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Professor Xiaobo Yin

The University of Hong Kong

Title: Materials Solutions for Sustainability Challenges


Micro/nanostructured materials offer new opportunities for high-efficiency devices and systems at the nexus of energy, water, and food. There is, however, a tremendous gap between the proof-of-principle demonstrations at the small scale and the intrinsically large-scale real-world energy systems and sustainable applications. Crossing disciplinary boundaries is indispensable when striving for solutions to global sustainability challenges. 


Professor Xiaobo Yin received his PhD from Stanford University in 2008 and is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the University of Hong Kong. He is a fellow of OSA and SPIE. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, he was the Bruce S. Anderson Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on nanostructured optical materials, radiative heat transfer, high-temperature materials, and scalable manufacturing. He authored and co-authored more than 100 journal publications and is one of the most highly cited researchers by Clarivate Analytics. His works have been featured in numerous media outlets including Nature, Science, Physics Today, Scientific American, the Economists, and Forbes. He was a recipient of the 2017 Moore Inventor Fellowships and the 2022 XPlorer Prize. His recent work on passive radiative cooling was named one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year 2017 by the Institute of Physics (IOP) Physics World and the top 10 most reviewed news by The Economists. 

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