Dr Yang Xu

Dr Yang Xu

Lecturership in Electrochemical Energy Storage

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2019

Research summary

Our group is interested in synthesising materials with characterisic crystal and amorphous structures, applying the materials in Na-ion and K-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 are also interested in exploring new battery types and the associated cell chemistries, aiming to extend the understanding acquired from Na-ion and K-ion batteries to a wider range of energy storage technologies.

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 RS Newton Fellowship and EU Marie-Curie Fellowship and potential collaborations, pleaes contact us via the email address given above.

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)

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

CHEM0027 Chemical literature (literature project)

CHEM0039 New Directions in Materials Chemistry (lectures)

CHEM0080 SARPIC panel


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.