Purdue University/Rebecca McElhoeDr. Letian Dou is currently the Charles Davidson Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy) at Purdue University. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University in 2009 working with Prof. Xinhua Wan and Ph.D. from UCLA Materials Science in 2014 working with Prof. Yang Yang (co-advised by Prof. Fred Wudl @UCSB in 2013). From 2014 to 2017, he was a Postdoc Fellow working with Prof. Peidong Yang at the Department of Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley and Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He joined Purdue University in 2017 and was awarded tenure in 2022. His research interest includes the synthesis of hybrid materials, organic semiconductors, halide perovskites, and related optoelectronic properties and their device applications. He is also a pioneer in polymer single crystal chemistry and materials. He has published over 90 papers with more than 23000 citations (H index = 48 as of May 2023).

Rm 3053B (office)
Rm 2003, 2004, 2193, 3012 (labs)
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
480 W Stadium Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Administrative assistant:
Lauren M. Hays (hays14@purdue.edu)


University of California, Berkeley
Chemist Postdoc Fellow                                                                         2014-2017
University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering                                      2009-2014
Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China
B.S. in Chemistry                                                                                  2005-2009

Awards and Honors

  • College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Research (2023)
  • Early Career and Emerging Researchers in Physical Chemistry by JPC (2023)
  • Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Rising Star Award (2022)
  • AIChE Owens Corning Early Career Award (2022)
  • Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Award (2022)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award (2021)
  • Rising Stars of Advanced Materials (2021)
  • Emerging Investigators of Chemical Communications (2021)
  • American Made Solar Prize (2021)
  • Charles Davidson Rising Star Assistant Professorship by Purdue University (2020)
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher (2020)
  • International Association of Advanced Materials Young Scientist Award (2020)
  • Highly Cited Researcher in Cross-Fields (top 0.1%) by Clarivate Analytics (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2019)
  • MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 China (2018)
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Awards (2014)
  • UCLA Materials Science Department Award (2014)
  • The Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2013-2015)
  • Chinese Government Award For Outstanding Students Abroad (2013)
  • Materials Research Society Travel Awards (2013)
  • Student Award by Society of Information Display (SID) – LA Chapter (2011)