Yang Yang

Associate Editor


University of California Los Angeles
Materials Science and Engineering
Rm 2121C Engineering V Bldg
405 Hilgard Ave 
Los Angeles CA 90095
Phone: +1 310 825 4052
    Fax: +1 310 206 7353

Yang Yang holds a BS in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan (1982), and he received his MS. and PhD in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he was a technical staff of UNIAX (now du Pont Display) in Santa Barbara from 1992-1996.  Prof. Yang is now the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA.  He is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of electronic organics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, memory devices. His major contribution in the organic solar energy is in the understanding of polymer morphology and the influence on device performance; the invention of inverted organic solar cell, and inverted tandem solar cell; and photovoltaic polarizer for the LCDs.  Together with Solarmer Energy Inc. (spun-off from UCLA) and Prof. Luping Yu of the University of Chicago, they have created several world record high efficiencies in organic solar cells. In addition to the organic solar cells, his group also heavily involved in the solution processible CIGS/CZTS solar cells.  His group has achieved of ~11.2% PCE for the CISS solar cell via the hydrazine process.

Yang has received the following honors/awards: The Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering, July 2011; Top 11 Hot-Researchers in 2010, Science Watch (published by Thomas Reuters); Highest cited Paper in 2010, Advanced Functional Materials;

Highest cited Paper in 2008-2010, Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS); IEEE Photovoltaic Field Expert, 2009; Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award, 2007; NSF Career Award: 1998; 3M Young Investigator Award, 1998.

 He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed papers (including book chapters); 40 patents (filed or issued), and 120 invited talks.  His H-Index is ~66 as September 2011.