Yao research group focuses on the materials and devices for energy storage and conversion: understanding the structure-property-performance relationship at the atomic level and designing nanostructured materials for advanced lithium batteries, solar cells, and catalysts.

Yao Group
Recent News:
  • Congratulations to Saman Gheytani on his first paper as the cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Saman discovered a method for a light-weight and corrosion-resistant coating for aqueous batteries. (2016.1)
  • We are excited to be part of a team for a new ARPA-E 2015 FOA project titled “Low Cost, Safe, and Efficient All Solid State Sodium Batteries for Grid-scale Energy Storage and Other Applications“, in collaboration with Iowa State, Colorado Univ. Boulder, Washington State, and Solid Power Inc. This was part of a set of 41 grants (funded out of over 2000 proposals) announced by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz ahead of COP21 in Paris. (2015.12)
  • Congratulations to Len for winning the Nano Research Poster Award at the 10th Sino-U.S. Symposium on Nanoscale Science and Technology! (2015.6)
  • Congratulations to Len on our first paper published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. and the article was selected as ACS Editors' Choice Article! (2015.3)
  • Sam's paper on High areal capacity hybrid magnesium−lithium-ion battery with 99.9% Coulombic efficiency for large-scale energy storage is published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. (2015.3)
  • Len and Sam's paper on Interlayer-expanded molybdenum disulfide nanocomposites for electrochemical magnesium storage is published in Nano Letters. (2015.3)
  • Welcome new group members to join UH, Dr. Yoo, Dr. Jian, Xiangyue and Shiyang.