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Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590 USA

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Yiyang Sun
Yiyang Sun

Research Assistant Professor



Ph.D., Physics, National University of Singapore, 2004
M.S., Physics, Xiamen University, China, 1999
B.E., Materials Science, Jilin University, China, 1996

Career Highlights:

2010-present Research Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2008-2010 Postdoc Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2006-2008 Postdoc Research Scientist, National Renewable National Lab

2004-2006 Postdoc Research Fellow, National University of Singapore

Research Interests:

  • Computational materials science
  • Energy storage materials
  • Photovoltaic and solid-state lighting materials
  • Theory of defects in materials
  • Van der Waals interactions in polymers and bio-molecular systems

Selected Publications:

1. W. Xie, D. West, Y. Y. Sun, and S. B. Zhang, “Role of nano in catalysis: Palladium catalyzed hydrogen desorption from nanosized magnesium hydride”, Nano Energy, in press (DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2012.12.010). 

2. S.-Y. Xie, X.-B. Li, Y. Y. Sun, Y.-L. Zhang, D. Han, W. Q. Tian, W.-Q. Wang, Y.-S. Zheng, S. B. Zhang, and H.-B. Sun, “Theoretical characterization of reduction dynamics for graphene oxide by alkaline-earth metals”, Carbon 52, 122 (2013).

3. J. Bang, S. Meng, Y. Y. Sun, D. West, Z. G. Wang, F. Gao, and S. B. Zhang, “Regulating Energy Transfer of Excited Carriers: The Case for Excitation Induced Hydrogen Dissociation on Hydrogenated Graphene”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 908 (2013).

4. D. West, Y. Y. Sun, and S. B. Zhang, “Importance of the correct Fermi energy on the calculation of defect formation energies in semiconductors”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 082105 (2012).

5. Y. Y. Sun, W. Y. Ruan, X. Gao, J. Bang, Y.-H. Kim, K. Lee, D. West, X. Liu, T.-L. Chan, M. Y. Chou, and S. B. Zhang, “Phase diagram of graphene nanoribbons and band-gap bifurcation of Dirac fermions under quantum confinement”, Phys. Rev. B 85, 195464 (2012).

6. Y. Zhang, Y. Y. Sun, S. Du, H. Gao, and S. B. Zhang, “Organic salts as super-high rate capability materials for lithium-ion batteries”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 091905 (2012).

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