Yi Yu


Yi Yu    Associate Professor、PI
InstituteSchool of Physical Science and Technology
Research AreaElectron Microscopy, Atomic Structure of Materials
Contact Info.yuyi1@shanghaitech.edu.cn

2004.9-2008.7, B.S., Materials Physics, University of Science and Technology Beijing
2008.9-2013.7, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University
2014.1-2017.1, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley          2017.1-2023.7, Assistant Professor, PI, School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University 

2023.8-present, Associate Professor, PI, School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University

Research Interests
1. Materials: Microstructure study of electron beam-sensitive materials using low dose aberration-corrected electron microscopy, unraveling the relationship between the structure and physical/chemical property on atomic-level. The interested materials include halide perovskite, lithium metal, etc.
2. Methods: Development of experimental and theoretical methods on low dose imaging and spectroscopy.     


Spring: MSE 1583 Physical Properties of Materials (Undergraduate)

Fall: MSE 1713 Electron Microscopy (Undergraduate)

Selected Publications

Independent Publications:


1.     X. Hu, Y. Lu, Y. Chen, Z. Wang, Y. Huang, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. High-quality TEM Specimen Preparation for Lithium-ion Conducting Solid Electrolytes by Low-energy Ion Milling. Ultramicroscopy 253, 113823 (2023).

2.     M. Fu, H. Dou, W. Zhai, B. Hou, C. Wu, W. Meng, N. Wu, Z. Zhang, T.-C. Weng*, Y. Yu*, H.-T. Wang*. Enhancing UV‑C Photoelectron Lifetimes for Avalanche-like Photocurrents in Carbon-Doped Bi3O4Cl Nanosheets. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 15, 32525 (2023).

3.     X. Luo, R. Hao, H. Wang, W. Zhai, Z. Wang, Z. Ning, Y. Yu*. Unraveling the Microstructure of Inorganic Halide Perovskites during Thermally Driven Phase Transition and Degradation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 127, 11632 (2023).

4.     Y. Wang, L. Wang, Y. Chen, X. Hu, Y. Yu, N. Yang. Effect of Surface Defect Engineering on Proton Conductivity in Yttrium-Doped Barium Zirconate Thin Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 127, 8937 (2023).

5.     C. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Z. Nie, C. Wu, T. Gao, N. Yang, Y. YuY. Cui, Y. Gao, W. Liu. Double Perovskite La2MnNiO6 as a High‐Performance Anode for Lithium‐Ion Batteries. Advanced Science 10, 2300506 (2023).

6.     X. Luo, W. Liu, Z. Wang, T. Lei, P. Yang*, Y. Yu*. Thermally Driven Phase Transition of Halide Perovskites Revealed by Big Data-powered in situ Electron Microscopy. Journal of Chemical Physics 158, 134705 (2023). (Editor’s Picks)

7.     S. Chen, X. Hu, L. Nie, Y. YuW. Liu. Recycling of Garnet Solid Electrolytes with Lithium-dendrite Penetration by Thermal Healing. Science China Materials 66, 2192 (2023).

8.     H. Yang, X. Wang, Q. Liu, A. Huang, X. Zhang, Y. YuZ. Zhuang, G. Li, Y. Li, Q. Peng, X. Chen, H. Xiao, C. Chen. Heterogeneous Iridium Single-Atom Molecular-like Catalysis for Epoxidation of Ethylene. Journal of the American Chemical Society 145, 6658 (2023).

9.     C. Wu, H. Shi, L. Zhao, X. Chen, X. Zhang, C. Zhang, J. Yu, Y. Lv, R. Wei, T. Gao, J. Xie, Y. YuW. Liu. High‐Performance Aqueous Zn2+/Al3+ Electrochromic Batteries based on Niobium Tungsten Oxides. Advanced Functional Materials 33, 2214886 (2023).

10.  Y. Ma, L. Yang, X. Hu, M. Zhang, G. Qu, X. Bai, H. Sun, F. Zhu, X. Zhong, X. Chen, Z. Xu, Y. YuZ. Huang. Multielementary Alloy Chiral Nanoparticles with Strong Optical Activities. Advanced Optical Materials 2300696 (2023).

11.  L. Wang, X. Li, X. Hu, S. Chen, Z. Qiu, Y. Wang, H. Zhang, Y. Yu, B. Yang, Y. Yang, P. Orgiani, C. Aruta, N. Yang. Grain Boundary Boosting the Thermal Stability of Pt/CeO2 Thin Films. Nano Research 16, 3278 (2023).

12.  Y. Zhang, W. Zhai, X. Hu, Y. Jiang, S. Chen, Y. Zhang, W. Liu*, Y. Yu*. Application of Auger Electron Spectroscopy in Lithium-ion Conducting Oxide Solid Electrolytes. Nano Research 16, 4039 (2023).

13.  X. Hu, S. Chen, Z. Wang, Y. Chen, B. Yuan, Y. Zhang, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. Microstructure of the Li–Al–O Second Phases in Garnet Solid Electrolytes. Nano Letters 23, 887 (2023).



1.     X. Guan, S. Ersan, X. Hu, T. L. Atallah, Y. Xie, S. Lu, B. Cao, J. Sun, K. Wu, Y. Huang, X. Duan, J. R. Caram, Y. Yu, J. O. Park, C. Liu. Maximizing light-driven CO2 and N2 fixation efficiency in quantum dot–bacteria hybrids. Nature Catalysis 5, 1019 (2022).

2.     Y. Zhang, S. Chen, Y. Zhang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Improving Performances of Oxide Solid Electrolytes by a Magnetic Field for All-solid-state Lithium-metal Batteries. Applied Physics Letters 121, 173903 (2022).

3.     C. Zhang, X. Hu, Z. Nie, C. Wu, N. Zheng, S. Chen, Y. Yang, R. Wei, J. Yu, N. Yang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. High-performance Ta-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 Garnet Oxides with AlN Additive. Journal of Advanced Ceramics 11, 1530 (2022).

4.     Y. Lu, H. Wang, Y. Chen, Akriti, X. Hu, L. Dou, Q. Mi, Z. Ning, Y. Yu*. Focused Ion Beam Preparation of Halide Perovskite Microscopy Specimens: Evaluation of the Beam Induced Damage. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 34, 414004 (2022).

5.     S. Chen, L. Nie, X. Hu, Y. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Ultrafast Sintering for Ceramic-Based All-Solid-State Lithium-Metal Batteries. Advanced Materials 34, 2200430 (2022).

6.     B. Yuan, Z. Hua, S. Jia, Y. Lu, E. Shi, Y. Yu*. Graphene Protection Improves the Stability of Two-dimensional Halide Perovskites under the Electron Irradiation. Microscopy Research & Technique 85, 3582 (2022).

7.     Y. Shi, L. Yuan, Z. Liu*, Y. Lu, B. Yuan, W. Shen, B. Xue, Y. Zhang, Y. Qian, F. Li, X. Zhang, Y. Liu, Y. Wang, L. Wang, J. Yuan, L. -S. Liao, B. Yang*, Y. Yu*, W. Ma*. In Situ Growth of Strained Matrix on CsPbI3 Perovskite Quantum Dots for Balanced Conductivity and Stability. ACS Nano 16, 10534 (2022).

8.     X. Zhang, W. Zhai, L. Fan, F. Kim, Y. Yu*. In Situ Electron Microscopy Study of the Dynamics of Liquid Flow in Confined Cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 14, 28882 (2022).

9.  J. Wu, Z. Nie, R. Xie, X. Hu, Y. Yu, N. Yang. Self-assembled Pt–CoFe Layered Double Hydroxides for Efficient Alkaline Water/Seawater Splitting by Spontaneous Redox Synthesis. Journal of Power Sources 532, 231353 (2022).

10.  Y. Zhang, Y. Song, Y. Lu, Z. Zhang, Y. Wang, Y. Yang, Q. Dong, Y. Yu, P. Qin, F. Huang. Thermochromic Cs2AgBiBr6 Single Crystal with Decreased Band Gap through Order-Disorder Transition. Small 18, 2201943 (2022).

11.  N. Zheng, X. Zhang, C. Zhang, X. Hu, J. Pan, C. Wu, Y. He, X. Zhang, L. Dong, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Dynamic Salt Capsulated Synthesis of Carbon Materials in Air. Matter 5, 1603 (2022).

12.  Y. Zuo, Z. Wang, H. Zhao, L. Zhao, L. Zhang, B. Yi, W. Bao, Y. Zhang, L. Su, Y. Yu, J. Xie. Synthesis of a Spatially Confined, Highly Durable, and Fully Exposed Pd Cluster Catalyst via Sequential Site-Selective Atomic Layer Deposition. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 14, 14466 (2022).

13.  X. Cao, A. Huang, C. Liang, H. -C. Chen, T. Han, R. Lin, Q. Peng, Z. Zhuang, R. Shen, H. M. Chen, Y. Yu, C. Chen, Y. Li. Engineering Lattice Disorder on a Photocatalyst: Photochromic BiOBr Nanosheets Enhance Activation of Aromatic C–H Bonds via Water Oxidation. Journal of the American Chemical Society 144, 3386 (2022).

14.  N. Zheng, C. Liang, C. Wu, X. Zhang, W. Zhai, M. Liu, H. Wei, C. Zhang, L. Dong, Y. Yu, W. Liu, L. Yao. Circumferential Li Metal Deposition at High Rates Enabled by the Synergistic Effect of a Lithiophilic and Ionic Conductive Network. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 10, 5391 (2022).

15.  W. Zhai, B. Yuan, Y. Fan, Y. Zhang, X. Zhang, Y. Ma, W. Liu*, Y. Yu*. Microstructure of Lithium Dendrites Revealed by Room-Temperature Electron Microscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society 144, 4124 (2022).

       JACS Spotlights: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.2c02527


16.  B. Yuan, Y. Yu*. High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy of Beam-sensitive Halide Perovskites. Chem 8, 327 (2022).

17.  C. Wu, Z. Shao, W. Zhai, X. Zhang, C. Zhang, C. Zhu, Y. Yu*, W. Liu*. Niobium Tungsten Oxides for Electrochromic Devices with Long-Term Stability. ACS Nano 16, 2621(2022).

18.  K. Li, S. Zhang, X. Zhang, S. Liu, H. Jiang, T. Jiang, C. Shen, Y. Yu, W. Chen. Atomic Tuning of Single-Atom Fe–N–C Catalysts with Phosphorus for Robust Electrochemical CO2 Reduction. Nano Letters 22, 1557 (2022).

19.  L. Xie, M. Yan, T. Liu, K. Gong, X. Luo, B. Qiu, J. Zeng, Q. Liang, S. Zhou, Y. He, W. Zhang, Y. Jiang, Y. Yu, J. Tang, K. Liang, D. Zhao, B. Kong. Kinetics-Controlled Super-Assembly of Asymmetric Porous and Hollow Carbon Nanoparticles as Light-Sensitive Smart Nanovehicles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 144, 1634 (2022).

20.  Z. Wang, Y. Yu*. Revealing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Different Chemical States of Lithium by EELS Analysis Using Non-negative Matrix Factorization. Micron 154, 103213 (2022).





1.     S. Chen, X. Hu, W. Bao, Z. Wang, Q. Yang, L. Nie, X. Zhang, J. Zhang, Y. Jiang, Y. Han, C. Wan, J. Xie, Y. Yu*, W. Liu*. Low-sintering-temperature Garnet Oxides by Conformal Sintering-aid Coating.Cell Reports Physical Science 2, 100569 (2021).

2.     X. Zhang, W. Liu, Z. Chen, Y. Huang, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. Pitfalls in Electrochemical Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy for Dendrite Observation. Advanced Energy & Sustainability Research 2100160 (2021).

3.     Y. Guo, Y. Lin, K. Xie, B. Yuan, J. Zhu, P.-C. Shen, A.-Y. Lu, C. Su, E. Shi, K. Zhang, C. HuangFu, H. Xu, Z. Cai, J.-H. Park, Q. Ji, J. Wang, X. Dai, X. Tian, S. Huang, L. Dou, L. Jiao, J. Li, Y. Yu, J.-C. Idrobo, T. Cao, T. Palacios, J. Kong. Designing Artificial Two-dimensional Landscapes via Atomic-layer Substitution.  PNAS118, e2106124118 (2021).

4.     G. Zhang, R. Long, Y. Lu, S. Zhang, W. Zhao, Y. Yu, Q. Mi, P. Qin, F. Huang. Calcium-Assisted In Situ Formation of Perovskite Nanocrystals for Luminescent Green and Blue Emitters. ACS Applied Nano Materials 4, 14303 (2021).

5.     S. Chen, J. Zhang, L. Nie, X. Hu, Y. Huang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. All-Solid-State Batteries with a Limited Lithium Metal Anode at Room Temperature using a Garnet-Based Electrolyte. Advanced Materials 33, 2002325 (2021).

6.     L. Nie, C. Liang, S. Chen, Y. He, W. Liu, H. Zhao, T. Gao, Z. Sun, Q. Hu, Y. Zhang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Improved Electrochemical Performance of Li-Rich Layered Oxide Cathodes Enabled by a Two-Step Heat Treatment. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13, 13281 (2021).

7.     J. Wu, R. Xie, X. Hu, Z. Nie, Y. Shi, Y. Yu, N. Yang. High-performance Overall Water Splitting Based on Amorphous Iron Doped Cobalt Tungstate via Facile Co-precipitation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 9, 9753 (2021).

8.     L. Nie, Z. Wang, X. Zhao, S. Chen, Y. He, H. Zhao, T. Gao, Y. Zhang, L. Dong, F. Kim, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Cation/Anion Codoped and Cobalt-Free Li-Rich Layered Cathode for High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries. Nano Letters 21, 8370 (2021).

9.     R. Xie, Z. Nie, X. Hu, Y. Yu, C. Aruta, N. Yang. Pr-Doped LaCoO3 toward Stable and Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction. ACS Applied Energy Materials 4, 9057 (2021).

10.  X. Luo, W. Liu, Z. Wang, C. Liang, X. He, Y. Yu*. Probing the Formation of Lithium Metal in an Inert Atmosphere by Big Data-Driven In Situ Electron Microscopy. ACS Applied Energy Materials 4, 7226 (2021).

11.  S. Chen, J. Zhang, Z. Wang, L. Nie, X. Hu, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Electrocatalytic NiCo2O4 Nanofiber Arrays on Carbon Cloth for Flexible and High-Loading Lithium−Sulfur Batteries. Nano Letters 21, 5285 (2021).

12.  X. Zhang, W. Liu, H. Li, S. Xia, C.-K. Tsung, H. Liu, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. In Situ Probing the Kinetics of Gold Nanoparticle Thermal Sintering in Liquids: Implications for Ink-Jet Printing. ACS Applied Nano Materials 4, 2538 (2021).

13.  X. Zhang, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. The Effects of Local Strain on The Cubic Li7La3Zr2O12(001)/Li(001) Interface: A First-principles Study. Solid State Ionics 360, 115546 (2021).

14.  X. Yang, S. Lu, J. Peng, X. Hu, N. Wu, C. Wu, C. Zhang, Y. Huang, Y. Yu, H. -T. Wang. Ambipolar Two-dimensional Bismuth Nanostructures in Junction with Bismuth Oxychloride. Nano Research 14, 1103 (2021).

15.  Akriti, E. Shi, S. B. Shiring, J. Yang, C. L. Atencio-Martinez, B. Yuan, X. Hu, Y. Gao, B. P. Finkenauer, A. J. Pistone, Y. Yu, P. Liao, B. M. Savoie, L. Dou. Layer-by-layer Anionic Diffusion in Two-dimensional Halide Perovskite Vertical Heterostructures. Nature Nanotechnology 16584 (2021).


16.  Y. Wang, B. An, B. Xue, J. Pu, X. Zhang, Y. Huang, Y. Yu, Y. Cao, C. Zhong. Living Materials Fabricated via Gradient Mineralization of Light-inducible Biofilms. Nature Chemical Biology 17, 351 (2021).


12.  C. Liang, X. Zhang, S. Xia, Z. Wang, J. Wu, B. Yuan, X. Luo, W. Liu, W. Liu, Y. Yu*. Unravelling the Room-temperature Atomic Structure and Growth Kinetics of Lithium Metal. Nature Communications 11, 5367 (2020).

Nature Communications, Editors' Highlightshttps://www.nature.com/collections/wtpqpqpgwd

Nature, Research Highlightshttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03029-2


11.  S. Chen, J. Zhang, L. Nie, X. Hu, Y. Huang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. All-Solid-State Batteries with a Limited Lithium Metal Anode at Room Temperature using a Garnet-Based Electrolyte. Adv. Mater. 33, 2002325 (2020).

10. S. Xia, X. Zhang, H. Zhao, J. Xie, L. -Y. Chou, Y. Yu, W. Liu. High-performance Three-dimensional Li Anode Scaffold Enabled by Homogeneous Zn Nanoclusters. Small 16, 2001257 (2020).

9. R. Xie, X. Hu, Y. Shi, Z. Nie, N. Zhang, E. Traversa, Y. Yu, N. Yang. Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Activity of CoO-La0.7Sr0.3MnO3–δ Heterostructured Thin Film. ACS Applied Energy Materials 3, 7988 (2020).

8. L. Wang, R. Shi, Y. Lu, Y. Yu*. Rapid Defect Characterization: The Efficiency of Diffraction Contrast-Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. Microscopy Research & Technique 83, 1604 (2020).

7. X. Zhang, X. Zhang, B. Yuan, C. Liang, Y. Yu*. Atomic-scale Study of Nanocatalysts by Aberration-corrected Electron Microscopy. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 32, 413004 (2020). (Topical Review)  

6. E. Shi#, B. Yuan#, S. B. Shiring, Y. Gao, Akriti, Y. Guo, C. Su, M. Lai, P. Yang, J. Kong, B. M. Savoie*, Y. Yu*, L. Dou*.Two-dimensional Halide Perovskite Lateral Epitaxial Heterostructures. Nature 580, 614 (2020). 


5.  S. Zhang, J. P. H. Li, J. Zhao, D. Wu, B. Yuan, W. Y. Hernandez, W. -J. Zhou, T. He,  Y. Yu, Y. Yang, V. Ordomsky, T. Li. Direct aerobic oxidation of monoalcohols and diols to acetals using tandem Ru@MOF catalysts. Nano Research 14, 479 (2020).

4. B. Yuan, E. Shi, C. Liang, L. Dou, Y. Yu*. Structural Damage of Two-Dimensional Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites. Inorganics 8, 13 (2020).

3. Y. Yu*. Towards Atomic-scale Electron Microscopy Characterization of Single Molecular Catalysts. Catalysis Today 350, 192 (2020).

2. S. Xia, X. Zhang, C. Liang, Y. Yu, W. Liu. Stabilized Lithium Metal Anode by An Efficient Coating for High-performance Li–S Batteries. Ener. Stor. Mater. 24, 329 (2020).

1. Z. Niu, S. Chen, Y. Yu, T. Lei, A. Dehestani, K. Schierle-Arndt, P. Yang. Morphology-controlled Transformation of Cu@Au Core-shell Nanowires into Thermally Stable Cu3Au Intermetallic Nanowires. Nano Research 13, 2564 (2020).


7. Y. Gao, E. Shi, S. Deng, S. B. Shiring, J. M. Snaider, C. Liang, B. Yuan, R. Song, S. M. Janke, A. Liebman-Pelaez, P. Yoo, M. Zeller, B. W. Boudouris, P. Liao, C. Zhu, V. Blum, Y. Yu, B. M. Savoie, L. Huang, L. Dou. Molecular Engineering of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites Quantum Wells. Nature Chemistry 11, 1151 (2019).

6. C. Liang, Y. Yu*. Understanding The Formation of Multiply Twinned Structure in Decahedral Intermetallic Nanoparticles. IUCrJ 6, 447 (2019).

5. X. Wu, S. Xia, Y. Huang, X. Hu, B. Yuan, S. Chen, Y. Yu, W. Liu. High-Performance, Low-Cost, and Dense-Structure Electrodes with High Mass Loading for Lithium-Ion Batteries. Adv. Func. Mater, 1903961 (2019).

4. S. He, L. Chen, J. Cui, B. Yuan, H. Wang, F. Wang, Y. Yu, Y. Lee, T. Li. General Way To Construct Micro- and Mesoporous Metal-Organic Framework-Based Porous Liquids. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 19708 (2019).

3. D. Zhao, Z. Chen, W. Yang, S. Liu, X. Zhang, Y. Yu, W.-C. Cheong, L. Zheng, F. Ren, G. Ying, X. Cao, D. Wang, Q. Peng, G. Wang, C. Chen. MXene (Ti3C2) Vacancy-Confined Single-Atom Catalyst for Efficient Functionalization of CO2J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 4086 (2019).

2. E. Shi, S. Deng, B. Yuan, Y. Gao, Akriti, L. Yuan, C. S. Davis, D. Zemlyanov, Y. Yu, L. Huang, L. Dou. Extrinsic and Dynamic Edge States of Two-Dimensional Lead Halide Perovskites. ACS Nano 13, 1635 (2019). 

1. S. He, H. Wang, C. Zhang, S. Zhang, Y. Yu, Y. Lee, T. Li. A generalizable method for the construction of MOF@polymer functional composites through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. Chemical Science 10, 1816 (2019).


5. H. Zhang, H. Liu, Z. Tian, D. Lu, Y. Yu, S. Cestellos-Blanco, K. K. Sakimoto, P. Yang. Bacteria photosensitized by intracellular gold nanoclusters for solar fuel production. Nature Nanotechnology 13, 900 (2018).

4. Q. Kong, W. Lee, M. Lai, C. G. Bischak, G. Gao, A. B. Wong, T. Lei, Y. Yu, L. –W. Wang, N. S. Ginsberg, P. Yang. Phase-transition-induced p-n junction in single halide perovskite nanowire. PNAS 115, 8889 (2018). 

3. M. Hu, S. Zhao, S. Liu, C. Chen, W. Chen, W. Zhu, C. Liang, W.-C. Cheong, Y. Wang, Y. Yu, Q. Peng, K. Zhou, J. Li, Y. Li. MOF-Confined Sub-2 nm Atomically Ordered Intermetallic PdZn Nanoparticles as High-Performance Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation of Acetylene. Adv. Mater. 30, 1801878 (2018).

2. T. Lei, M. Lai, Q. Kong, D. Lu, W. Lee, L. Dou, V. Wu, Y. Yu, P. Yang. Electrical and Optical Tunability in All-Inorganic Halide Perovskite Alloy Nanowires. Nano Lett. 18, 3538 (2018).

1. A. B. Wong, Y. Bekenstein, J. Kang, C. S Kley, D. Kim, N. A. Gibson, D. Zhang, Y. Yu, S. R. Leone, L. –W. Wang, A. P. Alivisatos, P. Yang. Strongly Quantum Confined Colloidal Cesium Tin Iodide Perovskite Nanoplates: Lessons for Reducing Defect Density and Improving Stability. Nano Lett. 18, 2060 (2018).


1. Y. Li, Y. Li, A. Pei, K. Yan, Y. Sun, C. –L. Wu, L. –M. Joubert, R. Chin, A. L. Koh, Y. Yu, J. Perrino, B. Butz, S. Chu, Y. Cui. Atomic Structure of Sensitive Battery Materials and Interfaces Revealed by Cryo-electron Microscopy. Science 358, 506 (2017).

Selected Publications Before 2017 (PhD and Postdoc):

1. Y. Yu, D. Zhang, P. Yang. Ruddlesden-Popper Phase in Two-Dimensional Inorganic Halide Perovskites: A Plausible Model and the Supporting Observations. Nano Lett. 17, 5489, 2017.

2. Y. Yu, D. Zhang, C. Kisielowski, L. Dou, N. Kornienko, Y. Bekenstein, A. B. Wong, A. P. Alivisatos, P. Yang. Atomic Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites. Nano Lett. 16, 7530, 2016.

3. D. Zhang#, Y. Yu#, Y. Bekenstein#, A. B. Wong, A. P. Alivisatos, P. Yang. Ultrathin Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 13155, 2016. (# equal contribution)

4. Z. Niu, N. Becknell, Y. Yu, D. Kim, C. Chen, N. Kornienko, G. A. Somorjai, P. Yang. Anisotropic Phase Segregation and Migration of Pt in Nanocrystals En Route to Nanoframe Catalysts. Nature Materials 15, 1188, 2016.

5. Y. Yu, F. Cui, J. Sun, P. Yang. Atomic Structure of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires. Nano Lett. 16, 3078, 2016.

6. L. Dou#, A. B. Wong#, Y. Yu#, M. Lai, N. Kornienko, S. W. Eaton, A. Fu, C. G. Bischak, J. Ma, T. Ding, N. S. Ginsberg, L.-W. Wang, A. P. Alivisatos, P. Yang. Atomically Thin Two-dimensional Organic-inorganic Hybrid Perovskites. Science 349, 1518, 2015. (# equal contribution)

7. Y. Yu, X. Zhang, Y. G. Zhao, N. Jiang, R. Yu, J. W. Wang, C. Fan, X. F. Sun, J. Zhu. Atomic-scale Study of Topological Vortex-like Domain Pattern in Multiferroic Hexagonal Manganites. Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 032901, 2013.