Professor Guihua Yu Named IUPAC Periodic Table of Young Chemists

TMI is pleased to announce that MS&E faculty member, Dr. Guihua Yu, was recently named by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to represent chemical element Vanadium as “Periodic Table of Young Chemists” to celebrate the IUPAC 100th anniversary and the International Year (150th) of Periodic Table (2019 IYPT).

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology, including the naming of new elements in the periodic table; on standardized methods for measurement; and on atomic weights, and many other critically-evaluated data. IUPAC was established in 1919 by academic and industrial chemists– to unite a global chemistry community for the advancement of the chemical sciences via collaboration and the free exchange of scientific information. Throughout its long history IUPAC has fulfilled that goal through the creation of a common language and the standardization of processes and procedures, and lead objective scientific expertise for the resolution of critical global issues that involve every aspect of chemistry, all of which have societal impact.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of IUPAC and the International Year of the Periodic Table, IUPAC and IYCN announce the creation of a Periodic Table of Young Chemists, to honor a diverse group of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world who embody the mission and core values of IUPAC. The resulting periodic table will highlight the diversity of careers, creativity, and dedication of the young chemists leading us into the next century.

Professor Yu’s research is centered on rational synthesis, self-assembly, and fundamental understanding of functional organic and hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials for sustainable energy and environmental technologies. The citation from IUPAC reads, “Yu has pioneered a new class of polymeric nanomaterials: ‘nanostructured energy gels’, leading to many real world applications, from large-scale energy storage, electrocatalysis, to water desalination and purification (many are core to UN Sustainable Development Goals).” Yu has published over 120 high-profile scientific papers in prominent journals with total citations of 20,000 times and H-index of 64. He was selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science.

More information about his research can be found here. You can see the official IUPAC press release here.