Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research interests: nanomaterial synthesis and functionalization (nanotubes/nanowires/ nanoparticles) for nanocomposites; solar cells and sensors


Aiping Yu portraitProfessor Aiping Yu is an expert in carbon nanotubes and graphene, enabling her to design the proper porosity and polarity of nanomaterials for the highest energy storage supercapacitor and ultra-strong nanocomposites.

Yu is the Director of the Carbon Nanomaterials Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Multi-functional Composites. The research goal is to develop light weight, high energy density and long cycle life hybrid supercapacitors which combine the advantages of battery and supercapacitors for automobile and electronic devices.

Yu is renowned for her contributions to nanotube processing and applications in composites and electronic devices. Her work was well-recognized by peer-viewed journals, like Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Nano Letters, Langmuir and Advanced Materials. Yu joined the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 2010.


  • PhD, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of California-Riverside

  • MSCHe, Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology

  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology

University of Waterloo