Faculty Profile

Ying Diao

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ying Diao
Ying Diao
Assistant Professor, Dow Chemical Company Faculty Scholar
213 Roger Adams Laboratory MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-3505


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2011-2014
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
  • B.S.E., Tsinghua University, 2006

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Research Interests

  • Phase transformations, Interfacial phenomenon, Molecular Assembly for Energy and Healthcare

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Qu, G*; Kwok, J.*; Diao, Y. "Flow-Directed Crystallization for Printed Electronics." Account of Chemical Research (Invited). 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00445.
  • Chung, H.; Diao, Y. "Polymorphism as an Emerging Design Strategy for High Performance Organic Electronics." Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2016 4, 3915-3933. DOI: 10.1039/C5TC04390E (Invited article for the "Emerging Investigators" themed issue.)
  • Diao, Y.*; Zhou, Y.*; Kurosawa, T.; Shaw, L.; Wang, C.; Park, S.; Guo, Y.; Reinspach, J.A.; Gu, K.; Gu, X.; Tee, B.C.K.; Pang, C.; Yan, H.; Zhao, D.; Toney, M.F.; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.; Bao, Z. "Flow-enhanced solution printing of all-polymer solar cells." Nature Communications, 2015. DOI:10.1038/ncomms8955
  • Diao, Y.; Lenn, K.M.; Lee, W; Blood-Forsythe, M.A.; Xu, J.; Mao, Y.; Kim, Y.; Reinspach, J.; Park, S.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Xue, G.; Clancy, P.; Bao, Z.*; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.* "Understanding Polymorphism in Organic Semiconductor Thin films Through Nanoconfinement." Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2014, 136 (49), 17046-17057. DOI: 10.1021/ja507179d
  • Zhang, Y; Diao, Y.; Lee, H; Mirabito, T.; Johnson, R.W.; Puodziukynaite, E.; John, J; Carter, K.; Emrick, T.; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.; Briseno, A. "Intrinsic and Extrinsic Parameters for Controlling the Growth of Organic Single-Crystalline Nanopillars in Solar Cells." Nano Letters. 14 (10), pp 5547-5554. DOI: 10.1021/nl501933q
  • Diao, Y.; Shaw, L.; Bao, Z.*; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.* ￿Morphology Control Strategies for Solution-Processed Organic Field Effect Transistors￿. Energy & Environmental Science. 2014, 7, 2145-2159. DOI:10.1039/C4EE00688G
  • Xu, J.*; Diao, Y.*; Zhou D.; Mao, Y.; Giri, G; Chen, W; Liu, N; Xue G.; Bao, Z. ￿Probing Interfacial Molecular Packing in Lattice-Strained TIPS-pentacene Organic Semiconductors by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering￿. Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2014, 2, 2985-2991. DOI: 10.1039/C3TC32581D
  • Diao, Y.; Tee. B.C-K.; Giri, G.; Xu, J.; Kim, D.H.; Becerril, H.A.; Stoltenberg, R.M.; Lee, T.H.; Xue, G.; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.; Bao, Z. ￿Solution coating of large-area organic semiconductor thin films with aligned single-crystalline domains￿. Nature Materials. 2013, 12, 665-671. DOI:10.1038/nmat3650
  • Mei, J.; Diao, Y.; Appleton, A.L.; Fang, L.; Bao, Z. ￿Integrated Materials Design of Organic Semiconductors for Field-Effect Transistors￿. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2013, 135, 6724-6746. DOI: 10.1021/ja400881n
  • Diao, Y.; Whaley, K. E.; Helgeson, M. E.; Woldeyes, M. A.; Doyle, P. S.; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Trout, B. L. ￿Gel-Induced Selective Crystallization of Polymorphs￿, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 673￿684.
  • Diao, Y.; Helgeson, M. E.; Siam, Z. A.; Doyle, P. S.; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Trout, B. L. ￿Nucleation under Soft Confinement: Role of Polymer-Solute Interactions￿, Crystal Growth & Design, 2012, 12, 508￿517.
  • Diao, Y.; Harada, T.; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Trout, B. L. ￿The Role of Nanopore Shape in Surface-Induced Crystallization￿, Nature Materials, 2011, 10, 867￿871.
  • Diao, Y.; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Trout, B. L. ￿Surface Design for Controlled Crystallization: The Role of Surface Chemistry and Nanoscale Pores in Heterogeneous Nucleation￿, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 5324-5334.
  • Diao, Y.*; Helgeson, M. E. *; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Doyle, P. S.; Trout, B. L. ￿Controlled Nucleation from Solution Using Polymer Microgels￿, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 3756￿3759.


  • Diao. Y.; Tee. B.C-K.; Becerril, H.A.; Zhou, Y.; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.; Bao, Z.* ￿Coated Substrate Apparatus and Method￿. U.S. Utility Application. Application No. 14263864, filed May 1st, 2014.
  • Diao. Y.; Tee. B.C-K.; Becerril, H.A.; Mannsfeld, S.C.B.; Bao, Z.* ￿Electronic Thin Film Coating￿. U.S. Provisional Application. Serial No. 61/816,532, filed April 26, 2013
  • Diao, Y.; Helgeson, M. E.; Myerson, A. S.; Hatton, T. A.; Doyle, P. S.; Trout, B. L.* ￿Compositions, Methods, and Systems Relating to Controlled Nucleation of Small Organic Molecules￿, U.S. Utility Application. Serial No. 13/216,018, filed August 23, 2011; publication number US-2012-0076860-A1, published March 29, 2012


  • William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award (2014)
  • Named an Emerging Investigator (2016)
  • Innovators Under 35 (2016)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2016)