Dr. Yu Huang is a full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her B.S. in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China, and her Ph.D in physical chemistry and M.A in Chemistry from Harvard University. Before she embarked on her independent career at UCLA She was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Fellowship and held a joint postdoctoral position with LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Lab) and MIT.
At UCLA 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 for probing nanoscale processes that can fundamentally impact a wide range of technologies including materials synthesis, catalysis, fuel cells, and devices applications.
Prof. Huang’s achievements have gained her international and national recognitions including the (International Precious Metal Institute) IPMI Carol Tyler Award, the (Materials Research Society) MRS Fellow, the PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering), the (National Institute of Health) NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) DARPA Young Faculty Award, the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators award, the Sloan Fellowship, (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) IUPAC Young Chemist Award, and the Nano 50 Award.