2016-17 Cohort

2016-17 Cohort

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Yuanyuan Guo  

Yuanyuan grew up in China and obtained her BSc (Chemistry) and MSc (Inorganic Chemistry) degree from Lanzhou University (China). During her studies she focused on the field of functional chemosensors and lanthanide complexes. She will carry out her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Philip Lightfoot at the University of St Andrews working on developing new materials related to perovskites. In her free time she enjoys gardening, music and travelling.

Dongyang Chen 

Dongyang comes from a small town in south China, and he obtained his Bachelor of science degree at Beijing Institute of Technology in June 2013. He participated a research project in junior year which focused on Aggregation Induced Emission (AIE) conjugated polymers. From 2013 to 2016, he went to Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences for his Masters’ degree. His Master project focused on design, synthesis, and application of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) emitters. He will continue his research on OLEDs and TADF emitters under the supervision of Dr. Eli Zysman-Colman.

Zhen Yao

Zhen graduated in 2016 with a BSc (Chemistry) degree from a joint degree programme between Fudan University, China and the University of Birmingham, UK. She undertook her final year project with Prof. Roy Johnston in Birmingham, investigating structural properties of Pt-Ru nanoalloys with DFT calculations. She will carry out her PhD project under the joint supervision of Prof. Manfred Buck and Prof. Michael Buehl in St Andrews, developing a new strategy towards a precise generation of sub-5 nm metal nanostructures. Both experimental and computational approaches will be used. Outside of chemistry, Zhen enjoys listening to music, reading and seeing friends.

Lu-Tao ZhangLu-Tao Zhang 

Lu-Tao was born in Yinchuan, China, a place that normal Chinese find hard to locate. He graduated from South China University of Technology with a BSc in Applied Chemistry. He then studied at Lanzhou University working on synthetic organic chemistry of N/S heterocyclic compounds and graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2016. After that, he decided to continue his “Lord of the Heterocyclic Ring” adventure at St Andrews. His PhD project will focus on synthesis and characterization of acenaphthene species by non-metal elements under the supervision of Dr Petr Killan and Prof Derek Woollins. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and photography. He also likes “watching football” rather than playing it.

Rongtian Suo

Rongtian started his undergraduate study at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in 2009, and my major was Polymer Science and Engineering, mainly focusing on the synthesis, processing and application of polymers. In 2013, he joined Prof Xiaodong Fan’s research group and started his research work as a Master’s student in NPU, majoring in Material Science. His Master’s research mainly focused on the synthesis and self-assembly behaviours of some stimuli-responsive polymers and molecules, by which supramolecular systems can be constructed, and these structures can be potentially applied in medicine and pharmacy.

Mei Wang

Mei Wang graduated from the China University of Petroleum (East China) with a BEng in Chemical Engineering and Technology in 2013 and MEng in Chemical Engineering in 2016. She carried out her master’s project synthesizing cobalt based electrode modified materials using ZIFs as precursors and studying their electrochemical sense property. Her PhD will focus on the development of high performance proton conducting electrolyte membranes for CO2 utilization under the supervision of Prof. John Irvine at the University of St Andrews. In her spare time, she enjoys music, movies and swimming.


Jiyu Tian

Jiyu was born in Hunan, a central province in China. He obtained his BSc. in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering at Fudan University, China. He started his PhD studies under the co-supervision of Dr Finlay and Dr Eli Zysman-Colman in Sep 2016. He is now working on ferroelectric perovskite and their applications in light-emitting diodes, solar cells and photodetectors. He is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, badminton & tennis. He likes to go to the gym as well.


Teng Li 

Teng graduated from Northwest University in 2013 with BA in Natural Science and completed his MSci at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2016. In his last year as an undergraduate student, he studied in Prof. Bin Yin’s lab and worked on the design of new superhalogens. Teng carried out his masters’ project with Prof. Yanzhen Zheng and engaged in the synthesis of new metal-organic structures and analysis the magnetic properties of them. In His PhD program, he will focus on the design, synthesis, and properties characterization of novel magnetic and multiferroic materials under the supervise of Prof. Philip Lightfoot. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing football, swimming and listening to music.


Jie Hou 

Jie graduated from Hainan University in 2012 with BEng in Material Science and Engineering and joined professor Wei Liu’s group as a PhD student in University of Science and Technology of China from Sep, 2012. In his PhD career, his main research interests are intermediate/low temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), especially high performance electrode materials for proton-conducting SOFC, and low cost technique of fabricating Bi2O3-based high performance low temperature SOFC and its relevant application. Jie joined JTSI group as a joint PhD candidate under the supervisor John Irvine with the funding of CSC-St Andrews Scholarship Programme from 1st Sep, 2016. His project is to develop high catalytically active and durable SOFC anode materials which can operate in both hydrogen and hydrocarbon fuel condition at intermediate/low temperatures with superior performance, including the design of novel materials and structures, and fundamental understanding of related electrochemical processes in SOFC and solid oxide electrolysis cells mode.

Guo Haiwei 

Guo did her undergraduate study at the China University of Petroleum (Beijing) (CUPB) in 2010, and did her major in Material Science and Engineering. In 2014 she attended the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) which belonged to University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, there she joined Prof Tao Zhang’s research group and started her research work as a postgraduate student in DICP, majoring in Industrial Catalysis. Guo’s project mainly focuses on the catalytic conversion of lignin to get bio-oil as a source of renewal energy. For the first year of her PhD she will work abroad as a joint PhD student with Prof Nicholas Westwood, receiving funding through the CSC-St Andrews Scholarship Programme in 2016. Her current project will continue to focus on lignin degradation and oxidation.

Shuoshuo Zhang 

Zhipeng Ke

Zhipeng Ke received a BSc (Hons) 2:1 Class in Applied Chemistry at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in 2016. Following that, he was offered and accepted onto a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) course in chemistry (entering directly into 2nd year) under Prof Sharon Ashbrook and Prof Michael Buehl at University of St Andrews. His research interests are in the areas of computational simulation based on molecular simulation and first-principles computation. The applications include nanoporous materials such as Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) and Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for assessing their hydrogen gas storage abilities and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectra. He is going to have further investigations in MOFs’ NMR spectra on lab-based experiments. He was twice awarded the University Academic Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015 during his undergraduate degree. He was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and also became the science cluster winner of the poster competition in 2014. His SURF result was presented in World Annual Conference of Advanced Materials (26-29th May 2015) in Chongqing by his SURF project supervisor Dr. Graham Dawson.

Shuangbin Li 

Shuangbin Li is a joint CSC PhD student in Professor John Irvine’s group. Shuangbin joins the group from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics. His research focuses on hybrid direct carbon fuel cells (HDCFC). In this study, we seek to improve electrochemical performance by decreasing polarisation losses associated with fuel oxidation at intermediate temperature. The major development is to investigate alternative solid oxide structure for better ionic conductivity and stability of molten carbonates, developing anode materials and optimising cell design for higher power densities.

Shitao Wu

Shitao Wu completed his BSc in Nanjing Forestry University focused on Light Chemical Engineering. During undergraduate times, he did research on pulp and paper making, synthesis and characterisation of materials. His PhD project is focused on the electron microscopic study of biomineralisation and crystal growth under the supervision of Prof. Wuzong Zhou. He likes playing the guitar and football during his leisure time, and he supports Juventus.