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Yang, Xiao-Yu

Curriculum Vitae

Family name, First name: YANG, Xiao-Yu
Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry of UK, Chu-Tian Professor, Ph. D.
Researcher unique identifier(s): ORCID 0000-0003-3454-3604
March 18th, 1976; Permanent Resident of Belgium and China
URL for web site: http://sklwut.whut.edu.cn/
Email: xyyang@whut.edu.cn; xyyang@seas.harvard.edu




Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Jilin University, China and Department of Chemistry, FUNDP (Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Membre de l'Académie universitaire 'Louvain'), Belgium (2005-2007, co-education in FUNDP)


B.S. Department of Chemistry (major) and Science for Humanities (minor), Jilin University, China



Chu-Tian Professor, Co-Chair Expert of National First-rate Disciplines on NANOBIO of Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT), State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing (SKLATMSP), China


Vice Director of Insitute of Advanced Materials (Sweden)


Executive Director, Co-Professor (2022-), Joint Laboratory of Advanced Marine Materials, Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (NLMST, Qindao), China;
Associate, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2020-), U.S.A;
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, UK (2021-);
Guest Professor, University of Groningen, Netherland (2017-); Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Isarel (2021-);
Honorary Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (2021-); São Paulo State University, Brazil (2021-);
Visiting Professor, Harvard University, U.S.A (2017-2020); Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, Germany (2014-); University of Antwerp, Belgium (2014); l'Universite du Littoral-Cote d'Opale, France (2015);


Chargé de Recherche, National Foundation of Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium


Postdoctoral Researcher, FUNDP, Belgium

Fellowships and awards


“National Innovation Award” on China Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration (China); “Teaching Achievement Award” (WHUT, China); “Outstanding Contribution Award” (LIANG Liang-Sheng Award for Hubei Science and Technology Progress, Hubei Federation of Returned Overseas);


“Fellow of RSA” (The Royal Society of Art, RSA, UK); “Annual-outstanding Stuff” in 2020-2021 of WHUT (China)


“Fellow of IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials)”; “Chartered Science Teacher of RSC” (The Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, UK); “Outstanding Middle-aged Expert” (Hubei, China); “Finalist Prize for Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award” (Advisor Award, Chinese Society for Composite Materials (CSCM), China);


“Fellow of RSC” (The Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, UK); “Natural Science Award” (First class, Hubei, China); “National Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award” (Advisor Award, Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC), China); “Sustainable Energy Award” of Asia Advanced Materials Congress; “Community Entrepreneurs” (Silver Cup, 2018, 2019, Guangdong, China); “Jiang-Hai Talents” (Jiangsu, China); “Chartered Scientist” (National Science Council, UK); “CCEP-China City Environmental Protection Cup” (Advisor Award of Outstanding Award of Environmental Protection and Innovation, Wuhan, China)


“Nano Award” of IAAM; “ IAAM Medal” Award of IAAM; “Guest Honour” of Asia Advanced Materials Congress; “Annual-outstanding Stuff” in 2017-2018 of WHUT (China)


“Chartered Chemist” (RSC, UK); “The Youth Talent” of WHUT (China); “Young Scientist” Award of IAAM; “Best Oral Presentation” (European Advanced Materials Congress of IAAM); “National Energy Saving and Emission Reduction Award” for Excellent Undergraduate (3rd class, Advisor Award) (China); “Elect-outstanding Professor” in past-3-years of WHUT (China)


“Outstanding Young Scholars” of Hubei (China)


“Outstanding Mentor” in WHUT (China)


“Outstanding B.S. Thesis” (Advisor Award) of Hubei (China)


“Contribution Award”, All-China Federation of Returned Overseas (Group, China)


“New Century Excellent Talents” (The Ministry of Education, China)


“Chu-Tian Chair Scholar” (Hubei, China)


“QiuShi Award” for Outstanding Postgraduate (HongKong, China)

Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Current: 10 PhD theses, 41 Master theses, 15 PhD students/31 Master Students/30 College Students, 1 Post-Doctors, 5 Associate Professors, China

Teaching activities


Lecturer –The Structure and Functions of Materials, (>20 graduate students, “Education model graduate programmes”), WHUT, China


Lecturer –General Chemistry Engineering, (80-100 students), SYSU, China


Lecturer –General Semiconductor Materials, (>30 students, “First-class undergraduate programmes”
“Education model undergraduate programmes”), WHUT, China


Lecturer –General Nano-Chemistry, (80-120 students, Theoretical and Practical course), WHUT, China


Lecturer –General Nano-Bio Self-assembly, (>120 students, T&P course), WHUT, China


Lecturer –General Living-Hybrid-Materials, (>120 students, T&P course), WHUT, China


Lecturer –Synthesis and Processing of Inorg. Materials, (>120 students, T&P course), WHUT, China

Organisation and participation of scientific meetings

Over 40 invited lectures; 7 keynote lectures; 3 plenary lectures; 3 opening lectures

Organizing Chief in 6 of International Symposium; Conference Secretary-General in 1 of International Forum; Organizing Members in 6 of International Conferences; Section Chief in over 30 of International Conference; Organization and Host of >180 International Frontier Lectures of Interdiscipline Materials (>100 Scientists from >20 countries).

Institutional responsibilities and memberships of scientific societies


Member, the Management Committee of Colloidal Aspects of nanoscience for innovative processes and materials of European Cooperation in the field Of Scientific and Technical Research (E-COST)


Chief Scientist, S&T Co. Lt. of E-Carbon (HUANTAN) and MN Materials (WEITE) in China


Member and representative of the department of chemistry, the Committee of Promotion of Science of Faculty of Science of FUNDP, Belgium; Member of the Committee of Doctoral Accompaniment, FUNDP, Belgium


Editor and Guest Editor-Chief, 5 of Journals such as<Electrochemical Communications>and <Nano-Structures &Nano-Objects> of Elsevier.


Invited State-level Reviewer, The State Technological Invention Award; National Leading Telents ; National Leading Groups etc in China, and other National Project in China, Isarel, India and Poland etc.

Projects and program supports

Over 40 Projects Leaders of Chief Scientist (over 8.5M euro without any salary): China-European Key Inter-cooperation project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 7 of Funding of National Natural Science Foundation of China (including 2 Germany-China, 2 Belgium-China International Cooperation), 3 of Funding of Ministry of Education of China, 2 of Funding of Science Foundation of Hubei of China, 1 of Funding of National Key Lab Foundation, 1 of Inter-Cooperation project of CSC of China and DAAD of Germany, 2 of Funding of National Scientific and Research Foundation of Belgium, 2 of Funding of The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs P.R. China, over 10 of University Funding (Inter-Education Program, Inter-Cooperation Program, Inter-Education Database etc.) and over 10 of Supervisor of National Post-D Foundation and University Funding of College students, Master students and Doctor students, and Industrial projects.

Main Participation in National key programs (over 12M euro): Changjiang Group of Ministry of Education of China (0.8 M euro), National Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (4.8 M euro), The Recruitment Program of Global Experts of Chinas (2.6 M euro), The national " First-rate" plan of China (Co-chief expert and chief secretary, 1.2M euro in 2021-2024 and 2.6 M euro in 2017-2021), The programme of introducing talents of discipline to universities (1 M euro).

Scientific contributions and representative publications

For the rapidly evolving field of hierarchical materials, as a pioneer, significant contributions have been made. We have discovered a cell-like confinement effect in hierarchical catalysts and developed the bio-inspiring methods to spatial attribution of active sites in hierarchical materials (Adv. Mater., 18, 410, 2006; Adv. Mater., 18, 2117, 2006; Adv. Mater., 21, 1368, 2009), proposed a model of hierarchical catalysts with hierarchical 3D micro-meso-macroporous structures and developed an interfacial nanofusion method for great stability improvement (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50, 11156, 2011; Chem. Commun., 47, 2763, 2011; Energy Environ. Sci., 5, 5540, 2012), created the knowledge system of synthesis and application of hierarchical materials (Wiley-VCH, Book, ISBN 978-3-527-32788-1, 2012; Chem. Soc. Rev., 45, 3479, 2016; Chem. Soc. Rev., 46, 481, 2017). During most recent 5 years, we have made a series of contributions on the oriented design and precise control of the hierarchical materials for bio-inspiring catalysis, including Hierarchical catalysis (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 12340, 2019; Adv. Mater., 31, 1904969, 2019; Adv. Funct. Mater., 31, 2102868, 2021), Directional photo/electro catalysis (Adv. Mater., 30, 1802173, 2018; Nano. Lett., 20, 3122, 2020; Nano Lett., 21, 7870, 2021; Mater, 2022) and Artificial cell catalysis (ACS Nano, 13, 14459, 2019; Chem, 8, 1551, 2022; Trends Biotechnol., DOI: 0.1016/j.tibtech.2022.01.012, 2022; Natl. Sci. Rev., 8, nwaa097, 2021).

10 Most Important Publications (MIP) are highlighted in note of representative publications as following.

Most recently representative publications (2018-2022)

  1. Li J., Yang X-Y.*, Membrane Catalysts Eliminate Trace Pollutants, Chem, 2022, 8, 1551-1553 (I.F. 25.832, Citations: 0)
  2. Shen L., Ying J.*, Ozoemena K.I., Janiak C., Yang X-Y.*, Confinement Effects in Individual Carbon Encapsulated Non-Precious Metal-Based Electrocatalysts. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2021, 2110851 (I.F. 19.924, Citations: 0)
  3. Xiao YX., Ying J.*, Tian G., Yang X., Zhang YX., Chen JB., Wang Y., Symes M.D., Ozoemena K.I., Wu JS., Yang X-Y.*, Hierarchically Fractal PtPdCu Sponges and their Directed Mass- and Electron-Transfer Effects. Nano Lett., 2021, 21, 7870-7878 (I.F. 12.262, Citations: 4, MIP-Most Important Publications)
  4. Li JX., Chang GG.*, Tian G., Pu C., Huang KX., Ke SC., Janiak C., Yang X-Y.*, Near-Linear Controllable Synthesis of Mesoporosity in Hierarchical UiO-66 by Template-Free Nucleation-Competition. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2021, 31, 2102868. (I.F. 19.924, Citations: 4)
  5. Wang L., Li Y., Yang X-Y.*, Zhang BB., Ninane N., Busscher H.J., Hu ZY., Delneuville C., Jiang N., Xie H., Van Tendeloo G., Hasan T., Su BL.*, Single-Cell Yolk-Shell Nanoencapsulation for Long-Term Viability with Size-Dependent Permeability and Molecular Recognition. Natl. Sci. Rev., 2021, 8, nwaa097. (I.F. 23.178, Citations: 5)
  6. Lu Y., Liu XL., He L., Zhang YX., Hu ZY., Tian G., Cheng X., Wu SM., Li YZ., Yang XH., Wang LY., Liu JW., Janiak C., Chang GG., Li WH., Van Tendeloo G., Yang X-Y.*, Su BL.*, Spatial Heterojunction in Nanostructured TiO2 and Its Cascade Effect for Efficient Photocatalysis. Nano Lett., 2020, 20, 3122-3129. (I.F. 12.262, Citations: 27, MIP)
  7. Wu SM., Yang X-Y.*, Janiak C., Confinement Effects in Zeolites-Confined Noble Metals. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 12340-12354. (I.F. 16.823, Citations: 84, MIP)
  8. Chang GG., Ma XC., Zhang YX., Wang LY., Tian G., Liu JW., Wu J., Hu ZY., Yang X-Y.*, Chen BL.*, Construction of Hierarchical Metal-Organic Frameworks by Competitive Coordination Strategy for Highly Efficient CO2 Conversion. Adv. Mater., 2019, 31, 1904969. (I.F. 32.086, Citations: 56, MIP)
  9. Geng W., Jiang N., Qing GY., Liu, XL., Wang L., Busscher H., Tian G., Sun TL., Wang LY., Montelongo Y., Janiak C., Zhang G., Yang X-Y.*, Su BL.*, Click-Reaction for Reversible Encapsulation of Single Yeast Cells. ACS Nano., 2019, 13, 14459-14467. (I.F. 18.027, Citations: 10, MIP)
  10. Wu SM., Liu XL., Lian XL., Tian G., Janiak C., Zhang YX., Lu Y., Yu HZ., Hu J., Wei H., Zhao H., Chang GG., Van Tendeloo G., Wang LY., Yang X-Y.*, Su BL., Homojunction of Oxygen and Titanium Vacancies and its Interfacial n-p Effect. Adv. Mater., 2018, 30, 1802173. (I.F. 32.086, Citations: 78, MIP)

Other representative publications

  1. Book, Co-Chief Editor: Su BL., Sanchez C., Yang X-Y.,《Hierarchically Structured Porous Materials: From Nanoscience to Catalysis, Separation, Optics, Energy and Life science》in 2012, Wiley-VCH, Germany, ISBN 978-3-527-32788-1, 22chapters, 678 pages. (Citations: 251, MIP)
  2. Yang X-Y.*, Chen LH.*, Li Y.*, Rooke J.C., Sanchez C., Su BL.*, Hierarchically Porous Materials: Synthesis Strategies and Structures Design. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46: 481-558. (I.F. 60.615, Citations: 818, MIP)
  3. Xiao YX., Ying J., Tian G., Tao Y., Wei H., Fan SY., Sun ZH., Zou WJ., Hu J., Chang GG., Yang X-Y.*, Janiak C., Highly Dispersed PtPd on Graphitic Nanofibers and its Heavy d-π Effect. Appl. Catal., B, 2019, 259, 118080. (I.F. 24.319, Citations: 18)
  4. Lu Y., Cheng X., Tian G., Zhao H., He L., Hu J., Wu SM., Dong Y., Chang GG., Lenaerts S., Siffert S., Van Tendeloo G., Li ZF., Xu LL., Yang X-Y.*, Su BL.*, Hierarchical CdS/m-TiO2/G Ternary Photocatalyst for Highly Active Visible Light-Induced Hydrogen Production from Water Splitting with High Stability. Nano Energy, 2018, 47, 8-17. (I.F. 19.069, Citations: 101)
  5. Sun MH., Huang SZ., Chen LH.*, Li Y.*, Yang X-Y.*, Yuan ZY.*, Su BL.*, Applications of Hierarchically Structured Porous Materials from Energy Storage and Conversion, Catalysis, Photocatalysis, Adsorption, Separation, Sensing to Biomedicals. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 3479-3563. (I.F. 60.615, Citations: 925)
  6. Jiang N., Yang X-Y.*, Ying GL., Shen L., Liu J., Geng W., Dai LJ., Liu SY., Cao J., Tian G., Sun TL., Li SP., Su BL.*, “Self-Repairing” Nanoshell for Cell Protection. Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 486-491. (I.F. 9.969, Citations: 49)
  7. Ying J., Yang X-Y.*, Hu ZY., Mu SC., Janiak C., Geng W., Pan M., Ke X., Van Tendeloo G., Su BL.*, One Particle@one Cell: Highly Monodispersed PtPd Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Nano Energy, 2014, 214-222. (I.F. 19.069, Citations: 57)
  8. Yang X-Y.*, Tian G., Jiang N., Su BL.*, Immobilization Technology: A Sustainable Solution for Biofuel Cell Design. Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 5540-5563. (I.F. 39.714, Citations: 177, MIP)
  9. Chen LH., Li XY., Tian G., Li Y., Rooke J.C., Zhu GS., Qiu SL., Yang X-Y.*, Su BL.*, Highly Stable and Reusable Multimodal Zeolite TS-1 Based Catalysts with Hierarchically Interconnected Three Level Micro-Meso-Macroporous Structure. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 11156-11161. (I.F. 16.823, Citations: 177, MIP)
  10. Yang X-Y., Li Y., Van Tendeloo G., Xiao FS., Su BL.*, One-Pot Synthesis of Catalytically Stable and Active Nanoreactors: Encapsulation of Size-Controlled Nanoparticles within a Hierarchically Macroporous Core@Ordered Mesoporous Shell System. Adv. Mater., 2009, 21, 1368-1372. (I.F. 32.086, Citations: 80)
  11. Yang X-Y., Vantomme A., Lemaire A., Xiao FS., Su BL.*, A Highly Ordered Mesoporous Alumino silicate, CMI-10, with a Si/Al Ratio of One. Adv. Mater., 2006, 18, 2117-2122. (I.F. 32.086, Citations: 49)
  12. Yang X-Y., Li ZQ., Klein-Hofman A., Tian G., Feng YF., Ding Y., Su DS., Xiao FS.*, “Fish-in-Net” Encapsulation of Enzymes in Macroporous Cages as Stable, Reusable, and Active Heterogeneous Biocatalysts. Adv. Mater., 2006, 18, 410-414. (I.F. 32.086, Citations: 91)

Sum of scientific contributions & highlights

  • 218 publications: 137 SCI papers, 1 book, 1 special issue, 7 book chapters, 48 Chinese patents, 23 Chinese patents applications, 1 USA patent
  • Citation: ~ 7350, Rank 3# in Hierarchical Materials; H-index: 42; i-10-index: 84 (Google scholar)
  • >17 Cover Paper; >10 Highlighted Paper; 2 ESI 1‰ Highest Cited Paper; >30 Media Reports/Highlights





Chem. Soc. Rev.



(Leading Journal of Chemistry) 2 “Highly Cited Paper”, 2 of corresponding author

Adv. Mater.



(Leading Journal of Materials) 1 “AA Paper” (“Advances in Advance” paper) recommended by <Adv. Mater.>; As “Trends of Chemistry in 2006” reported by <Nachrichtenaus der Chemie>; As “Cover Paper”, “Cover Suggestion”, “Hot Paper” and “Cover Recommendation”; 3 of the first authors and 2 of the corresponding authors

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.



(Leading Journal of Chemistry) 2 of corresponding author and 1 of the fifth author




(Leading Journal of Chemistry, Cell series) corresponding author




(Leading Journal of Materials Science, Cell series) corresponding author

ACS Nano



(Leading Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) corresponding author

Nat. Sci. Rev.



(Leading Journal of Natural Science) corresponding author

Nano Lett.



(Leading Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) 2 of corresponding author, 1of “Cover Paper

Trends Biotechnol.



(Leading Journal of Biotechnology, Cell series) corresponding author

Chem. Sci.



(Leading Journal of Chemistry) 3 of corresponding author, 2 of “Cover Paper

Nano Energy



(Leading Journal of Energy) 2 of corresponding author, 1 of “Cover Paper” in <Nano Energy >; 1 of “Highly Cited Paper

Chem. Commun.



1 of “Hot Paper” in <Chem. Commun.> and “Heart Cut Paper” highlighted by <J. Am. Chem. Soc.>; 1 of “Feature Article” paper in <Chem. Commun.>; 4 of “Cover Paper

Appl. Catal. B-Environ.



(Leading Journal of Catalysis) 1 of corresponding author




1 of “Frontspecies Paper” and 1 of “Cover Paper” in <Small>.

Adv. Funct. Mater.



(Leading Journal of Materials) corresponding author

Chem. Mater.



(Leading Journal of Materials) 1 of “Cover Paper

Prog Mater Sci./J. Mater.Chem. A/ ACS Appl. Mater. Interface/ ChemSusChem/Chem. Eur. J./J. Catal./Crit. Rev. Solid State/J. Chem. Mater./Nanoscale etc.



2 of “Cover Paper” in<Nanoscale>;1of “Frontspecies Paper” in <ChemCatChem>; 1of “Back Inside-Cover Paper” and “Highly Cited Paper” in <J. Mater. Chem.>; 1 of “Cover Paper” in <Critical Reviews in SSMS>; 1 of “Cover Paper” in< ACS Appl. Mater. Interface>; 1 of “Cover Paper” in< Chem. - Asian J.>; 1 of “Cover Paper” and “Hot Paper” in< Chem. Eur. J.>.

J. Phys. Chem. B et. al.



1 of “Most Downloaded Article” in < Chem. Phys. Lett.>.

Representative Reviews

and Books


I. F.


Chem. Soc. Rev.



first & corresponding author

Energy Environ. Sci.



first &corresponding author

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.



corresponding author

Adv. Funct. Mater.



corresponding author

Trends Biotechnol.



corresponding author

Chem. Commun.



first author




corresponding author

<Hierarchically Structured Porous Materials: From Nanoscience to Catalysis, Separation, Optics, Energy and Life science> (Wiley-VCH)

co-chief editor & corresponding author, and 5 chapters

<Metal Oxide Nanostructure and their Applications> (ASP)

1 chapter (the fourth author)

<The Chemistry of Molecular Sieves and Porous Materials> (Science China)

1 chapter (Text-book, the first author)

<Electrocatalysis in Energy Conversion and Storage Systems> of Special Issue of Electrochemistry Communications (Elsevier)

co-chief guest editor

†Also counted in journals


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