Faculty & Research

Jihui Yang

Kyocera Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Jihui Yang

  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2000
  • M.S. Radiological Physics, Wayne State University 1994
  • M.S. Physics, University of Oregon 1991
  • B.S. Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 1989

Jihui Yang joins Materials Science & Engineering from the Electrochemical Energy Research Laboratory at the General Motors R&D Center, where he was lab group manager and GM Technical Fellow. At GM, Yang specialized in automotive energy efficiency and fuel economy improvement and led GM’s advanced thermoelectric materials study, GM’s advanced battery electrodes and electrolyte development, and battery post-mortem analysis.

Yang’s research focuses on materials for energy storage and conversion. He works with novel materials for high efficiency thermoelectric energy conversion to design and implement the next generation automotive thermoelectric generator, and on advanced battery electrode materials.

In the past five years he has authored or co-authored 34 papers with nearly 1000 citations and three book chapters; presented 41 invited talks at the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, International Conference on Thermoelectrics, MS&T, NSF workshops, universities, national labs, government agencies, industries, and other international conferences; and has been granted eight patents.

Yang was a participant in the National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and has received the US Department of Energy Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) award, and the John M. Campbell Award for outstanding contributions to pure or applied science.