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).