Yu Han, Ph.D.


Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interests

​Professor Han's research interests at KAUST include the synthesis of nanoporous and nanostructured materials, the resolution of their complicated structures and the development of novel applications for these materials in catalysis, separation, adsorption, sensing, and laser.

Selected Publications

  • Defect stabilized gold atoms on graphene as potential catalysts for ethylene epoxidation: a first-principles invest...
    X. Liu, Y. Yang, M. Chu, T. Duan, C. Meng, Y. Han
    Catalysis Science & Technology, 6, 1632-1641, (2016)
  • Multicolour synthesis in lanthanide-doped nanocrystals through cation exchange in water
    S. Han, X. Qin, Z. An, Y. Zhu, L. Liang, Yu Han, W. Huang and X. Liu
    Nature Communications, 7, Article number: 13059, (2016)
  • Pore chemistry and size control in hybrid porous materials for acetylene capture from ethylene
    X. Cui, K. Chen, H. Xing, Q. Yang, R. Krishna, Z. Bao, H. Wu, W. Zhou, X. Dong, Y. Han, B....
    Science, (2016)
  • Strain-Mediated Interfacial Dynamics during Au-PbS Core-Shell Nanostructure Formation
    K. Niu, M. Liu, K.A. Persson, Y. Han, H. Zheng
    ACS Nano, 10, 6235-6240, (2016)
  • Harnessing structural darkness in the visible and infrared wavelengths for a new source of ligh
    J. Huang, C. Liu, Y. Zhu, S. Masala, E. Alarousu, Y. Han, A. Fratalocchi
    Nature Nanotechnology, (2015)
  • Investigating the influence of mesoporosity in zeolite beta on its catalytic performance for the conversion of meth...
    Z. Liu, X. Dong, Y. Zhu, A.-H. Emwas, D. Zhang, Q. Tian, Y. Han
    ACS Catalysis, 5837-5845, (2015)
  • Microporous carbonaceous adsorbents for CO2 separation via selective adsorption
    Y. Zhao, X. Liu, Y. Han
    RSC Advances, 5 (38), 30310-30330, (2015)
  • Pt atoms stabilized on hexagonal boron nitride as efficient single-atom catalysts for CO oxidation: a first-princip...
    X. Liu, T. Duan, C. Meng, Y. Han
    RSC Advances, 5(14), pp. 10452-10459, (2015)
  • Microporous metal-organic framework with dual functionalities for highly efficient removal of acetylene from ethyle...
    T.-L. Hu, H. Wang, B. Li, R. Krishna, H. Wu, W. Zhou, Y. Zhao, Y. Han, X. Wang, W. Zhu, Z....
    Nature Communications, 6, Article number: 7328, (2015)
  • Surface modification-induced phase transformation of hexagonal close-packed gold square sheets
    Z. Fan, X. Huang, Y. Han, M. Bosman, Q. Wang, Y. Zhu, Q. Liu, B. Li, Z. Zeng, J. Wu, W. Sh...
    Nature Communications, 6, (2015)


  • Ph.D. Jilin University, China, 2003
  • B.Sc. Jilin University, China, 1998


  • Thomson Reuters Research Fronts Award, 2008

  • Young Scientist Award of Singapore, 2006

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

synthesis nanoporous nanostructured novel applications Catalysis separation adsorption sensing laser