Department Faculty

Yat Li
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Graduate Program Director
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1952 (Office), 831-502-7363 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location Physical Sciences Bldg 160 (Office), Physical Sciences Bldg 198 (Lab)
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Energy, Material Science
  • Courses Taught CHEM 163A Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, CHEM 146C Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab, CHEM 268 Solid State and Material Chemistry

Summary of Expertise

Materials Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Solar energy conversion applications, Nanoscale electronics and photonics

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