Yihan Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Chemical Sciences​​​​​​​​​​​​

Research Interests

Fundamental studies on the structural aspects of catalysts and functional materials using combined electron microscopy, diffraction techniques and density functional theory methods.

Selected Publications

  • 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)
  • Chiral gold nanowires with boerdijk-coxeter-bernal structure
    Y. Zhu, J. He, C. Shang, X. Miao, J. Huang, Z. Liu, H. Chen, Y. Han
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(36), 12746-12752, (2014)
  • Lithiation-induced shuffling of atomic stacks
    A. Nie, Y. Cheng, Y. Zhu, H. Asayesh-Ardakani, R. Tao, F. Mashayek, Y. Han, U. Schwingenschlögl, R.F. Klie, S.Vaddiraju, R. Shahbazian-Yassar
    Nano Letters, 14 (9), 5301-5307, (2014)
  • Highly mesoporous single-crystalline zeolite beta synthesized using a nonsurfactant cationic polymer as a dual-function template
    J. Zhu, Y. Zhu, L. Zhu, M. Rigutto, A. Van Der Made, C. Yang, S. Pan, L. Wang, L. Zhu, Y. Jin, Q. Sun, Q. Wu, X. Meng, D. Zhang, Y. Han, J. Li, Y. Chu, A. Zheng, S. Qiu, X. Zheng, F.S. Xiao
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (6), 2503-2510, (2014)
  • Site-specific growth of Au-Pd alloy horns on Au nanorods: a platform for highly sensitive monitoring of catalytic reactions by surface enhancement raman
    J. Huang, Y. Zhu, M. Lin, Q. Wang, L. Zhao, Y. Yang, K.X. Yao, Y. Han
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(23), 8552-8561, (2013)
  • Atomic resolution imaging of nanoscale structural ordering in a complex metal oxide catalyst
    Y. Zhu, Q. Wang, L. Zhao, B. Teng, W. Lu, Y. Han
    Chemistry of Materials, 24(16), 3269-3278, (2012)
  • Direct observation of surface reconstruction and termination on a complex metal oxide catalyst by electron microscopy
    Y. Zhu, Q. Wang, L. Zhao, Y. Han
    Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 51(17), 4176-4180, (2012)
  • Lanthanide-doped Na xScF 3+ x nanocrystals: crystal structure evolution and multicolor tuning
    X. Teng, Y. Zhu, W. Wei, S. Wang, J. Huang, R. Naccache, W. Hu, A.I.Y. Tok, Y. Han, Q. Zhang, Q. Fan, W. Huang, J.A. Capobianco, L. Huang
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (20), 8340-8343, (2012)
  • Synthesis of Ultrathin fcc Au@Pt and Au@Pd Core–Shell Nanoplates from hcp Au Square Sheets
    Z. Fan, Y. Zhu, X. Huang, Y. Han, Q. Wang, Q. Liu, Y. Huang, C. L. Gan, H. Zhang
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 1, (2015)
  • Chemistry Controlled Structural Relaxation and Enhanced Redox Abilities in Vanadium Doped Two-Dimensional Semi-Conductive TeMo5O16 Catalyst
    Y. Zhu, X. Dong, W. Lu, Y. Wang, H. Li, G. Lv
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114, 13277, (2010)



  • Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China, 2005-2010
  • B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China, 2001-2005

Professional Profile

  • Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2013-Current

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2010-2013



  • Microscopy & Microanalysis Postdoctoral Award​, 2014
  • SABIC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013


  • Graduate Scholarship for Excellent Student, 2008
  • DONG-GANG Scholarship​, 2007

KAUST Affiliations

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