Associate Professor Yang Huiying

Assoc Prof Yang and her research team from SUTD conducts research into water desalination as well as energy storage simultaneously. She developed a low dimensional nanomaterial to desalinate ocean water using a process of hybrid capacitive deionization. This process, allows for the processing of desalinated water more efficiently while also providing low-cost energy storage.

Dr. YANG’s research is driven by the design and fabrication of low dimensional nanomaterials. She pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge in a wide variety of fundamental materials and structure-property relationships. Her team pioneered in chemical doping, work function engineering and defect states analysis in one dimensional and two dimensional nanomaterials for a variety of applications in high efficient optoelectronics devices, electrochemical energy storage and water purification to generate economic benefits for Singapore.

Professional Experience

  • Aug. 2016 – Present: Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design.

  • Oct. 2010 – Jul. 2016: Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design.
  • Jan. 2011- Dec. 2011: Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Aug. 2008 – Sep. 2010: Lee Kuan Yew Fellow, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Aug. 2006 – Aug. 2008: Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Areas of expertise prepared to comment on: material science, additive manufacturing, energy and chemicals, water and water purification


Selected publications

  • ‘Efficient Sodium Storage in Rolled-up Amorphous Si Nanomembranes’, S. Huang, L. Liu, Y. Zheng, Y. Wang, D. Kong, Y. Zhang, Y. Shi, L. Zhang, O. G. Schmidt, H. Y. Yang*Adv. Mater., 201706637, (2018).
  • ‘Dual-ions Electrochemical Deionization: A desalination generator’, F. Chen, Y. Huang, L. Guo, L. Sun, Y. Wang, H. Y. Yang*Energy & Environmental Science, 10, 2043, (2017).  (Back Cover)
  • ‘Green Fabrication of Silkworm Cocoon-Like Silicon-Based Composite for High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries’, F. H. Du, Y. Z. Ni, D. Wang, Q. Ge, S. Chen, and H. Y. Yang*ACS nano, 11, 8628, (2017).
  • ‘3D nitrogen-doped graphene foam with encapsulated germanium quantum dot@nitrogen-doped graphene yolk-shell nanoarchitecture as a ultra-high rate and cycle-stable anode for flexible lithium ion batteries’, R. W. Mo, D. Rooney, K. N. Sun and H. Y. Yang*Nature Communication,13949, (2017).
  • ‘Carbon nanotube membranes with ultrahigh specific adsorption capacity for water desalination and purification’, H. Y. Yang*, Z. J. Han, S. F. Yu, K. L. Pey, K. Ostrikov, R. Karnik, Nature Communications, 4, 2220 (2013). (This paper has been selected by The Latest Science ( as the paper of the month.)
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