Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Yang Yanhui

Assistant Chair

School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6316 8940
Office: N1.2-B1-18

  • PhD Yale University 2005
  • MS Yale University 2001
  • MS Tsinghua University 2001
  • BE Tsinghua University 1998
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
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2015-) [by Nanyang Technological University]
  • Johnson Matthey PLC (2014-)
  • NRF CREATE (2014-)
  • NRF CREATE (2014-) [by Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research in Energy Efficiency in Singapore (CARES)]
Current Projects
  • Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technolgy (C4T) - Carbon Abatement in the Petroleum Refining Industry: A Control and Optimisation Research Network (CAPRICON) (IRP3.2)
  • Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technolgy (C4T) - Multi-Scale Studies of Catalytic and Adsorption Technologies (MUSCAT) (IRP1.1)
  • Catalytic conversion of cellulose, biomass derived platform chemicals towards a more environmentally sustainable energy and chemical economy
  • Development of Green and Recyclable Supported Metal nanoparticles-Based Catalysts for Oxidation Reactions of Biomass-derived Alcohols
  • Facet-Controllable Ultra-Thin Metal Nanostructures towards Efficient Catalysis
  • IRP 1.1 Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T)
  • IRP 3.2 Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T)
  • Next Generation Fuels: Upgrading of Biomass-derived Pyrolysis Oil
Selected Publications
  • Trinh, Q. T.; Banerjee, A., Yang Y., Mushrif, S. H. (2016). Subsurface Boron Doped Copper for Methane Activation and coupling: First Principles Investigation of the Structure, Activity and Selectivity of the Catalyst. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C , 121(2), 1099.
  • Junxi Lei, Guoan Yuan, Piyarat Weerachanchai, Shao Wee Lee, Kaixin Li, Jing-Yuan Wang, Yanhui Yang. (2016). Investigation on thermal dechlorination and catalytic pyrolysis in a continuous process for liquid fuel recovery from mixed plastic wastes. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, , 1-10.
  • He C, Zhao J, Yang YH, Wang JY. (2016). Multiscale characteristics dynamics of hydrochar from hydrothermal conversion of sewage sludge under sub- and near-critical water. Bioresource Technology, 211, 486-493.
  • Zhao J, Zhou C M, He C, Dai Y H, Jia X L, Yang Y H. (2015). Efficient dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural over sulfonated carbon sphere solid acid catalysts. Catalysis Today, 264, 123-130.
  • Amaniampong P. N.; Trinh Q. T.; Wang B.; Borgna A.; Yang Y.; Mushrif S. H. (2015). Biomass Oxidation: Formyl C–H Bond Activation by the Surface Lattice Oxygen of Regenerative Cuo Nanoleaves. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54(31), 8928–8933.

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