Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Chemical Engineering


Hong Yang

Hong Yang

Adjunct Professor

Phone: (217) 244-6730
Fax: (217) 333-5052
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PhD, University of Toronto, 1998

Selected Honors & Awards:

Technology Development Fund Award, University of Rochester (2011)
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Nano Today (2009- present)
Oversea Expert Lecture Series, Xi’an Jiaotong University (2008) 
Guest Editor, Advanced Materials (2007)
NSF CAREER Award (2005)


Research Expertise

Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy and Biotechnology; Solution Phase Processing of Nanostructured Materials; Fuel Cell and Battery Electrocatalysts; Size, Shape, Crysta Phase and Composition Control of Nanocrystals.

Research Overview

The overarching theme of my research is the study of the fundamentals of solution phase processing of nanocrystals and their applications in energy and biotechnology. Our current research activities are concentrated in the following areas: (1) Solution phase processing of metal and metal alloy nanostructured materials. We develop new synthetic approaches for controlling the size, shape, crystal phase and composition of nanocrystals by applying colloidal chemistry principles. To understand the biological and chemical reaction activity, our group also explores new methods for surface modification of nanoparticles.(2) Facet-specific nanocrystal elelectrocatalysts. Our main research interest in this area is on the structure and property relationship of faceted metal and metal alloy nanocrystals for catalyzing oxygen reduction, especially in acidic condition. (3) Effects of surface physicochemical property of nanoparticles on their interaction with biological entities. We are interested in understanding on how surface chemistry affects protein binding, oxygen species generation capability and other events. Our group also investigates, through collaboration with our partners, how nanostructures affect cell growth and differentiation.

Recent Publications:

Yang, H. “Core-Shell and Related Multifunctional Nanostructures of Platinum-Based Electrocatalysts,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2674-2676.

Wu, J. B.; Gross, A.; Yang, H. “Shape and Composition Controlled Platinum Alloy Nanocrystals Using Carbon Monoxide as Reducing Agent”Nano Lett. 201111, 798-802. 

Wu, J. B.; Zhang, J. L.; Peng, Z. M.; Yang, S. C.; Wagner, F. T.; Yang, H. “Truncated Octahedral Pt3Ni Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysts,”J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 4984-4985. 

Peng, Z. M.; Yang, H. “Synthesis and Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalytic Property of Pt-on-Pd Bimetallic Heteronanostructures,” J. Am. Chem. Soc.2009131, 7542-7543. 

Peng, Z. M.; Yang, H. “Designer Platinum Nanoparticles: Shape, Composition in Alloys, Nanostructure and Electrocatalytic Property,” Nano Today20094, 143-164.