Yingjie Zhang
Yingjie Zhang
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-8443
256 Materials Research Lab

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Education

  • PhD, Applied Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley (2015)
  • BS, Physics, Nankai University (2010)

Biography

Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley (2015). He received the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship from the American Vacuum Society in 2014, the Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society in 2015, the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad in 2015, the Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIUC during 2015-2018, the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award in 2019, and the Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation in 2021.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
  • Faculty Affiliate, Materials Research Laboratory, UIUC

Research Statement

The Zhang group study the interfacial science of materials, with the goal of: 1) understanding the fundamental atomic scale processes at interfaces, such as charge storage, electrochemical transformation, and catalysis; 2) bringing solutions to the society, in areas of energy conversion and storage, information technology, and healthcare.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning over areas of materials/physical chemistry, condensed matter physics, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering. We are always looking for motivated graduate students, postdocs, and undergrads to join us.

Research Interests

  • Molecular Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Energy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

Patents

Honors

  • Beckman Young Investigator Award, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (2021)
  • ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2019)
  • Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2018)
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2015)
  • Graduate Student Award, Materials Research Society (2015)
  • Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship, American Vacuum Society (2014)
  • Best Poster Award, MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit (2014)
  • Anselmo Macchi Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (2014)

Recent Courses Taught

  • ECE 487 - Intro Quantum Electr for EEs
  • MSE 461 - Electronic Materials II
  • MSE 466 - Materials in Electrochem Syst
  • MSE 582 - Surface Physics
  • MSE 595 - Materials Colloquium