Yun Yu (PI)

Yun completed his undergraduate studies at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China in 2010. He moved to the U.S. to begin his graduate studies in chemistry with Prof. Michael Mirkin at City University of New York (CUNY). His Ph.D. research focused on developing nanoscale electrochemical approaches for studies of electron-transfer kinetics and electrocatalysis. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2016, Yun joined Prof. Kallie Willets group at Temple University as a postdoc, where he studied surface–plasmon–mediated photochemistry of plasmonic nanoparticles. Yun started his second postdoctoral appointment in Prof. Kwabena Bediako group at UC Berkeley in 2019. His research focused on tuning the electrochemistry of twisted 2D van der Waals heterostructures. In 2022, Yun became an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University.

As the principle investigator, Yun leads a lab with research focusing on leveraging nanoscale electrochemical methods (scanning probe and optical) to understand the energy conversion chemistry of low–dimensional materials. The goal is to gain mechanistic insights of (photo)electrocatalytic reactions and guide the rational design of next–generation materials for energy conversion applications.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

College of Science

George Mason University