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  • 个人简历
  • 教学
  • 研究领域
  • 研究成果
  • 奖励荣誉
  • Biography

    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.


    Aug. 2011 - Jul. 2016, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

    Sep. 2013 - Sep. 2014, Joint PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, USA

    Aug. 2007 - Jul. 2011, B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

    Professional Experience

    Dec. 2022-present, Associate Professor/PhD supervisor, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, China

    Jan. 2021 – Nov. 2022, Assistant Professor/PhD supervisor, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, China

    Nov. 2019 – Dec. 2020, Assistant Professor/PhD supervisor, Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), Tsinghua University, China

    Oct. 2016 – Oct. 2019, Postdoc, Dalhousie University, Canada

    Additional Positions

    Member of Chinese Materials Research Society (CMRS)


    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

    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 about PhD and Master openings.

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  • Current Courses

    • Materials and Devices for Energy Storage and Conversion

    • Surface and Interface of Materials

    Master’s & PhD Advising: PhD Supervisor, Master Supervisor. Open for Postdoc, PhD, and Master applications.

    Master’s & Ph.D. Advising

     PhD Supervisor, Master Supervisor. Open for applications.

  • Research Interests

    • Materials’ Architecture Design

    • Nano Energy Materials

    • Lithium-ion Battery

    • Energy Storage Materials and Devices

    • Electrochemistry


    National Key R&D Program of China, Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation, Shenzhen Science and Technology Program, and Killam Fellowship, etc.

    Research Output

  • Selected Publications

    [1] G Zhong, F Kang*, Y Cao*, et al. Triazine Crosslinked Polyionic Liquid: An Electrolyte-Stable, Lithiophilic and Electrostatic Shielding Layer for Uniform Lithium Plating/Stripping. Nano Energy 2022, 103, 107828.

    [2] Y Lv, J Zhang*, Y Cao*, et al. B2O3/LiBO2 Dual-Modification Layer Stabilized Ni-rich Cathode for Lithium-ion Battery. Journal of Power Sources 2022, 536, 231510.

    [3] T Jia, F Kang*, Y Cao*, et al. Prelithiation Strategies for Silicon-Based Anode in High Energy Density Lithium-Ion Battery. Green Energy & Environment 2022,

    [4] K Cai, G Zhong, Y Cao*, et al. A Facile Electroless-Plating Method to Fabricate Nickel-Phosphorus Modified Copper Current Collector for Lean Lithium Metal Anode. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2022, 14, 45433.

    [5] Y Lv, J Zhang*, Y Cao*, et al.  Engineering of cobalt-free Ni-rich cathode material by dual-element modification to enable 4.5 V-class high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. Chemical Engineering Journal 2023, 455, 140652.

    [6] T Jia, F Kang*, Y Cao*, et al. Interfacial fluoride engineering enabled robust LiF-rich solid electrolyte interphase to reduce active lithium loss in rechargeable lithium battery. Chemical Engineering Journal 2023, 454, 140397.

    [7] G Kang, F Kang*, Y Cao*, et al. Weakly solvated EC-free linear alkyl carbonate electrolytes for Ni-rich cathode in rechargeable lithium battery. iScience 2022, 25, 105710.

    [8] N Li, F Kang*, Yidan Cao*, et al. The Rational Engineering of Anode Current Collector for Dendrite-Free Lithium Deposition, Frontiers in Chemistry 2022, 10, 884308.

    [9] Y Cao, S Hans, MN Obrovac*, et al. Si(CO)y Negative Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries. Chemistry of Materials 2021, 33, 7386.



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

    • Y Cao, S Huang, N Li, et al. Lithiophilic interfacial engineering of Cu current collector. Application No. 202210013126.7.


  • Awards and Honors

    Youth Talent (Guandong), High-Caliber Personnel (Shenzhen), Killam Postdoc Fellow