Guihua Yu is a Teacher-Scholar and Professor. He received his B.S. degree with the highest honor in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, followed by postdoc at Stanford University. He is a recipient of 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, and is named as MIT Technology Review’s ‘Top Innovators Under 35’ worldwide in 2014.
Prof. Yu’s research is centered on rational synthesis, self-assembly, and fundamental understanding of functional organic and hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials for sustainable energy and environmental technologies. Particularly, Yu has pioneered a new class of polymeric nanomaterials: ‘nanostructured energy gels’, leading to many real world applications from large-scale energy storage, electrocatalysis, to water desalination and purification (many are core to UN Sustainable Development Goals). He has published over 120 high-profile scientific papers in many prominent journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Nanotech., Nature Commun., PNAS, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Chem, Adv. Mater., Nano Lett., with total citations ~ 20,000 times and H-index ~64. He is selected as 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science. He has given about 120 invited talks/seminars at international/national conferences and major universities on topic of ‘advanced materials for sustainable energy and environment technologies’.
Yu has received a number of notable awards/honors including US Department of Energy’s Early Career Award, ACS Energy & Fuel Division’s Emerging Researcher Award, Nano Letters Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, TMS Society Early Career Faculty Award, SMALL Young Innovator Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Yu also serves as an Advisory/Editorial board member for a number of prestigious chemistry/materials science journals such as Chem (Cell Press), ACS Central Science, Chemistry of Materials, Nature Scientific Reports, Energy Storage Materials, Energy & Environmental Materials.