Yuanchao Li

Graduate Student
PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering- Chemical Focus (In Progress)
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I received my bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Nankai University in China. At same time, I received my bachelor of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Tianjin University in China. Both were received in 2007. Then I got my master of engineering from Tianjin University in 2014. Currently, I am a PhD student and graduate research assistance in Pro. Dr. Nguyen’s group. My research area is mainly for the catalyst for the H2-Br2 flow battery.  There has been growing interest in electrical energy storage because of the challenge of integrating intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar into the electrical grid. The hydrogen-bromine reversible fuel cell system serves as a promising technology to meet this need because of its high round-trip conversion efficiency and low cost. Since the commonly used catalyst, platinum, is not stable in the corrosive HBr and Br2 environment, an alternative catalyst which is durable and active is needed. 

Selected Publications

1 Y. Li and T.V. Nguyen, ECS Transactions 72, 19 (2016).

2 C. Fan, B. Zhang, Y. Li, Y. Liang, X. Xue, and Y. Feng, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 30624 (2015).

3 N.-N. Zhang, Y.-Q. Feng, Y. Li, X. Peng, C.-Z. Gu, X.-D. Xue, J.-Y. Yan, Q.-L. Chen, X.-G. Li, and B. Zhang, New Journal of Chemistry 37, 1134 (2013).

4 Y. Liang, X. Xue, W. Zhang, C. Fan, Y. Li, B. Zhang, and Y. Feng, Dyes and Pigments 115, 7 (2015).

5 N. Zhang, B. Zhang, L. Sun, Y. Li, Y. Yang, C. Fan, X. Xue, J. Yan, X. Li, and Y. Feng, Research on Chemical Intermediates 41, 8713 (2015).

6 Y. Li, Y.-Q. Feng, Y.-T. Wang, C.-C. Fan, X.-J. Liu, X.-G. Li, and B. Zhang, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 114, 222 (2013).

7 J. Yan, Y. Feng, X. Peng, Y. Li, N. Zhang, X. Li, and B. Zhang, Tetrahedron Letters 54, 7198 (2013).

8 X. Liu, C. Li, X. Peng, Y. Zhou, Z. Zeng, Y. Li, T. Zhang, B. Zhang, Y. Dong, D. Sun, P. Cheng, and Y. Feng, Dyes and Pigments 98, 181 (2013).

9 J. Li, K. Fan, L. Niu, Y. Li, and J. Song, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117, 5989 (2013).

Selected Presentations

Y. Li and T.V. Nguyen, Core-Shell Rhodium Sulfide Catalyst for HER/HOR in HBr Solution , 2016 ECS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 2016 (oral)


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