Yidan Cao 曹译丹


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Prof. Yidan Cao currently is a faculty member at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). She graduated with the honor of Outstanding Graduate from Tsinghua University and received B.E. degree in 2011 and Ph.D. degree in 2016. She has been a visiting scholar at MIT in USA from 2013 to 2014, and has been a Killam Laureates Postdoctoral Scholar at Dalhousie University in Canada from 2016 to 2019. She has been a collaborator with some world-leading companies including BASF and 3M. With extensive interdisciplinary experience in catalysis, electrochemistry, materials science, and energy storage technologies, Dr. Yidan Cao’s lab primarily focuses on materials’ architecture design and devices’ development in electrochemical system, aiming to not only create new and efficient materials with advanced architectures for applications in energy storage and conversion, but also enrich the fundamental chemistry understanding in materials science.


Research Experience and Expertise

Materials development and characterization techniques in electrochemistry, catalysis and energy storage areas

Research Interest

Materials’ Architecture Design

Lithium-ion Battery

Solid State Ionics

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Electrochemical Devices


Ph.D. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China 2011-2016

B.E. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China 2007-2011

Professional Experience

Killam Laureates Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Physics & Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Canada 2016-2019

Visiting Scholar, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, USA 2013-2014

Representative Publications

Published more than 20 papers in prestigious journals with H-index of 11. Selected publications:

1. Mechanofusion-Derived Si-alloy/Graphite Composite Electrode Materials for Li-ion Batteries. Y Cao, T.D. Hatchard, R.A. Dunlap, M.N. Obrovac. .Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 7, 8335-8343, 2019.

2. A simple synthesis route for high-capacity SiOx anode materials with tunable oxygen content for lithium-ion batteries. Y Cao, J. Craig Bennett, R.A. Dunlap, M.N. Obrovac. Chemistry of Materials, 30 (21), 7418–7422, 2018.

3. Comparative study of ageing condition effects on Pd/Ce0.5Zr0.5O2 and Pd/Al2O3 catalysts: Catalytic activity, palladium nanoparticle structure and Pd-support interaction. Y Cao, R Ran, X Wu, B Zhao, J Wan, D Weng. Applied Catalysis A: General, 457, 52-61, 2013.

4. Ageing resistance of rhodium supported on CeO2–ZrO2 and ZrO2: Rhodium nanoparticle structure and Rh–support interaction under diverse ageing atmosphere. Y Cao, R Ran, X Wu, X Wu, J Wan, D Weng. Catalysis Today, 281, 490-499, 2017.

5. A new insight into the effects of barium addition on Pd-only catalysts: Pd-support interface and CO+ NO reaction pathway. Y Cao, R Ran, X Wu, D Weng. Applied Catalysis A: General, 501, 17-26, 2015.

6. Defect and transport model of ceria–zirconia solid solutions: Ce0.8Zr0.2O2−δ: An electrical conductivity study. D Chen, Y Cao, D Weng, HL Tuller. Chemistry of Materials, 26 (17), 5143-5150, 2014.


Electrochemically Active Dispersions and Composites for Rechargeable Battery Anodes. M Obrovac, Y Cao, J Wang. US patent application No. 62782008.


Materials and Devices for Energy Storage and Conversion


Postdoctoral Researcher Position

A postdoctoral researcher position is currently open. The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry/material science. Interested applicants please email a CV to yidancao@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn.

Graduate Student Position (PhD and Master)

Applications are encouraged from students with an excellent educational background in chemistry, physics, or material science. Interested applicants please contact yidancao@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn about PhD and Master openings.