Associate Professor Zongyou Yin

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 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, and promoted to the Associate Professor in 2020. 

He is the recipient of some awards, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (Level 3, 2023); World Highly Cited Researchers (2023); the International Hydrogen Research Fellowship awarded by Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Australia (2023); World Highly Cited Researchers (2022); World Highly Cited Researchers (2021); World Highly Cited Researchers (2020); the Vebleo Energy Innovation Awardee, Vebleo International Conference (2020); World Highly Cited Researchers (2019); Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Academics (2019); Fellow for the international <Make Our Planet Great Again> program from France (2018); World Highly Cited Researchers (2018); ANU Futures Scheme Fellowship (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 Chemical ReviewsChemical Society ReviewsNature Energy, Nature Catalysis, Joule, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angew Chem, Energy & Environmental Science, Matter, ACS Energy Letters, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Applied Catalyss B, and Nano 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.

See details here: 


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