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Peidong Yang Nanotechnology – Nanomaterials

Peidong Yang is interested in the synthesis of new classes of materials and nanostructures, with an emphasis on developing new synthetic approaches. He 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. 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.


E. O. Lawrence Award, US Department of Energy, 2015.

Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics, 2014.

Elected as Member of American Academy of Arts and Science, 2012.

MRS Medal, Materials Research Society, 2011.

Alan T. Waterman Award, National Science Foundation, 2007.

Relevant Publications

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

C. Chen et al, "Highly Crystalline Multimetallic Nanoframes with Three-Dimensional Electrocatalytic Surfaces," Science, vol. 343, no. 6177, pp. 1339-1343, Mar. 2014.

C. Liu et al, "Semiconductor nanowires for artificial photosynthesis," Chem. Mater., vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 415-422, Jan. 2014.

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

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


P. Yang, Ed., The Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials I, II, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2003, 2011.



Senior Fellow Bio-inspired Solar Energy


University of California, BerkeleyDepartment of Chemistry


PhD (Chemistry) Harvard University

BS (Chemistry) University of Science and Technology of China


United States

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