Group Members

Principle Investigator

Yat Li
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PSB 160
University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Email:; Phone: (831) 459-1952
ORCID: 0000-0002-8058-2084

I received my BSc (1999) and PhD degree (2002) in chemistry from The University of Hong Kong. As a graduate student in Prof. Wing Tak Wong’s lab, I studied the coordination chemistry of metal clusters and their catalytic applications. I received a Croucher Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in 2003 and joined Prof. Charles M. Lieber’s group at Harvard University, where I studied the optical and electronic properties of III-nitrides nanowire and nanowire heterostructures. I joined UC Santa Cruz as an assistant professor in 2007, promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013, and promoted to full professor in 2018. My lab’s research focuses on rational design and synthesis of low-dimensional materials. We seek to understand their chemical and physical properties and to realize their potential applications in catalysis, energy conversion and storage.

Graduate Students

Tianyi Kou
M.S., Shandong University, China
B.Sc., University of Jinan, China

Bin Yao
M.S. & B.Sc., Wuhan University of Technology

Daniel Bulmahn
B.Sc., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Lab Safety Representative

Mingpeng Chen
B.Eng., Tianjin University, China
Group website administrator

Megan Freyman
B.Sc., Virginia Tech.

Shanwen Wang
B.Sc., Beihang University, China

Dun Lin
B.Sc., Sun-Yat-sen University, China

 Visiting Scholars and Students

Dr. Jing Zhang
Wuhan University of Technology, China

Xiaoli Fan
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Lei Zhang
Wuhan University of Technology, China

André Luiz Martins de Freitas
Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Junzhe Kang
Huazhong University of Science and Technology


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High School Student Interns

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