Yue Wu

  • Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor
  • Director of Research

Main Office

2033 Sweeney
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515-294-0702


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Harvard University, 2006
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2001

Interest Areas

  • Bulk Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials for Solid-State Cooling and Power Generation
  • Thermal Transport in 1D and 2D Nanomaterials
  • Reactive Metal-Support Interaction in 2D Nanomaterial Catalysis
  • Nanomaterial-Incorporated Cyborgcells With Functions Controlled by External Thermal, Electrical, and Photo Stimuli
Research Projects Our group addresses the challenges in bulk nanostructured composite materials. Our research includes the rational design, scalable synthesis, hierarchical assembly, and controlled consolidation of molecular nanostructured materials, elucidation of the fundamental electronic, thermal, catalytic, and mechanical properties of these bulk nanocomposite materials, and exploration of new fundamental science and potential engineering device applications. For details, please visit our group’s website here. Teaching Spring Semester 2018
  • Ch E 357, Transport Phenomena II


Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • "40 Under 40" award, Midwest Energy News, 2017
  • Miller Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley 2006-2009
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • One of the two invited speakers from United States (totally ten worldwide) for Japan Nano 2013 sponsored by Japan National Institute of Materials Sciences and Japan Ministry of Education, 2013
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award, 2005
  • "2014 Emerging Investigators," selected by Journal of Materials Chemistry A (Materials for Energy and Sustainability) to recognize the very best work from materials chemists in the early stages of their independent career.
  • “Rising Star” selected by U.S. Council of Chemical Research, 2015.
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award from American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2016.
Work Experience
  • 2009-2014; Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University (received an early promotion to tenured associate professor in April 2014).
  • 2006-2009; Miller Research Fellow, University of California at Berkeley.
Professional Memberships
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Materials Research Society

Selected Publications

  • Yang, Haoran; Finefrock, Scott W.; Caballero, Jonatan D. Albarracin; Wu, Yue* “Environmentally benign synthesis of ultra-thin metal telluride nanowires”, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 10242-10245.
  • Yang, Haoran; Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Day, Tristan; Mohammed, Amr M. S.; Min, Bokki; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Shakouri, Ali; Wu, Yue* “Composition Modulation of Ag2Te Nanowires for Tunable Electrical and Thermal Properties”, Nano Letters, 2014, 14, 5398-5404.
  • Finefrock, Scott W.; Wu, Yue* “Inorganic Nanostructured Composite-based Thermoelectrics”, invited review for Volume 6 of the Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2015, 6, 247-266.
  • Yang, Haoran; Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Day, Tristan; Mohammed, Amr M. S.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Shakouri, Ali; Wu, Yue* “Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties in Bulk Nanowire Heterostructure-Based Nanocomposites through Minority Carrier Blocking”, Nano Letters, 2015, 15, 1349-1355.
  • Sun, Yanming; Fang, Haiyu; Pan, Lujun; Han, Meng; Xu, Shen; Wang, Xinwei; Wu, Yue* “Impact of Surface-Bound Small Molecules on the Thermoelectric Property of Self-Assembled Ag2Te Nanocrystal Thin Films", Nano Letters, 2015, 15, 3748-3756.
  • Xu,Biao; Li, Haoyi; Yang, Hao; Xiang, Wentian; Zhou, Gang; Wu, Yue*; Wang, Xun* “Colloidal 2D-0D lateral Nanoheterostructures: a Case Study of Site-Selective Growth of CdS Nanodots onto Bi2Se3 Nanosheets”, Nano Letters, 2015, 15, 4200-4205.
  • Lee, Jaewon; Zhu, Huazhang; Yadav, Gautam; Caruthers, James; Wu, Yue* “Porous Ternary Complex Metal Oxide Nanoparticles Converted from Core/Shell Nanoparticles”, Nano Research, 2016, 4, 996-1004. Selected as Paper of the Month Prize.
  • Biao Xu, Matthias T. Agne, Tianli Feng, Thomas C. Chasapis, Xiulin Ruan, Yilong Zhou, Haimei Zheng, Je-Hyeong Bahk, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Gerald Jeffrey Snyder, Yue Wu,* "Nanocomposites from Solution-Synthesized PbTe-BiSbTe Nanoheterostructure with Unity Figure of Merit at Low-Medium Temperatures (500–600 K), " Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, Issue 3, January 25, 2017.
  • Dr. Biao Xu, Tianli Feng, Matthias T. Agne, Prof. Dr. Lin Zhou, Prof. Dr. Xiulin Ruan, Prof. Dr. G. Jeffrey Snyder, Prof. Dr. Yue Wu,* "Highly Porous Thermoelectric Nanocomposites with Low Thermal Conductivity and High Figure of Merit from Large-Scale Solution-Synthesized Bi2Te2.5Se0.5 Hollow Nanostructures," Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 56, Issue 6, February 1, 2017.