Peidong Yang



  • Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • University of California Berkeley
department of chemistry


  • United States


PhD (Chemistry), Harvard University
BS (Chemistry), University of Science and Technology of China


Peidong Yang works in nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

He is interested in the synthesis of new classes of materials and nanostructures, with an emphasis on developing new synthetic approaches. Yang is also driven to understand the fundamental issues of structural assembly and growth that will enable the rational control of material composition, micro/nano-structure, property and functionality. Specifically, these include the fundamental problems of electron, photon and phonon confinement within one-dimensional nanostructures, and their implications in energy conversion processes. Yang’s current research directions include nanowire-based thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery; nanowire photonics; nanowire based photovoltaics; and nanowire-based concepts for direct solar to fuel conversion and novel CO2 reduction catalysis.


Elected member of the National Academy of Science, 2016

MacArthur Fellow, 2015

E. O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 2015

Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics, 2014

Member of American Academy of Arts and Science, 2012

Relevant Publications

Liu, C. et al. “Nanowire-bacteria hybrids for unassisted solar carbon dioxide fixation to value-added chemicals.” Nano Lett 15, no. 3634 (2015).

Chen, C. et al. "Highly Crystalline Multimetallic Nanoframes with Three-Dimensional Electrocatalytic Surfaces." Science 343, no. 6177 (March 2014): 1339–1343.

Liu, C. et al. "Semiconductor nanowires for artificial photosynthesis." Chem. Mater. 26, no. 1 (January 2014): 415–22.

Kim, D. et al. “Synergistic Geometric and Electronic Effects for Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide using AuCu Bimetallic Nanoparticles.” Nature Comm. 5, no. 4948 (2014).

Liu, C. et al. “A Fully Integrated Nanosystem of Semiconductor Nanowires for Direct Solar Water Splitting.” Nano Lett 13, no. 2989 (2013).

Yang, P., ed. The Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials. 2 vols. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2003, 2011.