Yayuan Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Her research group works at the interface of chemical engineering, materials science, and electrochemistry to accelerate the realization of energy and environmental sustainability.
The group designs and synthesizes materials at the molecular and the microscopic level, develops novel electrochemical processes using functional materials, and uses advanced characterization tools to correlate microscopic phenomena with macroscopic performance. Specifically, the Liu research group explores the following themes: redox-active materials for carbon capture and its subsequent utilization in electrosynthesis; molecularly precise electrochemical interfaces for separations in water remediation and chemical manufacturing; imaging platforms for visualizing electrochemical processes at high temporal/spatial resolution and chemical specificity.
Liu earned her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering in 2014 from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and was a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for academic achievements. She earned her PhD in 2019 from Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. Yi Cui in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Liu completed her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Prof. T. Alan Hatton in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Liu has received multiple awards for her research, including an NSF CAREER Award, the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award, the MRS Graduate Student Gold Award, and was a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree in science.