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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: 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

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 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.

Representative Publications:

  1. 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 691 (2020) 121486.
  2. Hui Yan*, Nozomi Shirato, Xiangde Zhu, Daniel Rosenmann, Xiao Tong, Weihe Xu, Cedomir Petrovic, Volker Rose, and Evgeny Nazaretski*. X-ray assisted scanning tunneling microscopy and its applications for materials science, first results on Cu doped ZrTe3, invited paper by crystals, 2019, 9, 588.
  3. Wenlong Li, Rongfang Zhao, Kehan Zhou, Xiue Zhang, Chao Shen, Lanxuan Dai, Hui Yan* Guowang Diao, Ming Chen*. Cage-Structured MxPy@CNCs (M=Co and Zn) from MOFs Confined Growth in Carbon Nanocages with Superior Lithium Storage and Hydrogen Evolution Performance, Journal of Materials Chemistry A., 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9TA00054B.
  4. Randima P. Galhenage, Hui Yan, Duy Le, Takat Rawal, Talat Raman, Amy J. Brandt, Thathsara D. Maddumapatabandi, Donna A. Chen. Growth and Chemical Activity of MoS2 Clusters on Titania. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123 (12), 7185–7201.
  5. 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, 2017, 11 (8), 8429–8436.

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