Professor Yang Yang holds a BS in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 1982, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he was the research staff of UNIAX Corp. (now DuPont Display) from 1992 to 1996. He is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of organic electronics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and the development and fabrication of related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and memory devices. His group is also heavily involved in the development of liquid-processable CIGS/CZTS photovoltaics. Recently, his group has entered the field of perovskite solar cell, and he demonstrated 19.3% power conversion efficiency by interface engineering and improved crystal growth process. Professor Yang has as published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers (including book chapters); ~60 patents (filed or issued), and given 150 invited/plenary talks. His H-Index is 136 as of March 2017 (Google Scholar).
Some of his recent honors and awards are:
Fellow of American Physical Society (2015); Materials Research Society (2015); Royal Society of Chemistry (2015); SPIE (2014) and the E-M Academy (2014). 'World's most influential scientific minds” by Thomason Reuters, 2016. (Only 19 scientists selected.) Distinguished Achievement Award, Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California (CESASC). (2016) Highly Cited Researcher in both Materials Science and Chemistry Categories (2016, 2015, 2014) by Thomason Reuters. The Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Chair Professor in Engineering, UCLA, 2011.