Dr. Yan is a material chemist with a focus on nanomaterials and electrochemistry. Her specialty is analyzing the correlation between structures and properties at the molecular level and the materials’ performance on the macroscale level. At Exponent, Dr. Yan applies her experience in synthesis and characterization of battery electrode materials to evaluate the components and performance of batteries as well as identify the root cause of their failure.
Dr. Yan has extensive experience in materials characterization techniques including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), spectroscopic ellipsometry, nitrogen porosimetry and BET surface area analysis, dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). She is also well-versed in standard electrochemistry testing techniques including potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods as well as impedance spectroscopy. Additionally, she has synthesized a range of nanomaterials, with particular expertise in mesoporous nanostructures with tunable optical, electronic and electrochemical properties for improved device performance.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Yan was a graduate research assistant at University of California Los Angeles. Her research focused on developing nanostructured functional materials for advanced lithium-ion battery electrodes and thermally insulating window coating. She developed several structures and methods to improve high rate performance of Li-ion battery electrode materials. Dr. Yan also worked as a Tech Fellow at UCLA Technology Development Group, assisting with technology landscape analysis and marketing effort for UCLA inventions.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018
- M.S., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
- B.S., Materials Science, Fudan University, China, 2013
- Mandarin Chinese
Detsi E, Petrissans X, Yan Y, Cook J, Deng Z, Liang YL, Dunn B, Tolbert SH. Tuning Ligament Shape in Dealloyed Nanoporous Tin and the Impact of Nanoscale Morphology on Its Applications in Na-Ion Alloy Battery Anodes. Physical Review Materials 2018; 2: 055404.
Lesel BK, Cook J, Yan Y, Lin TC, Tolbert SH. Using Nanoscale Domain Size to Control Charge Storage Kinetics in Pseudocapacitive Nanoporous LiMn2O4 Powders. ACS Energy Letter 2017; 2 (10): 2293-2298.
Cook J, Kim HS, Yan Y, Ko J, Dunn B, Tolbert SH. Mesoporous MoS2 as a transition metal dichalcogenide exhibiting pseudocapacitive Li and Na-ion charge storage. Advanced Energy Materials 2016; 6: 1501937.
Ondry JC, Robbennolt S, Kang H, Yan Y, and Tolbert SH. A Room Temperature, Solution Phase Method for the Synthesis of Mesoporous Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystal Based Thin Films with Precisely Controlled Grain Sizes. Chemistry of Materials 2016; 28: 6105-6117.
Chen H, Hu L, Chen M, Yan Y, Wu L. Nickel–Cobalt Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets for High‐performance Supercapacitor Electrode Materials. Advanced Functional Materials 2014; 24(7): 934-942.
Chen H, Hu L, Yan Y, Che R, Chen M, Wu L. One‐Step Fabrication of Ultrathin Porous Nickel Hydroxide‐Manganese Dioxide Hybrid Nanosheets for Supercapacitor Electrodes with Excellent Capacitive Performance. Advanced Energy Materials 2013; 3(12): 1636-1646.
Yan Y, Li M, King S, Tiphaine G, Hu Y, Pilon L, Tolbert SH. Exploring the Effect of Nanoscale Architecture on Thermal Conductivity of Nanoporous SiO2 Films. Poster and Oral (poster award) presentation at the 10th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, 2018
Yan Y, Lesel BK, Szeto N, Chen J, Robbennolt S, Tolbert SH. Increasing the Capacity of Nanostructured LiMn2O4 by Selective Crystallization of Dissolution Resistant Surface Sites. Oral presentation at the 233rd Electrochemical Society meeting, Seattle, WA, 2018
Yan Y, Lesel BK, Szeto N, Chen J, Robbennolt S, Tolbert SH. Increasing the Capacity of Nanostructured LiMn2O4 by Selective Crystallization of Dissolution Resistant Surface Sites. Oral presentation at the 3rd Southern California Electrochemical Energy Alliance (SCEESA) meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, October 2017
Yan Y, Lai CH, Robbennolt S, Dunn B, Tolbert SH. Core/shell Nb2O5/Nb4N5-rGO Composites as a Novel High Power Li-ion Pseudocapacitive Anode Material. Oral and Poster presentation at the 253rd ACS meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017
Yan Y, Lai CH, Robbennolt S, Dunn B, Tolbert SH. Nb4N5/Nb2O5/r-GO Composites As Anode Materials for High Power Lithium Ion Batteries. Oral presentation at the 2nd Southern California Electrochemical Energy Alliance (SCEESA) meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, October 2016
Yan Y, Lai CH, Robbennolt S, Dunn B, Tolbert SH. Nb4N5/Nb2O5/r-GO Composites As Anode Materials for High Power Lithium Ion Batteries. Oral presentation at the 229th ECS meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2016
Graduate Student Researcher, University of California Los Angeles, 2013-2018
Tech Fellow, UCLA Technology Development Group, 2017-2018
Undergraduate Researcher, Fudan University, 2010-2013
Cross-Disciplinary Science and Technology Scholar Summer Research Program, University of Los Angeles, Summer 2012
Exchange study, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011
American Chemical Society—ACS