Principal Investigator

University of Houston_Yan_Yao

Dr. Yan Yao
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Principal Investigator of Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston
University of Houston

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Lihong Zhao
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alae Eddine Lakraychi
Ph.D. Materials Science 2017
University of Picardy Jules Verne (UPJV), France

Graduate Student

Zhaoyang Chen
Solid-state Batteries, Class of 2023
Liqun Guo
Liqun Guo
Solid-state Batteries, Class of 2024
Leo Jiang
Leo Jiang
Organic Batteries, Class of 2025
Wen Ren
Wen Ren
Battery Electrolyte, Class of 2026
Jie Zheng
Jie Zheng
Battery Electrolyte, Class of 2026
Ifeanyi Emmanuel Udom
Organic Battery, Class of 2027
Mai Le
AI/ML for Energy Applications, Class of 2027
Yi Shen
Yi Shen
UH Electrical and Computer Engineering, Class of 2028
Phat (Kevin) Tieu
Phat (Kevin) Tieu
UH Electrical and Computer Engineering, Class of 2028
Hao Wang
Hao Wang
UH Materials Engineering, Class of 2028
Undergraduate Student
Sadia Ashraf
Sadia Ashraf
UH Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2026


Chaoshan Wu Ph.D. student 2020-2023 R&T Engineer III, Albemarle
Benjamin Emley Ph.D. student 2017-2022 Battery Technical Specialist, Ford Motor
Ye Zhang Ph.D. student 2016-2022 Senior Scientist, LiBeyond
Karun K. Rao Ph.D. student 2016-2020 Senior Scientist, Schrödinger
Hao Fang Ph.D. student 2015-2019 Staff Engineer, Factorial Energy
Hui Dong Ph.D. student 2015-2019 Senior Engineer, Rivian Motors
Saman Gheytani Ph.D. student 2013-2017 Additive Manufacturing Program Manger, Lam Research
Yan Jing Ph.D. student 2013-2017 Presidential Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
Yifei Li Ph.D. student 2012-2016 Nio Inc., China
Kuan Yi Lee M.S. student 2015-2017 Angstron Materials, USA
Shiyang Zhao M.S student 2013-2015 Envision Energy, Houston
Yanliang Liang Research Assistant Professor 2018-2022 CTO, LiBeyond LLC
Meng Shang Postdoc 2020
Jibo Zhang Postdoc 2018-2020 Postdoc, Harvard
Yi Shi Postdoc 2017-2018 Professor, Sun Yat-sen University
Xiaowei Chi Postdoc 2016-2018 Professor, Institute of Ceramics Chinese Academy of Science
Qing Ji Postdoc 2016 Professor, Moutai University, China
Pu Hu Postdoc 2016-2017 Professor, Wuhan Institute of Technology
Wenwen Deng Postdoc 2016-2017 Profesor, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China
Swaminathan Venkatesan Postdoc 2015-2016 MKS Instruments, USA
Qingyou An Postdoc 2014-2105 Professor, Wuhan 
University of Technology, China
Hyun Deog Yoo Postdoc 2013-2015 Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Pusan National University, South Korea
Zelang Jian Postdoc 2013-2014 Professor, Wuhan Institute of Technology, China
Xiaojun Wang Visiting Postdoc 2019-2020 Researcher, Nanjing University, China
Hongzhi Zheng Visiting Postdoc 2019-2020 Researcher, Nanjing University, China
Xinpeng Han Visiting Student 2019-2020 Tianjin University, China
Yang Chen Visiting Student 2018-2019 Postdoc, Fudan University, China
Rui Guo Visiting Student 2016 Florida International University
Xiangyue Meng Visiting Student 2014-2015 Associate Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Xiaoxue Zhang Visiting Student 2014 Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan
Xiaoxia Wang Visiting Scholar 2019-2020 Professor, Qingdao University, China
Qiang Ru Visiting Scholar 2014-2015 Professor, South China Normal University, China
Yufeng Zhao Visiting Scholar 2014-2015 Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology, China
Zhixuan Meng Visting Scholar 2014 Optimum Nano, China
Matthew Andersen Undergraduate 2021
Robert Sipowicz Undergraduate 2020
Audrey Wang Undergraduate 2019 ABB
Yu Xing Undergraduate 2018 Carnegie Mellon University
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
Juyoung Kim Undergraduate 2015 University of St. Thomas
Lateefat Alab Undergraduate 2015 Google Cloud
Sarah Sieman Undergraduate 2015 Rice
Kayshewa Chamupathi Undergraduate 2017 ExxonMobil
Harrison Graham Undergraduate 2014 CAID Industries Inc, USA
Matthew Patton Undergraduate 2014 University of Houston
David Pineda Undergraduate 2013 Aurora Technical Sevices, LLC, Houston
Joseph Whitehouse Undergraduate 2013 NXP Semiconductors,Austin,TX
Group Pictures

Yao Group 2019_8 August 2019 (Front) Xinpeng, Hongzhi, Jibo, Aki, Yan, Dieu, Zhaoyang, Spring, Xiaoxia’s son, Xiaoxia; (Back) Hui, Robert, Ye, Xiaojun, Ben, Fang, Yanliang

group pictureAugust 2018 (Front) Chang, Haotian, Zijing, Yan Yao, Yi, Mike; (Back)Ye, Hui, Bing, Yang, Yuxiang, Ben, Fang, Yanliang

6P6B9029 August 2017 (Front) Yan Jing, Pu, Yan Yao, Saman, (Back) Yanliang, Hui, Ye, Xiaowei, Fang, Karun

Yao Group August 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 lunchMay 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