Prof. Yugang Sun

Department of Chemistry, Temple University


Dr. Yugang Sun obtained his B.S and Ph.D. degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1996 and 2001, respectively.  He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Younan Xia at the University of Washington and Prof. John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2006, Dr. Sun joined the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to start his independent research career.  He moved to Chemistry Department of Temple University in January 2016.  He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2007 and DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineering Award in 2008.  His work has a significant impact on the field of nanomaterials, and he was listed in the top 100 chemists (#62) and top 100 Materials scientists (#5) analyzed by Thomson Reuters in 2011.    His research is centered in the design/synthesis of hybrid nanostructures as well as investigation of novel properties of the synthesized nanostructures in the context of nanophotonics, photocatalysis, sensing, and energy storage/conversion.

Selected Awards 

  • Department of Energy Early Career Award.
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
  • Top 100 Materials Scientists with the highest impact score (2000-2010, #5).
  • Top 100 Chemists with the highest impact score (2000-2010, #62).


Nanomaterials synthesis; nanofabrication; in-situ and operand characterization; plasmonics; nanophotonics; photocatalysis; electrochemical catalysis; electrochemical energy storage; sensing.

Selected Publications

“Quantitative 3D Evolution of Colloidal Nanoparticle Oxidation in Solution”, Sun, Y.; Zuo, X.; Sankaranarayanan, S. K. R. S.; Peng, S., B. Narayanan, G. Kamath, Science 2017356, 303-307.

“Ternary Silver Halide Nanocrystals”, Abeyweera, S. C.; Rasamani, K. D.; Sun, Y., Acc. Chem. Res. 201750, 1754-1761.

“Interlayer-Expanded MoS2”, Rasamani, K. D.; Alimohammadi, F.; Sun, Y. Mater. Today 201720, 83-91.

“Enabling Colloidal Synthesis of Edge-Oriented MoS2 with Expanded Interlayer Spacing for Enhanced HER Catalysis”, Sun, Y.; Alimohammadi, A.; Zhang, D.; Guo, G., Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 1963-1969.

“Revealing Mechanism Responsible for Structural Reversibility of Single-Crystal VO2 Nanorods Upon Lithiation/Delithiation”, Liu, Q.; Tan, G.; Wang, P.; Abeyweera, S. C.; Zhang, D.; Rong, Y.; Wu, Y.; Lu, J.; Sun, C.-J.; Ren, Y.; Liu, Y.; Muehleisen, R. T.; Guzowski, L. B.; Li, J.; Xiao, X.; Sun, Y., Nano Energy2017, 36, 197-205.

“Quantitatively in-situ Imaging Silver Nanowire Hollowing Kinetics”, Yu, L.; Yan, Z.; Cai, Z.; Zhang, D.; Han, P.; Cheng, X.; Sun, Y. Nano Lett. 201616, 6555-6559.

“Near-field Dielectric Scattering Promotes Optical Absorption by Platinum Nanoparticles”, Zhang, N.; Han, C.; Xu, Y.-J.*; Foley, J. J. IV; Zhang, D.; Codrington, J.; Gary, S. K.; Sun, Y. Nat. Photon. 201610, 473-482.

“Quantifying the Nucleation and Growth Kinetics of Microwave Nanochemistry Enabled by in-situ High-Energy X-ray Scattering”, Liu, Q.; Gao, M.-R.; Liu, Y.; Okasinski, J. S.; Ren, Y.; Sun, Y. Nano Lett. 201616, 715-720.