Yongye Liang Prof.



2005--2009               Ph. D.  in Organic Chemistry            The University of Chicago

2004--2005               M.S. in Chemistry                               The University of Chicago

1999--2003               B.S. in Chemistry                                Nanjing University, China


Research Experience

2018-present    Associate Professor (Tenure)

MSE, South University of Science &Technology of China  

Developing of advanced materials for energy, electronics and biotechnology through the combination of chemical design and synthesis with device studies.

2011--2018    Associate Professor 

MSE, South University of Science &Technology of China  

Developing of advanced materials for energy, electronics and biotechnology through the combination of chemical design and synthesis with device studies.


2009--2012        Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Hongjie Dai

Stanford University

Developing nano-carbon based hybrid materials for energy conversion and storage. 

Synthesizing new polymer surfactants for nano-carbon based biomaterials.    


2004--2009        Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. Luping Yu

University of Chicago           

Developing semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaic applications.

Developed the first polymer system (PTB) with over 7% efficiency in organic solar cells.


2001--2004        Undergraduate and Research Assistant with Prof. Zheng Xu

Nanjing University           

Exploring feasible methods for shape-controlling synthesis of nanomaterials.


Web of Knowledge Statistics by 2016-08

Citations: >20000, h-Index: 40. 


Honors and Awards

2012  Top 15 Scientists with Multiple Hot Papers in 2011, Science Watch.

2013  Shenzhen Peacock Award, Category B, Shenzhen Municipality.

2016  Top-notch Talent in Guangdong of China.

2016  Highly Cited Scholars Worldwide in Chemical Engineering (Shanghai Ranking & Elsevier).

2016  Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters).

2017   2016 Chinese Most Cited Researchers(Elsevier)

2018  Highly Cited Researchers(Clarivate Analytics)

2019  2019 Chinese Most Cited Researchers(Elsevier)


Research Direction

His research focuses on the development of advanced materials for energy, electronics and biotechnology applications by combining chemical design and synthesis with device studies. 


1. Wu, Y. S.; Jiang, Z.; Lu, X.; Liang, Y. Y.*; Wang, H. L.* “Domino electroreduction of CO2 tomethanol on a molecular catalyst” Nature. 2019, 575, 639-642.

2.Zhang, X.#; Wang, Y.#; Gu, M.#; Wang. M. Y.#; Zhang, Z. S.; Pan, W. Y.; Jiang, Z.; Zheng, H. Z.; Lucero, M.; Wang, H. L.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Ma, Q.; Wang, Y.G.*; Feng, Z. X.*; Li, J.; Dai, H. J.; Liang, Y. Y.* “Molecular engineering of dispersed nickel phthalocyanines on carbon nanotubes for selective CO2 reduction” Nat. Energy. 2020, 5, 684–692.

3.Wu, Y. S.#; Jiang, Z.#; Lin, Z. C.#; Liang, Y. Y.*; Wang, H. L.* Direct electrosynthesis of methylamine from carbon dioxide and nitrate. Nat Sustain. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00705-7

4. Zhang, X.#; Wu, Z. S.#; Zhang, X.#; Li, L. W.#; Li, Y. Y.; Xu, H. M.; Li, X. X.; Yu, X. L.; Zhang, Z. S.; Liang, Y. Y.*; Wang, H. L.*. “Highly Selective and Active CO2 Reduction Electrocatalysts Based on Cobalt Phthalocyanine/Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Structures” Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 14675. (Highly cited paper)

5.Zhang, X.*; Zhang, X.; Xu, H. M.; Wu. Z. S.; Wang, H. L.; Liang, Y. Y.* “Iron-doped Cobalt Monophosphide Nanosheet/Carbon Nanotube Hybrids as Active and Stable Electrocatalysts for water Splitting” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27,1606635 .(Highly cited paper)

6.Weng, Z.#; Wu, Y. S.#; Wang, M. Y.; Jiang, J. B.; Yang, K; Huo, S. J.; Wang, X. F.; Ma, Q.; Brudvig, G. W.; Batista, V. S.; Liang, Y. Y.*; Feng, Z. X.*; Wang, H. L.* “Active Sites of Copper-complex catalytic materials for electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction” Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 415.(Highly cited paper)

7.Wang, Y.; Wang, M. Y.; Zhang, Z. S.; Wang, Q.; Jiang, Z.; Lucero, M.; Zhang, X.; Li, X. X.; Gu, M.*; Feng, Z. X.*; Liang, Y. Y.* “Phthalocyanine Precursors To Construct Atomically Dispersed Iron Electrocatalysts” ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 6252−6261.

NIR-II Detector:

1.Yang, Q. L.#; Ma, Z. R.#; Wang, H. S.; Zhou, B.; Zhu, S. J.; Zhong, Y. T.; Wang, J. Y.; Wan, H.; Antaris, A.; Ma, R.; Zhang, X.; Yang, J. Y.; Zhang, X. D.*; Sun, H. T.*; Liu, W. Q.; Liang, Y. Y.*; Dai, H. J.* “Rational Design of Molecular Fluorophores for Biological Imaging in the NIR-II Window” Adv. Mater. 2017, 29,1605497.(Highly cited paper)

2.Yang, Q. L.#; Hu, Z. B.#; Zhu, S. J.#; Ma, R; Ma, H. L.; Ma, Z. R.; Wan, H; Zhu, T; Jiang, Z. Y.; Liu, W. Q.; Jiao, L. Y.; Sun, H. T.*; Liang, Y. Y.*; Dai, H. J.*; “Donor Engineering for NIR-II Molecular Fluorophores with Enhanced Fluorescent Performance” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1715-1724.(Highly cited paper)

3. Wan, H. #; Yue, J. Y. #; Zhu, S..J. #; Uno, T. #; Zhang, X. D. #; Yang, Q. L. #; Yu, K.; Hong, G. S., Wang, J. Y.; Li, L. L.; Ma, Z. R.; Gao, H. P.; Zhong, Y. T.; Su, J.; Antaris, A. L.; Xia, Y.; Luo, J.; Liang, Y. Y.*; Dai, H. J.* “A Bright Organic NIR-II Nanofluorophore for Threedimensional Imaging into Biological Tissues” Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 1171.(Highly cited paper)

OPVs and OPDs:

1.Zhang, L. Z.#; Yang, T. B.#; Shen, L.; Fang, Y. J.; Dang, L.; Zhou, N. J.; Guo, X. G.; Hong, Z. R.; Yang, Y.; Wu, H. B.*; Huang, J. S.*; Liang, Y. Y.* “Toward highly Sensitive Polymer Photodetectors by Molecular Engineering.” Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 6496-6504.

2.Zhang, C. H.; Wang, W.; Huang, W.; Wang, J.; Hu, Z. B.; Lin, Z. C.; Yang, T. B. *; Lin, F. Y.; Xing, Y.; Bai, J. X.; Sun, H. T.*; Liang, Y. Y.* “Methyl Thioether Functionalization of a Polymeric Donor for Efficient Solar Cells Processed from Non-Halogenated Solvents” Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 8, 3025-3033.

3.Zhang, C. -H. #; Lin, F. Y.#; Huang, W.#; Xin, J. M. #; Wang, J.; Lin, Z. C.;  Ma, W. *; Yang, T. B. *; Xia, J. B.; Liang, Y. Y.*"Methyl Functionalization on Conjugated Side Chains for Polymer Solar Cells Processed from Non-chlorinated Solvents"J. Mater. Chem. C,2020,https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TC02032J