Yu Han, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Professor, Chemical Sciences​​​​​​​ and Chemical Engineering

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

  • 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 methanol to hydrocarbons
    Z. Liu, X. Dong, Y. Zhu, A.-H. Emwas, D. Zhang, Q. Tian, Y. Han
    ACS Catalysis, 5837-5845, (2015)
  • Two-dimensional gold nanostructures with high activity for selective oxidation of carbon-hydrogen bonds
    L. Wang, Y. Zhu, J.Q. Wang, F. Liu, J. Huang, X. Meng, J.M. Basset, Y. Han, F.S. Xiao
    Nature Communications, 6, article number 6957, (2015)
  • Microporous carbonaceous adsorbents for CO2 separation via selective adsorption
    Y. Zhao, X. Liu, Y. Han
    RSC Advances, 5 (38), 30310-30330, (2015)
  • Fabricating a homogeneously alloyed AuAg shell on Au nanorods to achieve strong, stable, and tunable surface plasmon resonances
    J. Huang, Y. Zhu, C. Liu, Y. Zhao, Z. Liu, M.N. Hedhili, A. Fratalocchi, Y. Han
    Small, (2015)
  • Monodisperse Pt atoms anchored on N-doped graphene as efficient catalysts for CO oxidation: a first-principles investigation
    X. Liu, Y. Sui, T. Duan, C. Meng, Y. Han
    Catalysis Science and Technology, 5(3), 1658-1667, (2015)
  • Pt atoms stabilized on hexagonal boron nitride as efficient single-atom catalysts for CO oxidation: a first-principles investigation
    X. Liu, T. Duan, C. Meng, Y. Han
    RSC Advances, 5(14), 10452-10459, (2015)
  • A rod-packing microporous hydrogen-bonded organic framework for highly selective separation of C2H2/CO2at room temperature
    P. Li, Y. He, Y. Zhao, L. Weng, H. Wang, R. Krishna, H. Wu, W. Zhou, M. O'Keeffe, Y. Han, ...
    Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 54(2), 574-577, (2015)
  • Microporous metal-organic framework with dual functionalities for highly efficient removal of acetylene from ethylene/acetylene mixtures
    T.-L. Hu, H. Wang, B. Li, R. Krishna, H. Wu, W. Zhou, Y. Zhao, Y. Han, X. Wang, W. Zhu, Z. Yao, S. Xiang, B. Chen
    Nature Communications, 6, (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

Professional Profile

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore, 2003–2004


  • Thomson Reuters Research Fronts Award, 2008
  • Young Scientist Award of Singapore, 2006

(The YSA recognizes to young researchers, aged 35 years and below, who are actively engaged in R&D in Singapore, and who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise. This award is organized by the Singapore National Academy of Science and supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research)

  • TR100 Young Innovator Award , awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine of innovation, Technology Review, 2004

(The TR100 Young Innovator Award, awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine of innovation, Technology Review, recognizes the world’s top 100 young innovators below the age of 35. Yu Han was among the youngest to be included in the TR100 list in 2004 for his original work in materials chemistry research, and for the potential his nanotechnology invention has on chemical, biomedical and functional materials applications)

  • Qiu Shi Science and Technology Foundation’s Scholarship for Postgraduate, 2002

KAUST Affiliations

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