Yao Yingfang


Yao Yingfang

Associate professor, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University (NJU)



Yao Yingfang, born in July 1981 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu. He received his Ph.D. in engineering in December 2011 from North Carolina State University, USA. Yao is at present an associate professor of Nanjing University and studies solar energy related photocatalytic and electrocatalytic substances as well as in the design, preparation, and reaction mechanisms and the application basis of materials and systems functioning for energy conversion.

His research interest lies in the following:

  1. A. the structure and mechanisms of grapheme as electrocatalyst manipulated by transition metal ions;

  2. B. new mechanisms and applications of photocatalytic materials; and

  3. C. new substances and the process of energy conversion.

Yao has published over 45 SCI papers in Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Energy Environment Science, Nano Energy, Chemistry Communications, Electrochemistry Communication, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, with over 1,100 citations and a H-index of 19, and has co-published an academic book and has also led a number of state or provincial research projects. He has applied for 10 Chinese invention patents and 5 of them have been licensed.

Main Articles:

Note (* refers to corresponding author and # refers to equal contributor):

[1]Yao, Y. F., Xu, Z., Cheng, F., Li, W. C., Cui, P. X., Xu, G. Z., Xu, S. Wang, P., Sheng, G. D., Yan, Y. D., Yu, Z. T., Yan, S. C., Chen, Z. X., & Zou, Z. G. (2018). Unlocking the potential of graphene for water oxidation from orbital hybridization strategy. Energy & Environmental Science, 11, 407-416.

[2]Gao, L. F., Luo, W. J., Yao, Y. F., & Zou, Z. G. (2018). An all-inorganic lead halide perovskite-based photocathode for stable water reduction. Chemical Communications. 54, 11459-11462.

[3] Wan, H., Yao, Y. F., Liu, J. G., You, Y., Li, X. Y., Shao, K. A., & Zou, Z. G. (2017). Engineering mesoporosity promoting high-performance polymer electrolyte fuel cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(33), 21294-21304.

[4] Yao, Y. F., You, Y., Zhang, G. X., Liu, J. G., Sun, H. R., Zou, Z. G., & Sun, S. H. (2016). Highly functional bioinspired FE/N/C oxygen reduction reaction catalysts: structure-regulating oxygen sorption. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8, 6464-6471

[5] Yao, Y. F., Liu, J. G., Liu, W. M., Zhao, M., Wu, B. B., Gu, J., & Zou, Z. G. (2014). Vitamin e assisting polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Energy & Environmental Science, 7(10), 3362-3370.

[6] Yao, Y. F., Lin, Z. G., Li, Y., Alcoutlabi, M., Hamouda, H., & Zhang, X. W. (2011). Superacidic electrospun fiber-nafion hybrid proton exchange membranes. Advanced Energy Materials, 1(6), 1133-1140.

[7] Yao, Y. F., Ji, L. W., Lin, Z., Li, Y., Alcoutlabi, M., Hamouda, H., & Zhang, X. W. (2011). Sulfonated polystyrene fiber network-induced hybrid proton exchange membranes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3(9), 3732-3737.

[8] Yao, Y. F., Guo, B. K., Ji, L. W., Jung, K. H., Lin, Z., Alcoutlabi, M., Hamouda, H. & Zhang, X. W. (2011). Highly proton conductive electrolyte membranes: fiber-induced long-range ionic channels. Electrochemistry Communications, 13(9), 1005-1008.

[9] Yao, Y. F., Gu, Z. Z., Zhang, J. Z., Pan, C., Zhang, Y. Y., & Wei, H. M. (2007). Fiber‐oriented liquid crystal polarizers based on anisotropic electrospinning. Advanced Materials, 19, 3707-3011.


[1] Lin, Z.,# Yao, Y. F.,# & Zhang, X. W. “Electrospun Nanofibers for Design and Fabrication of Electrocatalysts and Electrolyte Membranes for Fuel Cells,” Electrospun Nanofibers for Energy and Environmental Applications[M]. Pringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2014: 41-67. 

Granted Patents

[1] Wu, Mingxing, Yang, Xiaozhen, Chen, Jia, Huang, Lin, Yao, Yingfang, Liu, Jianguo, Zou, Zhigang. (2015). A prepration method for membrane electrode assembly of fuel cell with sealed rim. Chinese Patent No. 201510077255.2.

[2] Wang, Gang, Yao, Yingfang, Liu, Jianguo, Yang, Xiaozhen, Huang, Lin, Chen, Jia, Wu, Congping, & Zou, Zhigang. (2015). A prepration method for membrane electrode assembly of fuel cell with proton exchange membrane. Chinese Patent No. 201510346313.7.

[3] Wang, Zhaosheng, Zhang, Yanqiang, Yao, Yingfang, Chen, Yaochun, & Wang, Ming. (2017). The screen clamps for spray coating on gas diffusion layer of fuel cell. Chinese Patent No. 201710130382.3.

[4] Wang, Zhaosheng, Chen, Yaochun, Yao, Yingfang, Zhang, Yanqiang, & Wang, Ming. (2017). A gas-water separation valve of fuel cell. Chinese Patent No. 201710130390.8)

[5] Wang, Xue, Liu, Shitao, Yao, Yingfang, Zou, Zhigang, Wu, Congping, & Liu, Jianguo. (2017). A photocatalytic air purifier with excellent absorption property. Chinese Patent No. 201721437910.1.