Associate Professor Zongyou Yin

Associate Professor
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 some awards, including World Highly Cited Researchers (2019); Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Academics (2019); Awardee for the international <Make Our Planet Great Again> program from France (2018); World Highly Cited Researchers (2018); ANU Futures Scheme Awardee (2017); World Highly Cited Researchers (2017); World Highly Cited Researchers (2016); MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate (2015); World Highly Cited Researchers (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 has been serving as a reviewer for some journals, including Nature Energy, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, JACS, Nano Letters, Angew Chem, Advanced Energy Materials, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Energy, ACS Energy Letters, Energy Storage Mater, Chemical Science, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Small, 2D Materails, Applied Physics Letters, Nanoscale, Carbon, Scientific Reports, IEEE Transactions Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology, ChemElectroChem, Solar Energy, Nano-Micro Letters, Advanced Intelligent Systems, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Carbon Energy, etc.

Zongyou’s research is interdisciplinary, encompassing chemistry and physics of two/mixed-dimensional nano-to-atomic materials, fundamental relationship among materials-structures-devices, and synergistic integration of multi-functions towards systems for energy conversion&storage, body-wearables and (opto)electronics.


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. 

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

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Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  28 May 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers