Group Members

Principle Investigator
Yat Li
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PSB 160
University of California
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Email:; Phone:(831) 459-1952


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 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 and promoted to associate professor in 2013. 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 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
Lab Safety Representative

Wang Xiao
B.Sc., Xiamen University, China

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

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

Megan Freyman
B.Sc., Virginia Tech.

Shanwen Wang
B.Sc., Beihang University, China

Visiting Scholars and Students

Dr. Jing Zhang
Wuhan University of Technology, China

Huarong Peng
Chongqing University, China

Xiaoli Fan
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Lei Zhang
Wuhan University of Technology, China

Prof. Wei Xu
Wuyi University, China

Cheng Cheng
Xi’an Jiaotong University


Andrea Cruz (Junior)

Martina Morelli (Senior)

Elizabeth Chen (Senior)

High School Student Interns

currently none