Research Interests

​My research interests involve the synthesis and characterization of various nanomaterials, including lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles, quantum dots, noble metal nanocrystals and magnetic particles.​


Selected Publications

  • Subwavelength Imaging Through Ion-Beam-Induced Upconversion
    Mi, Z., Zhang, Y. (co-first-author), Vanga, S., Chen, C., Tan, H., Watt, F., Liu, X., & Be...
    Nature Communications, 6, (2015)
  • Multicolor Barcoding in a Single Upconversion Crystal
    Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Deng, R., Tian, J., Zong, Y., Jin, D., & Liu, X.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 4893, (2014)
  • Unraveling Epitaxial Habits in NaLnF4 System for Color Multiplexing at the Single-Particle Level
    Zhang, Y., Huang, L., & Liu, X
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 55, 5718, (2016)
  • Nanocrystals: Shining a Light on Upconversion
    Zhang, Y., & Liu, X
    Nature Nanotechnology, 8, 702, (2013)
  • Thermal Scanning at Cellular Level by an Optically Trapped Upconverting Fluorescent Particle
    Rodriguez-Sevilla, P., Zhang, Y., Haro-Gonzalez, P., Sanz-Rodriguez, F., Jaque, F., Sole, ...
    Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201505020, (2015)

Education Profile

  • 2011-2015: PhD. in Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • ​2008-2010: M.S in Chemical Engineering, Gachon University, Korea
  • 2003-2007: B.S in Chemistry, Shandong University, China​

Professional Profile

  • 2015-present: Post-doctoral Fellow, Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center & Division of Physical Science and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900, KSA

Awards

​​2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad


KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)