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Hui Yan, Ph.d.

Assistant Professor

Montgomery Hall, Room 135

P.O. Box 43700
Lafayette LA 70504
Fax: 337-482-5676

Resources: CV


Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2011
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, P. R. China, 2005
B.S., Chemistry and Chemistry Education, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, P. R. China, 2002

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, August, 2015 - present
Research Associate, NSLS-II, Photon Sciences Directory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, 2013 - 2015 
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Universuty of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2011 - 2013

Research Interests:

Key words: Surface Analysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Synchrotron, Environmental Surface Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Nanofabrication, Colloidal Chemistry, Chemistry Education

Research in the Yan group focuses on the fundamental understanding of adsorbate-surface/adsorbate-adsorbate interactions at surfaces, relevant to heterogeneous catalysis and environmental surface reactions, on the atomic and molecular levels. The topics of her ongoing and future researches can be categorized into the following: 

  1. Heterogeneous environmental chemistry, at air-organic surfaces of organic aerosols, to provide better inputs for modeling atmospheric processes and global climate change, and at air-oil surfaces, to understand the degradation process of oil spilled over seawater.
  2. Heterogeneous catalysis, to provide fundamental understanding for achieving sustainable energy.
  3. Fabrication and characterization of functional nanomaterials, to contribute to the development and application of new instruments in surface analysis, such as synchrotron x-ray assisted scanning tunneling microscope (SX-STM).

Representative Publications:

  • Xiue Zhang, Rongfang Zhao, Qianhui Wu, Wenlong Li, Chao Shen, Lubin Ni, Hui Yan, Guowang Diao, and Ming Chen, Petal-like MoS2 Nanosheets Space-Confined in Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Spheres for Enhanced Lithium Storage Performance ACS Nano Article ASAP, 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04078
  • Randima P. Galhenage, Kangmin Xie, Hui Yan, Grant S. Seuser, and Donna A. Chen, “Understanding the Growth, Chemical Activity, and Cluster–Support Interactions for Pt–Re Bimetallic Clusters on TiO2(110)”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (20), 10866–10878.
  • E. Nazaretski, H. Yan, K. Lauer, X. Huang, W. Xu, S. Kalbfleisch, Hui Yan, Li Li, N. Bouet, J. Zhou, D. Shu, R. Conley and Y. S. Chu, “Nm-scale spatial resolution X-ray imaging with MLL nanofocusing optics: Instrumentational requirements and challenges”, AIP Conf. Proc. 2016, 1764, 040001.
  • Hui Yan, Marvin Cummings, Fernando Camino, Weihe Xu, Ming Lu, Xiao Tong, Nozomi Shirato, Daniel Rosenmann, Volker Rose, Evgeny Nazaretski, “Fabrication and Characterization of CNT-based Smart Tips for Synchrotron Assisted STM”, Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 492657, 2015.
  • Weihe Xu, Kenneth Lauer, Hui Yan, Veljko Milanovic, Ming Lu, Evgeny Nazaretski, “Performance and characterization of a MEMS-based device for alignment and manipulation of x-ray nanofocusing optics”, AIP Advances, 2015, 5, 037137
  • Randima P. Galhenage, Hui Yan, Osman Ozturk, Ali S. Ahsen, Donna A. Chen, “Understanding the Growth and Chemical Activity of Co-Pt Bimetallic Clusters on TiO2(110): CO Adsorption and Methanol Reaction”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 17773−17786.
  • Randima P. Galhenage, Hui Yan, Samuel A. Tenney, Nayoung Park, Graeme Henkelman, Peter Albrecht, David R. Mullins, Donna A. Chen, “Understanding the Nucleation and Growth of Metals on TiO2: Co compared to Au, Ni and Pt”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117(14), 7191−7201.
  • Samuel A. Tenney, S. Islamuddin Shah, Hui Yan, Brett A. Cagg, Mara S. Levine, Talat S. Rahman, Donna A. Chen, “Methanol Reaction on Pt–Au Clusters on TiO2 (110): Methoxy-Induced Diffusion of Pt”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 26998−27006.
  • Randima P. Galhenage, Salai C. Ammal, Hui Yan, Audrey S. Duke, Samuel A. Tenney, Andreas Heyden, Donna A. Chen, “Nucleation, Growth, and Adsorbate-Induced Changes in Composition for Co-Au Bimetallic Clusters on TiO2”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116 (46), 24616–24629.
  • Hui Yan, Liang T. Chu, “Interactions of H2O2 and Ice Films”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 2011, 11, 30091–30124.
  • Hui Yan, Liang T. Chu, Ronghua Jin, Guowang Diao, “Studies of Atmospherically Relevant Reactions Using Differentially Pumped Mass Spectrometer and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy”, Spectroscopy Letters, 2009, 42, 444–457.
  • Hui Yan, Liang T. Chu, “Interactions of Oxalic Acid and Ice on Cu Surface”, Langmuir, 2008, 24, 9410–9420.
  • Xia Guo, Hui Yan, Rong Guo, “Interactions of Ovalbumin with Ionic Surfactants”, Chinese Journal of Chemistry (English), 2008, 26, 1589–1595.