About us

Welcome to The Yan Group

The research group of Dr. Yong Yan in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in San Diego State University. In Yan’s group, we focused on chemical catalysis. Our research spans the fields of Inorganic, Organic and Materials Chemistry, with a primary focus on photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. The logic in this research group comprehends: DO SOMETHING (photoactive materials design and synthesis), SEE SOMETHING (catalysis application exploration), and KNOW SOMETHING (their structure-function relationship).

We moved! Our lab moved from NJIT to San Diego State University in 2018.

Research

Yan research group in SDSU strives to develop a fundamental understanding of catalysis including photocatalysis and electrocatalysis for organic reactions, small molecules (H2O, CO2, N2) activation and conversion towards high-value-added products.  This understanding fuels us to design and develop a new methodology towards photoredox organic reactions using various highly efficient solar cell materials.

1, Solar drugs: Photocatalytic organic synthesis and Pharmaceutical drug development 

Carbon-carbon (C-C) bond formation is one of the most fundamental transformations in organic synthesis. Nature is capable of storing solar energy in chemical bonds via photosynthesis. The photoconversion process involves a series of C-C bond forming photoredox catalytic reactions starting from CO2 and light. Cost-effective and efficient photocatalysis are highly desirable in chemical synthesis. Our group is focusing on applying state-of-the-art solar cell materials towards highly-efficient photocatalytic organic reactions.

2, Solar Fuels: Renewable Energy capture and conversion

We are also exploring photoelectrocatalytic dinitrogen reduction, carbon dioxides reduction and water splitting. Our group concentrates on new catalysts development for new photocatalytic reactions exploration, renewable energy capture and storage, and sustainable industrial feedstock production from small molecules (small organic molecules, dinitrogen, carbon dioxides, water). The catalytic materials include, but not limited to, organometallic molecular catalysts, quantum dots, and other photocatalytic semiconductors.

3, Fundamental understanding of the photocatalytic process

Fundamental structural analysis is crucial to understand the photocatalytic reactions. Our lab also focuses on the photophysical and photochemical mechanistic understanding of the catalytic system.

Lab News

Our Article Featured in a Nature Communications Webpage and highlighted as “Editor’s Choice”, see link here.

Our New work on Perovskite for Organic synthesis has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Xiaolin, Yixiong, Jovan, Yue, and Dian.

Congratulations to Yixiong Lin who won the University Graduate Fellowship Award. Great work, Yixiong.

Yan group’s research is highlighted (C-C bond formation using perovskite) in SDSUNewsCenter, link. 3-2019

 

Congratulations on Ph.D. student Yixiong Lin win the 2019 Provost’s Award from SRS, the most important research event in SDSU. Graduate student Yue Sun is also the co-presenter in this award.  Link 3-2019

Warmly welcome Visiting Scholars, Dr. Xianghua Zeng and Dr. Debin Ji join our research group from China. 3-2019

Welcome undergraduate student researcher, Collin Miller joining our research group. 1-2019

The Most read paper in JACS 2019 January/February of our work: Perovskites for Photocatalytic α-Alkylation of Aldehydes. 2-2019

Welcome undergraduate student researcher Claudine Manabat joining our research group.  12-2018

Yan group’s JACS paper: Perovskites for Photocatalytic α-Alkylation of Aldehydes, was selected in C&En news. See link here.     1-2019                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Dr. Yan was selected as a key participant in the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Center, EFRC under CHOISE program. Congratulations to Dr. Yan.  see link here EFRC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Yan and Gu Group’s Disney Land trip.

Yan Group is enjoying CSUPERB conference in Orange County, CA. 1-2019 .

Congrats on Xiaolin, Yixiong and Yue’s JACS online today. 1-2019

Congrats on Jovan, Yixiong and Xiaolin’s work on ChemSusChem, today. 1-2-2019                                                                            

Congrats on Yue and Melissa’s work published on ChemCatChem, our first work affiliated with SDSU. Nov. 20, 2018, link:

Group Meeting Schedule 2018 Fall: Every Wednesday afternoon 3-4pm in GMCS217.

Dr. Yan (invited talk), Dr. Xiaolin Zhu (oral presentation); graduate students Yixiong Lin and Yue Sun (Posters) all present in ACS conference. 8-2018

Dr. Yan is organizing a symposium in ACS national meeting, in Boston 2019 Fall.

We moved from NJIT to SDSU. Aug. 2018