Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry   Research Group

Feng Yang received his B.S. degree from Shandong University in 2011 and Ph.D. degree in chemistry under Prof. Yan Li at Peking University in 2017. He worked as a visiting Ph.D student in Prof. Shigeo Maruyama's group at The University of Tokyo in 2016. He subsequently held the National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents Fellowship and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Yan Li's group until October 2019. Then he joined the faculty of Southern University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor (PI).

His interests mainly include the chirality controlled growth of carbon nanotubes and mechanism, intermetallic catalyst, in-situ environmental TEM and XAFS study on catalysts and growth process of nanomaterials. These work have been published on Nature, Chem. Rev., Acc. Chem. Res., J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Nano. The work published in Nature was selected by ACS C&EN as "Top 10 Chemistry Research of 2014”. He has received awards including Iijima Award (2018), NT18-Best Young Scientist Award (2018), Honorable Mention for IUPAC Award for Young Chemists (2017), Natural Science Award of Chinese Ministry of Education, the 1st Grade (2/7) (2017). He was also invited to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

Personal Profile

10/2019–                 Southern University of Science and Technology     Assistant Professor, PI

04/2017–10/2019  Peking University                   Postdoctoral (Supervisor: Prof. Yan Li)

02/2016–06/2016  The University of Tokyo       Visiting Ph.D. student (Supervisor: Prof. Shigeo Maruyama)


09/2011–01/2017   Peking University            D.Sc.(Inorganic Chemistry) (Supervisor: Prof. Yan Li)

09/2007–07/2011  Shandong University      B.Sc. (Chemistry) (Supervisor: Prof. Rui Wang)


1. Structure controlled synthesis of carbon nanotubes.

2. Intermetallics and catalysis.

3. Atomic scale in-situ study on growth of nanomaterials, structure evolution, and catalysis.

4. In-situ aberration-corrected environmental TEM and synchrotron X-ray absorption.


Chemistry-The Central Science B

Frontier Research in Chemistry

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  1. F. Yang, X. Wang, D. Zhang, J. Yang, D. Luo, Z.-W. Xu, J. Wei, J.-Q. Wang, Z. Xu, F. Peng, X. Li, R. Li, Y.-L. Li, M. Li, X. Bai, F. Ding, Y. Li* Chirality-specific growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes on solid alloy catalysts. Nature 2014, 510, 522.
  2. X. Yang#, X. Zhao#, T. Liu#F. Yang* Precise Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes and One-Dimensional Hybrids from Templates. Chinese Journal of Chemistry 2021, 39, DOI: 10.1002/cjoc.202000673.
  3. F. Yang#, H. Zhao#, W. Wang, Q. Liu, X. Liu, Y. Hu, X. Zhang, S. Zhu, D. He, Y. Xu, J. He, R. Wang*, Y. Li*, Carbon-Involved Near-Surface Evolution of Cobalt Nanocatalyst during Reaction: An in-situ Study. CCS Chemistry 2021, 3, 154.
  4. F. Yang, M. Wang, D. Zhang, J. Yang, M. Zheng*, Y. Li* Chirality Pure Carbon Nanotubes: Growth, Sorting and Characterization. Chemical Reviews 2020, 120, 2693. (Cover)
  5. F. Yang, H. Zhao, X. Wang, X. Liu, Q. Liu, X. Liu, C. Jin, R. Wang, and Y. Li* Atomic Scale Stability of Tungsten-Cobalt Intermetallic Nanocrystals in Reactive Environment at High Temperature. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2019, 141, 5871.
  6. F. Yang, X. Wang, J. Si, X. Zhao, K. Qi, C. Jin, Z. Zhang, M. Li, D. Zhang, J. Yang, Z.-Y. Zhang, Z. Xu, L.-P. Peng, X. Bai, Y. Li* Water-assisted preparation of high-purity semiconducting (14,4) carbon nanotubes, ACS Nano 2017, 11, 186.
  7. M. Li#, X. Liu#, X. Zhao#F. Yang*, X. Wang, Y. Li* Metallic Catalysts for Structure-Controlled Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Topics in Current Chemistry 2017, 375, 29.
  8. F. Yang, X. Wang, M. Li, X. Liu, X. Zhao, D. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Yang, Y. Li* Templated synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes with specific structure, Accounts of Chemical Research 2016, 49, 606.
  9. F. Yang, X. Wang, D. Zhang, K. Qi, J. Yang, Z. Xu, M. Li, X. Zhao, X. Bai, Y. Li* Growing zigzag (16,0) carbon nanotubes with structure-defined catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 8688.

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  • Congratulations to Xu Sheng’s paper is accepted by Chinese Journal of Chemistry!

  • Congratulations to Xusheng Yang for receiving Poster Award of the Forum of Young Scholars in Frontiers of Chemistry of Guangdong Chemical Society!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lei Wang and Dr. Lei Zhang for receiving the 68th China Postdoctoral Science Foundation!


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