Professor, Associate Vice President
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Prof. Xiaobo Yin received his BS and MS in Physics from Nanjing University in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and his PhD from Stanford University in 2008. From 2013 to 2021, he was an Assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics, then Associate Professor with tenure, and the Bruce S. Anderson Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California Berkeley, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Prof. Yin has published more than 100 journal articles with more than 19,000 citations. He is one of the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). He was a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science (MRS), and the Moore Inventor Fellow (Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation).
Prof. Yin conducts both fundamental and applied research. His current research focuses on,
(i) understanding the fundamentals of energy-matter interaction at various spatial-temporal scales and/or under different extreme conditions, and
(ii) developing scalable and sustainable manufacturing technologies to deploy innovative materials/structures for various applications in the climate-water-energy-food nexus.
His research was reported by numerous media outlets. For example, his work on passive radiative cooling was named as one of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2017 by the Institution of Physics (IOP).