Research Professor


Research Professor


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2010.09-2015.07      Fuzhou University                    Ph.D

2006.09-2010.07      Huaibei Normal University      B.S

Work Experience

2018.10-Present      Institue of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, UESTC      Research Professor

2015.10-2018.09     National University of Singapore                                         Postdoctor

Research Interests

Synthesis and engineering of functional 2D nanostructured materials for photoelectro and photothermal catalytic applications

Selected Publications

[1] Min-Quan Yang, Minmin Gao, Minghui Hong, Ghim Wei Ho*, Visible-to-NIR Photon Harvesting: Progressive Engineering of Catalysts for Solar Powered Environmental Purification and Fuels Production. Adv. Mater., 2018, 1802894.

[2] Min-Quan Yang, Jing Wang, Hao Wu, Ghim Wei Ho*, Noble metal-free nanocatalysts with intrinsic vacancies for electrochemical water splitting. Small, 2018, 14, 1703323.

[3]Min-Quan Yang, Yi-Jun Xu, Wanheng Lu, Kaiyang Zeng, Hai Zhu, Qing-Hua Xu, Ghim Wei Ho*, Self-surface charge exfoliation and electrostatically coordinated 2D hetero-layered hybrids. Nat. Commun., 20178, 14224. (ESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)

[4] Min-Quan Yang, Jiadong Dan, Stephen J. Pennycook, Xin Lu, Hai Zhu, Qing-Hua Xu, Hong Jin Fan, Ghim Wei Ho*, Ultrathin nickel boron oxide nanosheets assembled vertically on graphene: a new hybrid 2D material for enhanced photo/electro-catalysis. Mater. Horiz., 20174, 885-894.

[5]Min-Quan Yang, Nan Zhang, Ye Wang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Metal-free, robust, and regenerable 3D graphene-organics aerogel with high and stable photosensitization efficiency. J. Catal.2017346 21-29. (Feature article, ESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)

[6] Min-Quan Yang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Photocatalytic conversion of CO2 over graphene-based composites: current status and future perspective. Nanoscale Horiz.20161, 185-200. (ESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)

[7] Min-Quan Yang, Siqi Liu, Bo Weng, Yi-Jun Xu*, The applications of graphene-based nanocomposites in the field of photocatalytic selective organic transformations. Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Chemistry, 201612, 81-115. (Book chapter)

[8]Min-Quan Yang, Chuang Han, Yi-Jun Xu*, Insight into the Effect of Highly Dispersed MoS2 versus Layer-Structured MoS2 on the Photocorrosion and Photoactivity of CdS in Graphene-CdS-MoS2 Composites. J. Phys. Chem. C2015, 119, 27234-27246. (Front CoverESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)

[9]Min-Quan Yang, Chuang Han, Nan Zhang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Precursor chemistry matters in boosting photoredox activity of graphene/semiconductor composites.Nanoscale20157, 18062-18070. (Front Cover)

[10] Min-Quan Yang, Nan Zhang, Mario Pagliaro, Yi-Jun Xu*, Artificial Photosynthesis over Graphene-Semiconductor Composites. Are We Getting Better? Chem. Soc. Rev., 201443, 8240-54. (ESI 0.1% Hot Paper, ESI 1% 

[11]Min-Quan Yang, Bo Weng, Yi-Jun Xu*, Synthesis of In2S3-CNT nanocomposites for selective reduction under visible light. J. Mater. Chem, A, 20142, 1710-1720.

[12] Min-Quan Yang, Yanhui Zhang, Nan Zhang, Zi-Rong Tang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Visible-Light-Driven Oxidation of Primary C-H Bonds over CdS with Dual Co-catalysts Graphene and TiO2Sci. Rep., 20133, 3314-3320.

[13] Min-Quan Yang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Basic Principles for Observing the Photosensitizer Role of Graphene in the Graphene–Semiconductor Composite Photocatalyst from a Case Study on Graphene-ZnO. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013117, 21724-21734. 

[14] Min-Quan Yang, Yi-Jun Xu*, Selective Photoredox Using Graphene-Based Composite Photocatalyst. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 201315, 19102-19118. (ESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)

[15] Min-Quan Yang, Bo Weng, Yi-Jun Xu*, Improving the Visible Light Photoactivity of In2S3−Graphene Nanocomposite via a Simple Surface Charge Modification Approach. Langmuir, 201329, 10549-10558.

[16] Min-Quan Yang, Xiaoyang Pan, Nan Zhang, Yi-Jun Xu*, A Facile One-Step Way to Anchor Noble Metal (Au, Ag, Pd) Nanoparticles on the Reduced Graphene Oxide Mat with Superb Catalytic Activity for Selective Reduction of Nitroaromatic Compounds. CrystEngComm, 201315, 6819-6828.

[17] Min-Quan Yang, Nan Zhang, Yi-Jun Xu* Synthesis of Fullerene-, Carbon Nanotube-, and Graphene-TiO2 Nanocomposite Photocatalysts for Selective Oxidation: A Comparative Study. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 20135, 1156-1164. (ESI 1% Highly Cited Paper)Highly Cited Paper)