Yuanbing   Mao

Associate Professor  

Dr. Yuanbing Mao

Dr. Yuanbing Mao is a chemist by training with expertise on nanoscience. He loves to work with students in both classroom and labs.





Selected Publications


  • Qiang Li, Xing Sun, Karen Lozano, and Yuanbing Mao. "Dependence of Photoelectrochemical Properties on Geometry Factors of Interconnected „Caterpillar-like“ ZnO Networks," Electrochimica Acta 222, no. 232-245 (2017).

  • Yuanbing Mao, Mandana Akia, Lee Cremar, Mircea Chipara, Edgar Munoz, Hilario Cortez, Hector de Santiago, Fernando Rodriguez-Macias, Yadira Vega-Cantu, Timothy Lodge, and Karen Lozano. "In Situ Production of Graphene-Fiber Hybrid Structures," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9, (2017): 25474-25480.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Arnold Burger, Michael Groza, and Yuanbing Mao. "Enhance the photoluminescence and radioluminescence of La2Zr2O7:Eu3+core nanoparticles by coating with a thin Y2O3shell," Optical Materials 68, (June 2017): 35-41.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Yuanbing Mao. "Optical and X-ray induced luminescence from Eu3+doped La2Zr2O7nanoparticles," Journal of Alloys and Compounds 693, (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 719-729.

  • Kareem Wahid, Madhab Pokhrel, and Yuanbing Mao. "Structural, photoluminescence and radioluminescence properties of Eu3+doped La2Hf2O7nanoparticles," Journal of Solid State Chemistry 245, (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 89-97.

  • Kareem Wahid, Madhab Pokhrel, and Yuanbing Mao. "Doped Lanthanum Hafnates as Scintillating Materials for High-Energy Photon Detection," APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2016.

  • Nancy Obregon, Victor Agubra, Madhab Pokhrel, Howard Campos, David Flores, David De la Garza, Yuanbing Mao, Javier Macossay-Torres, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Effect of Polymer Concentration, Rotational Speed, and Solvent Mixture on Fiber Formation Using Forcespinning®," Fibers 4, no. 2 (2016): 20.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Kareem Wahid, and Yuanbing Mao. "Systematic Studies on RE2Hf2O7: 5% Eu3+ (RE= Y, La, Pr, Gd, Er, and Lu) Nanoparticles: Effects of the A-Site RE3+ Cation and Calcination on Structure and Photoluminescence," The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, no. 27 (2016): 14828–14839.

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Dependence of Photoelectrochemical Properties on Geometry Factors of Interconnected „Caterpillar-like“ ZnO Networks," Electrochimica Acta 222, (December 2016): 232-245.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Carolina Valdes, and Yuanbing Mao. "Ultraviolet upconversion enhancement in triply doped NaYF4:Tm3+, Yb3+particles: The role of Nd3+or Gd3+Co-doping," Optical Materials 58, (August 2016): 67-75.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alexis Racelis. An Integrated Approach to Graduate Research, Education, and Engagement, USDA-NIFA-National Needs Fellows Program, $242,000.00 (July 15, 2017 - June 14, 2022)

  • Karen Lozano. UTRGV-UMN Partnership for Fostering Innovation by Bridging Excellence in Research and Student Success, National Science Foundation, $3,000,000.00 (September 2015 - August 2020)

  • Yuanbing Mao. From Synthesis, Local and Electronic Structures, to Optical and Scintillating Properties of Lanthanoid Hafnate Nanoparticles, NSF, $175,000.00 (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020)

  • Yuanbing Mao. IFSEEN-Integrating Food Science/Engineering & Education Network: An Educational Linkage to Collaboratively Generate Future Hispanic Food Safety/Science Professionals and Leaders, USDA NIFA, $2,000,000.00 (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2019)

  • Yuanbing Mao. From Synthesis and Nano-Effects to Luminescent and X-ray Imaging Properties, Research Enhancement Seed Grant, College of Sciences, $24,000.00 (February 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. A Novel X-ray System to Enhance Research and Education on Structural, Medical and Nanostructured Materials at Rio Grande Valley, Texas, DOD, $711,522.00 ( )

  • Yuanbing Mao. Hydrogen storage via functionalized nanoporous materials, AFOSR, $785,000.00 (April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2017)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Luminescent core-shell nanostructures as radiation indicators, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), $500,000.00 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2016)

  • Karen Lozano. PREM-The University of Texas Pan American, National Science Foundation, $2,700,000.00 (September 2009 - August 2016)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Studies on the synergistic effects of each component of hierarchical ternary nanocomposites for lithium-ion battery cathodes, American Chemical Society, $50,000.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Yuanbing Mao. "Doped Lanthanum Hafnate Nanocrystals as Scintillating Materials," 252nd ACS National Meeting, American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016)

  • Yuanbing Mao, X Sun, and Q Li. "3D ZnO@MnO2 Core@shell nanostructured array for electrochemical energy storage," 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao and S Alaparthi. "Luminescent Core@shell RE:A2B2O7@A'B'O3 nanoparticles," 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao, Q Li, and X Sun. "Nanostructured titania as lithium-ion battery electrode," 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao, Q Li, and X Sun. "Neutral aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors with synergistically coupled Mn)2 nanoflowers and CNTs," 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Luminescent core-shell nanoparticles as radiation indicators," 2012 Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DoD) Basic Research Technical Review Meeting, Springfield, VA (July 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Double Perovskite La2BMnO6 (B=Ni or Co) Nanoparticles," Nanotech Conference and Expo 2013, National Harbor, MD (May 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao and Xing Sun. "Three-dimensional Core@shel Nano-Array Electrodes for Integrated Lithium-Ion Microbatteries," Nanotech Conference and Expo 2013, National Harbor, MD (May 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao, J Zhao, H Chirino, Q Lu, and J Bravo. "Nanocomposite photocatalysts containing metal oxides for destrcution of dyes and bacteria," 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (April 2013)

  • Yuanbing Mao, J Zhao, H Chirino, Q Lu, and J Bravo. "Nanocomposite photocatalysts containing metal oxides for destruction of dyes and bacteria," 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (April 2013)

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