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49. Yixiong Lin, Yong Yan.* CsPbBr3 Perovskite Nanocrystals for Photocatalytic [3+2] Cycloaddition. ChemSusChem 2023,  doi/10.1002/cssc.202301060


48. Mishira, K.; Guyon, D.; San Martin, J.; Yan, Y.*  Chiral Perovskite Nanocrystals for Asymmetric Reactions: A Highly Enantioselective Strategy for Photocatalytic Synthesis of N-C Axially Chiral Heterocycles.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023,

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47. San Martin, J.; Dang, N.; Raulerson, E.; Beard, M.; Hartenberger, J.;  Yan, Y.* Perovskite Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction or Photoredox Organic Transformation? Angew. Chem. 2022,

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46. Yixiong Lin, Mariana Avvacumova, Ruilin Zhao, Xihan Chen, Matt Beard, Yong Yan* Triplet Energy Transfer from Lead Halide Perovskite for Highly Selective Photocatalytic 2 + 2 Cycloaddition, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022,


45. Jovan San Martin, Xianghua Zeng, Xihan Chen, Collin Miller, Chuang Han, Yixiong Lin, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Xiaoming Wang, Sadegh Yazdi, Yanfa Yan, Matthew C Beard, Yong Yan* A Nanocrystal Catalyst Incorporating a Surface Bound Transition Metal to Induce Photocatalytic Sequential Electron Transfer Events, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 30, 11361–11369 (One of the most cited JACS publications from 2020-2021)

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44. Sizhan LiuAlexander R. DeFilippoMahalingam BalasubramanianZhenxian LiuSuYin Grass WangYu-Sheng ChenStella CharitonVitali PrakapenkaXiangpeng LuoLiuyan ZhaoJovan San MartinYixiong LinYong Yan, Sanjit K. GhoseTrevor A. Tyson, High-Resolution In-Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Studies of Inorganic Perovskite CsPbBr3: New Symmetry Assignments and Structural Phase Transitions, Advanced Science, 2021, 2003046

43. A Dey, J Ye, A De, E Debroye, SK Ha, E Bladt, AS Kshirsagar, et al. Yong Yan, Robert LZ Hoye, Lakshminarayana Polavarapu. State of the Art and Prospects for Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals ACS Nano, 2021, 15, 7, 10775–10981

42. Wei, Q.; Ji, Y.; Geng, Y.; Yan, Y.; et al. Qin, D.*; Tao, C.*; Han, D.* Surface State Passivation Ignited Photoelectrochemical Sensing of Thallium(I) with Ultrathin In2S3 Nanosheets, ACS Appl. Electron. Mater.2021, 3, 6, 2490–2496 

41, Lin, Y.; Guo, J.; San Martin, J.; Han, C.; Martinez, R.; Yan, Y.* Photoredox Organic Synthesis Employing Heterogeneous Photocatalysts with emphasis on Halide Perovskite. Chem.  Eur. J. 2020, (just accepted, this is an invited review research work to Dr. Yan from the Editor of Chem. Eur. J.)


40, Jakob, D.; Wang, H.; Zeng, G.; Otzen, D.; Yan, Y.; Xu, X.*; Peak Force Infrared ‐ Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. Angew. Chem. 2020 accepted) 

39 Han, C.; Zhu, X.; San Martin, J.; Lin, Y.; Spears, S.; Yan, Y.* Recent Progress in Engineering Metal Halide Perovskite for Efficient Visible Light‐Driven Photocatalysis. ChemSusChem, 2020, org/10.1002/cssc.202000953 (just accepted,Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold This is an invited review research work (peer reviewed) to Dr. Yan on his group’s research from ChemsusChem Editor Dr. David Smith.)


38. K Wang, H Lu, X Zhu, Y Lin, MC Beard*, Y Yan*, X Chen*  Ultrafast reaction mechanisms in perovskite based photocatalytic CC coupling, ACS Energy Letters, 2020, 5, 566-571; DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02714

37. Haipeng Lu , Xiaolin Zhu, Collin Miller, Jovan San Martin, Xihan Chen, Elisa M. Miller , Yan, Y.;* and Matthew C. Beard* Enhanced photoredox activity of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals by quantitative colloidal ligand exchange. J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151, 204305. DOI: (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold)

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36. Geng, Y.; Tao. C.; Duan, S.; San Martin, J.; Lin, Y.; Zhu, X.; Zhang, Q.; Niu, L.; Qin, D.;* Yan, Y.;* Han, D.* V-Rich Bi2S3 Nanowire with Efficient Charge Separation and Transport for High-Performance and Robust Photoelectrochemical Application under Visible Light. Catalysis Today, 2020, 350, 47-55. (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold. This publication is an invited article to Dr. Yong Yan from the editor of Catalysis Today)

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35. Zhu, X.; Lin, Y.; San Martin, J.; Sun, Y.; Zhu, D.; Yan, Y.* Halide Perovskites for Photocatalytic Organic Synthesis. Nature Communications. 2019, 10, 2843, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10634-x  (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold. Highlighted as Editor’s Choice, see link here. )

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34. Zhu, X.; Lin, Y.; Sun, Y.; B. Matt;  Yan, Y. * Lead-Halide Perovskites for Photocatalytic α-Alkylation of Aldehydes J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141 (2), pp 733–738  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08720

*One of the most cited JACS publications from 2019-2020 *Report and Highlight in C&EN News. *The Most read paper in JACS 2019 Jan and Feb. *Reported and highlighted in SDSU NewsCenter

33. Qin, D.; Duan, S.; Quan, J.; San Martin, J.; Lin, Y.; Zhu, X.; Tao, C. Yan, Y.* A high‐performance photoelectrochemical water oxidation system with phosphorus doping g‐C3N4 and simultaneous metal phosphide cocatalyst formation via a gas treatment. ChemSusChem, 2019, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201802382 (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold).

32. Duan, S.; Tao, C.; Geng, Y.; Romero, M.; Sun, Y.; Qin, D.*; Yan, Y.* Phosphorus‐doped isotype g‐C3N4/g‐C3N4: an efficient charge transfer system for photoelectrochemical water oxidation, ChemCatChem, 2019,   (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold)

31. Ruirui Wang, Lan Luo, Xiaolin Zhu, Yong Yan*, Bing Zhang, Xu Xiang*, and Jing He, Plasmon-Enhanced Layered Double Hydroxide Composite BiVO4 Photoanodes: Layering-Dependent Modulation of the Water-Oxidation Reaction,  ACS Appl. Energy Materials, 2018, 1, 3577.

30. Yanqun Tang, Xiaoyu Fang, Xin Zhang, Gina Fernandes, Yan, Y.; Dongpeng Yan,*, Xu Xiang* Space-Confined Earth-Abundant Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for High-Efficiency Water Splitting, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 36762 (Undergraduate Student highlighted in bold)

29. Tyson, T.; Gao, Y.; Ghose, S.; Yan, Y.;* Impact of Large Thermal Motion on Critical Properties of the Perovskite Photovoltaic Systems, Scientific Report, 2017, 7, 9401

28. Yan, Y.*; Crisp, R.; Gu, J.; Pach, G.; Chernomordik, B.; Turner, J. A.; Beard, M. C.* “MEG for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions with quantum yields exceeding 100%” Nature Energy 2017, 2, 17052. (highlighted in C&EN news; highlighted as News and Views in; highlighted in DOE’s Office of Science website; Tech Beat of Tribology and Lubrication Technology-8/2017; highlighted in NJIT’s university news)

27. Qin, D, Caihua He, Antonio C Trammel, Jing Gu, Jing Chen, Yan, Y., Chun‐Lan Tao, Xiao‐Quan Lu; Fe2PO5 Encapsulated Reverse Energetic ZnO/Fe2O3 Heterojunction Nanowire for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Oxidation of Water, ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 2796

26. Wang, L.; Wang, H.; Wagner, M.;  Yan, Y.; Jakob, D. and Xu, X.* Simultaneous Infrared and Mechanical Nanoscopy via Laser-Synchronized Peak Force Tapping, Science Advances, 2017, 3, 1700255 (AAAS Journal)

25. Yang, Y.*; Yang, M.; Yan, Y.; Zhu, K.; Beard, M. C.*; “Surfaces Limit Carrier Lifetime in Lead Iodide Perovskite Films” Nature Energy 2017, 2, 16207

24. Xiao-Quan Lu, Cai-He Wang, Dongdong Qin, Duoliang Shan, Yan, Y., Qiu-Hong Wang, Cai-Hua He, Yang Li* Assembly of g-C3N4-based type II and Z-scheme heterojunction anodes with improved charge separation for photoelectrojunction water oxidation, Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 4507-4515

23. Gu, J.;* Aguiar, J. A.; K. Xerxes Steirer, Yan, Y., Turner, J.A.* “Stabilizing Water-Splitting Photoelectrodes using a Graded MoS2/MoOx/TiO2 Interfacial Layer” Nature Energy 2017, 2, 16192

Before independent career 

22. (#co-first author) Gu, J.#; Yan, Y.#; Young, J.; Neale, N.; Turner, J. A.* “Water Reduction by a p-GaInP2 Photoelectrode Stabilized by an Amorphous TiO2 Coating and a Molecular Cobalt Catalyst” Nature Materials 2016, 15, 456-460. (highlight in DOE’s annual achievement demonstration)

21. Yang, Y.*; Yan, Y.; Choi, S.; Zhu, K.; Beard, M.*; “Low Surface Recombination Velocity in Solution Grown CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite Single Crystal” Nature Comm. 2015, 6, 7961.

20. Yan, Y.; Zeitler, E. L.; Hu, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B. et al. “Electrochemistry of Aqueous Pyridiniums: A Key Aspect in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 14020-14023.

19. (#co-first author) Gu, J.#; Yan, Y.#; Karizon, J.; Cava, R. J.; Bocarsly, A. B.* et al.p-Type CuRhO2 as a Self-Healing Photoelectrode for Water Reduction under Visible Light.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014,136, 830-833.

18. Yan, Y.; Lee, J.; Ruddy, D. A.* “Structure-Function Relationships for Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation by Molecular [Mn12O12] Clusters.” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 4550-4555.

17. Yan, Y.; Donahue, J.* et al. “Unprecedented spin localization in a metal–metal bonded di-rhenium complex.” Inorg. Comm. 2015, 51, 5482-5485.

16. White, J. L.;Pander, J.; Brauch, M.; Yan, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B.* et al. “Light-Driven Heterogeneous Reduction of CO2: photocatalyst and Photoelectrodes.”  Chem. Rev. 2015, 115, 12888-12935.

15. Yan, Y.; Donahue, et al. “Ancillary Ligand Effects on dithiolene ligand Noninnocence of Tungsten Complexes.” Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 6743-6751

14. Yan, Y.; Donahue, et al. “Redox-Controlled Interconversion between Trigonal Prismatic and Octahedral Geometries in a Monodithiolene Tetracarbonyl Complex of Tungsten.” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 346–361

13. Yan, K.; Jarvis, C.; Yan, Y. et al. “Production and catalytic transformation of levulinic acid: a platform for speciality chemicals and fuels.” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 2015, 51, 986-997

12. Jingjie Wu, Mingjie Liu, Kuntal Chatterjee,*, Yan, Y.; Pulickel M. Ajayan. et al. “Exfoliated 2D Transition Metal Disulfides for Enhanced Electrocatalysis of Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Acidic Medium.” Adv.  Mater. Inter. 2016, 3, 201500669

11. Ji-Sang Park, Sukgeun Choi,* Yan, Y., et al. “Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of α-CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite Single Crystal” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 4304-4308

10. Zeitler, E. L.; Ertem, M.; Yan, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B* et al. “Isotopic Probe Illuminates the Role of the Electrode Surface in Proton Coupled Hydride Transfer Electrochemical Reduction of Pyridinium on Pt(111).” J. Electrochem. Soc. 2015, 162, H938-H944

9. Gu, J.; Yan, Y.; Lian, T.; Schmehl, R. H. “The influence of ligand localized excited states on the photophysics of second row and third row transition metal terpyridyl complexes: Recent examples and a case study.” Coord.  Chem. Rev. 2015, 282, 100-109.

8. Yan, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B. et al. “Hydrogen Bonded Pyridine Dimers: Potential Active Intermediates for Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Methanol.” Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 2014, 14, 515-521

7.Yan, Y.; Donahue, et al. “A Polymorph of Tetraethylammonium Chloride.” Acta Cryst. E. 2009, 65, 3, o1491.

6. Yan, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B. “Electrochemistry of Aqueous Pyridiniums: A Key Component in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Methanol.” Am. Chem. Soc. Division of Energy & Fuels, 2013, 58(1), 296-297.

5. Greene, A. F.; Chandrasekara, P.; Yan, Y.; Donahue, J. P. et al. “Element Misidentification in X-ray Crystallography: A Reassessment of the [MCl2(diazadiene)] (M = Cr, Mo, W) Series” Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 308-317.

4. Stephen, S.; Banerjee, P.; Yan, Y.; Donahue, J. P.; Wieghardt, K. et al. “Monoanionic Molybdenum and Tungsten Tris(dithiolene) Complexes: A Multifrequency EPR Study.” Inorg. Chem.2011, 50, 7106–7122.

3. Ejaz, M.; Yan, Y.; Grayson, S. M. et al. “Evaluation of Redox-Responsive Disulfide Cross-Linked Poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate) Hydrogels.” Polymer 2011, 52, 5262-5270.

2. Hundson, G.; Cheng, L.; Yan, Y.; Wang, L. et al. “Computational Studies on Response and Binding Selectivity of Fluorescence Sensors.” J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 870–876.

1. Deng, S.; Hu, G.; Yan, Y.; Guo, J.; Huang, W.; Zhou, Y.; Li, Z. “A New Synthetic Route of Disulfide Containing Aniline Compounds.” Chin J. Org. Chem. 2005, 25, 815-818