Chang-feng Yan

Prof., Dr., Head of Hydrogen Production & Utilization Lab.

Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion

Chinese Academy of Sciences

No.2 Nengyuan Road, Wushan, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, 510640, China

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Tel/Fax: (0086) 20-87057729

Research Areas

Catalysis kinetics, electro-catalysis, new materials and associated processes, heat and mass transfer, electrochemical cell design and architecture, new analytical and diagnostic techniques related to hydrogen and fuel cell (electrochemical, photoelectrochemical and reforming), electrolyser and fuel cell systems, alternative electrochemical fuels and electrochemical treatment of impurities.

Opportunities for Graduate Students (USTC) and Research Position (GIEC)

Scholarship for Graduate Students Call for Applications

1. USTC online admission system

2. ANSO Application: TWAS or CAS

3. Chinese Government Scholarships

Postdoc Recruitment

Requirements – Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and research experience for hydrogen and fuel cell. You must take part in my research projects as my PhD. graduate students or research associate do.

Position - The postdoctoral position is available for you in material of electro- or photo-catalysis for hydrogen and fuel cell, and catalysis reaction for hydrogen production, and CO2 hydrogenation for low-carbon fuel and so on. The two-year postdoctoral position depends on evaluation of your application from University of Chinese Academy of Scinences or Guanddong Provincial Department of Science and Technology.

Followship - Annual salary of up to RMB300,000 depends on evaluation of application.

Accommodation – Free apartment for 2 years with 2 bedrooms and 1 dinning room except the electric and water fee.

The appointment –May begin the date after you has graduated and gotten PhD degree.

Visiting Scientists for PIFI (CAS) or International Young Scientists (NSFC)

1. CAS Present's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)

2. Chinese Government Scholarships


2001-2005  Ph. D, University of Science and Technology of China
1992-1995  M. Sc., Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academic of Sciences
1998-1992  B. Sc., Xi'an Jiaotong University

Work Experience

2009-present  Professor, Head of Hydrogen Production and Utilization Lab., Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC),

                       Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

2003-2008  Associate professor, Leader of Hydrogen Production and Utilization Lab., GIEC, CAS

2004-2005  Visiting Scholar, The University of British Columbia, Canada

1998-2003  Assistant Professor, GIEC, CAS

1998-2003  Research Associate, GIEC, CAS



Zhi-Da Wang*, Yuan Gan, Yi-lang Mai, Yan Shi, Shuo Cao, Zhuo-Xin Lu, Chang-qing Guo, Hong-yi Tan, Chang-Feng Yan*, Synthesis of Ordered Pt Nanocube Arrays Directed by Block Copolymer Nanotemplate and Their Potential on Ethanol Oxidation Reaction, ACS Analytical Chemistry 2020, 92, 80468050

Zhuo-Xin Lu, Yan Shi, Pralhad Gupta, Xiang-ping Min, Hong-yi Tan, Zhi-Da Wang, Chang-qing Guo, Zhi-qing Zou, Hui Yang, Sanjeev Mukerjee, Chang-Feng Yan*, Electrochemical fabrication of IrOx nanoarrays with tunable length and morphology for solid polymer electrolyte water electrolysis, Electrochimica Acta, 10 July 2020, 348, 136302

Pralhad Gupta, Dehui Tong, Jingshan Wang, Weilin Zhuge, Changfeng Yan, Ye Wu, Sijie Luo, Xiaoyi He, Fanhua Ma, Well-to-wheels total energy and GHG emissions of HCNG heavy-duty vehicles in China: Case of EEV qualified EURO 5 emissions scenario, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2020 45(15) 8002-8014

K.M.S.D.B. Kulathunga, Chang-Feng Yan,Jayasundera Bandara, Photocatalytic removal of airborne indoor pollutants by IR illuminated silver coated TiO2 catalyst: Advantage of one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructures in IR active photocatalysis, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2020 590(4)

Jing-Hong Lian, Hong-Yi Tan, Chang-Qing Guo, Zhi-Da Wang, Yan Shi, Zhuo-Xin Lu, Li-Sha Shen, Chang-Feng Yan*, A highly active and stable Pt modified molybdenum carbide catalyst for steam reforming of dimethyl ether and the reaction pathway, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,

Zhang Liang, Chang-Feng Yan*, Sami Rtimi, Jayasundera Bandara*, Piezoelectric materials for catalytic/photocatalytic removal of pollutants: recent advances and outlooks, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 241(2)256-269

Dulanji S. Darmagunewardhana, Nuwan L. Silva, Udara B. Gunatilaka, Chang-Feng Yan*, Jayasundera Bandara*, Removal of groundwater nitrates by heterogeneous supramolecular complexes-like photocatalytic system based on in-situ generated and highly active Ti3+/Ti2+ states in the reduced TiO2Journal of Molecular Catalysis, 2019, 470, 89-96 

Yan Shi*, Lili Guo, Zhuoxin Lu, Zhida Wang, Yuan Gan, Changqing Guo, Hongyi Tan, and Changfeng Yan*, Design and Performance Investigation of a Carbon-Free Pt/Ti Cathode with Low Membrane Degradation Rate for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyser, Energy Technol. 2019 7(5) 1-10

 Yuan GanZhi-da Wang , Yan ShiChang-qing GuoHong-yi TanZhuo-xin LuChang-feng Yan*, Synthesis of density-multiplied Pt-NP arrays and their application in fuel cell by self-assembly of di-block copolymer, Electrochimica Acta, 2018, 283, 1–10

Yan Shi, ZhuoxinLu, LiliGuo, ZhidaWang, ChangqingGuo, HongyiTan, ChangfengYan*, Fabrication of IrO2 decorated vertical aligned self-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays for oxygen evolution in water electrolysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2018,43(19) 9133-9143

Rushdi D. Senevirathne, Lahiru K. Abeykoon, Nuwan L. De Silva, Chang-Feng Yan, Jayasundera Bandara*Sono-photocatalytic production of hydrogen by interface modified metal oxide insulatorsUltrasonics Sonochemistry, 2018, 45, 279-285

Yuan Gan, Zhida Wang, Zhuoxin Lu, Yan Shi, Hongyi Tan, Changfeng Yan*, Control on the Morphology of ABA Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymer Micelles in Dioxane/Water Mixture Solvent, Chin J Polym Sci, 2018, 36(6) 728-735

Yuan Gan, Zhida Wang, Changqing Guo, Changfeng Yan*, Effective Size-Controlled Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization of Ordered Pt Nanopattern Arrays from Self-Assembling Block Copolymer Template, Journal of Materials Science, 2018, 53(6), 4089-4102

Qing-qing Tao, Hong-yi Tan, Zhuo-xin Lu, Zhi-da Wang, Li-qi Yi, Bandara Jayasundera, Chang-qing Guo, Yuan Gan, Jing-hong Lian, Liang Zhang, Chang-feng Yan*, Enhanced catalytic activity of Ni-Mo2C/La2O3-ZrO2 bifunctional catalyst for dry reforming of methane, Journal of Materials Science, 2018, 53(20) 14559–14572

Nuwan Lakshitha De SilvaA. C. A. JayasunderaA. Folger,c O. KasianS. ZhangChang-Feng YanC. Scheu and J. Bandara, Superior solar-to-hydrogen energy conversion efficiency by visible light-driven hydrogen production via Ti2+/Ti3+ states in reduced titanium dioxide photocatalyst, Catalysis Science & Technology, 2018, 8, 4657-4664

Shi-lin Huang, Juan Li, Chang-feng Yan*, Zhi-da Wang, Chang-qing Guo*, Yan Shi, Synthesis and Characterization of Cu-X/γ-Al2O3 Catalyst by Intermittent Microwave Irradiation for Hydrogen Generation from Dimethyl Ether Steam Reforming, Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly, 2018, 24(2) 169-178

Ying Huang, Chang-Feng Yan*, Chang-Qing Guo, Zhuo-Xin Lu, Yan Shi, Zhi-Da Wang, Synthesis of GO-modified Cu2O nanosphere and the photocatalytic mechanism of water splitting for hydrogen production, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(7), 4007-4016

Zhida Wang, Changqing Guo, Yuan Gan, Changfeng Yan*, Patterning of Au nanoparticles via secondary phase-separation of large-sized compound micelles of amphiphilic block copolymer, Materials Letters, 2017, 194, 135-137

Zhuo-Xin Lu, Yan Shi, Chang-Feng Yan*, Chang-Qing Guo, Zhi-Da Wang, Investigation on IrO2 supported on hydrogenated TiO2 nanotube array as OER electro-catalyst for water electrolysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(6), 3572-3578

Zhida Wang, Changfeng Yan, Ying Huang, Liqi Yi, Dependence of Size and Morphology on Shear Flow for PS-based Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Micelles in Aqueous Solution, Chinese Journal of Polymer Science, 2017, 35(5), 641-648.

Ya-ping Xue, Chang-feng Yan*, Xiao-yong Zhao, Shi-lin Huang, Chang-qing Guo, Ni/La2O3-ZrO2 Catalyst for Hydrogen Production from Steam Reforming of Acetic Acid as a Model Compound of Bio-oil, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2017, 34(2), 305-313

Xiao-yong Zhao, Ya-ping Xue, Chang-feng Yan*, Zhi-da Wang, Chang-qing Guo, Shi-lin Huang, Sorbent Assisted Catalyst of Ni-CaO-La2O3 for Sorption Enhanced Steam Reforming of Bio-oil with Acetic Acid as the Model Compound, Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 2017, 119,106-112.

Xiao-yong Zhao, Ya-ping Xue, Zhuo-Xin Lu, Ying Huang, Chang-Qing Guo, Chang-Feng Yan*, Encapsulating Ni/CeO2 -ZrO2 with SiO2 layer to improve it catalytic activity for steam reforming of toluene, Catalysis Communications, 2017, 101, 138-141

Xiao-yong Zhao, Ya-ping Xue, Chang-Feng Yan*, Ying Huang, Zhuo-Xin Lu, Zhi-da Wang, Liang Zhang, Chang-qing Guo, Promoted activity of porous silica coated Ni/CeO2 ZrO2 catalyst for steam reforming of acetic acid,International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, , 2017, 42(34), 21677-21685

Yan Shi, Zhuoxin Lu, Lili Guo, Changfeng Yan, Fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies by direct spray catalyst on water swollen Nafion membrane for PEM water electrolysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(42) 26183-26191

Ying Huang, Chang-Feng Yan*, Chang-Qing Guo, Yan Shi, Experimental and first-principles DFT study on oxygen vacancies on cerium dioxide and its effect on enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41, 7919-7926

Zhida Wang, Feng-man Sun, Shilin Huang, Chang-feng Yan*, From toroidal to rod-like nanostructure, a mechanism study for the reversible morphological control on amphiphilic triblock copolymer micelle, Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics Edition, 2016, 54, 1450-1457

Zhi-da Wang*, Yuan Gan, Chang-feng Yan,Wei Jiang, Mechanism study of reversible transition between self-assembly and disassembly of ABC triblock copolymer micelles, Polymer, 2016, 90, 276-281

Ying Huang, Chang-Feng Yan*, Chang-Qing Guo, and Shi-Lin Huang, Enhanced photoreduction activity of carbon dioxide over Co3O4/CeO2 catalysts under visible light irradiation, International Jouranl of Photoenergy, 2015, 1-11

Feng-man Sun, Chang-feng Yan*, Zhi-da Wang, Chang-qing Guo, Shi-lin Huang, Ni/Ce–Zr–O catalyst for high CO2 conversion during reverse water gas shift reaction (RWGS), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2015, 40(46), 15985-15993

Chang-Feng Yan*, Hao Chen, Rong-Rong Hu, Shilin Huang, Weimin Luo, Changqing Guo, Mingyun Li, Wenbo Li, Synthesis of mesoporous Co-Ce oxides catalysts by glycine-nitrate combustion approach for CO preferential oxidation reaction in excess H2International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 18695-18701

Chang-Feng Yan*, Wen Ye, Chang-Qing Guo, Shi-Lin Huang, Wenbo Li, Wei-Min Luo, Numerical simulation and experimental study of hydrogen production from dimethyl ether steam reforming in a micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 18642-18649

Changfeng Yan*, Hang Hai, Rongrong Hu, Changqing Guo, Shilin Huang, Wenbo Li, Ye Wen, Effect of Cr promoter on performance of steam reforming of dimethyl ether in a metal foam micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 186252-18631

Changfeng Yan*, Hang Hai, Changqing Guo, Wenbo Li, Shilin Huang, Hao Chen, Hydrogen production by steam reforming of dimethyl ether and CO-PrOx in a metal foam micro-reactor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 10409-10416

Rong-rong Hu, Chang-feng Yan*, Xiao-xiao Zheng, Carbon deposition on Ni/ZrO2–CeO2 catalyst during steam reforming of acetic acid, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38(14), 6033–6038

Xiaoxiao Zheng, Chang-feng Yan*, Rongrong Hu, Juan Li, Hai Hang, Weimin Luo, Changqing Guo, Wenbo Li, Zhouyu Zhou, Hydrogen from Acetic Acid as the Model Compound of Biomass Fast-Pyrolysis Oil Over Ni Catalyst Supported on Ceria-Zirconia,International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37, 12987-12993

Rongrong Hu, Changfeng Yan, Lanying Xie, Yi Cheng, Selective oxidation of CO in rich hydrogen stream over Ag/OMS-2 catalyst, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2011, 36(1), 64-71

Changfeng Yan*, Enyuan Hu, Chiliu Cai, Hydrogen production from bio-oil aqueous fraction with in situ carbon dioxide capture, 2010, International journal of hydrogen energy, 2010, 35(7), 26122616

Chang-Feng Yan*, Fei-Fei Cheng, Rong-Rong Hu, Hydrogen production from catalytic steam reforming of bio-oil aqueous fraction over Ni/CeO2-ZrO2 catalysts, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35(21), 11693-11699

Chang-Feng Yan*, John R Grace and C. Jim Lim, Effects of rapid calcination on properties of calcium-based sorbents, Fuel Processing Technology, 2010, 91(11), 1678-1686

Editor-in-chief, Chapter 3: Technologies for biomass-based hydrogen production for "Bioenergy: Principles and Technologies", De Gruyter, Science Press, 2017


Jayasundara Bandara, Visiting Scientists for CAS President’s International Fellowship, Professor from Sri Lanka

Organizer, 2019 Spring MRS Meeting, Symposium ES11: Advanced Low Temperature Water-Splitting for Renewable Hydrogen Production via Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Processes

Foreign reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada.

Guest editor for special issues, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Co-chair, 5th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2013)

Collaboration with Northeastern University (USA), UBC and Universtiy of Waterloo (Canada), CSIRO and Deakin University (Australia), ENEA (Italy), A*STAR (Sigapore) etc.