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Principal Investigator



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Dr. Mengxia Liu is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University.  Mengxia obtained her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tianjin University in 2014, and the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2018. Her Ph.D. study in Ted Sargent's group focused on the design of novel nanostructured materials for solar energy harvesting and optical sensing. From 2018 to 2021, Mengxia worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Akshay Rao at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge. Her research at Cambridge included the fundamental study of emerging semiconductors using ultrafast spectroscopy and the application of novel hybrid materials in light-emitting devices. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University in 2022. 

Mengxia has benefited greatly from working with remarkable groups of dedicated scientists and engineers. Her goal at the Yale University is to pass on her passion and enthusiasm for science to her students and postdocs.

Awards and Scholarships

  • The Seal of Excellence Award - Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions (2019)

  • Rising Stars in EECS (2018) 

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2018)  

  • Hatch Graduate Scholarship (2015-2018)

  • Chinese National Scholarship (2014)

Graduate Students

Jinquan Shi

  • Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, Yale Unversity (joining Fall 2022)

        B.Eng. in Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2022.

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  • He is curious about constructing emerging hybrid material systems and promoting their applications in sensing and microelectronics. He is a LEGO fan and enjoys comic books.

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Tyler Wang

  • Ph.D. candidate in Physics, Yale Unversity (joining Fall 2022)

        B.A. in Physics & B.Sc in Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 2022.

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  • He's interested in the physics of novel materials and their application towards the development of new technologies.  In his free time, Tyler loves cooking and drinking boba.

Visiting Students

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Dezhang Chen (Mike)

  • Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    B.S. in Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2018.

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  • He is interested in synthesizing novel nanomaterials and understanding the mechanism inside. He enjoys hanging around and playing video games.

High-School Students


Allen Liu

  • Education: Amity Regional High School

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  • Allen Liu is a senior at Amity High School. He is interested in computer science, cybersecurity, and materials science. Currently, he is working on fabricating novel and more efficient semitransparent perovskite solar cells with Dr. Mengxia Liu. Outside of school, he swims year-round and for the varsity high school team.

Open Positions

WE ARE RECRUITING postdoctoral fellows, graduate students (PhD and Master's), undergraduate and visiting students. We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates to drive the design, understanding, and implementation of next-generation semiconductors for energy, sensing, and computing applications. Please click Join Us for further information.

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