Professor Ying Yu
Professor Ying Yu

On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Zhifeng Ren, Houston University (US), we are delighted to announce that Professor Ying Yu, College of Physical Science and Technology of Central China Normal University, joined the journal Materials Today Physics as an Associate Editor.

Professor Yu will work together with the other two Associate Editors, high-reputation scientists, Professor David Singh (University of Missouri, US) and Professor Takao Mori (National Institute of Materials Science, Japan).

Name and current roles: Ying Yu, professor in College of Physical Science and Technology of Central China Normal University.

Research Interest: Unique design of efficient nanomaterials for CO2 reduction, water splitting and photocatalysis; Nanostructured materials for energy storage; and DFT calculations based on photocatalysis and electrocatalysis.

Publications: More than 140 peer-reviewed journal papers have been published on Nat. Nanotech., Nat. Common., Energy Environ. Sci., J. Am. Chem. Soc., etc., which have been cited for more than 8000 times with H-index 48. The representative papers published recently are the following:

  1. Wei Zhang, Chuqiang Huang, Qin Xiao, Luo Yu, Ling Shuai, Pengfei An, Jing Zhang, Ming Qiu*, Zhifeng Ren* and *, Atypical Oxygen-bearing Copper Boosts Ethylene Selectivity toward Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142: 11417.
  2. Luo Yu, Libo Wu, Shaowei Song, Brian McElhenny, Dan Luo, Fanghao Zhang, *, Shuo Chen*, and Zhifeng Ren*, Ultrafast and Room-Temperature Synthesis of Porous S-Doped Ni/Fe (oxy)hydroxide Electrodes for Alkaline Seawater Electrolysis. Energy Environ. Sci. 2020, 13: 3167.
  3. Luo Yu, Qing Zhu, Shaowei Song, Brian McElhenny, Dezhi Wang, Chunzheng Wu, Zhaojun Qin, Jiming Bao, *, Shuo Chen*, and Zhifeng Ren*, Non-noble metal-nitride based electrocatalysts for high-performance alkaline seawater electrolysis. Nat. Common. 2019, 10: 5106.
  4. Qiancheng Zhu, Danyang Zhao, Mingyu Cheng, Jianqing Zhou, Kwadwo Asare Owusu, Liqiang Mai* and *, A new view of supercapacitor: integrated supercapacitor. Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 1901081.
  5. Qiancheng Zhu, Mingyu Cheng, Bowen Zhang, Kai Jin, Shuo Chen*, Zhifeng Ren* and *, Realizing a rechargeable high-performance Cu-Zn battery by adjusting the solubility of Cu2+. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 1905979.
  6. Haiqing Zhou, Fang Yu, Qing Zhu, Jingying Sun, Fan Qin, Luo Yu, Jiming Bao, , Shuo Chen* and Zhifeng Ren*. Water splitting by electrolysis at high current density under 1.6 volt. Energy Environ. Sci. 2018, 11: 2858.
  7. Luo Yu, Haiqing Zhou, Jingying Sun, Fan Qin, Fang yu, Jiming Bao, *, Shuo Chen* and Zhifeng Ren*, Cu nanowires shelled with NiFe Layered double hydroxide nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting, Energy Environ. Sci. 2017, 10: 1820.
  8. Luo Yu, Guojian Li, Xiaoshu Zhang, Xin Ba, Guodong Shi, Yong Li, Po-Keung Wong, Jimmy C. Yu, *, Enhanced Activity and Stability of Carbon-Decorated Cuprous Oxide Mesoporous Nanorods for CO2 Reduction in Artificial Photosynthesis, ACS Catal. 2016, 6: 6444.
  9. Hao Hu, Haoyan Cheng, Zhengfei Liu, Guojian Li, Qianchen Zhu and , In Situ Polymerized PAN-Assisted S/C Nanosphere with Enhanced High-Power Performance as Cathode for Lithium/Sulfur Batteries, Nano Lett. 2015, 15: 5116.
  10. Yan-Fang Li, Dan-Hua Xu, Joeng Il Oh, Wen-Zhong Shen, Xi Li* and *, Mechanistic study of codoped titania with nonmetal and metal ions: a case of C+Mo codoped TiO2, ACS Catalysis 2012, 2: 391.
  11. D. Cai, L. Ren, H. Zhao, C. Xu, L. Zhang, , H. Wang, Y Lan, M. F. Roberts, J. Chuang, M. J. Naughton, Z.F. Ren and T. C. Chiles, A molecular imprint nanosensor for ultrasensitive detection of proteins, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2010, 5: 597.

Invited/Plenary Lectures:

[1] 3rd Forum on Environmental Chemistry Scientists of Chinese Chemistry Letters (Guangzhou, China, 2020) (Keynote)

[2] International/domestic Symposium on the Frontiers of Photocatalysis (Wuhan, China, 2020)


[3] 3rd Conference on Energy and Environmental Catalysis (Fuzhou, China, 2020) (Invited)

[4] 3rd Conference on Chinese Photocatalytic Materials (Wuhan, China, 2020) (Invited)

[5] 2019 International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials (2019-ISECSM) (Brisbane, Australia) (Invited)

[6] 3rd International Workshop on Graphene and C3N4-based Photocatalysts(IWGCP3)(Wuhan, China, 2019) (Invited)

[7] 3rd International Symposium on Energy and Environmental Photocatalytic Materials (EEPM3) (Krakow, Poland, 2018) (Invited)

[8] 2018 Chinese MRS Meeting (Xiamen, China, 2018) (Keynote)

[9] The Chinese Symposium on Photocatalytic Materials (CSPM) (Wuhan, China 2018) (Invited)

[10] 2nd International Workshop on Graphene and C3N4-Based Photocatalysts (IWGCP2) (Wuhan, China, 2017) (Invited)

[11] 33rd International Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Guangzhou, China, 2017) (Invited, Session Chair)

[12] 2016 Asian Materials Conference & Chinese Materials Conference (Qingdao, China, 2016) (Invited)