Research

  • The Huang Research Group specializes in nanomaterial synthesis along with characterization and practical applications, including nanoparticles, nanowires, and graphene. Studying both the fundamental scientific properties and engineering novel materials and devices enables exploration of the frontiers of nanotechnology. Blending materials science and engineering with chemistry, biology, and physics, we approach nanoscience from a multifaceted perspective, with new and exciting possibilities in energy, communications, computing and more. From the atomic interactions of nanocrystal growth to functional devices utilizing atomically thin materials, our research pushes the boundaries of science and engineering that you cannot see with the naked eye. Both our fundamental and technological knowledge combine to enable practical applications in enhanced catalysis and advanced electronics.

Octahedra Nanoparticles Silicene Nanowire Phase Transformation Dumbbell Nanoparticle Wavy Nanowires Core/Shell Nanorod Hexagonal Nanoplates Transferred Dielectric Stack Cross-section Giant Magnetoresistance in Graphene Nanoribbons Energy Upconversion Nanocrystals Nanowire Gated Nanoribbon Cross-section Nanowire Masked Graphene Nanoribbon Graphene Nanomesh Nanogap Lithography
  • Colloidal Nanocrystal Synthesis. To control the composition, shape, and material properties of nanostructures, we utilize biomimetic and chemical approaches that dictate crystal nucleation and growth, creating various and complex nanoparticle shapes and heterostructures.
  • Fundamental Phase Transformations. In order to probe the underlying principles that govern the way nanocrystals are synthesized, and then further manipulated, we use our expertise in chemistry, physics, thermodynamics and diffusion to find a greater understanding of how these nanostructures are formed, and how we can manipulate them with greater control and more advantageous properties.
  • Catalysis and Energy Nanomaterials. Nanotechnology has become an indispensable element of material engineering for energy related applications, and in particular catalysis. Efficient and effective energy harvesting and storage greatly benefit from advantages of controlling materials at the nanoscale.
  • Functional Nanodevices. Semiconductor electronics and photonics have been the key driving force of the information technology revolution, but are facing substantial challenge for future growth. We are using synthetic chemistry to produce a wide variety of low-dimensional nanostructures, and further assembling them into functional electronic and photonic systems. 
UCLA, HSSEAS, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
410 Westwood Plaza, 3111 Engineering V
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595
E-mail: yhuang@seas.ucla.edu Tel:(310)794-9589