Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2023
  • B.S., Applied Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2017
Professional Affiliations
  • American Physical Society (APS), Member
  • Chinese (China)

Dr. Yan's expertise focuses on Nano/Micro-electromechanical systems (N/MEMS). He has whole process N/MEMS devices development experience from simulation (COMSOL, ANSYS) to design (L-edit) to fabrication in Class 100/1000 clean room. During his postgraduate study, he mainly researched the design, experimental measurement, theoretical study, and modeling of nonlinear motion of N/MEMS resonators.

Dr. Yan is skilled in constructing electro-optical test beds for electrical and mechanical elements with or without high vacuum and cryogenic environments. That was highly relied on his knowledge about mechanical component design (CAD, Solid works), PCB design, thermal conducting or preventing, and fiber optics. Based on his broad knowledge of analog and digital circuits, data analysis, automated measurement (LabVIEW, MATLAB), noise mitigation, signal amplification and proportion integration differentiation (PID) control, Dr. Yan conducted projects to precisely measure and control nanoscale vibration and piconewton-level forcees.  He is also intimately familiar with modeling nonlinear systems using MATLAB, Python, and C++.

Dr. Yan also has a background in developing and utilizing functional materials for power devices such as supercapacitors and fuel cells. He has extensive experience in materials characterization techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electrochemical testing technique, and power device assembly. Using these skills, Dr. Yan developed new approaches to make nano/micro porous metal materials and apply them in new applications, such as high-performance supercapacitors, Raman enhancement, and fuel cells.