Yao YANG, Ph.D.

  • E-mail  yangyao@westlake.edu.cn

“Expand the scope of mind and imagination.”




YAO YANG is born in 1993 in Liaoning, China. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University (2015) and his PhD degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 2021), both in Materials Science and Engineering. He got a joint postdoctoral position in Department of Physics at UCLA and National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a National Science Foundation (NSF) STROBE postdoctoral fellow. He has received Forbes 30 under 30, NSF DMREF Fellowship, Outstanding student award from China Scholarship Council (CSC), Postdoctoral award from Microscopy Society of America. His research has been published in Nature (3), Nature Materials (2), Nature Catalysis etc.


The research in Dr. Yang’s group works at the research frontiers on atomic-level structural studies, with atomic electron tomography (AET) as the main tools. His research mainly focuses on using microscopes solving cutting edge science and technology questions such as:

(1) The high resolution characterization of nano-catalysts and high-entropy materials in different length scale and multi-dimensional characterization in atomic scale.

(2) Development of advanced electron microscopy methods include electron tomography and electron ptychography.

(3) The high-resolution characterization and applications of lithium-based cathode materials in battery.


Our group is recruiting postdoctoral scholars, PhD students as well as research associates. We welcome highly motivated researchers with backgrounds of materials science, condensed matter physics, chemistry, computer science or related field (not essential for PhDs and RAs) to join us. Interested candidates are welcome to send CV to yangyao@westlake.edu.cn