Yat Li

TitleAssociate Professor of Chemistry
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentChemistry & Biochemistry Department
Web Site Li Lab
OfficePhysical Sciences Building 160
Campus Mail StopChemistry
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of novel functional nanomaterials. The unique advantages of nanomaterials offer a versatile platform for addressing fundamental science issues, and open up oppotunities for new technologies. The research carried out in our group include (1) rational design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials, especially one-dimensional nanostructures; (2) investigation of the correlation between nanostructures and their optical, electrical and chemical properties; and (3) exploration of their potential applications for solar energy conversion and utilization, microbial technology and energy storage devices.

Biography, Education and Training

B.Sc. (1999), Ph.D. (2002), University of Hong Kong
Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2003), University of Hong Kong
Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2007), Harvard University

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Science Foundation Career Award 2009-2014
Senior Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Fudan University, China 2009-2011
Visiting Scientist Fellowship, National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 2008-2010
Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong)2003-2005
Li Po Chun Postgraduate Scholarship (University of Hong Kong)2002-2003
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship (Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund, Hong Kong)2002-2003

Selected Publications

Wang G., Wang H., Ling Y., Tang Y., Yang X., Fitzmorris R. C., Wang C. C., Zhang J. Z. and Li Y.* “Hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting” Nano Lett., 11, 3026-3033 (2011)

Ling Y., Wang G., Wheeler D. A., Zhang J. Z. and Li Y.* Sn-Doped Hematite Nanostructures for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Nano Lett. 11, 2119-2125 (2011)

Wang G., Ling Y., Wheeler D., Kyle G. N., Horsley K., Heske C., Zhang J. Z. and Li Y.* Facile Synthesis of Highly Photoactive alpha-Fe2O3-Based Films for Water Oxidation, Nano Lett.. 11, 3503-3509 (2011)

Wang G., Qian F., Saltikov C. W., Jiao Y. and Li Y.* Microbial Reduction of Graphene Oxide by Shewanella, Nano Res. 4, 563-570 (2011)

Li Y.* and Zhang J. Z. Hydrogen generation from photoelectrochemical water splitting based on nanomaterials, Laser Photonics Rev. 4, 517-528 (2010)

Wang G., Yang X. Y., Qian F., Zhang J. Z. and Li Y.* “Double-sided CdS and CdSe quantum dot cosensitized ZnO nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation” Nano Lett. 10, 1088- 1092 (2010)

Qian F., Wang G. and Li Y.* Solar-driven microbial photoelectrochemical cells with a nanowire photocathode, Nano Lett. 10, 4686-4691 (2010)

Hensel J., Wang G., Li Y.* and Zhang J. Z. “Synergistic effect of CdSe quantum dot sensitization and nitrogen doping of TiO2 nanostructures for photoelectrochemical solar hydrogen generation”, Nano Lett. 10, 478-483 (2010) (highlighted by SPIE Newsroom)

Yang X. Y., Wolcott A., Wang G. M., Sobo A., Fitzmorris R. C., Qian F., Zhang J. Z. and Li Y.* “Nitrogen-doped ZnO nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting”, Nano Lett. 9, 2331- 2336 (2009) (highlighted in Nature Photonics)

Courses Taught

CHEM 163A Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
CHEM 146C Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 268 Solid State and Material Chemistry