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Xiaoya Cui Ph.D.

2021 Research Fellow, Shuimu Tsinghua Scholar Program, Tsinghua University.
2021 Advanced Innovation Fellow, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Structural Biology.


2008-2012Materials Forming and Control Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. B.S.

2012-2015Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. M.S.

2016-2021Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Ph.D.

2021-presentSchool of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, China Postdoc

Main Reaearch Fields

My research project focuses on the structural engineering of 2D nanomaterials for cryo-EM. By the structural engineering and surface/interface modification of 2D nanomaterials, the 2D material-based grids for cryo-EM can be prepared, which can greatly enhance the resolution of single-particle cryo-EM and cryo-ET. In this project, the inter-disciplinary study among material science, chemistry and biology can, in turn, significantly boost the breakthrough of cryo-EM in biology, chemistry and other research fields.

Selected Publications

1. Cui, X.; Zhang, Z.; Gong, Y.; Saleem, F.; Chen, B.; Du, Y.; Lai, Z.; Yang, N.; Li, B.; Gu, L.*; Zhang, H.* Defect-Rich, Candied Haws-Shaped AuPtNi Alloy Nanostructures for Highly Efficient Electrocatalysis. CCS Chem. 2020, 2, 24-30.

2. Zhang, Z.; Liu, G.; Cui, X. (co-first author), Gong, Y.; Yi, D.; Zhang, Q.; Ding, F.*; Gu, L.*; Zhu, Y.*; Zhang, H.* Evoking Ordered Vacancies in Metallic Nanostructures Towards a Vacated Barlow Packing for High-Performance Hydrogen Evolution. Sci. Adv. 2021, 7: eabd6647.

3. Zhu, Y.; Cui, X. (co-first author); Liu, H.; Zhang, Z.*; Hu, W.* Tandem Catalysis in Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Reaction. Nano Research 2021,14, 4471.

4. Xu, J.; Cui, X. (co-first author); Liu, N.; Chen, Y.; Wang, H.-W. Structural Engineering of Graphene for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy. SmartMat 2021, 2: 202.

5. Dou, S.; Xu, J.; Cui, X. (co-first author); Liu, W.; Zhang, Z.; Deng, Y.; Hu, W.; Chen, Y.* High-Temperature Shock Enabled Nanomanufacturing for Energy-Related Applications. Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10, 2001331.

6. Saleem, F.; Zhang, Z.; Cui, X. (co-first author); Gong, Y.; Chen, B.; Lai, Z.; Yun, Q.; Gu, L.*; Zhang, H.* Elemental Segregation in Multimetallic Core-Shell Nanostructures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 14496-14500.

7. Saleem, F.; Cui, X. (co-first author); Zhang, Z.; Liu, Z.; Dong, J.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, H.; Zhang, X.; Ding, F.*; Zhang, H.* Size-Dependent Phase Transformation of Noble Metal Nanomaterials. Small 2019, 15, 1903253.

8. Yang, C.*(Supervisor); Cui, X.; Zhang, Z.; et al. Fractal Dendrite-based Electrically Conductive Composites for Laser-scribed Flexible Circuits. Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 8150. (Highlighted by C&EN News).