Huolin Xin

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Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences


University of California, Irvine
220A Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Electron microscopy, deep learning, in situ and autonomous TEM, lithium ion battery, fuel cells, electro- and thermal catalytss
Research Abstract
TEM ImageNet
Awards and Honors
2020 DOE Early Career Award
2019's Top-10 Science and Technology Achievements at Brookhaven National Lab
2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven Natoinal Lab
04/2012 Presidential Post-Doctoral Award from Microscopy Society of America
08/2011 Castaing Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
07/2010 Castaing Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
08/2008 Distinguished Scholar Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
05/2014 Papers lead at BNL highlighted by BNL news, R&DMag, and Gizmodo
10/2011 First-author paper highlighted by Nat. Nanotech. and DOE press release
06/2010 First-author paper reported by Materials360 and
12/2009 First-author publication featured by the "Perspective" article in Science; also reported by C&E news, and Nature Chemistry
08/2005 Cornell Walter Schonlenk Fellowship
Short Biography
Huolin Xin graduated from the Physics Department of Cornell University in 2011 and joined University of California, Irvine in 2018. Prior to becoming a professor at UCI, he worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a scientific staff member and a principle investigator from 2013 to 2018. His primary field of expertise lies in developing novel 3-D, atomic-resolution, and in situ spectroscopic and imaging tools to probe the structural, chemical, and bonding changes of energy materials during chemical reactions or under external stimuli. His research spans the areas from tomographic and atomic-resolution chemical imaging of battery and fuel cell materials to in situ environmental study of heterogeneous catalysts, and to the development of deep learning enabled self-driving TEM. In 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, he received Distinguished Scholar Award, Castaing Award, and Presidential Scholar Award from professional EM societies. His work on battery materials has twice been selected as the Top-10 Scientific Achievements in 2014 and 2019 by Brookhaven National Lab. His research has resulted in more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent, 33 of which are published in Science/Nature sister journals (corresponding author on 8 of the 33). To date, he has graduated four Master's students and three Ph.D. students. Two of his group alumni have won the “Presidential Student Award” at the annual M&M conference based on their research in Xin group.
1. Evolution of redox couples in Li- and Mn-rich cathode materials and mitigation of voltage fade by reducing oxygen release, Enyuan Hu, Xiqian Yu*, Ruoqian Lin, Xuanxuan Bi, Jun Lu*, Seongmin Bak, KyungWan Nam, Huolin L. Xin*, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, Kahlil Amine, Xiao-Qing Yang, Nature Energy, 3, 690–698 (2018)

2. Interrogation Of Bimetallic Particle Oxidation In Three Dimensions At The Nanoscale, Lili Han, Qingping Meng, Deli Wang, Yimei Zhu, Jie Wang, Xiewen Du, Eric Stach, Huolin L. Xin*, Nature Communications, 7, 13335, (2016)

3. Phase Evolution for Conversion Reaction Electrodes in Lithium-ion Batteries, Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng , Ye Zhu , Chunmei Ban , Ryan Richards, and H. L. Xin*, Nature Communications, 5, 3356 (2014) (2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven Lab)

4. Metal segregation in hierarchically structured cathode materials for high-energy lithium batteries, Feng Lin, et al, H. L. Xin*, M. M. Doeff*, Natuer Energy, 1, 15004 (2016)

5. Surface Reconstruction and Chemical Evolution of Stoichiometric Layered Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Feng Lin, Isaac Markus, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Mark Asta, H. L. Xin*, M. M. Doeff, Nature Communications, 5, 3529 (2014)

6. Spontaneous incorporation of gold in palladium-based ternary nanoparticles makes durable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction, D. Wang, et al, H. L. Xin*, and H. D. Abruna, Nature Communications, 7, 11941 (2016)

7. Homogeneously dispersed, multimetal oxygen-evolving catalysts, Bo Zhang et al, Science, 352, 333 (2016)

8. Diamond Family of Nanoparticle Superlattices, Wenyan Liu, Miho Tagawa, H. L. Xin, et al, Science, 351, 582 (2016)

9. Lattice Engineering via Nanoparticle-DNA Frameworks, Ye Tian, Yugang Zhang, Tong Wang, Huolin Xin, Huilin Li, and Oleg Gang, Nature Materials, accepted (2016)

10. Structurally Ordered Intermetallic Platinum-Cobalt Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Enhanced Activity and Stability as Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts, D. Wang(1), H. L. Xin(1) et al, Nature Materials, 12, 81 (2012)

11. Visualizing the 3-D internal structure of calcite single crystals grown in agarose hydrogels, H. Li(1), H. L. Xin(1), D. A. Muller, L. Estroff, Science 326, 1244 (2009)

12. A new spin on electron beams, H. L. Xin* and D. A. Muller, Nature Nanotechnology, 5, 764 (2010)

13. Facet development during platinum nanocube growth, H. G. Liao, D. Zherebetskyy, H. L. Xin, et al, Science, 22, 916 (2014) doi:10.1126/science.1253149

14. Highly Crystalline Multimetallic Nanoframes with Three-Dimensional Electrocatalytic Surfaces, C. Chen, et al, Science, 343, 1339 (2014)

15. Prescribed nanoparticle cluster architectures and low-dimensional arrays built using octahedral DNA origami frames, Y. Tian et al, Nature Nanotechnology, 10, 637–644 (2015)

16. Superlattices assembled through shape-induced directional binding, Nature Communications, F. Lu et al, 6, 6912 (2015)

18. Sub-50-nm self-assembled nanotextures for enhanced broadband antireflection in silicon solar cells, A. Rahman et al, Nature Communications, 6, 5963 (2015)
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