Faculty Profile

Hong Yang

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Hong Yang
Hong Yang
Richard C. Alkire Professor in Chemical Engineering
206 Roger Adams Laboratory MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-6730

Education

  • Postdoctorate, Harvard University, 1998-2001
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1998
  • M. S., University of Victoria, 1994
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, 1989

Biography

Hong Yang is the Richard C. Alkire Professor of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Yang is recognized for his work in nanotechnology, especially nanomaterials of well-defined structure and composition. He is particularly interested in the design and synthesis of bi- and multi-metallic nanostructures, which are evaluated for a range of catalytic applications, including fuel cell and water splitting. An elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of NSF CAREER Award, Dr. Yang is a section editor on Nanotechnology for the Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering and he serves on the editorial board of Nano Today and other journals. He joined the department in 2012. Dr. Yang received his BS from Tsinghua University, his MS from the University of Victoria and PhD from the University of Toronto. His postdoctoral work was at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, he was a faculty member at the University of Rochester.

For more information

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials for Energy and Biotechnology, Electrocatalysis

Chapters in Books

  • J. B. Wu and H. Yang, Chemical Synthesis of Nanoscale Heterogeneous Catalysts in Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Nanoscale for Energy Applications, Franklin Tao, William F. Schneider, Prashant Kamat (Eds), Wiley, Weinheim, Germany, 2014, Ch 2, (in print).
  • Z. M. Peng, S. C. Yang, and H. Yang, Approaches to the Synthesis and Characterization of Spherical and Anisotropic Platinum Nanomaterials in Metallic Nanomaterials (Volume 1-Nanomaterials for Life Sciences), Challa S. S. R. Kumar (Ed), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH&Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2009, Ch 10, pp 357-402. [ISBN: 978-3-527-32151-3]
  • H. Yang, X. W. Teng, S. Maksimuk, Multipods and dendritic nanoparticles of platinum: colloidal synthesis and electrocatalytic property in Metal Nanoclusters in Catalysis and Materials Science: the Issue of Size Control. Part II: Methodologies, Benedetto Corain, Gunter Schmid, Naoki Toshima (Eds.), Elsevier B. V., Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2008, Ch 17, pp 307-320. [ISBN: 978-0-444-53057-8]

Selected Articles in Journals

  • X. Yin, X. H. Liu, Y.-T. Pan, K. Walsh, H. Yang, Hanoi Tower-like multilayered ultrathin palladium nanosheets, Nano Lett., 2014, 14,ASAP article.
  • J. M. Kim, X. Yin, K.-C. Tsao, S. H. Fang, H. Yang, A2B2O5 as Oxygen deficient perovskite electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 14646-14649.
  • X. Yin, S. A. Warren, Y.-T. Pan, K.-C. Tsao, D. L. Gray, J. Bertke, H. Yang, A motif for infinite metal atom wires, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, published online. (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201408461)
  • Y.-T. Pan,￿ X. Yin,￿ K. S. Kwok, H. Yang, Higher-ordered nanostructures of flexible palladium two-dimensional nanosheets for fast hydrogen sensing, Nano Lett., 2014, 14, 5953-5959.
  • J. Wu, S. C. Yang, H. Yang, Facet-controlled metal alloy electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction: Unconventional post treatment of Pt3Ni octahedral catalysts for enhanced activity, ECS Transactions, 2014, 61(31), 25-34.
  • Q. Du, J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Pt@Nb-TiO2 Catalyst Membranes Fabricated by Electrospinning and Atomic Layer Deposition, ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4, 144-151.
  • H. Yang, Y D. Yin, Shaping nanoparticles for applications in energy conversion and storage, ChemSusChem, 2013, 6, 1781-1783.
  • Y. N. Xia, H. Yang, C. Campbell, Nanoparticles for Catalysis, Acc. Chem. Res., 2013, 46, 1671-1672.
  • J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Platinum-Based Oxygen Reduction Catalysts, Acc. Chem. Res., 2013, 46, 1848￿1857.
  • W. Zhou, J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Highly uniform platinum icosahedra made by the hot injection-assisted GRAILS method, Nano Letters, 2013, 13, 2870￿2874.
  • J. B. Wu, S. Miao, H. Yang, Enhanced oxidation reduction stability of (111) surface dominant Pt3Ni@Pt3Pd core-shell nanoparticle catalysts, ChemSusChem, 2013, 6, 1888-1892.
  • Q. Du, D. R. Harding, H. Yang, Twisted peanut-shaped poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) ribbons generated by electrospinning, Polymer, 2013, 54, 6752-6759.
  • S. Y. Lyu, C. L. Huang, H. Yang, X. P. Zhang, Electrospun fibers as a scaffolding platform for bone tissue repair, Journal of Orthopedic Research, 2013, 31, 1382-1389.
  • H. J. You, S. C. Yang, B. J. Ding, H. Yang, Synthesis of colloidal metal and metal alloy nanoparticles for electrochemical energy applications, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 2880 - 2904.
  • J. B. Wu, P. P. Li, Y.-T. Pan, S. Warren, X. Yin, H. Yang, Surface lattice-engineered bimetallic nanoparticles and their catalytic properties, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 8066-8074.
  • J. B. Wu, L. Qi, H. J. You, A. Gross, J. Li, H. Yang, Icosahedral platinum alloy nanocrystals with enhanced electrocatalytic activities, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 11880-11883.
  • J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Study of durability of faceted Pt3Ni oxygen reduction electrocatalysts, ChemCatChem, 2012, 4, 1572-1577.
  • M. Shi, H. S. Kwon, Z. M. Peng, A. Elder, H. Yang, Effects of surface chemistry on the generation of reactive oxygen species by copper nanoparticles, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 2157-2164.
  • H. J. You, Z. M. Peng, J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Lattice contracted AgPt nanoparticles, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 12595-12597.
  • J. B. Wu, A. Gross, H. Yang, Shape and composition controlled platinum alloy nanocrystals using carbon monoxide as reducing agent, Nano Lett., 2011, 11, 798-802.
  • X. J. Liu, V. Barnes, H. Yang, H. Malmstrom, Y. F. Ren, Effects of dentin tubule occlusion by dentifrice containing a PVM/MA bioadhesive copolymer in a silica base, Journal of Dentistry, 2011, 39, 293-301.
  • H. Yang, Core-shell and related multifunctional nanostructures of platinum-based electrocatalysts, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 2674-2676.
  • C. L. Miao, R. Shen, M. M. Wang, S. N. Shafrir, H. Yang, S. D. Jacobs, Rheology of aqueous magnetorheological fluid using dual oxide coated carbonyl iron particles, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 2011, 94, 2386-2392.
  • Z. M. Peng, H. J. You, H. Yang, An electrochemical approach to PtAg alloy nanostructures rich in Pt at the surface, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2010, 20, 3734-3741.
  • Y. Q. Liu, X. P. Zhang, Y. N. Xia, H. Yang, Magnetic field-assisted electrospinning of aligned straight and wavy polymeric nanofibers, Adv. Mater., 2010, 22, 2454-245.
  • Z. M. Peng,￿ H. J. You,￿ J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Electrochemical synthesis and catalytic property of sub-10 nm platinum cubic nanoboxes, Nano Lett., 2010, 10, 1492-1496.
  • J. B. Wu, J. L. Zhang, Z. M. Peng, S. C. Yang, F. T. Wagner, H. Yang, Truncated octahedral Pt3Ni ORR electrocatalysts, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 4984-4985.
  • Z. M. Peng,￿ H. J. You,￿ H. Yang, Composition-dependent formation of platinum silver nanowires, ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 1501-1510.
  • Z. M. Peng, J. B. Wu, H. Yang, Synthesis and oxygen reduction electrocatalytic property of platinum hollow and platinum-on-silver nanoparticles, Mater. Chem. 2010, 22, 1098-1106.
  • Z. M. Peng, H. Yang, Designer platinum nanoparticles: Shape, composition in alloys, nanostructure and electrocatalytic property, Nano Today, 2009, 4(2), 143-164.
  • Z. M. Peng, H. Yang, PtAu Bimetallic Heteronanostructures made by post-synthesis modifications of Pt-on-Au nanoparticles, Nano Res., 2009, 2, 406-415.
  • Z. M. Peng, and Hong Yang, Synthesis and oxygen-reduction electrocatalytic property of Pt-on-Pd bimetallic heteronanostructures, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 7542-7543.

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Energy (Springer-Chinese Academy of Engineering), 2016-
  • Editorial Board Member, Science China Materials (Springer-Chinese Academy of Sciences), 2014-
  • Editorial Board Member, ChemNanoMat (Wiley-VCH), 2014-
  • Guest Editor, ChemSusChem (Wiley-VCH), 2013
  • Guest Editor, Accounts of Chemical Research (ACS), 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Nano Today (Elsevier), 2009-
  • Guest Editor, Advanced Materials (Wiley-VCH), 2007
  • Editor on Nanotechnology, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering (Elsevier), 2012-

Honors

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2015
  • Richard C. Alkire Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2014
  • Most Cited Article published in Nano Today (Elsevier, 2013 IF: 18.432) for the past five years (2009-2014), access to the journal website in 2014
  • Alumni Commencement Speaker, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, 2014
  • Visiting Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2013
  • Invited Guest Editor, Accounts of Chemical Research, Special Issue: Nanoparticles for Catalysis, 2013
  • Invited Guest Editor, ChemSusChem, Special Issue: Shaping Nanostructures for Applications in Energy Conversion and Storage, 2013
  • Technology Development Fund (TDF) Award, University of Rochester, 2011
  • Invited Guest Editor, Advanced Materials, 2007
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2005
  • New Investigator Award, Petroleum Research Fund, American Chemical Society, 2005
  • NSERC Canada Doctoral Prize, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1999
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1998-2000
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Government, 1996 & 1997
  • Open Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1995
  • Connaught Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1994

Other Honors

  • Most Cited Article published in Nano Today (Elsevier, 2013 IF: 18.432) for the past five years (2009-2014), access to the journal website in 2014.
  • Alumni Commencement Speaker, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, 2014.
  • Visiting Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2013
  • Invited Guest Editor, Accounts of Chemical Research, Special Issue: Nanoparticles for Catalysis, 2013
  • Invited Guest Editor, ChemSusChem, Special Issue: Shaping Nanostructures for Applications in Energy Conversion and Storage, 2013
  • TengFei Guest Professorship, Xi￿an Jiaotong University, 2010-2012
  • Technology Development Fund (TDF) Award, University of Rochester, 2011
  • Invited Guest Editor, Advanced Materials, 2007
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2005
  • ACS PRF Starter Award, American Chemical Society, 2005
  • NSERC Canada Doctoral Prize, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1999
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1998-2000
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Government, 1997
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Government, 1996
  • Open Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1995
  • Connaught Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1994