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Dr Yang Xu
Room 108
Christopher Ingold Building
20 Gordon Street
Tel: 020 7679 1502 (internal 21502)
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  • Lecturership in Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I completed my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Yi Xie. I took up two postdoctoral positions at Boston College (US) and University of Alberta (Canada) from June 2011 to June 2013, where I worked on electrochemical energy conversion (solar water splitting) and energy storage (Na-ion batteries). Before I joined UCL, I worked as a Senior Scientist at the Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany) and my research has been focusing on developing Na-ion and K-ion batteries.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Our group is interested in synthesising materials with characterisic crystal and amorphous structures, applying the materials in Na-ion, K-ion and Ca-ion batteries, and understanding how the atomic arrangement in these materials, such as local defects and long-range disorder, affect ion/electron transfer and transport. We are investigating chemical/physical processes occurring at electrode/electrolyte interface and within solids to understand molecular structures in determining local electrochemical activity. We aim to explore new battery types and the associated cell chemistries and aim to extend the understanding acquired from Na-ion and K-ion batteries to a wider range of energy storage technologies. We are also interested in high-energy density battery system including Na and K metal anode batteries as well as sulphur batteries. We utilise low-cost and environmentally sustainable materials to enable stable metal deposition, functionalise seperators, and efficient use of sulphur.

Students who wish to join the group for PhD programs can send a cover letter expressing research interest along with an academic CV and transcript to y.xu.1@ucl.ac.uk. Various routes for PhD studentships are vailable in the department and UCL, such as DTP/CDT studentships, UCL-CSC joint scholarship, and reserach opportunity scholoarship.

For queries about fellowship applications such as the Royal Society Newton Fellowship and EU Marie-Curie Fellowship, pleaes contact us via the email address given above. We are actively seeking external collaborations with focus on energy materials and battery chemistries.

PhD and postdoc candidates with other studentship/schorlarship/fellowship routes are also welcome to contact and disscuss the possibility of joining the group.

Teaching Summary

CHEM0005 Chemistry Foundations (workshops)

CHEM0014 Inorganic Chemistry (tutorials)

CHEM0024/5/6 Synthetic Chemistry and Instrumentation (lab course lead)

CHEM0039 New Directions in Materials Chemistry (lectures)

CHEM0080 SARPIC panel

01-APR-2019 Lecturer in Electrochemical Energy Storage Chemistry University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 Senior Scientist   Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
25-JUN-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow   University of Alberta, Canada
01-JUN-2011 Postdoc Research Associate   Boston College, United States
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