. Liao, Z. Kang, X. Yan, Y. Zhang, X. Wang. “Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Efficiency and Stability Using a Conformal TiO2 Film on a Black Silicon Photoanode” Nature Energy, 2017, 2, 17045.
  6. F. Wu†, Y. Yu†, H. Yang, L. N. German, Z. Li, W. Yang, L. Huang, W. Shi, L. Wang, and X. Wang. “Simultaneous Enhancement of Charge Separation and Hole Transportation in TiO2-SrTiO3 Core-Shell Nanowire Photoelectrochemical System” Adv. Mater., 2017, 29, 1701432.
  7. F. Wang†, Y. Yu†, X. Yin, P. Tian, and X. Wang. “Wafer-scale Synthesis of Ultrathin CoO Nanosheets with Enhanced Electrochemical Catalytic Properties” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 9060-9066.
  8. Y. Yu, H. Sun, H. Orbay, F. Chen, C.G. England, W. Cai, X. Wang. “Biocompatibility and in vivo Operation of Implantable Mesoporous PVDF-Based Nanogenerators” Nano Energy, 2016, 27, 275-281.
  9. Y. Yu, and X. Wang. “Chemical Modification of Polymer Surfaces for Advanced Triboelectric Nanogenerator Development” Extreme Mech. Lett., 2016, 9, 514-530.
  10. Y. Yu, Z. Li, Y. Wang, S. Gong, and X. Wang. “Sequential Infiltration Synthesis of Doped Polymer Films with Tunable Electrical Properties for Efficient Triboelectric Nanogenerator Development” Adv. Mater., 2015, 27, 4938-4944.
  11. W. Yang†, Y. Yu†, M.B. Starr, X. Yin, Z. Li, A. Kvit, S. Wang, P. Zhao, and X. Wang. “Ferroelectric Polarization-Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting in TiO2-BaTiO3 Core-Shell Nanowire Photoanodes” Nano Lett., 2015, 15, 7574-7580.
  12. H. Li†, Y. Yu†, M. B. Starr, Z. Li, and X. Wang. “Piezotronic-Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Reactions in Ni(OH)2-Decorated ZnO Photoanodes” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6, 3410-3416.
  13. Y. Yu, J. Li, D. Geng, J. Wang, L. Zhang, T. Andrew, M. Arnold, and X. Wang. “Development of Lead Iodide Perovskite Solar Cells Using Three-Dimensional Titanium Dioxide Nanowire Architectures” ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 564-572.
  14. Y. Yu, X. Yin, A. Kvit, and X. Wang. “Evolution of Hollow TiO2 Nanostructures via the Kirkendall Effect Driven by Cation Exchange with Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance” Nano Lett., 2014, 14, 2528-2535.

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