California NanoSystems Institute
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Yu Huang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Member, California NanoSystems Institute, JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program Area

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003
M.A., Harvard University, 2002
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, 1999

Honors and Awards:
Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Technology Review World Top 100 Young Innovators Award
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Fellow
Grand Prize Winner of Collegiate Inventors Competition
2008 - White House, Presedential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2004 IUPAC Young Chemist Prize
2004 Honor Delegates to 43rd International Achievement Summit

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Office Address: UCLA
Department of Material Science & Engineering
BOX 159510
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Fax Number: (310) 206-7353
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-9589
Research Interests:

Dr. Huang's research interest centers broadly on the interface of functional nanosystems and biosystems. Her research program focuses on synthesis and assembly of nanoscale materials through chemical and biological approaches, investigation of their fundamental electronic and optical properties and design of novel nanodevice concepts. Specific research areas include (1) developing programmed synthesis of nanostructures with molecular precision and assembly of them into increasingly complex architecture through genetic control of biological scaffolds; (2) investigating fundamental properties of such materials and exploring them as functional nanosystems for applications in electronics and optoelectronics; (3) developing new nanosystem-enabled technology platform that can be broadly applied to study biological process, including detection, imaging and manipulation at single or sub-cellular and molecular level.

Additional Information:

Dr. Huang has been an assistant professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA from 2006. She received her Ph.D and M.A degrees in physical chemistry from Harvard University and her B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China. Following her Ph.D studies, Dr. Huang received the Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted her postdoctoral research at MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Labs concurrently. She has made profound contribution to the field of nanoelectronics with her inventions: methods for bottom-up assembly of nanoscale electronic and optical devices and circuits using nanowires as building blocks. Two of her papers were cited as the Breakthrough of the Year (2001) by Science magazine. The honors Dr. Huang has received include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2008), NASA Nanotech Brief Nano 50 Innovator award (2006), MIT Technology Review TR100 (top-100 young innovator) award (2003), and the Grant Prize of the Collegiate Inventors Competition Award (2002).

Selected Publications:

Rui Cheng, Jingwei Bai, Lei Liao, Hailong Zhou, Yu Chen, Lixin Liu, Yung-Chen Lin, Shan Jiang, Yu Huang, and Xiangfeng Duan, High-frequency self-aligned graphene transistors with transferred gate stacks, PNAS, 2012, 1-5.
Chin-Yi Chiu, Yujing Li, Lingyan Ruan, Xingchen Ye, Christopher B. Murray & Yu Huang, Platinum nanocrystals selectively shaped using facet-specific peptide sequences, Nature Chemistry, 2011, 3, 393-9.
Lin, Y.-C., Chen, Y., Shailos, A. and Huang, Y., Detection of Spin Polarized Carrier in Silicon Nanowire with Single Crystal MnSi as Magnetic Contacts, Nano Letters, 2010, 10 (6), 2281-7.
Bai J, Zhong X, Jiang S, Huang Y, Duan X, Graphene nanomesh, Nat Nanotechnol, 2010, 5 (3), 190-4.
Lin YC, Chen Y, Xu D, Huang Y, Growth of Nickel Silicides in Si and Si/SiOx Core/Shell Nanowires, Nano Lett, 2010, 10 (11), 4721-6.
Liao L, Bai J, Qu Y, Lin YC, Li Y, Huang Y, Duan X, High-kappa oxide nanoribbons as gate dielectrics for high mobility top-gated graphene transistors, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2010, 107 (15), 6711-5.
Liao L, Bai J, Lin YC, Qu Y, Huang Y, Duan X, High-performance top-gated graphene-nanoribbon transistors using zirconium oxide nanowires as high-dielectric-constant gate dielectrics, Adv Mater, 2010, 22 (17), 1941-5.
Lei Liao, Yung-Chen Lin, Mingqiang Bao, Rui Cheng, Jingwei Bai, Yuan Liu, Yongquan Qu, Kang L. Wang, Yu Huang, & Xiangfeng Duan, High-speed graphene transistors with a self-aligned nanowire gate, Nature, 2010, 467, 305-8.
Li Y, Huang Y, Morphology-controlled synthesis of platinum nanocrystals with specific peptides, Adv Mater, 2010, 22 (17), 1921-5.
Galatsis K, Wang KL, Ozkan M, Ozkan CS, Huang Y, Chang JP, Monbouquette HG, Chen Y, Nealey P, Botros Y, Patterning and templating for nanoelectronics, Adv Mater, 2010, 22 (6), 769-78.
Zhang H, Li Y, Ivanov IA, Qu Y, Huang Y, Duan X, Plasmonic Modulation of the Upconversion Fluorescence in NaYF(4):Yb/Tm Hexaplate Nanocrystals Using Gold Nanoparticles or Nanoshells, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2010 Mar 16;49(16):2865-2868, 2010, 49 (16), 2865-8.
Qu Y, Liao L, Cheng R, Wang Y, Lin YC, Huang Y, Duan X, Rational design and synthesis of freestanding photoelectric nanodevices as highly efficient photocatalysts, Nano Lett. 2010 May 12;10(5):1941-9, 2010, 10 (5), 1941-9.
Chiu CY, Li Y, Huang Y, Size-controlled synthesis of Pd nanocrystals using a specific multifunctional peptide, Nanoscale, 2010, 2 (6), 927-30.
Liao L, Bai J, Cheng R, Lin YC, Jiang S, Qu Y, Huang Y, Duan X, Sub-100 nm channel length graphene transistors, Nano Lett, 2010, 10 (10), 3952-6.
Liao L, Bai J, Cheng R, Lin YC, Jiang S, Huang Y, Duan X, Top-gated graphene nanoribbon transistors with ultrathin high-k dielectrics, Nano Lett, 2010, 10 (5), 1917-21.
Jingwei Bai, Rui Cheng, Faxian Xiu, Lei Liao, Minsheng Wang, Alexandros Shailos, Kang L. Wang, Yu Huang and Xiangfeng Duan, Very large magnetoresistance in graphene nanoribbons, Nature Nanotechnology, 2010, 5, 655-9.
Y. Q. Qu, L. Liao, Y. J. Li, H. Zhang, Y. Huang and X. F. Duan, Electrically conductive and optically active porous silicon nanowires, Nano Letters, 2009, 9 (12), 4539-43.
J-W. Bai, S. Huang, L-Y. Wang, Y. Chen, and Y. Huang , Fluid assisted assembly of one dimensional nanoparticle array inside inorganic nanotubes , J. Mater. Chem. , 2009, 921-923.
Lin, Y.C.; Bai, J.; Huang, Y., Self-aligned nanolithography in a nanogap, Nano Letters, 2009, 6 (8), 2234.
Y. J. Li, G. P. Whyburn, Y. Huang, Specific peptide regulated synthesis of ultrasmall platinum nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2009, 131, 15998.
Bai, J.; Duan, X.; Huang, Y. , “Rational fabrication of grapheme nanoribbons using a nanowire etch mask”, Nano Letters, 2009, 5 (7), 2083.
Wang L, Bai J, Li Y, Huang Y., Multifunctional nanoparticles displaying magnetization and near-IR absorption, Angewandte Chemie, 2008, 13 (42), 2439.
Lin YC, Lu KC, Wu WW, Bai J, Chen LJ, Tu KN, Huang Y., Single crystalline PtSi nanowires, PtSi/Si/PtSi nanowire heterostructures, and nanodevices, Nano Letters, 2008, 3 (8), 913.
Y. Huang, C.-Y. Chiang, S.-K. Lee, Y. Gao, E. l. Hu, J. De Yoreo and A. M. Belcher, Programmable Assembly of Nanoarchitectures Using Genetically Engineered Viruses, Nano Letters , 2005, 5, 1429.
Y. Huang, X. Duan and C. M. Lieber, Semiconductor Nanowire for Multi-color Photonics, Small , 2005, 1, 142.
Y. Huang, X. Duan and C.M. Lieber, Semiconductor Nanowires: Nanoscale Electronics and Optoelectronics, Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, J.A. Schwarz, Ed, 2005.
Y. Huang and C. M. Lieber , Integrated Nanoscale Electronics and Optoelectronics: Exploring Nanoscale Science and Technology through Semiconductor Nanowires, Pure and Applied Chemistry , 2004, 76, 2051.
X. Duan, Y. Huang and C. M. Lieber, Nanowire Nanocircuits, 2003 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, E. Geller, J. Weil, D. Blumel, A. Rappaport, (Eds.), 2003, 272-276 .
X. Duan, Y. Huang, Y. Cui and C. M. Lieber, Nanowire Nanoelectronics Assembled from the Bottom-Up, Molecular Nanoelectronics, M. A. Reed and T. Lee (Eds.) , 2003, 199-227.
Y. Cui, X. Duan, Y. Huang and C. M. Lieber, Nanowires as Building Blocks for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Nanowires and Nanobelts , 2003, Z.L. Wang, ed., 3-68.
X. Duan, Y. Huang, R. Agarwal and C. M. Lieber , Single Nanowire Injection Lasers, Nature, 2003, 421, 241.
Y. Huang, X. Duan, Y. Cui, and C. M. Lieber, Gallium Nitride Nanowire Nanodevices, Nano Letters, 2002, 2, 101.
X. Duan, Y. Huang, and C. M. Lieber , Nonvolatile Memory and Programmable Logic from Molecule-Gated Nanowires, Nano Letters, 2002, 2, 487.