Yue Wu

  • Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor

Main Office

2033 Sweeney
Ames, IA 50011-2230
Phone: 515-294-0702


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

Interest Areas

  • Advanced Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterization
  • Nanostructured Materials for Waste Heat Recovery and Solid-State Cooling Through Thermoelectric Effect
  • Nanostructured Phase Transition Materials for Energy Storage
  • Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Thermal Interface
  • Nano-Mechanics

Research Projects

Our group addresses the challenges in broadly-defined bulk nanostructured composite materials. Our highly interdisciplinary research program includes the design, synthesis, characterization, assembly, and sintering of nanostructured materials; elucidation of the fundamental electronic, thermal, magnetic, mechanical, and other physical properties of these bulk nanocomposite materials; and exploration of new applications towards the highly-efficient harvest, storage, manipulation, and conversion of thermal energy. For details, please visit our group’s website here. Teaching Fall Semester 2017
  • Ch E 210, Material & Energy Balances (Section A)


Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • 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.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201605140/full
  • 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. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201612041/full