Dr Zongyou Yin

Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 61256672

Research interests

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Zongyou Yin received his B.S. & M.S. degrees from Jilin University, China, and then the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 2008. Since then, he has worked as the Research Fellow at NTU, the Scientist II at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR, Singapore, the Postdoctoral Associate and then promoted to the Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, working with Professor Ju Li and Professor Jesus A del Alamo). During 2014 - 2015, Dr Yin also visited and worked with Professor Daniel G. Nocera for one year at Harvard University. In 2017, he joined the Australian National University as the Senior Lectuer. 

He is the recipient of several awards, including the Awardee for the international Short-Stay program of <Make Our Planet Great Again> from France, the ANU Futures Scheme Awardee (2017), World Highly Cited Researchers in 2015-to-2018 four years consecutively, MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate (2015), Awardee of Proof-of-Concept Grant from National Research Foundation, Singapore (2011), Singapore International Graduate Scholarship for PhD study (2003), Excellent Undergraduate Scholarship (3 times) and Excellent Leader of Student Union (1 time) of Jilin University, China. He is serving as a reviewer for several journals, including Nature Energy, Science Advances, Nature Communications, JACS, Nano Letters, Angew Chem, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, ACS Nano, Nano Energy, Chemical Science, 2D Materails, SmallApplied Physics LettersNanotechnology, etc. 

Zongyou’s research is interdisciplinary, encompassing chemistry and physics of two/mixed-dimensional nano/atomic materials, fundamental relationship between synthesis-structures-devices, and synergistic integration of system-level functions for energy conversion&storage, carbon capture&storage, and nano wearables. 


Researcher's projects

My group is interested in synthesis&understanding of nano-to-atomic materials-to-structures, applications development for sustainable functional devices, and rational advancement of multi-functionalities integrated systems. 

1). Design and synthesis of function-orientated two/mixed-dimensional nano-to-atomic materials-to-structures with manipulating their layer components, frameworks, crystal phases, exposure facets, local modifications, Plasmons enhancement, ferroelectric domains, constructive defects, and/or external strain/field, etc.

2). Understanding of the correlation between above structures, behavior patterns (e.g. photon absorption&conversion, charge transport&diffusion, ion diffusion, radical reactivity, Plasmon/exciton/polariton dynamics, electro/photo-catalysis etc.) and functional performance.

3). Local surface activity identification by real-time visualisable high spatial/temporal resolution techniques (microscopy/spectroscopies).

4). Rational development from nano structures to functional devices for energy conversion&storage, body-wearable health prediction&diagnosis and (opto)electronics, with further integration towards advanced multi-functional systems.


Available student projects

New PhD/Honour projects available in 2018. 

We have projects for PhD and Honour students who are interested in doing research in the areas of nanomaterials science and applications.

See details here: http://chemistry.anu.edu.au/study/potential-projects/phd-positions-available 


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