Peidong Yang

Peidong Yang

2015 MacArthur Fellowship

Professor Peidong Yang, American Chinese, nanomaterials scientist, member of National Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts and Science, he is a S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley and also holds position of the Dean of the School of Physical Science and Technology at ShanghaiTech University.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1993, BA in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology in China
  • 1997, PhD in Chemistry, Harvard University
  • From 1999, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Tenured Professor, Chemistry Faculty, University of California, BerkeleyFrom 
  • 2014, Dean of the School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University
Honors and Awards
    • 2012, Member of American Academy of Arts and Science 
    • 2014, FRSC, Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry
    • 2015, MacArthur Fellow
    • 2016, member of National Academy of Science

Major Academic Achievements

Professor Peidong Yang has pioneered research in semiconductor nanowires and atomic assembly, and is expected to apply a range of high-tech equipment such as micro LEDs and lasers to the transistors, computer circuits, solar panels and biosensors. His “planted” gallium nitride and zinc oxide nanowires can emit ultraviolet light, which helps “the lab on chips” to quickly and inexpensively analyse medical, environmental and other sampling. He uses innovative synthesis and assembly processes in semiconductor nanowire and heterostructure research, and applies his research to nanowire-based photovoltaics, thermoelectric,solar energy conversion, and nanofluids. From the development of the first nanowire laser to the design of nanowire solar cells, his team has made several major breakthroughs in the field of nanowire photonics research. In addition to basic research, Peridong Yang also values the practical application of nanowires. His research results have been embodied in the commercial equipment of thermoelectrical waste heat utilization, chemical sensors, optical switches and so on.