Yang Research Group

Advanced Materials & Renewable Energy at University of Central Florida

​​Welcome to the Yang group!

Research efforts in the Yang lab are directed toward studying the surface and interface engineering of functional materials at the nano/atomic scale for energy and sustainability.

About Dr. Yang Yang

​Dr. Yang Yang studied materials science & engineering and obtained his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked with Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. From 2012 to 2015 he was supported by the Peter M. & Ruth L. Nicholas Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked with Prof. Dr. James M. Tour at the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Sci. & Tech., Rice University. Since 2015 he has been a principal investigator at the NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Central Florida. His current research interests cover surface and interface engineering of energy materials, clean energy generation and storage, solar energy harvesting, flexible electronics and photonics, and programmable nanomanufacturing, with a particular focus on advanced materials and their electrochemical applications.

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We are looking for graduate, undergraduate students and post-doctoral scholar with background and interest in advanced materials and renewable energy. Motivated students please contact Dr. Yang.

Dr. Yang Yang
University of Central Florida
12424 Research Parkway Suite 423, Orlando, FL 32826
Email: Yang.Yang@ucf.edu Tel: 407-823-2845 

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), 2023
  • Pioneering Investigators Award by Royal Society of Chemistry (ChemComm), 2023
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Return Fellowship, 2022
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Excellence in Research Award at the Associate Professor Level, 2022
  • Vebleo Fellow, Energy Materials and Technologies, 2021
  • UCF-Research Incentive Awards (RIA), 2020
  • Scialog Fellow for Advanced Energy Storage, 2018
  • Emerging Young Investigator Award by Royal Society of Chemistry (Journal of Materials Chemistry), 2018
  • UCF-VPR Advancement of Early Career Researchers (AECR), 2018
  • ​Peter M. and Ruth L. Nicholas Fellowship, 2012
  • ​​Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 2010
  • ​​Outstanding Graduate Student in Research (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University), 2009
  • ​​Tsinghua-TOSHIBA Scholarship (First-Class Honor, Top 5%), 2008