Yu Huang

Huang Professor Yu Huang
Tel. (310) 794-9589
FAX (310) 206-7353

Professor; Ph.D. in Chemistry, Harvard University, 2003. M A. in Chemistry, Harvard University, 2002. B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 1999.


Research Interests

Prof. Huang explores the unique technological opportunities that result from the structure and assembly of nanoscale building blocks. Her research focuses on mechanistic understanding of nanoscale phenomena and on exploiting the unique properties of nanoscale materials for various applications. Taking advantage of the unique roles of nanoscale surfaces and interfaces, Prof. Huang is creating methodologies to apply the latest developments in nanoscale materials and nanotechnology to impact a wide range of technologies including materials synthesis, catalysis, fuel cells, biomedical and devices applications.


Area of Thesis Guidance

Nanostructures, nanoelectronics, biomaterials.


Recent Publications

  1. Yao, B., Huang, S.-W., Liu, Y., Vinod, A. K., Choi, C., Hoff, M., Li, Y., Yu, M., Feng, Z., Kwong, D.-L., Huang, Y., Rao, Y., Duan, X., and Wong, C. W., Gate-tunable frequency combs in graphene–nitride microresonators. Nature, 2018, 558, 410-414
  2. Wang, C., He, Q., Halim, U., Liu, Y., Zhu, E., Lin, Z., Xiao, H., Duan, X., Feng, Z., Cheng, R., Weiss, N. O., Ye, G., Huang, Y.-C., Wu, H., Cheng, H.-C., Shakir, I., Liao, L., Chen, X., Goddard Iii, W. A., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Monolayer atomic crystal molecular superlattices. Nature, 2018, 555, 231
  3. Liu, Y., Guo, J., Zhu, E., Liao, L., Lee, S.-J., Ding, M., Shakir, I., Gambin, V., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Approaching the Schottky–Mott limit in van der Waals metal–semiconductor junctions. Nature, 2018, 557, 696-700
  4. Liu, Y., Guo, J., He, Q., Wu, H., Cheng, H.-C., Ding, M., Shakir, I., Gambin, V., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Vertical Charge Transport and Negative Transconductance in Multilayer Molybdenum Disulfides. Nano Lett., 2017, 17, 5495-5501
  5. Jia, Q., Zhao, Z., Cao, L., Li, J., Ghoshal, S., Davies, V., Stavitski, E., Attenkofer, K., Liu, Z., Li, M., Duan, X., Mukerjee, S., Mueller, T., and Huang, Y., Roles of Mo Surface Dopants in Enhancing the ORR Performance of Octahedral PtNi Nanoparticles. Nano Lett., 2018, 18, 798-804
  6. Fei, H., Dong, J., Wan, C., Zhao, Z., Xu, X., Lin, Z., Wang, Y., Liu, H., Zang, K., Luo, J., Zhao, S., Hu, W., Yan, W., Shakir, I., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Microwave-Assisted Rapid Synthesis of Graphene-Supported Single Atomic Metals. Mater., 2018, 1802146
  7. Guo, J., Liu, Y., Ma, Y., Zhu, E., Lee, S., Lu, Z., Zhao, Z., Xu, C., Lee, S.-J., Wu, H., Kovnir, K., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Few-Layer GeAs Field-Effect Transistors and Infrared Photodetectors. Mater., 2018, 30, 1705934
  8. Wang, H., Luo, W., Zhu, L., Zhao, Z., E, B., Tu, W., Ke, X., Sui, M., Chen, C., Chen, Q., Li, Y., and Huang, Y., Synergistically Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis by Subsurface Atoms in Ternary PdCuNi Alloy Catalysts. Funct. Mater., 2018, 28, 1707219
  9. Fei, H., Dong, J., Feng, Y., Allen, C. S., Wan, C., Volosskiy, B., Li, M., Zhao, Z., Wang, Y., Sun, H., An, P., Chen, W., Guo, Z., Lee, C., Chen, D., Shakir, I., Liu, M., Hu, T., Li, Y., Kirkland, A. I., Duan, X., and Huang, Y., General synthesis and definitive structural identification of MN4C4 single-atom catalysts with tunable electrocatalytic activities. Catalysis, 2018, 1, 63-72
  10. Ding, M., Zhong, G., Zhao, Z., Huang, Z., Li, M., Shiu, H.-Y., Liu, Y., Shakir, I., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., On-Chip in Situ Monitoring of Competitive Interfacial Anionic Chemisorption as a Descriptor for Oxygen Reduction Kinetics. ACS Cent. Sci., 2018, 4, 590-599
  11. Zhou, J., Yang, Y., Zhao, Z., Ophus, C., Ercius, P., Huang, Y., and Miao, J., 3D Imaging of Nanoalloy Catalysts at Atomic Resolution. Microanal., 2017, 23, 2032-2033
  12. Fan, Z., Xiao, H., Wang, Y., Zhao, Z., Lin, Z., Cheng, H.-C., Lee, S.-J., Wang, G., Feng, Z., Goddard, W. A., Huang, Y., and Duan, X., Layer-by-Layer Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Tri-iodide Perovskite Microplates. Joule, 2017, 1, 548-562


Selected Honors

  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow; 2017
  • International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Carol Tyler Award; 2017
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award; 2010
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award; 2010
  • Sloan Fellowship; 2010
  • Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE); 2008
  • Nano 50 Innovator Award, Nanotech Brief; 2006
  • UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Fellowship; 2006-2011
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Chemist Prize; 2004
  • Honor Delegates to 43rd International Achievement Summit; 2004
  • Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; 2004
  • Technology Review World Top 100 Young Innovators Award; 2003
  • Grand Prize Winner of Collegiate Inventors Competition; 2003


Classes Teaching

MSE 298  Nanoscale Materials: Opportunities and Challenges
MSE 104  Science of Engineering Materials
MSE 121  Material Science of Semiconductors



Research Group/Lab: http://yhuang.seas.ucla.edu/

Office Location

  • 2121-E Engineering V

Lab Location

  • 220 Engineering VI
  • 230 Engineering VI
  • 235 Engineering VI

Mailing Address

  • UCLA, HSSEAS School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    410 Westwood Plaza
    3111 Engineering V
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595