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Office Location: ETC 9.168

Yuanyue Liu

Assistant Professor

Department Research Areas:
Advanced Materials Science and Engineering

Yuanyue Liu Group

Research Interests

We develop and apply theory and atomic scale simulations to solve materials problems, especially those related with electronics, optoelectronics, energy conversion and energy storage (e. g. transistors, electro/photo-catalysis, solar cells, batteries/ supercapacitors).

Currently, we focus on the physics and chemistry of electrons.

On the physics side, we study the room-temperature electron transport in materials and how it would be affected by the atom vibrations (phonons), defects, and the interface. These topics are important to electronic and optoelectronic devices.

On the chemistry side, we study the electrochemical reactions for energy conversion and storage, such as those in water splitting, CO2/N2 reduction, batteries and supercapacitors.

We have been extensively working on 2D materials. We use a variety of simulation techniques, including quantum-mechanical methods (e.g. DFT), and classic force-field methods (e.g. ReaxFF). We work closely with experimentalists on a wide range of topics, spanning from materials syntheses, to structures, properties, and to applications.

2008-2014, PhD, Materials Science and Nano Engineering, Rice University, USA
2004-2008, BS, Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

08/2017 – present, Assistant Professor, UT Austin
08/2015 – 08/2017, Resnick Prize Postdoc Fellow, California Institute of Technology
09/2014 – 08/2015, Postdoc, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA
06/2013 – 08/2013, Summer student, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2015 Resnick Prize Postdoc Fellowship, by Caltech
2014 Engineering Research Art Contest Award, by Rice University
2014 Franz and Frances Brotzen Award , by Rice University
2013 Best Achievement Award for Summer Students, by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Studying Abroad, by the Ministry of Education of China
2008 Excellent Undergraduate Research Award, by University of Science and Technology of China