Zhi-Yong YANG Associate Professor
Surface and Functional Film Lab
School of Chemical Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Address: 19A Yuquanlu, Shijingshang District, Beijing, china 
Postcode: 100049

Research Areas

My research interesting area include but not limited to

  1. Surface assembling structures, dynamic processes and reactions ex (in) situ investigations through scanning probe microscopy (STM, AFM et al.) and DFT calculations/ MD simulations.

  2. Organic components/electrodes interface films and their influences on performances of (2D materials) devices


2002.09-2007.07,Ph. D in physical chemistry.(In Jul. 2007), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),
Project: Thin film preparation, analysis and application ; surface(interface) structure and  process studying. 

1998.09-2007.07, B. S. in chemistry (in Jul. 2002), School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, in Jul. 2002
Project: The inhibition effect of retinol, retinal and retinoic acid on hemolysis of red blood cell.


July.2011-To date 
Associate Professor, 
School of Chemical Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research area: 2D materials; surface nano structures,processes and  reactions et al. with STM &AFM. 

Feb. 2010-Mar. 2011
Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Research project: Graphene and modified graphene preparation, structure characterization and device measurement.

Nov. 2007-Jul. 2009
Research Associate, Nanoscience Center, University of Cambridge, UK
Research project: Electron Spin detection on molecular level with electronic spin resonance ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy

Teaching Experience

<<Colloids and Interface Chemistry>>

<<Chemistry of Medical Material>>

Honors & Distinctions

​Youth Innovation Promotion Association,CAS

A few of awards and scholarsip such as Scholarship of Director of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Outstanding  Graduate (Ph D.)   Awards of Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,  Scholarship of Director of Institute of Chemistry, (CAS) et al.


Representative publications as the corresponding/first author

1.    Ming-Yue Shao, Miao Yu, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Mitsuharu Suzuki*, Hiroko Yamada*, Retro-Diels–Alder Reaction on Surface: Generating Energy-Prohibited Structures in Bulk Film Condition through Surface-Adsorbing Neutralization Effect. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2020, 124, 5723-5733.

2.    Jin-Kuo Li, Ming-Yue Shao, Miao Yu, Weifeng Zhang, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Gui Yu*, Jingcheng Xu*, Wei Cui*, Revealing the Influences of Solvent Boiling Point and Alkyl Chains on the Adlayer Crystallinity of Furan-Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Thienylene Copolymer at Molecular Level. Langmuir, 2020, 36, 141-147.

3.    Jin-Kuo Li, Ming-Yue Shao, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Olga Guskova*, The Merging Mechanisms of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Domains Revealed through Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Polymer, 2020, 191, 122266.

4.    Qian-Min Wang, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Graphene Photodetector with Polydiacetylenes Acting as Both Transfer-Supporting and Light-absorbing Layers: Flexible, Broadband, Ultrahigh Photoresponsivity and Detectivity. Carbon, 2018, 138, 90-97.

5.    Qiong Xue, Jin-Kuo Li, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Synergistically Improving the Activity, Antipoisonous Ability, and Long-Term Stability of Pt to Methanol Oxidation through Developing Favorable Graphene-Based Supports. Langmuir, 2017, 33, 872-880.

6.    Xiao-Ling Duan, Rui-Hua Zhao, Zhi-Fei Liu, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Zhi-Xiang Wang, Noncovalent Molecular Heterojunction: Structure Determination and Property Characterization using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/ Spectroscopy and Theoretical Calculations. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, 121, 13701-13706.

7.    Qiong Xue, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Remarkable Enhancement of the Specific Activities of Pt Catalysts to Methanol Oxidation through Tuning the Surface Properties of Supporting Materials by Fast Microwave Treatments. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41, 6310-6315.

8.    Zhi-Fei Liu, Huan Xu, Rui-Hong Duan, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Hao-Li Zhang*, Yuan-Ping Yi*, Determine the Role of Alkyl Chains and Hydrogen Bonds in the Assembling Process of Fused Thiophene Indacene Derivatives by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Theoretical Calculation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120 21699-21703.

9.    Wei Huang, Zhi-Fei Liu, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Top or Underneath? Revealing the Structure of Multilayer Graphene Domains with Atomic Force Microscopy and Theoretical Analysis. Carbon, 2016, 99 131-137.

10.  Tian-Zeng Hong, Qiong Xue, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Ya-Ping Dong*, Great-Enhanced Performance of Pt Nanoparticles by the Unique Carbon Quantum Dot/Reduced Graphene Oxide Hybrid Supports Towards Methanol Electrochemical Oxidation. Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 303, 109-117.

11.  Xiao-Ling Duan, Hua-Jie Chen, Jian-Yao Huang, Zhi-Fei Liu, Jin-Kuo Li, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Wei-Feng Zhang*, Gui Yu*, Tracking the Evolution of Polymer Interface Films during the Process of Thermal Annealing at the Domain and Single Molecular Levels using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Langmuir, 2016, 32, 9437–9444.

12.  Wei Huang, Tian-Yue Zhao, Ming-Wei Wen, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Wei Xu*, Yuan-Ping Yi*, Li-Ping Xu*, Zhi-Xiang Wang, Zhan-Jun Gu, Adlayer Structure of Shape-Persistent Macrocycle Molecules: Fabrication and Tuning Investigated with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 6767-6772.

13.  Zhi-Yong Yang*, Yuan Tao, Ting Chen, Hui-Juan Yan, Zhi-Xiang Wang, Hydrogen Bonding Network of Truxenone on a Graphite Surface Studied with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Theoretical Computation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013, 15, 2105-2108.

14.  Ting Chen, Hui-Juan Yan, Zhi-Yong Yang*, Dong Wang, Ming-Hua Liu, Assembling Structures of Barbituric Acid Derivatives on Graphite Surface Investigated with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116, 19349-19354.

15.  Zhi-Yong Yang, Colm Durkan*, Edge and Terrace Structure of CoTPP on Au(1 1 1) Investigated by Ultra-high Vacuum Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy at Room Temperature. Surface Science, 2010, 604, 660-665.

16.  Zhi-Yong Yang, Hui-Min Zhang, Ge-Bo Pan, Li-Jun Wan*, Effect of the Bridge Alkylene Chain on Adlayer Structure and Property of Functional Oligothiophenes Studied with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy. ACS Nano, 2008, 2, 743-749.

17.  Zhi-Yong Yang, Hui-Min Zhang, Cun-Ji Yan, Shan-Shan Li, Hui-Juan Yan, Wei-Guo Song, Li-Jun Wan*, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of the Formation, Transformation, and Property of Oligothiophene Self-organizations on Graphite and Gold Surfaces. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2007, 104, 3707-3712.

18.  Zhi-Yong Yang, Li-Hua Gan, Sheng-Bin Lei, Li-Jun Wan*, Chen Wang, Jian-Zhuang Jiang, Self-Assembly of PcOC8 and Its Sandwich Lanthanide Complex Pr(PcOC8)2 with Oligo(Phenylene-ethynylene) Molecules. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2005, 109, 19859-19865.