Zhang Yaoxin

Associate Professor



LCC Full Time Power Engineering
Educational Background
  • 2015.07 – 2019.12 Ph.D,Materials Science and Engineering,National University of Singapore  

  • 2011.09 – 2015.06 B.Eng. Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Engineering, Shandong University

  • 2023.02 – present Associate Professor, China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • 2019.12 – 2023.01 Research Fellow,National University of Singapore Advisor:Prof. John WANG ; Prof. Chaobin HE; Dr. Swee Ching TAN
Research Fields
  • Solid-liquid-vapor interaction and interfacial conversion of mass and energy

  • Photothermal interfacial evaporation and solar desalination

  • Hygroscopic materials and sorption-based atmospheric water harvesting

  • Moisture-responsive materials and multifunctional device design

  1. Zhang Y, Yu Z, Qu H, Guo S, Yang J, Zhang S, Yang L, Wang J*, Tan SC*. Self-sustained programmable hygro-electronic interfaces for humidity-regulated hierarchical information encryption and display. Adv. Mater. 2023, 2208081.
  2. Zhang Y, Tan SC*. Standard practices for solar water production technologies. Nat. Sustain. 2022, 5, 554–556.
  3. Zhang Y, Qu H, Guo S, Yu ZG, Zhang X, Sun W, Yang J, Suresh L, Koh JJ, Tan SC*. An asymmetric hygroscopic structure for moisture-driven hygro-ionic electricity generation and storage. Adv. Mater. 2022, 34, 2201228. (highly cited)
  4. Zhang Y, Nandakumar DK, Tan SC*. Digestion of Ambient Humidity for Energy Generation. Joule 2020, 4, 2532-2536.
  5. Zhang Y, Xiong T, Suresh L, Qu H, Zhang X, Zhang Q, Tan SC*. Guaranteeing complete salt rejection by channeling saline water through fluidic photothermal structure toward synergistic zero energy clean water production and in situ energy generation. ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 5, 3397-3404.
  6. Zhang Y†; Zhang H†, Xiong T, Qu H, Koh JJ, Nandakumar DK, Wang J, Tan SC*. Manipulating unidirectional fluid transportation to drive sustainable solar water extraction and brine-drenching induced energy generation. Energy Environ. Sci. 2020, 13, 4891-4902. (†: Equal Contribution) (Cover Paper) (highly cited)
  7. Zhang Y, Xiong T, Nandakumar DK, Tan SC*. Structure architecting for salt-rejecting solar interfacial desalination to achieve high-performance evaporation with in situ energy generation. Adv. Sci. 2020, 7, 1903478. (highly cited)
  8. Zhang Y, Ravi SK, Tan SC*. Food-derived carbonaceous materials for solar desalination and thermo-electric power generation. Nano Energy 2019, 65, 104006.
  9. Zhang Y, Ravi SK, Yang L, Vaghasiya JV, Suresh L, Tan I, Tan SC*. Portable trilayer photothermal structure for hybrid energy harvesting and synergic water purification. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11, 38674-38682.
  10. Zhang Y, Ravi SK, Tan SC*. Systematic Study of the Effects of System Geometry and Ambient Conditions on Solar Steam Generation for Evaporation Optimization. Adv. Sustainable Syst. 2019, 3, 1900044.
  11. Zhang Y, Ravi SK, Vaghasiya JV, Tan SC*. A Barbeque-Analog Route to Carbonize Moldy Bread for Efficient Steam Generation. iScience 2018, 3, 31-39.
  12. Bai L†, Zhang Y†, Guo S, Qu H, Yu Z, Yu H, Chen W*, Tan SC*. Hygrothermic Wood Actuated Robotic Hand. Adv. Mater. 2023, 35, 2211437. (†: Equal Contribution)
  13. Nandakumar DK†, Zhang Y†, Ravi SK, Guo N, Zhang C, Tan SC*. Solar Energy Triggered Clean Water Harvesting from Humid Air Existing above Sea Surface Enabled by a Hydrogel with Ultrahigh Hygroscopicity. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1806730. (†: Equal Contribution)
  14. Guo S†, Zhang Y†, Qu H, Li M, Zhang S, Yang J, Zhang X, Tan SC*. Repurposing face mask waste to construct floating photothermal evaporator for autonomous solar ocean farming. Ecomat. 2022, 4, e12179. (†: Equal Contribution) (Cover Paper) (highly cited)
  15. Yu Z, Li S, Chen Y, Zhang S, Chu J*, Zhang Y*, Tan SC*. Intensifying the co-production of vapor and salts by a one-way brine-flowing structure driven by solar irradiation or waste heat. Desalination 2022, 539, 115942.
  16. Shan H, Poredoš P, Ye Z, Qu H, Zhang Y, Zhou M, Wang R*, Tan SC*. All-day Multicyclic Atmospheric Water Harvesting Enabled by Polyelectrolyte Hydrogel with Hybrid Desorption Mode. Adv. Mater. 2023, 2302038.
  17. Zheng X, Zhang S*, Zhou M, Lu H, Guo S, Zhang Y, Li C*, Tan SC*. MXene Functionalized, Highly Breathable and Sensitive Pressure Sensors with Multi-Layered Porous Structure. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, 33, 2214880.
  18. Paul N, Suresh L, Seo J, Zhang Y, Zhao H, Jones MR, Tan SC*. Electrohydrodynamically printed solid-state Photo-electro protein micro-capacitors. Energy Storage Materials 2023, 61, 102839.
  19. Li Q, Wang F, Zhang Y, Shi M, Zhang Y, Yu H, Liu S, Li J, Tan SC*, Chen W*. Biopolymers for Hygroscopic Material Development. Adv. Mater. 2023, 2209479.
  20. Li W, Zhang Y, Yu Z, Zhu T, Kang J, Liu K, Li Z*, Tan SC*. In Situ Growth of a Stable Metal–Organic Framework (MOF) on Flexible Fabric via a Layer-by-Layer Strategy for Versatile Applications. ACS Nano 2022.
  21. Wei Z, Wang Y, Cai C, Zhang Y, Guo S, Fu Y*, Tan SC*, Dual-Network Liquid Metal Hydrogel with Integrated Solar-Driven Evaporation, Multi-Sensory Applications, and Electricity Generation via Enhanced Light Absorption and Bénard–Marangoni Effect. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2022, 2206287.
  22. Li W, Liu K, Zhang Y, Guo S, Li Z, Tan SC. A facile strategy to prepare robust self-healable superhydrophobic fabrics with self-cleaning, anti-icing, UV resistance, and antibacterial properties. Chem. Eng. J. 2022, 137195.
  23. Zhou W, Zhou C*, Deng C, Chen L, Zeng X, Zhang Y, Tan L, Hu B, Guo S, Dong L, Tan SC*. High-Performance Freshwater Harvesting System by Coupling Solar Desalination and Fog Collection with Hierarchical Porous Microneedle Arrays. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2022, 2113264.
  24. Yu Z, Gu R, Zhang Y, Guo S, Cheng S*, Tan SC*. High-flux flowing interfacial water evaporation under multiple heating sources enabled by a biohybrid hydrogel. Nano Energy 2022, 98, 107287.
  25. Yang L, Nandakumar DK, Suresh L, Zhang S, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Wang J, Ager JW, Tan SC*. Solar-driven gas-phase moisture to hydrogen with zero bias. ACS Nano 2022, 15, 19119-19127.
  26. Yang J, Zhang X*, Koh JJ, Deng R, Kumarasamy S, Xu YX, Qu H, Zhang S, Zhang Y, Tan SC*. Reversible Hydration Composite Films for Evaporative Perspiration Control and Heat Stress Management. Small 2022, 18, 2107636. (Cover Paper)
  27. Geng Y, Jiao K, Liu X, Ying P, Odunmbaku O, Zhang Y, Tan SC, Li L, Li M*.  Applications of bio-derived/bio-inspired materials in the field of interfacial solar steam generation. Nano Res. 2022, 15, 3122–3142.
  28. Paul N, Suresh L, Chen Y, Zhang Y, Alzakia FI, Vogt V, Jones M, Wong ZJ, Tan SC*. Plasmonic Protein Electricity Generator. Nanoscale Horiz. 2022, 7, 220-234.
  29. Zhang Q, Suresh L, Liang Q, Zhang Y, Yang L, Paul N, Tan SC*. Emerging Technologies for Green Energy Conversion and Storage. Adv. Sustainable Syst. 2021, 5, 2000152.
  30. Zhang X, Yang J, Qu H, Yu ZG, Nandakumar DK, Zhang Y, Tan SC*. Machine‐Learning‐Assisted Autonomous Humidity Management System Based on Solar‐Regenerated Super Hygroscopic Complex. Adv. Sci. 2021, 8, 2003939. (Cover Paper)
  31. Koh JJ, Lim GJH, Chakraborty S, Zhang Y, Liu S, Zhang X, Tan SC*, Lyu Z, Ding J, He C. Robust, 3D-Printed hydratable plastics for effective solar desalination. Nano Energy 2021, 79, 105436.
  32. Suresh L, Vaghasiya JV, Kannan, UP, Zhang Y, Ravi SK, Paul N, Jones MR, Tan SC*. 1200% enhancement of solar energy conversion by engineering three dimensional arrays of flexible biophotoelectrochemical cells in a fixed footprint encompassed by Johnson solid shaped optical well. Nano Energy 2021, 79, 105424. (Cover Paper)
  33. Xiong T, Zhang Y, Lee WSV, Xue J. Defect Engineering in Manganese-Based Oxides for Aqueous Rechargeable Zinc-Ion Batteries: A Review. Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10, 2001769. (highly cited)
  34. Paul N, Suresh L, Vaghasiya JV, Yang L, Zhang Y, Nandakumar DK, Jones MR, Tan SC*. Self-powered all weather sensory systems powered by Rhodobacter sphaeroides protein solar cells. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2020, 165, 112423.
  35. Yang J, Zhang, X, Qu H, Yu ZG, Zhang Y, Eey TJ, Zhang Y-W, Tan SC*. A Moisture-Hungry Copper Complex Harvesting Air Moisture for Potable Water and Autonomous Urban Agriculture. Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 2002936. (Cover Paper)
  36. Xiong T, Zhang Y, Wang, Y, Lee WSV, Xue J*. Hexagonal MoO3 as a zinc intercalation anode towards zinc metal-free zinc-ion batteries. J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8, 9006-9012.
  37. Zhang Q, Liang Q, Nandakumar DK, Ravi SK, Qu H, Suresh L, Zhang X, Zhang Y, Yang L, Wee ATS, Tan SC*. Energy harvesting from shadow-effect. Energy Environ. Sci. 2020, 13, 2404-2413. (Cover Paper)
  38. Xiong T, Zhu M, Zhang Y, Lee WSV, Yu ZG, Xue J*. Interlayer Engineering of MnO2 with High Charge Density Bi3+ for High Rate and Stable Aqueous Supercapacitor. Batter. Supercaps. 2020, 3, 519-526.
  39. Nandakumar DK, Vaghasiya JV, Yang L, Zhang Y, Tan SC*. A solar cell that breathes in moisture for energy generation. Nano Energy 2020, 68, 104263.
  40. Tang B, Yu ZG, Zhang Y, Tang C, Seng HL, Seh ZW, Zhang Y-W, Pennycook SJ, Gong H, Yang W. Metal–organic framework-derived hierarchical MoS2/CoS2 nanotube arrays as pH-universal electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution. J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 13339-13346.
  41. Ravi SK, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Nandakumar DK, Sun W, Jones MR, Tan SC*. Optical Shading Induces an In-Plane Potential Gradient in a Semiartificial Photosynthetic System Bringing Photoelectric Synergy. Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 9, 1901449.
  42. Yang L, Ravi SK, Nandakumar DK, Alzakia FI, Lu W, Zhang Y, Yang J, Zhang Q, Zhang, X, Tan SC*. A Hybrid Artificial Photocatalysis System Splits Atmospheric Water for Simultaneous Dehumidification and Power Generation. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902963.
  43. Ravi SK, Sun W, Nandakumar DK, Zhang Y, Tan SC*. Optical manipulation of work function contrasts on metal thin films. Sci. Adv. 2018, 4, eaao6050.
  44. Nandakumar DK, Ravi SK, Zhang Y, Guo N, Zhang C, Tan SC*. A super hygroscopic hydrogel for harnessing ambient humidity for energy conservation and harvesting. Energy Environ. Sci. 2018, 11, 2179-2187.
  45. Vaghasiya JV, Nandakumar DK, Zhang Y, Tan SC*. Low toxicity environmentally friendly single component aqueous organic ionic conductors for high efficiency photoelectrochemical solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A 2018, 6, 1009-1016.
  46. Singh V. K, Chitumalla RK, Ravi SK, Zhang Y, Xi Y, Sanjairaj V, Zhang C, Jang J, Tan SC*. Inkjet-Printable Hydrochromic Paper for Encrypting Information and Anticounterfeiting. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 33071-33079.
Other Professional Activities

Peer-review expert for Joule, Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., etc.

Honors and Awards
  • 2022.12SusArticle Award from SusMat by Wiley and Sichuan University

  • 2021.03,Contribution Award from UltraDry Pte. Ltd., Singapore
  • 2019.11,Poster Award in Cell Symposia (Cell Press)
  • 2017.10,Programme Certificate of Lean Launchpad Programme