2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium X—Yi Cui

Thursday, April 22
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm ET

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Yi CuiYi Cui, Stanford University
Nanotechnology for Sustainability

One of the most challenging problems human beings are facing during the 21st century is the sustainability due to climate change and environment pollution. Nanotechnology provides new opportunities to address the sustainability issues, including energy and environment. In this talk, I will provide examples of nanotechnology for sustainability, including: 1) Nanomaterials design for reinventing batteries to achieve high energy density, long life, good safety and low cost to be used in the applications of transportation and grids. 2) Reinventing textiles with nanotechnology to control human body infrared radiation for the warming and cooling purpose, which could potentially save building energy consumption by 30%. 3) Air, water and soil nanotechnology for effective removing pollutants and disinfecting biopathogen. I will also discuss how to take these technologies from labs to markets in order to have a sustainability impact to the real world.

About Yi Cui

At Stanford University, Yi Cui is Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy,  co-director of the StorageX Initiative, and professor of materials science and engineering and of photon science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. A cleantech pioneer and entrepreneur, Cui earned his BS degree in chemistry in 1998 from the University of Science & Technology of China and his PhD degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 2002. He was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2002 to 2005 before joining the Stanford faculty. Cui manages a large Stanford research group, from which alumni have succeeded in academia and businesses. He has founded five companies to commercialize the energy and environment technologies from his lab: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc., EEnotech Inc., EnerVenue Inc. and LifeLab Design Inc.

A preeminent researcher of nanotechnologies for better batteries and other sustainability technologies, Cui has published more than 500 studies and is one of the world’s most cited scientists. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is an executive editor of Nano Letters and co-director of the Battery 500 Consortium.

In 2021, U.S. Department of Energy awarded Cui an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award which honors mid-career scientists and engineers in eight research fields. Other awards include: Materials Research Society Medal (2020), Electro Chemical Society Battery Technology Award (2019), Nano Today Award (2019), Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), and the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010).

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