Yuanyuan Zhu

photo Yuanyuan Zhu on June 7, 2022. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)Yuanyuan Zhu
Assistant Professor 
MSE Honors Program Director
Ph.D., Texas A&M University (2013) 

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-009B
Phone: (860) 486-2378
Email: yuanyuan.2.zhu@uconn.edu  Web: https://zhu.mse.uconn.edu


Research Interests

  • Development of new electron microscopy methods and instrumentation
  • Heterogenous catalysis and catalysts’ life cycle
  • In-situ environmental scanning transmission electron microscopy (ESTEM) of solid-gas reactions
  • Nuclear irradiation effects of reactor structural alloys
  • Diffraction Contrast Imaging STEM (DCI STEM) for Metallurgy
  • Atomic-scale perovskite heterostructures and 2D materials
  • Aberration-corrected STEM, low-dose imaging and chemical analysis
  • Computer-aided high throughput image analysis

 Awards & Honors

2020 Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grant, ACS-Petroleum Research Funds
2019 Interdisciplinary Multi-Investigator Materials Proposals (IMMP) grant
2014 Best Presentation Award, International Symposium on Advanced Electron Microscopy for Catalysis, Kloster Seeon, Germany
2011 1st Place Poster Presentation, the National Center for Electron Microscopy Annual Meeting, Berkeley, USA

Recent Publications

K. Pazdernik, N. L. LaHaye, C. M. Artman, Y. Zhu, Microstructural classification of unirradiated LiAlO2 pellets by deep learning methods. Computational Materials Science, 181, 2020, 109728
M. Hu, L. Jin, Y. Zhu, L. Zhang, X. Lu, P. Kerns, X. Su, S. Cao, P. Gao, S. L. Suib, J. He. Self-limiting growth of ligand-free ultrasmall bimetallic nanoparticles on carbon through under temperature reduction for highly efficient methanol electrooxidation and selective hydrogenation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 264, 2020, 118553
M. Hu, W. Yang, H. Tan, L. Jin, L. Zhang, P. Kerns, Y. Dang, S. Dissanayake, S. Schaefer, B. Liu*, Y. Zhu*, S. L. Suib*, J. He*, Template-free Synthesis of Mesoporous and Crystalline Transition Metal Oxide Nanoplates with Abundant Surface Defects. Matter, 2, 2020, 1244-1259
G. Roberts, S. Y. Haile, R. Sainju, D. J. Edwards, B. Hutchinson, Y. Zhu*, Deep Learning for Semantic Segmentation of Defects in Advanced STEM Images of Steels. Scientific reports, 9, 2019, 1-12
W. Jiang, Y. Zhu, L. Zhang, D. J. Edwards, N. R. Overman, G. Nandipati, W. Setyawan, C. H. Henager Jr., & R. J. Kurtz, Dose Rate Effects on Disordering Rate and Void Growth in Self-Ion Irradiated Tungsten. Available at SSRN 3427545, 2019
D. Melzer, G. Mestl, K. Wanninger, Y. Zhu, N. D. Browning, M. Sanchez-Sanchez1, J. A. Lercher, Design and synthesis of highly active MoVTeNb-oxides for ethane oxidative dehydrogenation, Nature Communication, 10, 2019, 1-9
Y. Zhu, C. Ophus, M. B. Toloczko, D. J. Edwards, Towards bend-contour-free dislocation imaging via diffraction contrast STEM, Ultramicroscopy 193, 2018, 12-23
Y. Zhu, P. V. Sushko, E. Jensen, L. Kovarik, D. Melzer, C. Ophus, M. Sanchez-Sanchez, J. A. Lercher and N. D. Browning, Formation of Oxygen Radical Sites on MoVNbTeOx by Cooperative Electron Redistribution, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 2017, 12342-12345
Y. Zhu, N. D. Browning, The Role of Gas Environment in Determining Image Contrast and Resolution in In-situ Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. Chemcatchem, 9, 2017, 3478-3485
Y. Zhu, Q. M. Ramasse, M. Brorson, P. G. Moses, L. P. Hansen, H. Topsøe, C. F. Kisielowski and S. Helveg, Location of Co and Ni promoter atoms in multi-layer MoS2 nanocrystals for hydrotreating catalysis. Catalysis Today, 261, 2016, 75-81
Y. Zhu, C. J. Munro, M. J. Olszta, D. J. Edwards, A. B. Braunschweig, M. R. Knecht and N. D. Browning, Dose-rate controlled energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopic mapping of the metallic components in a biohybrid nanosystem. Semiconductor Science and Technology, 31, 2016, 084002-084008
D. Melzer, P. Xu, D. Hartmann, Y. Zhu, N. D. Browning, M. Sanchez-Sanchez and J. A. Lercher, Atomic-scale determination of active facets on the MoVTeNb oxide M1 phase and their intrinsic catalytic activity for ethane oxidative dehydrogenation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55, 2016, 8873–8877
W. Zhang, M. Li, A. Chen, L. Li, Y. Zhu, Z. Xia, P. Lu, P. Boullay, L. Wu, Y. Zhu, J. L MacManus-Driscoll, Q. Jia, H. Zhou, J. Narayan, X. Zhang and H. Wang, Two-dimensional layered oxide structures tailored by self-assembled layer stacking via interfacial strain. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 8, 2016, 16845-16851
Y. Zhu, Q. M. Ramasse, M. Brorson, P. G. Moses, L. P. Hansen, C. F. Kisielowski and S. Helveg, Visualizing the stoichiometry of industrial-style Co-Mo-S catalysts with single-atom sensitivity. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53, 2014, 10723-10727
Y. Zhu, L. Chen, J. Ciston and H. Wang, Atomic-Scale Investigations of Intrinsic Chemical Inhomogeneity in Superconducting Fe1.10Te0.45Se0.55 Epitaxial Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117, 2013, 7170-7177
Y. Zhu, A. Chen, H. Zhou, J. Narayan, Q. Jia, J. MacManus-Driscoll and H. Wang, Research Updates: Epitaxial strain relaxation and associated interfacial reconstructions: the driving force for creating new structures with integrated functionality. Applied Physics Letters-Materials, 1, 2013, 050702-050713
Y. Zhu, C. Ophus, J. Ciston and H. Wang, Interface lattice displacement measurement to 1 pm by geometric phase analysis on aberration-corrected HAADF STEM images. Acta Materialia, 61, 2013, 5646-5663.
Y. Zhu, C. Song, A. Minor and H. Wang, Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy investigation of dislocation core configurations at a SrTiO3/MgO heterogeneous interface. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 19, 2013, 706-715
Y. Zhu, C. Tsai, J. Wang, H. Wang, C. Varanasi, J. Burke, L.Brunke and P. Barnes, Interfacial defects distribution and strain coupling in the vertically aligned nanocomposite YBa2Cu3O7-x/ BaSnO3 thin films. Journal of Materials Research, 27, 2012, 1763-1769
Y. Zhu, C. Tsai and H. Wang, Atomic interface sequence, misfit strain relaxation and intrinsic flux-pinning defects in different YBa2Cu3O7-δ heterogeneous systems. Superconductor Science and Technology, 26, 2013, 025009-0250019