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: +1 (831) 459-1952
ORCID: 0000-0002-8058-2084

Yat Li received B.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Chemistry from The University of Hong Kong. As a graduate student in Prof. Wing Tak Wong’s lab, he researched the coordination chemistry of metal clusters and their catalytic applications. He received a Croucher Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in 2003 to work with Prof. Charles M. Lieber at Harvard University, where he studied the optical and electronic properties of III-nitrides nanowire and nanowire heterostructures. Yat Li joined the University of California Santa Cruz as an assistant professor in 2007, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013, and was promoted to full professor in 2018. His research focuses on the rational design, fabrication, and assembly of functional materials. He seeks to understand these materials’ chemical and physical properties and explore their potential applications in catalysis, energy conversion, and energy storage. He has published over 150 papers in leading scientific journals. These publications have been cited over 30000 times, with an H-index of 77. Yat Li has been selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) every year since 2017. His research accomplishments were also recognized by awards and honors, including the 2018 CAPA Distinguished Faculty Award, 2012 Kavli Fellow, 2009 NSF Career Award, 2003 Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002 Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship, 2002 Li Po Chun Postgraduate Scholarship.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Tianyi Kou
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., Shandong University, China
B.Sc., University of Jinan, China

Graduate Students

Mingpeng Chen
B.Eng., Tianjin University, China
Lab Safety Representative

Megan Freyman
B.Sc., Virginia Tech.

Shanwen Wang
B.Sc., Beihang University, China

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

Anica Pinongcos
B.Sc., University of California Los Angeles

Undergraduate Students

Frances Li
Junior in Chemistry major

Nathan Delaney
Senior in Chemistry major

Kristina Nabayan
Senior in Applied Physics major

Adam Carleton
Senior in Chemistry major