We are also interested in using advanced materials and smart nanostructures for other applications, for example, ferroelectrics, electron field emission, sensor and photoluminescence. We are working to understand the nanoscale size effect on electric and optic properties of self-organized porous films.

We are working on flexible and wearable thin-film electrodes for electronic and photonic devices. We develop self-standing, flexible, and robust inorganic films without supporting carbonaceous materials for flexible Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors. We are also interested in using porous thin-films for resistive memory and electrochromic smart window.

Flexible, Smart Electronics and Photonics

​​We develop programmable nanomanufacturing techniques to precisely control the chemical composition and morphology of various nanostructured films, including 2D materials, perovskite, and heterogeneous nanostructures.

Renewable Energy and Environmental Science

Programmable Manufacturing of Nanostructured Films

Other Research Projects

Yang Research Group

Advanced Materials & Renewable Energy at University of Central Florida

A general solution to the energy and environmental crisis is to develop sustainable energy systems that can produce and store energy inexpensively and efficiently. To this end, we are dedicated to studying the nano electrochemistry at materials interfaces, interfacial electron transportation in electrochemical systems, and light-materials interaction for solar energy harvesting.


The Yang group's research interests include programmable manufacturing of nanostructured films and their applications in renewable energy, environmental science, and flexibleelectronics. Our research focuses on the surface and interface engineering of energy materials for electrochemical applications. We particularly investigate electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry at the nanoscale solid-gas-liquid interfaces for renewable energy generation and storage, solar energy harvesting, and device-level applications in many cutting-edge fields.