School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I received my PhD from the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) in October 2012. After graduation, I joined University of Adelaide as a Research Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering (now School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials). I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019. I am ECMS Theme Leader for Functional Materials, and Assistant Director of Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis (CMEC). I was recognised as one of the 40 Rising Stars by The Australian based on research performance.
Scholarship supported by ARC FT190100636 - Develop Catalyst Materials for Future Fuels by Operando Computation (for HDR students)
CMEC Scholarship (for HDR students)
Australia has a natural endowment of sunshine and prevailing wind, and is now standing at the forefront of transitioning to renewable energy supported economy. South Australia is now leading the country with more than 50% of the electricity generated from renewable energy. The rapid expansion of generated renewable electricity can lead to both short-term and long-term benefits for our society; such as reducing million tons of CO2 emission, solving the energy crisis, and potentially create huge revenues for Australia on the energy market (billions of dollars). The current bottleneck is the conversion and storage of the renewable electricity, where the development of catalyst materials is the most critical. My research aims to solve this problem by computer simulation, a powerful approach that can tell if and why a material is good for a specific reaction, and can design better materials which are different to the normal trial-and-error materials discovery process. Using hydrogen/carbon/nitrogen/battery as energy carriers and renewable energy as input, I am researching for better catalyst materials that can produce and utilise clean fuels that do not pollute our planet.
The specific methodology I use to discover and engineer these catalyst materials is molecular modelling on high-performance computers (HPC). I build atom-by-atom models of these catalyst materials, and investigate the energetics of the reaction pathway for the generation of these fuels. Based on a fundamental understanding of the reaction mechanisms, I can design new catalyst materials that can convert more fuel from the same amount of renewable electricity. I collaborate with people doing experiments extensively: I build the models based on experimental observations, and I predict better catalyst materials for experimental people to validate. I also develop computational electrochemistry theory, to more accurately model the energy conversion process, and to design more reliable catalyst materials.
The results from my research were published on top tier journals, such as Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Chemical Society Reviews. So far, I have published 64 journal papers and a book chapter, which have collectively attracted more than 14,000 citations (h-index of 41). Clarivate Analytics recognised 24 of my papers as 1% highly cited papers.
- 2020 Highly Cited Researcher (Chemistry) by Clarivate Analytics
- 2020 Young Tall Poppy Science Award
- 2019 Australian Research Council Future Fellow Award
- 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Chemistry) by Clarivate Analytics
- 2019 Rising Star by the Australian (ECMS News here)
- 2018 University of Adelaide Beacon Fellow
- 2015 Women’s Research Excellence Award – Early Career, UoA
- 2012 Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence, UQ
- https://www.createdigital.org.au/dr-yan-jiao-modelling-clean-energy-future/ on Create Digital, powered by Engineers Australia
- https://www.adelaide.edu.au/global-engagement/news/list/2020/09/22/international-research-yan-jiao on UoA Global Engagement
- https://nci.org.au/research/people/dr-yan-jiao Humans of NCI
- THE DISCOVERY POD - Episode 6: Renewable Energy
Date Position Institution name 2020 Future Fellow University of Adelaide 2020 Director of Research, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials University of Adelaide 2019 Theme Leader, Functional Materials, Faculty of ECMS The University of Adelaide 2019 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2018 Assistant Director, Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis The University of Adelaide 2018 - 2018 Beacon Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2012 - 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2015 Award Women's Research Excellence Awards Early Career, The University of Adelaide — — — 2014 Recognition Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) bursary NanoBio Australia 2014 — — 2013 Award Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad — — — 2013 Award Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence, The University of Queensland — — — 2012 Award Graduate School International Travel Award, The University of Queensland — — — 2010 Recognition AMMA student bursary MM2010 — — 2009 Scholarship UQIRTA, The University of Queensland — — — 2009 Scholarship School of Engineering Scholarship, The University of Queensland — — —
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2009 - 2012 The University of Queensland Australia PhD 2001 - 2005 Ocean University of China China BSc
Year Citation 2013 Jiao, Y., Hankel, M., Du, A., & Smith, S. (2013). Porous Graphene and Nanomeshes. In D. -E. Jiang, & Z. Chen (Eds.), Graphene Chemistry: Theoretical Perspectives (pp. 129-151). Chichester: Wiley.
Year Citation 2011 Jiao, Y., Du, A., Zhu, Z., Rudolph, V., Lu, G., & Smith, S. (2011). A density functional theory study on CO<inf>2</inf> capture and activation by graphene-like boron nitride with boron vacancy. In Catalysis Today Vol. 175 (pp. 271-275). Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV.
DOI Scopus59 WoS59
Year Citation 2014 Qiao, S. Z., Zheng, Y., & Jiao, Y. (2014). Co-doped graphene metal-free electrocatalysts for key energy conversion processes. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. San Francisco, CA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC.
- FT190100636. Develop Catalyst Materials for Future Fuels by Operando Computation. 2020-2023
- DP190103472. Design of Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen-Free Ammonia Production under Ambient Conditions. ARC - Discovery Projects. 2019 - 2021
- FND000164. Density Functional Theory aided material design for solar-fuel generation, University of Adelaide - Research Fellowships Scheme. 2018
- ENG 1003 Programming (MATLAB/Excel)
- CHEM ENG 7102 Computation for Materials Engineering
- CHEM ENG 1011 Introduction to Process Modelling
- CHEM ENG 3026 Unit Operation
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Nonlinear behaviour of graphene-nanoplatelet-reinforced macro structural elements Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kelly Yee 2019 Principal Supervisor Mechanism of Carbon-based Catalyst for CO2 Reduction to C2 by Molecular Modelling Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Sijia Fu 2019 Principal Supervisor morphological effect of Cu nanoparticles on the selective production of C2 products for CO2 reduction reaction by molecular modelling Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ling Chen 2018 Co-Supervisor An Efficient Site Specific Conjugated Vaccine Development System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bingyang Zhang 2017 Co-Supervisor Application of Carbon Materials in Electrochemical Energy Storage Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xin Liu 2017 Co-Supervisor High-Performance Nanostructured Carbon Materials for Sustainable Energy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xing Zhi 2017 Principal Supervisor Computational Study and Experiments of Nanoscale Metal-Organic Frameworks as Drug Carrier for Brain Diseases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yechuan Zhang
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Advanced Nano-Array Catalysts for Electrochemical Energy Conversion Reactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jinlong Liu 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Synthesis of Advanced Electrocatalysts via the Ampoule Method for Water Electrolysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yongqiang Zhao
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