Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering
KAVLI ENERGY NANOSCIENCE INSTITUTE, UC BERKELEY
Favorite Scientific Discovery:
Men in Black. I love how in the final scene the view zooms out from the street to the galaxy and our universe becomes a marble in an alien’s game.
I love anything associated with the ocean, diving, snorkeling, surfing, fishing or just idling…
Raising my son is my science.
How did you first become interested in science? Who or what inspired you?
I grew up on a university campus in China. My childhood playground was my mom’s chemistry lab. My dad introduced many things when I was young including a manual calculator that looks just like a ruler. Although I never told him, in all honesty, he is really the first one who brought me into science.
What is the question that most drives your work right now?
I am interested in entropy and specifically, how nature processes information stored in DNA at the system level and how to balance the precision with randomness. I am incorporating what I learn into material development, hoping to synchronize different processes so we can live in harmony with our planet.