Nanyang Technology University

Academic Profile
Assoc Prof Yang Yanhui 

Associate Professor 
Division of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering 
College of Engineering 



Email: yhyang@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (+65)6316 8940 
Office: N1.2-B1-18 
Education
  • PhD Yale University 2005
  • MS Yale University 2001
  • MS Tsinghua University 2001
  • BE Tsinghua University 1998
Biography
Dr. Yang received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Yale University in 1998 and 2005, respectively. His doctoral advisor is Prof. Gary L. Haller. Dr. Yang joined School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore as an assistant professor in August 2005 right after He graduated from Yale. Dr. Yang’s primary research area is heterogeneous catalysis over metals and metal oxides. In particular, Dr. Yang is interested in understanding the fundamental catalytic concepts and phenomena using well-defined model catalyst and chemically probed reactions. The model reactions in his laboratory include aerobic oxidation of alcohols, selective hydrogenation of aldehyde, epoxidation using air, CO2 utilization (dry reforming and CO2 methanation), and SWCNT production. Along with Dr. Yang’s main research interests, he also employs the high surface area materials for various applications, e.g., protein separation, UPLC separation, enantioselective drug adsorption and release.
Research Interests
Heterogeneous catalysis on metals and metal oxides.
Structured nano-materials.
Research Grant
  • A*STAR Thematic Strategic Research Program - Bioenergy (2009-) [by A*STAR Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2010-2013) [by MOE]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2013-)
  • NEA Environment Technology Research Programme (2013-) [by National Environmental Agency (NEA)]
  • Seed Funding (2012-) [by Nanyang Technological University]
  • Seed Funding (2013-) [by Nanyang Technological University]
Current Projects
  • A Novel Pyrolysis-reforming process for fuel oil recovery from Mixed Plastic Waste
  • Bio-renewables for chemicals and energy
  • Catalytic conversion of cellulose, biomass derived platform chemicals towards a more environmentally sustainable energy and chemical economy
  • Facet-Controllable Ultra-Thin Metal Nanostructures towards Efficient Catalysis
  • Model Migration for Rapid Model-based Optimal Design of Catalysts
  • Next Generation Fuels: Upgrading of Biomass-derived Pyrolysis Oil
  • Smart and Sustainable Material Systems for Liquid Fuel Production from Water and Flue Gases
Selected Publications
  • Shao-Wen Cao, Jun Fang, Mohammad Mehdi Shahjamali, Zheng Wang, Zhen Yin, Yanhui Yang, Freddy Y. C. Boey, James Barber, Say Chye Joachim Loo and Can Xue. (2012). In situ growth of Au nanoparticles on Fe2O3 nanocrystals for catalytic applications. CrystEngComm, 14(21), 7229–7235.
  • Qiang Wang, Shuo-Wang Yang, Yanhui Yang, M. B. Chan-Park, and Yuan Chen. (2011). Charge Transfer between Metal Clusters and Growing Carbon Structures in Chirality-Controlled Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Growth. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2(9), 1009-1014.
  • Wei, Li; Li, Lain-Jong; Chan-Park, Mary; Yang, Yanhui; Chen, Yuan. (2010). Aggregation–dependent photoluminescence sidebands in single-walled carbon nanotube. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, 114(14), 6704-6711.
  • Yuan Chen*, Bo Wang, Yanhui Yang, Qiang Wang. (2010). Developments in Catalytic Methodology for (n,m) Selective Synthesis of SWNTsLuminescence: the Instrumental Key to the Future of Nanotechnology..
  • Wang, Hong; Wang, Bo; Quek, Xian-Yang; Wei, Li; Zhao, Jianwen; Li, Lain-Jong; Chan-Park, Mary; Yang, Yanhui; Chen, Yuan. (2010). Selective Synthesis of (9,8) Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Cobalt incorporated TUD-1 Catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(47), 16747–16749.
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