Year of 2021

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!

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.

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 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 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.



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.