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Yi Cui

Yi Cui

Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Fortinet Founders Professor, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, of Photon Science, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor, by courtesy, of Chemistry


Cui studies fundamentals and applications of nanomaterials and develops tools for their understanding. Research Interests: nanotechnology, batteries, electrocatalysis, wearables, 2D materials, environmental technology (water, air, soil), cryogenic electron microscopy.


Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor, Photon Science Directorate
Professor (By courtesy), Chemistry
Member, Bio-X
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Principal Investigator, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Other Appointments

Co-Director, Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium (2011 - 2018)
Co-Director, Battery500 Consortium (2016 - Present)
Co-Director, Stanford StorageX Initiative (2019 - Present)

Honors & Awards

Battery Research Award, International Automotive Lithium Battery Association (2019)
ECS Battery Technology Award, Electrochemical Society (2019)
Nano Today Award, Nano Today Journal (2019)
Inaugural Dan Maydan Prize for Nanoscience, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2019)
ECS Fellow, Electrochemical Society (2018)
Senior Fellow of Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University (2018)
Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering, Blavatnik Foundation (2017)
MRS Fellow, Materials Research Society (2016)
Blavatnik National Award Finalist, Blavatnik Foundation (2016)
Top 10 World Changing Technology for His Invention on Cooling Textile, Scientific American (2016)

Professional Education

PhD, Harvard University (2002)