Aiping Yu

Aiping Yu
Location: E6 2008
Phone: 519-888-4567 x38799


Aiping Yu is a Chemical Engineering Professor, Director of the Carbon Nanomaterials Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Multi-functional Composites, and a researcher in the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo.
Professor Yu is primarily interested in materials development for energy storage and conversion, photocatylsts, and nano composites. She is an expert in carbon nanotubes and graphene, allowing her to design the proper porosity and polarity of nanomaterials for high energy storage supercapacitors and ultra-strong nanocomposites. Her previous work in the plastics and carbon solutions industries has led her to dedicate her research toward developing nanomaterials for practical applications.
Professor Yu’s Applied Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory research group is interested in applying carbon nano-tubes and graphene to a variety of metal oxides and conducting polymers for super-capacitors. In addition, the group studies energy storage mechanisms for new hybrid energy systems.
Professor Yu holds 4 granted and applied patents and has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals that include A to Z of Nanotechnology. She is also the co-author of Electrochemical Supercapacitors for Energy Storage and Delivery: Fundamentals and Applications for CRC, as well as the editor-in-chief of the journal Supercapacitor.

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials synthesis and processing, Functionalization of carbon nanotube and graphene, Nanomaterials for engineering nanocomposites, Nanomaterials for supercapacitor, Nanomaterials for sensor/actuator, Nanomaterials for solar cell, Water, Nanotechnology


  • 2008, Doctorate Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • 2002, Master of Engineering Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai,China


  • 2002 "Givaudan-Roche" Outstanding Student Award
  • 2006 3. 2006, Best paper in J. Am. Chem. Soc., Highlighted by journal Nature Nanotechnology
  • 2007 Student Competition Award
  • 2010 Aiping Yu, et al "Ultra-thin Transparent and Flexible Graphene Films for Supercapacitor application" Applied Physics Letters 2010, 96, 253105, Honorably published by Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology
  • 2010 Co-op student of Aiping Yu' group, Lisa Su, won the best presentation award at the "Particle Technology Research Centre PTRC", University of West Ontario
  • 2014 Ontario early research award
  • 2020 For carbon nanomaterials


  • CHE 241 - Materials Science and Engineering
    • Taught in 2019
  • NE 125 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
    • Taught in 2020
  • NE 491 - Nanostructured Materials
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Jun, Yun-Seok and Um, Jun Geun and Jiang, Gaopeng and Lui, Gregory and Yu, Aiping, Ultra-large sized graphene nano-platelets (GnPs) incorporated polypropylene (PP)/GnPs composites engineered by melt compounding and its thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties, Composites Part B: Engineering, 218, 2018
  • Tjandra, Ricky and Liu, Wenwen and Lim, Lucas and Yu, Aiping, Melamine based, n-doped carbon/reduced graphene oxide composite foam for Li-ion Hybrid Supercapacitors, Carbon, 152, 2018
  • Liu, Wenwen and Zhang, Jing and Bai, Zhengyu and Jiang, Gaopeng and Li, Matthew and Feng, Kun and Yang, Lin and Ding, Yuanli and Yu, Tongwen and Chen, Zhongwei and others, Controllable Urchin-Like NiCo2S4 Microsphere Synergized with Sulfur-Doped Graphene as Bifunctional Catalyst for Superior Rechargeable Zn--Air Battery, Advanced Functional Materials, , 2018
  • Liu, Wenwen and Feng, Kun and Zhang, Yining and Yu, Tongwen and Han, Lei and Lui, Gregory and Li, Matthew and Chiu, Gordon and Fung, Pamela and Yu, Aiping, Hair-based flexible knittable supercapacitor with wide operating voltage and ultra-high rate capability, Nano Energy, 491, 2017
  • Ghannoum, AbdulRahman and Nieva, Patricia and Yu, Aiping and Khajepour, Amir, Development of Embedded Fiber-Optic Evanescent Wave Sensors for Optical Characterization of Graphite Anodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries, ACS applied materials \\& interfaces, 41284, 2017

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