Yan Yu is a Professor of material science in University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). She received her Ph.D. in material science at USTC in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she worked as a postdoctoral at Florida International University. After that she received Humboldt Research Fellow from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Her current research interests mainly include design of novel nanomaterials for clean energy, especially for batteries and the fundamental science of energy storage system.