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Hui Yan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Montgomery Hall, Room 135

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

Resources: Group Website


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

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2021 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015 - 2021
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 catalysis with operando spectroscopies, to provide fundamental understanding of catalytic systems.
  2. Synthesis, fabrication and characterization of functional nanomaterials.
  3. Development and application of new instruments in surface analysis, such as synchrotron x-ray assisted scanning tunneling microscope (SX-STM).
  4. Heterogeneous environmental chemistry at surfaces of aerosols, to provide better inputs for modeling atmospheric processes and global climate change.

Recent Publications:

  1. Lingyiqian Luo, Rafael Hernandez, Xiao-Dong Zhou, Hui Yan*, “Heterogeneous catalysis at metal-oxide interfaces using in situ and operando spectroscopy: From nanoparticles to single-atom sites”,  Applied Catalysis A., 2021, 118330, 10.1016/j.apcata.2021.118330 (IF= 5.706)
  2. Qiyu Lian, Fahrin Islam, Zaki Uddin Ahmad, Xiaobo Lei, Dilip Depan, Mark Zappi, Daniel D. Gang*, William Holmes, Hui Yan, “Enhanced Adsorption of Resorcinol onto Phosphate Functionalized Graphene Oxide Synthesized via Arbuzov Reaction: A Proposed Mechanism of Hydrogen Bonding and π-π Interactions”. Chemosphere 2021, 130730, 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130730 (IF= 7.086)
  3. Xiao Wang, Yixiao Xie, Weiwei Cong, Zhaolei Li, Zixiao Xu, Hui Yan*, Taijiang Gui, Weili Li*, “ A modifying GO and doping it in waterborne Acrylic coatings to enhance their mechanical performance and corrosion protection”. Materials and Technology, 2021, 55 (3), 401-409.   10.17222/mit.2021.010 (IF= 1.74)
  4. Xu Zhang, Hong Yao*, Xiaobo Lei, Qiyu Lian, Amitava Roy, Dana Doucet, Hui Yan, Mark E. Zappi, Daniel D. Gang*, “ A comparative study for phosphate adsorption on amorphous FeOOH and goethite (α-FeOOH): an investigation of relationship between the surface chemistry and structure, Environmental research, 2021, 111223, 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111223 (IF= 6.28)
  5. Yue Han, Chen Qian, Huayu Wu, Xing Chen, Xue Wu, Wei He, Hui Yan*, Guisheng Li*, Guowang Diao, Ming Chen*, “Two Flowers per Seed: Derivatives of CoG@F127/GO with Enhanced Catalytic Performance of Overall Water Splitting”, Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2021, 761-769, 10.1016/j.jechem.2020.06.051 (IF= 7.216)
  6. Zizhou He, Hui Guo, Jed D LaCoste, Ryan A Cook, Blake Hussey, Xu Zhang, Daniel Gng, Ji Hao, Liang Chen, Peter Cooke, Hui Yan, Ling Fei*, “Directly Embedded Ni3S2/Co8S9@S-Doped Carbon Nanofiber Networks as Free-standing Anode for Lithium-ion Batteries”, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2021, 5, 166-174. 10.1039/D0SE00320D (IF= 5.503)
  7. Hui Yan*, Noémie Barbier, “Vitamin C Stabilized in Lysozyme and CTAB Aqueous Solutions”, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2020, 113575, 10.1016/j.molliq.2020.113575 (IF= 5.065)
  8. Lingyiqian Luo, Jed D. LaCoste, Nuriya G. Khamidullina, Elizabeth Fox, Daniel D. Gang, Rafael Hernandez, Hui Yan*, “Investigate Interactions of Water with Mesoporous Ceria using in situ VT-DRIFTS”, Surface Science, 2020, 691, 121486. 10.1016/j.susc.2019.121486 (IF: 1.85)
  9. Huayu Wu, Xing Chen, Chen Qian, Hui Yan*, Chenyi Yan, Nuo Xu, Yuanzhe Piao*, Guowang Diao, Ming Chen*, “Confinement Growth of Layered WS2 in Hollow Beaded Carbon Nanofibers with Synergistic Anchoring Effect to Reinforce Li+/Na+ Storage Performance”, Small, 2020, 16, 2000695, 10.1002/smll.202000695 (IF= 11.459)
  10. Xiaoyu Wu, Chen Qian, Xiue Zhang, Huayu Wu, Lingli Bu, Lin Xu, Hui Yan*, Yuanzhe Piao*, Guowang Diao; Ming Chen*. Ultrasmall SnO2 Nanocrystals with Adjustable Density Embedded in N-doped Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Spheres as Anode for Li+/Na+ Batteries, Journal of Materials Science, 2020, 55(4), 14464–14476 10.1007/s10853-020-05039-x (IF= 3.553)
  11. Lin Wang, Jun Wang, Lei Yang, Yexin Ding, Yixiao Xie, Fangming Wang, Lizhuang Chen, Weili Li* and Hui Yan*, “A Novel Type of Waterborne Fluorescent Nano-fiber Membranes with Effectively Suppressed ACQ Phenomenon: Fabrication, Properties and Applications”, The Journal of Applied Polymer Science (JAPS), 2020, 10.1002/app.49289 (IF: 2.52)

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