Group Members

Huolin Xin, Principal Investigator

Office: Rowland Hall 220A (Now, temporarily using 210U Rowloand Hall)

Huolin Xin
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 permanent staff member and a principle investigator from 2012 to 2018.  He is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook University. 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 been selected as the 2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements by Brookhaven Lab. His research has resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent, 19 of which are published in Science/Nature sister journals. To date, he has graduated three master students and one Ph.D. student. Two of his group alumni have won the “Presidential Student Award” at the annual M&M conference based on their research in the group. He is currently setting up his lab in Rowland Hall on the main campus of UCI and he has open positions in his lab for students who are interested in deep-learning and energy material related research.

Former postdocs
Shize Yang -- Xin Group Postdoc 2018-2019
Shize Yang (2018-2019)

Lili Han -- Xin Group Postdoc 2018-2019
Lili Han

2015 Summer Group Photo

2016 Winter Group Photo

  • 05/2011 Ph.D., Cornell University, Dept.of Physics, Ithaca, NY 
  • 07/2005 B.S., Peking University, Dept. of Physics, Beijing, China 
  • 2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven 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