About Me

I obtained my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering working with professor Yi Cui at Stanford University (January 2019). My PhD research, supported by Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF), was at the interface of electrochemistry, nanomaterials and materials characterization techniques, in particular, the materials design and fundamental understandings of next-generation battery chemistries and electrocatalysis.


I am currently doing my postdoc with professor T. Alan Hatton in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a postdoc, I hope to utilize my electrochemistry and materials science training to broadly explore issues facing water-energy-environment nexus. Particularly, I am interested in carbon capture based on electrochemical processes.

Education & Training

Stanford University

Materials Science & Engineering, Ph.D.

Sep 2014 - Jan 2019

Nanyang Technological University

Materials Science & Engineering, B.Eng.

First class honours, 2014

University of Illinois Urban-Champaign

Exchange student, 2012


Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering                                                                                                                                                                                                                2019

MIT ChemE Postdoc Grant-Writing Contest Winner                                                                                                                                                                     2019

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award                                                                                                                                          2019

MRS Graduate Student Award, Gold                                                                                                                                                                                                       2018 Fall

Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University                                                                                                                                                                2017-2019

O. Cutler Shepard Award, Stanford University                                                                                                                                                                                          2017  Awarded to graduating M.S. student in Materials Science and Engineering with the highest GPA.

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad                                                                                                             2017

Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, Nanyang Technological University                                                                                                                                                  2014

 Presented to graduates who emerged top in their respective programs. 

CN Yang Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University                                                                                                                                                 2010-2014

Selected out of 5000 science and engineering freshmen. The scholarship is named after Nobel laureate Chen-Ning Yang and aimed to nurture students with passion for science through interdisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities.

PRC Undergraduate Scholarship, Singapore Ministry of Education                                                                                                                         2009-2014

 Selected as one of the 200 students from top high schools in China to carry out undergraduate study in Singapore with  tuition waiver and living subsidy.

© 2019 by Yayuan Liu

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