Peidong Yang

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Peidong Yang
Native name 杨培东
Born 1971 (age 43–44)
Suzhou, China
Residence United States
Fields Chemistry, Materials science
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater University of Science and Technology of China
Harvard University
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Charles M. Lieber
Known for Nanotechnology

Peidong Yang (b. 1971) is a Chinese-born American chemist and material scientist. He is currently a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (since 1999), member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Materials Science.[1][2] His research group studies the synthesis of nanomaterials and their electronic and optical properties. He is also a Department Head at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis,[3] Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,[4] and Deputy Director of the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS).[5] He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, an American Chemical Society Journal.


Peidong received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. For his graduate studies, he worked with Charles M. Lieber at Harvard University, and in 1997, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Galen D. Stucky at University of California, Santa Barbara from 1997–1999, until being hired as an assistant professor in Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, where he was granted tenure in 2004.

He was a founding member of the scientific advisory board at Nanosys, a nanomaterials company, and he is also the founder of Alphabet Energy with Matthew L. Scullin.[6] He lives with his wife, Mei, and their daughter, Rachel.


Peidong is well known for his work in nanostructure synthesis and characterization, having co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. One of his most notable papers, "Room-Temperature Ultraviolet Nanowire Nanolasers", was published in Science in 2001 and has received over 5000 citations.[7] In 2010, Peidong was ranked as the top materials scientist and among the top 10 chemists of the decade 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters, in order of citation impact.[8] As one of the leaders of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub awarded in 2010, he is coordinating efforts to develop materials that use sunlight to convert water to fuel.[9] Since coming to Berkeley, Peidong has mentored over 30 graduate students and over 30 postdoctoral researchers.



  1. ^ "Welcome to the P. Yang Group". The Peidong Yang Group. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Chemistry Faculty: Peidong Yang". University of California, Berkeley Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory". 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Alphabet Energy. Thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  7. ^ Huang, M. H. (June 2001). "Room-Temperature Ultraviolet Nanowire Nanolasers". Science 292 (5523): 1897–1899. Bibcode:2001Sci...292.1897H. doi:10.1126/science.1060367. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Materials Scientists". Science Watch. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  9. ^ "California Team to Receive up to $122 Million for Energy Innovation Hub to Develop Method to Produce Fuels from Sunlight". Department of Energy. July 22, 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Sloan Research Fellowships". The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  11. ^ "2003 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ "All Miller Professors, Sorted by Name". Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 

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