Dr. Ruquan YE

PhD (Rice)

Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7525
Phone: +852 3442-9023
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: ruquanye@cityu.edu.hk
Web: www.ye-lab.com
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2543-9090
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Research Interests

  • sustainable energy conversion
  • environmental science
  • fluorescent materials
  • AoE:
  • Materials Science in Three Major Areas:
    Sustainable Energy Conversions such as Water Splitting and CO2 Electrification
    Laser-assisted Materials Manufacturing
    Fluorescent Nanomaterials

Dr. Ruquan Ye obtained his B.Sc in Chemistry from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012), where he worked on fluorescent molecules under the supervision of Prof. Ben Zhong Tang. Then he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University (2017) under the supervision of Prof. James M. Tour. During his graduate study, he developed new methodologies for the synthesis of nanomaterials and applications in catalysis and photophysics. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoc associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Karthish Manthiram on electrochemical CO2 reduction and alcohol oxidation. He joined the City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2018.

Research Interests:

  • The use of laser-induced graphene in sustainable energy and environment
  • The development of electrocatalysts for water splitting, CO2 reduction and fuel cell technology

Selected Publications:

(Full list of publications at Google Scholar)

  • J. Su, J.-J. Zhang, J. Chen, Y. Song, L. Huang, M. Zhu*, B. I. Yakobson, B. Z. Tang, R. Ye* Building a stable cationic molecule/electrode interface for highly efficient and durable CO2 reduction Energy & Environmental Science, ASAP (2020)
  • Y. Song, J.-J. Zhang, Z. Zhu, X. Chen, L. Huang, J. Su, Z. Xu, T. H. Ly, C.-S. Lee, B. I. Yakobson, B. Z. Tang, R. Ye* Zwitterionic ultrathin 2D covalent organic polymers for high-performance electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction Appl. Catal. B., 119750 (2020)
  • J. Tian, Y. Zhang, L. Du, Y. He, X. Jin, S. Pearce, J.-C. Eloi, R. L. Harniman, D. Alibhai, R. Ye, D. L. Phillips, I. Manners* Tailored self-assembled photocatalytic nanofibers for visible-light driven hydrogen production, Nature Chemistry 12, 1150–1156 (2020)
  • L. Huang, S. Xu, Z. Wang, K. Xue, J. Su, Y. Song, S. Chen, C.Zhu*, B. Z. Tang*, R. Ye* Self-Reporting and Photothermal Enhanced Rapid Bacterial Killing on Laser-Induced Graphene Mask ACS Nano 14, 12045–12053 (2020)
  • L. Huang, J. Su, Y. Song, R. Ye*. Laser-induced graphene: En route to smart sensing. Nano-Micro Letters 12:157 (2020)
  • L. Huang, L. Ling, J. Su, Y. Song, Z. Wang, P. Westerhoff, R. Ye* Laser-engineered graphene on wood enables efficient antibacterial, anti-salt-fouling and lipophilic-matter-rejection solar evaporation ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12, 51864–51872 (2020)
  • R. Ye*, J. M. Tour* Graphene at fifteen. ACS Nano, 13, 10872-10878 (2019)
  • M. Zhu, J. Chen, L. Huang, R. Ye*, J. Xu, Y. Han. Covalently grafting cobalt porphyrin on carbon nanotube for efficient CO2 electroreduction. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58, 6595-6599 (2019)
  • Z. Wang, P. Zhang, H. Liu, Z. Zhao, L. Xiong, W. He, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, R. Ye*, B. Z. Tang*. Robust serum albumin-responsive AIEgen enables latent bloodstain visualization in high resolution and reliability for crime scene investigation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 17306-17312 (2019)
  • R. Ye, D. James, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene. Accounts of Chemical Research 51, 1609-1620 (2018)
  • R. Ye,* D. James, J. M. Tour*. Laser-induced graphene: from Discovery to translation. Advanced Materials 31, 1803621 (2019)


  • Before joining CityU
  • M. Zhu,#R. Ye,# K. Jin, N. Lazouski, K. Manthiram. Elucidating reactivity and mechanism of CO2 electroreduction at highly dispersed cobalt phthalocyanine. ACS Energy Letters. 3, 1381-1386 (2018)
  • R. Ye, C. Xiang, J. Lin, Z. Peng, K. Huang, Z. Yan, N. P. Cook, E. L.G. Samuel, C. Hwang, G. Ruan, G. Ceriotti, A. O. Raji, A. A. Martí, J. M. Tour. Coal as an abundant source of graphene quantum dots. Nature Communications 6 (2013)
  • R. Ye, Y. Chyan, J. Zhang, Y. Li, X. Han, C. Kittrell, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene formation on wood. Advanced Materials 29, (2017)
  • R. Ye, X. Han, D. Kosynkin, Y. Li, C. Zhang, B. Jiang, A. A. Marti, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced conversion of Teflon into fluorinated nanodiamonds or fluorinated Graphene. ACS Nano 12, 1083-1088 (2018)
  • R. Ye, Z. Peng, A. Metzger, J. Lin, J. A. Mann, K. Huang, C. Xiang, X. Fan, E.L.G. Samuel, L. B. Alemany, A. A. Martí, J. M. Tour. Bandgap engineering of coal-derived graphene quantum dots. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 7041-7048 (2015)
  • R. Ye, Z. Peng, T. Wang, Y. Xu, J. Zhang, L. G. Nilewski, J. Lin, J. M. Tour. In situ formation of metal oxide nanocrystals embedded in laser-induced graphene. ACS Nano 9, 9244-9251 (2015)
  • R. Ye, P. D. A. Vicente, J. Arellano-Jimenez, Z. Peng, T. Wang, Y. Li, M. J. Yacaman, J. M. Tour. High-performance hydrogen evolution from MoS2(1-x)Px solid solution. Advanced Materials 28, 1427–1432 (2015)
  • Y. Chyan,# R. Ye,# Y. Li, S. Singh, C. Arnusch, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene by multiple lasing: towards electronics on cloth, paper and food. ACS Nano, 12, 2176-2183 (2018)
  • R. Ye, R. MendozaCruz, Y. Li, M. J. Yacaman, B. I. Yakobson, J. M. Tour. Manganese deception on graphene. Carbon, 132, 623-631 (2018)