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Prof Yanyu Liang

Academic Visitor



Prof Yanyu Liang is an academic visitor from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in China, where she is a Professor in College of Materials Science and Technology. Her research is focused on design and development of carbon-based nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage technologies such as hydrogen production, fuel cells, lithium-ion battery, potassium ion battery, and zinc ion battery. She has published 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and obtained eight patents. As a principal investigator, Yanyu has conducted and completed five projects sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Central Finance University Outstanding Talent Cultivation Project, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, Jiangsu Talent Project, and German Humboldt Scholars Fund, respectively.

Yanyu has been awarded a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council to support her visit and research in the University of Exeter for one year (June 2022-June 2023). During the visit, Yanyu works with Prof Xiaohong Li in the Renewable Energy Group on Penryn Campus on engineering design and catalyst development of novel water electrolysers for green hydrogen production for energy storage. 

Selected Publications

1.Jingting Hou, Meichan Yuan, Sergey A. Grigoriev, Zehui Yang, Qingue Lai, Yanyu Liang*, NiCo-sulfide hetero-structured interface induced highly active nickel-dominated metal sites for oxygen evolution reaction, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2022, 47(12), 21352-21360.

2.Qingxue Lai, Hongmei Zheng, Zeming Tang, Da Bi, Ningning Chen, Xingjiang Liu, Jing Zheng, Yanyu Liang*, Balance of N-Doping Engineering and Carbon Chemistry to Expose Edge Graphitic N Sites for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, 13(51):61129-61138.

3.Yan Luo, Zeming Tang, Guiqiang Cao, Da Bi, David P. Trudgeon, Adeline Loh, Xiaohong Li, Qingxue Lai, Yanyu Liang*, Cu-assisted induced atomic-level bivalent Fe confined on N-doped carbon concave dodecahedrons for acid oxygen reduction electrocatalysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2020, 46(2):1997-2006.

4.Qingxue Lai, Jing Zheng, Zeming Tang, Da Bi, Jingxiang Zhao, Yanyu Liang*, Optimal N-doped carbon defect configuration in 2D turbostratic carbon nanomesh for advanced oxygen reduction electrocatalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, 29(59):11999-12006.

5.Guiqiang Cao, Zhikang Wang, Da Bi, Jing Zheng, Qingxue Lai, Yanyu Liang*, Atomic-Scale Dispersed Fe-based Catalysts Confined on Nitrogen Doped Graphene for Li-S Batteries: Polysulfides with Enhanced Conversin Efficiency, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2020, 26(45):10314-10320.

6.Ling Zhang, XiaoMei Shi, Yitong Xu, Gaochao Fan, Yanyu Liang*, Chengshuang Wang, Weiwei Zhao, Gold Nanoparticle-Induced Photocurrent Quenching and Recovery of Polymer Dots: Toward Signal-On Energy-Transfer-Based Photocathodic Bioanalysis of Telomerase Activity in Cell Extracts, Analytical Chemistry, 2019, 91(10):6403-6407.

7.Yingxuan Zhao, Qingxue Lai, Junjie Zhu, Jia Zhong, Zeming Tang, Yanyu Liang*, Controllable Construction of Core-Shell Polymer@Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks Fiber Derived Heteroatom-doped Carbon Nanofiber Network for Efficient Oxygen Electrocatalysis, Small, 2018, 14, 1740207.

8.Qingxue Lai, Lirong Zheng, Yanyu Liang*, Jianping He, Jingxiang Zhao, Junhong Chen,Metal-Organic-Framework-Derived Fe-N/C Electrocatalyst with Five-Coordinated Fe-Nx Sites for Advanced Oxygen Reduction in Acid Media. ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7 (3):1655–1663.

9.Qingxue Lai, Junjie Zhu, Yingxuan Zhao, Yanyu Liang*, Jianping He, Junhong Chen, MOF-Based Metal-Doping-Induced Synthesis of Hierarchical Porous CuN/C Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts for Zn–Air Batteries, Small, 2017, 11, 201700740.

10.Qingxue Lai, Yingxuan Zhao, Yanyu Liang*, Jianping He, Junhong Chen*, In Situ Confinement Pyrolysis Transformation of ZIF-8 to Nitrogen-Enriched Meso-Microporous Carbon Frameworks for Oxygen Reduction, Advanced Functional Materials 2016, 26 (45), 8334-8344.