Professor in Chemistry, James Franck Institute and the College
Luping Yu's research includes three areas in organic/material chemistry: molecular electronics, organic materials for solar energy and nonviral gene transfer vectors. In 2002, Yu and one of his students successfully synthesized an electronic component — a diode — the size of a single molecule as part of the push to miniaturize electronic devices. The diode measures 2.5 nanometers in diameter, approximately the width of a dozen atoms sitting side-by-side. Diodes restrict current flow to one direction between electronic devices. As a member of the Center for Materials Chemistry in the Space Environment, Yu also has investigated the long-term performance potential of high-tech materials in space. Yu's honors include a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation.