Yang Cao

Director, Electrical Insulation Research Center (EIRC)

Assistant Director, Institute of Materials Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


PhD, University of Connecticut, 2002

Research Focus

High Voltage, Electronic Materials

Awards and Honors

  • Excellent in Teaching, Fall 2020 (UConn)
  • Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), 2020


Dehao Qin, Zheyu Zhang, Di Zhang, Yuntao Xu, Cheng Wan, Lakshmi Ravi, Tohid Shahsavarian, Dong Dong, Yang Cao, “Oscillation Issue and Solution for Solid-state Circuit Breaker Using High Power IGBT Module”, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, accepted, Aug.22, 2023.

Ankit Mishra, Lihua Chen, ZongZe Li, Ken-ichi Nomura, Aravind Krishnamoorthy, Shogo Fukushima, Subodh C Tiwari, Rajiv K Kalia, Aiichiro Nakano, Rampi Ramprasad, Greg Sotzing, Yang Cao, Priya Vashishta, “Computational framework for polymer synthesis to study dielectric properties using polarizable reactive molecular dynamics”, Computational Materials Science, Vol.228, 112340, 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2023.112340

Sebastian M. Fica-Contreras, Zongze Li, Abdullah Alamri, Aaron P. Charnay, Junkun Pan, Chao Wu, Jeffrey R. Lockwood, Omer Yassin, Stuti Shukla, Gregory Sotzing*, Yang Cao*, Michael D. Fayer*, “Synthetically tunable polymers, free volume element size distributions, and dielectric breakdown field strengths”, Materials Today, Available online, Jun 9, 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.mattod.2023.05.010

Chao Wu, Ajinkya A Deshmukh, Lihua Chen, Rampi Ramprasad, Gregory A Sotzing, Yang Cao, “Impact of Oxygen Containing Carbonyl and Ether Groups on Dielectric Properties of Poly (oxa) norbornene Cyclic Olefins”, Journal of Advanced Dielectrics, 2341005, 2023, DOI: 10.1142/S2010135X23410059

Jindong Huo, Yifei Wang, Ningzhen Wang, Wenqiang Gao, Jierui Zhou, Yang Cao, “Data-driven design and optimization of ultra-tunable acoustic metamaterials“, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol.32, 05LT01, March 10th, 2023. DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/acc36c

Yifei Wang, Jierui Zhou, Antigoni Konstantinou, Mohamadreza Arab Baferani, Kerry Davis, Wenqiang Gao, Yang Cao, “Sandwiched polymer nanocomposites reinforced by two-dimensional interface nanocoating for ultrahigh energy storage performance at elevated temperatures“, Small, 2208105, 2023. DOI: 10.1002/smll.202208105

Weikang Xian, Chung-Hao Liu, Behrad Kangarlou, Shing-Yun Chang, Chao Wu, Yang Cao, Luyi Sun, Anson W. K. Ma, Mu-Ping Nieh, Amitesh Maiti, Andrew P. Saab, and Ying Li, “Effect of Diphenyl Content on Viscoelasticity of Poly(dimethyl-co-diphenyl)siloxane Melt and Network”, ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., accepted Jan. 28, 2023. DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.2c01979

Mayank Jain, Zeynep Mutlu, Jiahao Mao, Jierui Zhou, Chao Wu, Yang Cao, Mukerrem Cakmak, “Effect of constrained annealing on the structural and dielectric properties of melt cast PVDF/PMMA films”, Journal of Polymer Science, accepted, Jan. 27, 2023. DOI: 10.1002/pol.20220758

Mayank Jain, Zeynep Mutlu, Jiahao Mao, Jierui Zhou, Peinan Zhou, Chao Wu, Tugba Isik, Yang Cao, Volkan Ortalan, Miko Cakmak, “Shear Amplification of Orientation in Nylon 11/Clay Nanocomposites during Melt Casting and Resulting Electrical Properties“, Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol.63, pp.863-879 , 2023. DOI: 10.1002/pen.26250


US Patent # 11569701, “Nanostructured insulation for electric machines“, Jan. 31, 2023

US Patent 8,421,419, April 16, 2013, “Anti-Ferroelectric Capacitor Enabled Power Converter”.

US Patent 8,308,506, November 13, 2012, “Ultra-Low Capacitance High Voltage Cable Assemblies for CT Systems”.

US Patent 8,288,911, Oct.16, 2012, “Non-Linear Dielectrics Used as Electrical Insulation for Rotating Electrical Machinery”.

US Patent 8,247,484, August 21, 2012, “High Temperature Polymer Composites and Methods of Making the Same”.

US Patent 8,094,431, July 10, 2012, “Methods for Improving the Dielectric Properties of a Polymer, and Related Articles and Devices”.

US Patent 8,218,291, January 10, 2012, “Monomers for Preparing Polycarbonate Resins, Methods of Preparing the Monomers, Polycarbonate Resins Prepared with the Monomers, and Capacitors Comprising the Polycarbonate Resins”.

US Patent 7,976,218, Jul 12, 2011, “Apparatus for Providing Shielding in a Multispot X-Ray Source and Method of Making Same”.

US Patent 7,815,820, Oct. 19, 2010 “Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Polymer Composites and Methods of Manufacture”.

US Patent 7,809,114, Oct. 5, 2010 “Field Emitter Based Electron Source for Multiple Spot X-Ray”.

Yang Cao
Contact Information
Mailing Address25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office LocationScience 1 - 1023