Principal Investigator


Dr. Yan Yao
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
University of Houston

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yanliang (Lenoard) Liang
Ph.D. Material physics and chemistry,
Nankai University, 2012
Energy storage and conversion materials
Dr. Xiaowei Chi
Ph.D. Institute of Ceramics,
Solid state batteries
Dr. Yi Shi
Ph.D. Institute of Chemistry
CAS, 2013
Solid polymer electrolytes
Graduate Students
Hui Dong
M.S. polymer engineering
University of Akron, 2015
Magnesium Batteries
Fang Hao
M.S in Electrical Engineering,
Boston Univerisity, 2013
All-solid-state Li-ion/Na-ion batteries for energy storage
Ye Zhang
M.S. Institute of Ceramics,
CAS 2016
Solid state battery
Karun K Rao
B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering,
Case Western Reserve University, 2016
ab initio molecular dynamics and first principle modeling for solid-state electrolytes
Haotian Zheng
B.S. in Physics,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2017
ab initio molecular dynamics modeling and pair distribution function analysis for solid-state electrolytes
Michael de la Torre
B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2015
Aqueous rechargeable batteries using versatile quinone electrode materials
Visiting Scholars
Yang Chen
Ph.D Candidate, in Materials Science
Fudan University(2014-)
Advanced Materials for Lithium Batteries
Hui Tang
Hui Tang
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and Technology,
Harbin Institute of Technology, 2013
Lithium Metal Anode and solid-state energy storage
Undergraduate Student
Audrey Wang
B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Houston, Graduating 2019
Li-ion solid state conductors
Yu Xing
B.s. Chemical & Biomolecular engineering,
University of Houston. In progress
Solid Polymer Electrolytes


Stephanie Roohi Undergraduate 2017 HX5 LLC
Troy A. Pena Undergraduate 2017 University of Houston
Steve Guzman Undergraduate 2016 University of Houston
Raymond McCoy Undergraduate 2016 Houston Community College
Qing Ji Postdoc 2016 Engineer, SPIC Yuanda Environment Protection, China
Pu Hu Postdoc 2016-2017 Postdoc, University of Florida
Wenwen Deng Postdoc 2016-2017 Suzhou University of Science and Technology
Rui Guo Visiting PhD Student 2016 Florida International University
Swaminathan Venkatesan Postdoc 2015-2016 MKS Instruments, USA
Juyoung Kim Undergraduate 2015 University of St. Thomas
Lateefat Alab Undergraduate 2015 Google Cloud
Sarah Sieman Undergraduate 2015 Rice
Dandan Wang PhD student 2015 University of Michigan
Kayshewa Chamupathi Undergraduate 2017 ExxonMobil
Qingyou An Postdoc 2014-2105 Associate Professor, Wuhan 
Institute of Technology, China
Qiang Ru Visiting Professor 2014-2015 Professor, South China Normal University, China
Yufeng Zhao Visiting Professor 2014-2015 Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology, China
Zhixuan Meng Visting Scholar 2014 Optimum Nano, China
Harrison Graham Undergraduate 2014 CAID Industries Inc, USA
Matthew Patton Undergraduate 2014 University of Houston
Xiangyue Meng Visiting PhD student 2014-2015 Associate Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Kuan Yi Lee M.S. student 2017 Angstron Materials, USA
Xiaoxue Zhang Visiting PhD student 2014 Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan
Saman Gheytani PhD student 2013-2017 Univesity of Houston
Yan Jing PhD student 2013-2017 Harvard, Boston
Hyun Deog Yoo Postdoc 2013-2015 Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Pusan National University, Korea
Zelang Jian Postdoc 2013-2014 Postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Shiyang Zhao M.S student 203-2015 Envision Energy, Houston
David Pineda Undergraduate 2013 Aurora Technical Sevices, LLC, Houston
Joseph Whitehouse Undergraduate 2013 NXP Semiconductors,Austin,TX
Yifei Li PhD student 2012-2016 CATL, China
Group Pictures

Yao group picture20180427 April 2018(Front)Fang, Haotian, Yan Yao, Hui, Yi; (Back)Yang, Yanliang, Xiaowei, Ye, Mike

6P6B9029 April 2017

Yao Group October 2015 (Front) Yan Yao, Xiaoqing, Shiyang, Yifei, Kenny, Swami, Jun, Saman; (Back) Yanliang, Hui, Hao, Kayshewa, Yaoguang, Ben, Rui, Yan Jing

Group photo 20150312 copy March 2015 (left to right): Saman, Sam, Yifei, Yan Jing, Shiyang, Qiang, Dandan, Yanliang, Qinyou, Yaoguang, Kenny, Yufeng, Yan Yao
Yao Group July 2014 (left to right): Sam, Yanliang, Zhixuan, Saman, Yan Yao, Yan Jing, Shiyang, Yufeng, Xiaoxue, Zelang, Yifei
Group lunch May 2014 (left to right): Yanliang, Jeff, Yan Yao, Yifei, Sam, Zhixuan, Xiaoxue, Yan Jing, Shiyang, Saman, Zelang, Yufeng
Group_2 Jun. 2013 (left to right): Jin Yan, Yifei Li, Len Liang, Jamie Bassett, Kyle Affeldt, Tiffany Au, David Pineda, Yan Yao
Group_1 Jan. 2013 (left to right): Jin Yan, Jing Shuai, Yan Yao, Yifei Li, Len Liang