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Peter M. and Ruth L. Nicholas Post-Doctoral Fellow — Rice University, USA (Advisor: Dr. James M. Tour)
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow — University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Advisor: Dr. Patrik Schmuki)
Ph.D. — Tsinghua University, China (Advisor: Dr. Longtu Li & Xiaohui Wang)


The Yang group’s research interests include advanced materials and their applications in renewable energy devices, environmental science and smart electronics. Our research focuses on design and synthesis of highly ordered porous films with precisely controlled chemical composition and morphology; fundamental investigation of new electrochemical, electronic and optical properties; and exploration of novel cutting-edge technologies arising in these advanced materials.

Selected Publications

Yang, Y.; Fei, H.; Ruan, G.; Tour, J. M. Porous Co-Based Thin-Film as a Bifunctional Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation and Oxygen Generation. Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 3175-3180.

Yang, Y.; Fan, X.; Casillas, G.; Peng, Z.; Ruan, G.; Wang, G.; Jose-Yacaman, M.; Tour, J. M. Three-Dimensional Nanoporous Fe2O3/Fe3C-Graphene Heterogeneous Thin Films for Lithium-Ion Batteries. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 3939-3946.

Yang, Y.; Ruan, G.; Xiang, C.; Wang, G.; Tour, J. M. Flexible Three-Dimensional Nanoporous Metal-Based Energy Devices. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 6187-6190.

Wang, G.†; Yang, Y.†; Lee, I. H.; Abramova, V.; Fei, H.; Ruan, G.; Thomas, E. L.; Tour, J. M. Nanoporous Silicon Oxide Memory. Nano Letters 2014, 14, 4694-4699 († Co-author).

Yang, Y.; Peng, Z.; Wang, G.; Fan, X.; Tour, J. M. Three-Dimensional Thin-Film for Lithium-Ion Batteries and Supercapacitors. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 7279-7287.

Yang, Y.; Li, L.; Xiang, C.; Ruan, G.; Fei, H.; Peng, Z.; Tour, J. M. Hydrothermally Formed Three-Dimensional Nanoporous Ni(OH)2 Thin-Film Supercapacitors. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 9622-9628.

Yang, Y.; Fei, H.; Ruan, G.; Xiang, C.; Tour, J. M. Edge-Oriented MoS2 Nanoporous Films as Flexible Electrodes for Hydrogen Evolution Reactions and Supercapacitor Devices. Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 8163-8168.

Yang, Y.; Fei, H.; Ruan, G.; Xiang, C.; Tour, J. M. Efficient Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution on Amorphous Nickel-Cobalt Binary Oxide Nanoporous Layers. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 9518-9523.

Yang, Y.; Lee, K.; Zobel, M.; Mačković, M.; Unruh, T.; Spiecker, E.; Schmuki, P. Formation of Highly Ordered VO2 Nanotubular/Nanoporous Layers and Their Supercooling Effect in Phase Transitions. Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 1571-1575.

Yang, Y.; Albu, S. P.; Kim, D.; Schmuki, P. Enabling the Anodic Growth of Highly Ordered V2O5 Nano-Porous/Tubular Structures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 9071-9075.

Yang, Y.; Kim, D.; Yang, M.; Schmuki, P. Vertically Aligned Mixed V2O5-TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Supercapacitor Applications. Chemical Communications 2011, 47, 7746-7748.

Yang, Y.; Wang, X. H.; Sun, C. K.; Li, L. T. Phase Transition in BaTiO3 Nanotube Arrays.Journal of Applied Physics 2011, 109, 014109.

Yang, Y.; Wang, X. H.; Zhong, C. F.; Sun, C. K.; Li, L. T. Ferroelectric PbTiO3 Nanotube Arrays Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method. Applied Physics Letters 2008, 92, 122907.