February 8, 2022
Staff Accomplishment

Yu on Editorial Board of Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering

Chemical Engineer Xiao-Ying Yu begins role February 2022

Xiao-Ying Yu

PNNL chief chemical engineer Xiao-Ying Yu

(Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Xiao-Ying Yu, a chief chemical engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was recently selected to serve on the editorial board of Nuclear Materials. The section will publish in Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering, a new journal by Frontiers that launches this month.

Yu will join the journal as an associate editor and play an integral part in the section’s peer-review process by managing and overseeing the review of nuclear material manuscripts.

Yu’s invitation was based in her expertise in nuclear materials, particularly her expertise in interfacial phenomena at the fundamental atomic and molecular level, and her excellent publication record on relevant topics.

As an associate editor, Yu will also contribute to the journal’s strategic direction by proposing themes for high-profile article collections and co-leading selected collections.

“I am honored to join the Nuclear Materials editorial board and contribute to the journal’s mission to promote nuclear materials science and improve how it is published, evaluated, and communicated to researchers and the public,” said Yu.

Yu has led the development of novel molecular imaging tools based on microfluidics at PNNL, which resulted in multiple-issued patents, a prestigious R&D 100 award, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer award. Through her chemical imaging techniques, Yu enabled direct in situ observations of complex liquid surfaces, liquid and liquid interfaces, and liquid and solid interfaces. She is currently developing a new instrument based on microfluidics and micro-electromechanical system to study nuclear materials. Yu has been an editorial board member of Atmosphere and Micromachines.

Yu joined PNNL in 2006, following her appointment at Colorado State University as a staff scientist. She did her postdoctoral research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and was trained as a physical chemist at the University of Michigan.