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Professor:   Ru YANG

Office: Room 427, Organic Building

Tel:   010-64436736








1994-1998, Institute of Coal Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Science, Taiyuan, China

Ph.D. in physics chemistry. Dissertation: A Study of Methylformate Hydrogenlysis Catalysts for Low-temperature Methanol Synthesis.

1987-1990, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Taiyuan, China

M.Sc. degree in physics chemistry. Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of HZS-5 Zeolites and Its Modification by Silane.

1980-1984, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, China

B.S. degree in chemical engineering


Research Experience:


July 1998 to Present


Porous carbon materials from biomass for functional applications at gas storage, supercapacitor electrodes and catalyst supports. Investigating preparation, structure and properties of nanomaterials, involving new chemistry, physics, and technological applications of nanomaterials, advanced function ceramic materials and structure-property relationship in mesoporous materials. Developing the public manufacturing technology of nano metal oxides by the supercritical fluid drying technique. Cooperating with an enterprise and building a manufacturing equipment of nano metal oxides. Investigating the synthesis and characterization of the new solid basic catalysts for a new vegetable oil methyl ester production process used as biodiesal, achieved the industrial expansion of catalysts and synthesis process biodiesel processes for vegetable oil transesterification.


July 1990 to June 1994

Participated in projects funded by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Chinese Academy of Science (the key projects of the seventh five-year plan). Researched phase transfer preparation and properties of ultrafine catalysts, involving the preparation, structure and properties of nano-catalysts and zeolites for synthetic gasoline from coal, and their industrial expansion. Responsible for technical design of synthetic gasoline from coal.


July 1984 to May 1990

Investigated preparation, structure and properties of nano catalysts and zeolites for synthetic gasoline from coal.


Research interests:


Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization

Nanostructured sol-gel systems and nanoscale self-assembly process of polymer net structure are the fields currently being studied. The CO2 supercritical fluid has been used for synthesizing nanostructured inorganic and polymeric materials in our group. Nanocatalysts such as alkaline metal compounds supported on montmorillonite and concave-conves soil and super absorbent resin loaded with sodium hydroxide as a heterogeneous catalyst for transesterification were also investigated in our group.


Functional ceramic materials

Bio-inspired synthesis, self-assembly and application of nano-ceramics with high performances. Sol-gel controlled crystallization and biomineralization of functional minerals and composites. Soft template directed synthesis and self-organization of multifunctional nanoparticles. Synthesis and self-assembly of new inorganic-organic hybrid materials. YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) nano-sized powders were synthesized by homogeneous precipitation combined with supercritical CO2 and ethanol fluid drying technique. Recent research show that supercritical fluid drying technique is beneficial for the dispersion and sintering of the resulting YAG powders in order to get the transparent polycrystalline YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers. Mesoporous structure materials of various metal oxides such as ceria and iron oxides are functional materials that have great potential in many industries.


Energy materials and Environment materials

Porous carbon materials from biomass for functional applications at CO2 capture and hydrogen storage, supercapacitor electrodes and catalyst supports. Solvothermal nanoparticle and hydrothermal carbon and energy storage. Optical, electronic, magnetic, and catalytic applications of nanostructured materials.


Clay materials and applications

The purification and modification of natural clay minerals such as bentonites and attapulgite. Clay applied for sustained release pesticides, adsorption and degradation of harmful inorganic ions and adsorbents and catalysts for organic pollutants, clean air and reduce PM2.5. High value-added technology like nano materials, medicine, carrier materials and fine chemicals for animal care and human care. Clay bleaching and purification of edible oil and new clay anti mildew and antiseptic agent in food and feed.



[1] Zijian Zhao, Yong Wang, Min Li and Ru Yang*, High performance N-doped porous activated carbon based on chicken feather for supercapacitors and CO2 capture, RSC Adv. 5: 34803–34811(2015).

[2] Yong Wang, Ru Yang*, Min Li, Zijian Zhao, Hydrothermal preparation of highly porous carbon spheres fromhemp (Cannabis sativa L.) stem hemicellulose for use inenergy-related applications, Industrial Crops and Products, 65: 216–226(2015).

[3] Ru Yang*, Yong Wang, Min Li, and Yijie Hong, A New Carbon/Ferrous Sulfide/Iron Composite Prepared by an in Situ Carbonization Reduction Method from Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Stems and Its Cr(VI) Removal Ability, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng, 2: 1270−1279(2014).

[4] Ru Yang*, Mengxing Su, Jianchun Zhang, Fuqiang Jin, Chunhong Zha, Min Li, Xinmin Hao, Biodiesel production from rubber seed oil using superabsorbent poly (sodium acrylate) supported NaOH as a water-resistant catalyst, Bioresource Technology,102:2665–2671(2011).

[5] Ru Yang*, Jie Qin, Min Li, Yanhong Liu and Fei Li, Redox hydrothermal synthesis of cerium phosphate microspheres with different architectures, CrystEngComm, 13,7284-7292(2011).


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