Academic Profile
Assoc Prof Yang Yanhui 
Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies), School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
 
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
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2013-)
  • Johnson Matthey PLC (2014-)
  • NEA Environment Technology Research Programme (2013-) [by National Environmental Agency (NEA)]
  • NRF CREATE (2014-)
  • NRF CREATE (2014-) [by Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research in Energy Efficiency in Singapore (CARES)]
Current Projects
  • A Novel Pyrolysis-reforming process for fuel oil recovery from Mixed Plastic Waste
  • Bio-renewables for chemicals and energy
  • 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
  • HYDROGENOLYSIS OF BIOMASS USING PGM CATALYSTS
  • 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
  • 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.
  • M.I. Hossain, T.Chen, Y.H. Yang & R. Lau. (2009, November). A general method for accurate size determination from 2-D images. Paper presented at Annual AIChE Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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