Yuanyuan Zhu

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

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: 1015
Phone: (860) 486-2378
Email: yuanyuan.2.zhu@uconn.edu  Web: https://zhu.mse.uconn.edu


Research Interests

  • Advanced Materials for Fusion Energy and Reactor Safety
  • Heterogenous Catalysts for Clean Energy
  • Materials Transformation Under Extreme Conditions
  • In-situ/Operando Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Deep Learning for Materials Science

 Awards & Honors

2023 NSF Early Career award
2022 DOE Early Career award
2020 Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) award, American Chemical Society

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