Aiping Yu awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Department of Chemical Engineering’s Aiping Yu has been awarded a prestigious 2020 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.

Each year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recognizes six highly promising early-stage researchers in the natural sciences and engineering with an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, in recognition of their efforts and to enhance their research capacity so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.

With this award, Associate Professor Yu will receive a research grant of $250,000 over two years and the opportunity to devote her time to research.

Yu joined the department in 2009, after working as a research scientist in the plastics industry. Now, as director of her Applied Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory, she explores materials development for energy storage and conversion, photocatylsts and nano composites. Using her expertise in carbon nanotubes and graphene, she optimizes the porosity and polarity of nanomaterials for high energy storage supercapacitors. She is on the forefront of the push to create the smaller, longer-lasting and faster-charging batteries and supercapacitors that will power everything from personal electronics to infrastructure systems.

To learn more about Yu’s award, read Waterloo engineering professor wins national research award in Waterloo Stories.


Associate Professor Aiping Yu, Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Aiping Yu from the Department of Chemical Engineering has been awarded an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship to pursue her research imaterials development for energy storage and conversion, photocatylsts and nano composites.