Year of 2023
03/21/2023: Delighted to be selected as a finalist (Deep Dive Round) in the ongoing Breakthrough Energy Fellows Program!
03/16/2023: Delighted to be selected as a finalist (1 of 8 globally) in the ongoing MIT Climate & Energy Prize by MIT!
03/15/2023: Article on perovskite for enhanced thermochemical energy storage accepted by EcoMat as the co-corresponding author!
02/27/2023: Article on a solar volumetric reactor with passive thermal management accepted by Int. J. Hydrog. Energy. as the co-corresponding author!
02/06/2023: Delighted to be selected as a finalist in the ongoing Activate Fellows Program by Activate Global Inc.!
01/25/2023: Glad to be featured by the Schmidt Science Fellows Program for our recent Nature Reviews Chemistry article!
01/14/2023: Article on an integrated modeling method for membrane reactors accepted by Energy as the co-corresponding author!
01/13/2023: Article on normalizing failure in graduate school published by Nature Reviews Chemistry as the first and co-corresponding author!
01/10/2023: Glad to co-guest edit a joint special issue "Non-fossil Renewable Gaseous Fuels: Synthesis, Storage, and Utilization" for Applied Energy and Advances in Applied Energy!
01/02/2023: Delighted to be named an MIT IMPACT Fellow (Spring 2023 cohort)!
Year of 2022
12/30/2022: Glad to co-guest edit the special issue "Emerging Point-of-Care Biosensors and Their Applications" for Biosensors (IF 5.743)!
12/28/2022: Glad to serve as a Subject Editor of Energy, Ecology and Environment.
12/20/2022: Glad to join the Young Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Engineering.
12/07/2022: Opinion article on letting graduate students do internships published by Matter as the co-first and co-corresponding author!
12/02/2022: Glad to co-guest edit the special issue "Multi-energy Complementary and Energy Storage Technologies" for Sustainability (IF 3.889)!
11/22/2022: Co-authored article on centrifugal water pumps for urban sustainability accepted by Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments!
11/22/2022: Featured by ScienceNet in an article (in Chinese) describing my struggles pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Cornell University as a minority student.
11/21/2022: Glad to co-guest edit the special issue "Photothermal Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Production and Environmental Treatment" for Frontiers in Energy Research!
11/14/2022: Glad to be featured in a Nature article to call for support for international students and scholars in the US.
10/24/2022: Glad to be featured in a Nature article to empower other students by sharing my struggles in graduate school.
10/19/2022: Glad to join the Early Career Editorial Board of Journal of Materials Science & Technology!
10/01/2022: Honored to be named a Young Editorial Board Member of Applied Energy!
09/25/2022: Delighted to join the Young Editorial Board of Materials Futures!
09/16/2022: Co-authored article on high-temperature thermochemical energy storage accepted by Ceramics International!
09/14/2022: Delighted to be named a Young Editorial Board Member of eScience.
08/16/2022: Glad to be featured by Tech Briefs in "Solar Power for Carbon Capture."
08/05/2022: Glad to be selected to attend the DOE-funded Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) 2022 Program!
08/01/2022: Delighted to be featured by Cornell Chronicle and Cornell Graduate School as a Schmidt Science Fellow!
07/19/2022: Glad to co-guest edit the special issue "Energy Conservation and Carbon Mitigation Technology of Buildings" for Energies (IF 3.252)!
07/18/2022: Honored to be featured by MIT news as a Schmidt Science Fellow!
07/11/2022: Delighted to be named an Early Career Editorial Board Member of Carbon Capture Science & Technology.
07/06/2022: Glad to co-chair two sessions "Energy systems modelling and optimization 2" and "Hydrogen and fuel cells" at the 14th International Green Energy Conference.
07/05/2022: Delighted to be named a Young Advisory Board Member of Engineering Reports.
07/01/2022: Letter on Pandemic-Inspired Policies published by Science as the co-corresponding author!
06/09/2022: Honored to be selected as one of the Schmidt Science Fellows (1 of 29 globally) by Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust!
06/06/2022: Delighted to be named a Young Advisory Board Member of EcoMat (IF 12.213).
05/17/2022: Delighted to join the Early Career Editorial Board of International Journal of Green Energy.
04/27/2022: Article on navigating mental health challenges in graduate school published by Nature Reviews Materials as the co-corresponding author!
04/23/2022: Invited to speak about "Negative Emission Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation" at the CEN2022-Applied Energy Symposium 2022.
04/21/2022: Glad to moderate “the Innovation Potential of the Energy Sector" Stream at the "Post-COVID Summit."
04/08/2022: Inducted as an Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Scholar and featured by Cornell Graduate School!
04/07/2022: Happy to deliver an invited talk "Benchmarking CCUS Technologies" at Mathworks' Earth Day Event.
03/23/2022: Delighted to be named a US delegate to the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry!
03/11/2022: Glad to be invited to present a department seminar at UT Dallas! [Video]
03/10/2022: My work on malaria and typhoid fever differential diagnosis featured as a Science Highlight by NIBIB!
03/03/2022: Invited to speak about standardization and accreditation of CCUS at TTI/Vanguard!
03/02/2022: Opinion article on international students and scholars in the US published by Matter as the co-first and co-corresponding author! [Author's link]
02/25/2022: First-authored article on differentiation of bacterial and viral infections on EBioMedicine (The Lancet) selected as an Issue Highlight!
02/21/2022: Delighted to join the Early Career Editorial Board of Results in Engineering (RINENG).
02/16/2022: The HI-Light project's commercial partner, Dimensional Energy, received $3.1 million from the ARPA-E OPEN 2021 program!
02/14/2022: Delighted to join the Early Career Researcher Board of Oxford Open Energy.
02/04/2022: Delighted to be selected into the Climate Education Working Group as part of the MIT Climate Nucleus!
02/04/2022: Honored to be selected into the Young Editorial Board (1 of 40 globally) for Advances in Applied Energy!
02/03/2022: My experience mentoring undergraduate students through the UROP program was featured by MIT News and MIT Climate Portal!
01/24/2022: Article on standardization, accreditation, and implementation of photothermal CO2 catalysis accepted by Chem Catalysis as the first and co-corresponding author!
01/24/2022: Article on catalyst discovery and reactor design of photothermal CO2 catalysis accepted by Chem Catalysis as the co-corresponding author!
Year of 2021
12/23/2021: Delighted to complete the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program at MIT! [Letter of Completion] [Certificate]
12/08/2021: Oral presentation in the "Energy policy, People & Society" Stream at the ETP 10th Annual Conference. [Video]
12/07/2021: My editorial and cover art on promoting the success of first-generation students published by Analytical Chemistry in its Diversity and Inclusion Cover Art Series!
11/27/2021: My co-authored paper on nano-FeOx synthesis by combustion of cigarette butts published by Colloid and Interface Science Communications!
11/22/2021: Honored to be selected into the Early Career Researcher Editorial Board (1 of 40 globally) for Materials Today Energy (IF 9.257)!
11/06/2021: Glad to moderate the "Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality" session during the MIT-CHIEF 2021 Annual Conference.
11/04/2021: Featured in an article on my participation in the 2021 Forbes Under 30 Summit Service Day for first-generation, low-income students.
11/01/2021: Glad to see my SDG Blog "Impacting climate as a young innovator" published by UN DESA!
10/30/2021: Invited to speak about “My Journey from a Remote Countryside in China to MIT” as the ambassador for "Tomorrow iCAN" plan to support first-gen students in China.
10/28/2021: Delighted to join as a panelist to speak about the catastrophic nexus of climate and WASH at the Duke-UNICEF Virtual Forum on Social Innovation.
10/07/2021: First-authored article on gradient etching for uniform light scattering accepted by Chemical Engineering Journal Advances!
09/22/2021: Delighted to join the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium as an Impact Fellow in the inaugural cohort!
08/31/2021: Delighted to be selected as the CEC Youth Innovation Challenge Winner by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
08/30/2021: My first-authored paper on differential detection of malaria and typhoid fever accepted by Analytical Chemistry!
08/30/2021: Featured in an article on my experience as a mentor to bridge the network gap for first-generation, low-income students.
08/19/2021: Delighted to announce that I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis at Cornell University!
08/04/2021: Co-first-authored opinion article on sustainability policymaking published by Matter, a Cell Press Journal!
07/13/2021: Featured by Cornell Engineering for my selection as a German Chancellor Fellow by the Humboldt Foundation!
07/12/2021: Featured in a Table Talk with BP's CEO on climate actions and a just energy transition.
07/06/2021: Featured by UNICEF in a video for my participation in the WASH Young Changemakers Programme!
06/29/2021: Selected as a young scientist presenter for the Next Gen Science Session during the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting [Booth]!
06/23/2021: My co-authored Theme Report on Energy Transition at the UN Technical Working Group on Energy Transition published!
06/08/2021: Selected as a Mentor for the inaugural Forbes Under 30 Mentorship program by Forbes and Close the Gap Foundation.
05/17/2021: Honored to be selected into the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme (FEL-100).
05/07/2021: Selected as a Mentor for the LPF Mentorship Program 2021 for SDSN-Youth.
05/04/2021: Interviewed by MIT TR-China in an article [CN] centered around carbon neutrality.
04/28/2021: Honored to be invited by UN DESA to participate in the Global Policy Dialogue for Climate Action.
04/19/2021: Delighted to be selected as a reviewer for the $175K J.M.K. Innovation Prize.
04/16/2021: Named to Leaders of Tomorrow by the 50th St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland.
04/13/2021: Featured in a profile article [CN] [EN] by Xi'an Jiaotong University for my German Chancellor Fellowship selection.
04/11/2021: Interviewed by MIT TR-China in an article [CN] centered around controlled nuclear fusion.
04/10/2021: My co-authored paper on slag-metal interfacial behavior under the impact of bubbles published by Powder Technol.
03/26/2021: Two abstracts accepted by IMECE, and participated in iCANX talks!
03/19/2021: Delighted to announce that I have been selected to receive non-dilutive funding of $5,000 from the Epperson Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program.
03/18/2021: Honored to be a judge for the Sino-German Essay Competition and glad to compete as a finalist at Cornell's Three Minute Thesis competition!
03/11/2021: Glad to see my article made to No.4 of the Top 10 downloaded papers from Matter, February 2021 edition!
03/02/2021: The initiative (C2X) I co-founded was selected to receive a $5,000 Blackstone Launchpad & Techstars Fellowship!
02/25/2021: The HI-Light project's commercial partner, Dimensional Energy, was nominated as a finalist for the “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021” Award!
02/22/2021: Honored to attend the first meeting of the UN High-Level Dialogue Technical Working Group on Energy Transition.
02/11/2021: Contributed to a blog for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings on my experience in flourishing as a minority in higher education.
02/10/2021: Interviewed by DeepTech in an article [CN] centered around Elon Musk's $100M XPRIZE for Carbon Removal.
02/08/2021: The initiative (C2X) I co-founded featured as one of the three finalists to compete for best SDG7 innovation at SEforALL Youth Summit.
02/03/2021: First-authored opinion article on Navigating my way as a first-generation student published by Matter, a Cell Press Journal!
02/03/2021: Glad to be featured by Network Capital in Meaningful Career as an Academic & Entrepreneur!
02/02/2021: Selected as a member of the Technical Working Group on Energy Transition for the High-Level Dialogue on Energy by the United Nations.
02/02/2021: Delighted to be selected as a regional finalist for the $1M Hult Prize and invited to attend the Impact Summit in Amherst.
01/21/2021: Glad to be featured in a blog by Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
01/07/2021: The HI-Light project's commercial partner, Dimensional Energy, featured in an article by Advanced Science News.
01/04/2021: Honored to be selected as an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Voices of the Future (APEC VOF) Young Changemaker.
Year of 2020
12/22/2020: Featured in a profile article [CN] and the newspaper article [CN] by Xi'an Jiaotong University.
12/15/2020: Three abstracts accepted by the third edition of Photonics Online Meet-up (POM), with one oral presentation (Acceptance rate: <10%) and two poster presentations.
12/11/2020: Delighted to be selected to receive non-dilutive funding of $5,000 from the Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows Program.
12/09/2020: Contributed to a UNICEF blog on my experience in the Young Changemaker on Sustainable WASH Solutions (8 worldwide) Programme.
11/20/2020: Abstract accepted by the International Conference on Electrocatalysis for Energy Applications and Sustainable Chemicals as ePoster presentation.
11/18/2020: First-authored paper on the HI-Light reactor platform development accepted by iScience, a Cell Press Journal!
11/18/2020: Selected by OYW as a finalist for the Food Systems Solutions Challenge, to present at the Bold Action for Food as Force for Good Summit by the WEF.
11/11/2020: Selected into the Youth Sustainable Energy Hub (YSEH).
11/03/2020: Received the Best Presenter Award at the ETP 9th Annual Conference.
10/29/2020: Named as a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitment Mentor by the Clinton Foundation.
10/29/2020: Presented virtually at the 3rd World Laureates Forum as one of the five Young Investigators in the Emerging Technologies Session.
10/25/2020: Received the 2nd Place Award ($1,500) in Startup Weekend, organized by Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars.
10/21/2020: Oral presentation accepted by the 9th Annual Conference 2020 by ETP, an alliance of 13 independent Scottish universities.
10/11/2020: Accepted to present at the MIT Energy Nights, hosted virtually by MIT Energy Club.
10/07/2020: Invited to attend the Y20 2020 Summit, hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia.
09/28/2020: My research videos on HI-Light and FeverPhone featured by Cornell MAE in the SiGMA Research Video Contest!
09/17/2020: Invited to be a moderator at the Post-COVID Summit, in “The Innovation Potential of the Energy Sector" Stream.
09/15/2020: Paper on fast heat transport inside Li-S batteries accepted by iScience, a Cell Press Journal.
08/25/2020: Invited to attend the New York Energy Dialogues organized by the Energy Dialogues LLC!
07/31/2020: Featured in My Journey from Poverty to College in UN goodwill ambassador, James Chau's the China Current!
07/25/2020: Featured in a profile article [CN] by the World Laureates Forum.
07/24/2020: Featured in Meet Elvis | One Young World in UN goodwill ambassador, James Chau's the China Current!
07/20/2020: Selected as a North America Finalist for Young Champions of the Earth by UN Environment!
06/30/2020: Delighted to be selected as a Young Investigator for the 3rd World Laureates Forum in Shanghai, China.
06/15/2020: Invited to be a speaker at the Post-COVID Summit, under the invitation by the former President of France, Mr. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing!
06/13/2020: Glad to be selected as an SISE Fellow by the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy at the University of Illinois at Chicago!
06/02/2020: Honored to be selected as a Young Changemaker on Sustainable WASH Solutions by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)!
05/27/2020: Delighted to announce that our project is highlighted in the World Economic Forum's white paper which showcases global energy innovations.
05/26/2020: Named Honorable Mention (9 in the US) for Link Foundation Energy Fellowship.
05/25/2020: Happy to know my undergrad mentee Spencer Hong received the Ryan Graduate Fellowships!
05/04/2020: Honored to receive the 13th “Top Ten Outstanding Chinese American Youth Award”!
03/31/2020: The HI-Light project's commercial partner, Dimensional Energy, was featured in an article by The New York Times.
03/02/2020: Delighted to announce that I was selected as a Young Scientist to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting!
02/14/2020: Delighted to know my undergrad mentee Tao Hong received the $75,000 Cooke Graduate Scholarship!
02/04/2020: Honored to receive the MKS Instruments Research Excellence Awards at Photonics West 2020!
01/16/2020: Featured by WeMakeChange.org as a Global ChangeMaker.
01/07/2020: Featured in an article by UN SDSN Youth.
Year of 2019
11/26/2019: Glad to be selected to join the Clinton Global Initiative University community.
11/13/2019: Featured in an article by the United Nations Environment Programme.
11/06/2019: Paper on seawater-assisted synthesis of MnCe/zeolite-13X accepted by Fuel.
10/23/2019: Named as one of the 11 Future Energy Leaders in the world by BP plc.
10/15/2019: Honored to be selected as one of the 21 INK Fellows around the globe by the Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation!
10/13/2019: Selected as one of the 26 participants to join the NextGen Professors Program by Cornell Grad School!
10/02/2019: Delighted to announce my undergrad mentees: Tao and Tingwei receive Bill Nye '77 Award in Undergrad Research!
09/30/2019: Two abstracts accepted by SPIE OPTO in two sessions: Novel Optical Devices I and Photonic Devices as oral presentations!
09/18/2019: Delighted to announce I just passed the A exam at Cornell and became a Ph.D. candidate!
09/11/2019: Co-first-authored paper on malaria differential detection accepted by the Malaria Journal.
09/10/2019: Three abstracts accepted by Nature Conferences on Solar Fuels as poster presentations!
08/08/2019: Selected to present at Global Grad Show (Top 1%) in Dubai Design Week.
07/15/2019: Selected as a BP Advancing Energy Scholar (30/2,500) to attend the One Young World 2019 Summit in London.
06/15/2019: Industrial partner for HI-Light featured in a video by Carbon X Prize.
06/03/2019: Named Honorable Mention (7 in the US) for Link Foundation Energy Fellowship.
05/31/2019: Featured in an interview article by Bruno Mirchevski from the Logician.com.
05/29/2019: Featured in a profile article by American Conservation Coalition.
05/28/2019: Excited to join Global Shapers Ithaca Hub by World Economic Forum.
05/16/2019: Selected as a North America Finalist for Young Champions of the Earth by UN Environment.
04/02/2019: Presented at ACS Spring 2019 National Meeting in Orlando, FL (two orals + 1 poster).
04/01/2019: Honored to be featured in EarthX 30 Under 30: The Green Generation.
03/21/2019: Paper on differential detection of dengue and chikungunya viral infections accepted by Anal. Chem.
03/18/2019: Honored to be featured in AACYF 30 Under 30 – Class of 2019.
03/06/2019: Presented an invited talk at TTI/Vanguard's Conference on IoT, Data, and the New Last Mile in Berkeley, CA.
01/20/2019: Paper on elemental mercury removal over MnOx/bentonite accepted by Fuel Process. Technol.
01/14/2019: Featured in a profile article by Cornell University.
Year of 2018
12/13/2018: Selected as a National Finalist for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
11/19/2018: Selected as a UN SDSN Youth's Local Pathways Fellow.
11/14/2018: Featured in a profile article by McGill University.
11/13/2018: Honored to be featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy – Class of 2019.
11/02/2018: Received Top Prize at Atkinson Center's Trustee Council Pitch and Poster Contest.
08/30/2018: The HI-Light project was featured in an article by Forbes Magazine.
09/30/2018: Co-first-authored paper on Branched multiphase TiO2 for water splitting accepted by Int. J. Hydrog. Energy.
08/13/2018: Received Third Place Award in “Our Microbes, Our Global Health” International Symposium Poster Contest.
05/21/2018: Selected as Finalist in Young Champions of the Earth in China by UN Environment.
03/22/2018: Paper on synergistic oxidation behavior of NO and Hg0 accepted by Fuel.
03/13/2018: Paper on micro-bubble formation using gas injection into ladle shroud accepted by Metall Mater Trans B.
02/21/2018: Received Third Place Award in ERN Conference Video Contest.
02/01/2018: The energy research at Cornell picked up by Hart Energy.
01/29/2018: Presented at Photonics West and BiOS Conferences in San Francisco, CA.
01/10/2018: Featured in a profile article [CN] by Xi'an Jiaotong University.
Year of 2017
10/19/2017: Presented at the 2nd Annual SPARK Talks at Cornell Library.
10/06/2017: Received $20K Grand Prize (1/1,150) in the "Create the Future" Design Contest.
09/18/2017: Presented at the New York Academy of Sciences.
09/12/2017: Received Best Poster Award at the ACLS International Summer School in Singapore.
09/07/2017: Paper on micro-bubble formation under non-wetting conditions accepted by ISIJ Int.
06/29/2017: Received the inaugural $20K Scale Up and Prototyping Awards from Cornell Engineering.
05/26/2017: Received Best Poster Award at 9th NYS Biotech Symposium, Syracuse, NY.
04/18/2017: Received Graduate Divison Winner Award in the Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase Competition.
03/29/2017: Received “People’s Choice” Award in Cornell’s 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.
Years of 2014-2016
08/09/2016: Paper on microbubble swarms in a full-scale water model tundish accepted by Metall Mater Trans B.
03/11/2016: Paper on removal of inclusions using micro-bubble swarms accepted by ISIJ Int.
04/02/2015: Selected as Finalist in McGill's 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.
07/03/2014: Received Graduate Excellence Fellowship Award from McGill Engineering.